Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I had an actual post, but instead...

I am in the process of writing something interesting and useful, but I'm completely exhausted from lots of rushing and a fantastic weekend at the Handcar Regatta with the lovely and talented Choklit. So it will wait, while I say this:

I have just received my invitation to Spoonflower! Its all over now...I'm going to go broke printing fabric for myself...not to sell, not to craft with, just to make stupid things like throw pillows and jackets FOR MYSELF. Its sad, but it is the truth.

And an edit, because I felt guilty here's a picture of one of the koi, cast and finished, to your amusement.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

How fast do YOU work?

An addition or perhaps an informal response to Totusmel's blog post for the day, about unsolicited pricing advice. I want to address something that ties with pricing, and that she touched on in that post.

Speed of production.

The speed and deftness with which you complete a task is a real consideration in any 'trade'. But it seems to be one that crafters selling in a small way often forget. Being able to do something that creates a well made finished product doesn't mean you've 'mastered the craft' as it were. While it is true that one of the first questions to ask yourself before selling an item is "is the quality of my work appropriate for sale", but even once you reach a point where you are making something that you are proud of - that is well made and sellable - you may be working long careful hours and generating many cast offs to create that one lovely well crafted item.
Half the battle, of learning any process, is doing the same things faster, improving your work methods and your turn around times.

In my 'real' business I charge more because I work faster, I know that clients are willing to pay a higher hourly rate knowing I won't be taking days to finish the work.
I realize that I have to pay myself a smaller hourly rate for my jewelry, simply because I'm not that fast at it. I tend to to it while multitasking, drift in and out of the project, and in general make a fair number of mistakes. The final product is one I am happy with, but as yet it is not created at a speed which would allow me to consider the above materials price to be a decent hourly wage.

There is something to be said for pricing based on the amount of time put into your work. But you have to look at your own process realistically and understand when you are taking longer then might be expected to finish a piece. Its an important part of learning any trade. And I am, of course, still learning!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

To Join the Octopus

Those cupcakes just looked so pretty I left them up for awhile. No seriously, been busy and stressed. But here's a peak at some more sculptures to be cast as jewelry parts (like those flowers and that Octopus ). More of these to come I expect, slowly.

For now....I'm still playing catch up. I'm not allowed to offer to do/organize/make anything more until November...official personal rule!