Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pricing your creations

I have been actively following artisans for a while,as they wrestle with what is a fair price to charge customers.They really do have a hard time coming to terms with a suitable figure.There are after all many things to consider.There is the length of time to produce item,the cost of materials for the item,the time involved to promote your wares and that is only for on line shopping.If you have a brick and mortar location you now have a multitude of other expenses to consider and if you go to craft shows there are other expenses.The one thing that always comes up is their desire to give the customer a fair price while maintaining sales.Dilemma,dilemma and you could say that again.Possibly one of the statements I read,was that to consider a friend made it for you and determine how much you would pay a friend for their time and expertise.Maybe buyers could look at a purchase the same way,would you expect to have a friend make you something and then undervalue it ,because it was a friend?Odd expectation of friends wouldn't you think.We know this will be an ongoing deliberation.I have a more matter of fact approach.Most of my wares cannot be duplicated and are expected to last and give the reciever many years of pleasure;compare that to one stop at a burger place that will cost me $20.00 or more for a quick fix,and we all know where that will be the next day!Some questions will never have a specific answer for everyone,oh well.Onward and upward.If you have the answer please let all of us know.

Friday, July 9, 2010

New creation

Again I have taken many smaller pieces and created a flower.These pieces are never cut,I rummage around in the scraps and shards to find what I hope will be enought to work with.Then they are placed together like a puzzle and fired.I'm never sure exactly how the finished work will look.So far so good.The large pendant piece is 3 in long x 2in wide,and because of glass overlap has slight texture.Earrings are about 1 in long and 3/4 in wide.As of yet no finding are in place as I wished to see what the purchaser preferred.Always an original creation
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Firing Decals

I have tried something different from what I usually do.All the info I have ever been given for firing decals is to put them on a completed piece and fire again.I"m not only a curious soul,I'm a frugal so and so.I decided to try to cut out a firing,placed unfired decals between unfired glass and fired as usual.It worked,and if anything the decals have more depth.I would show you if I knew how to put a picture in!Hey!! I just figured it out, theres hope for me yet.I'm not saying it's foolproof but try it on scrap and see your results.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Idea Search

I am looking for ideas...although I love to make jewelry,I want some imput from anyone reading this.I would like you to give me an idea of a piece you would like made.Describe the shape, the size, the color,intensity etc etc.If you were able to have a custom made piece what would you order.REMEMBER! by sending your comments you are not ordering a piece and if I design something from your comments,the design will be mine;to do with as I choose.Thanks for any input you may wish to give.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Newbie on the loose.

There is nothing quite so absurd as watching someone fumble through a project ;they are unfamiliar with.That is the torture I inflict tonight.I am so new to blogging,I couldn't keep up with a fifth grader.I shall persever and hopefull anyone who travels this journey with me will at the least get a few chuckles .I appeal to those of you that follow for patience and any advice you feel I could benefit from.