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How much would you pay for these? Please answer the question before you read the whiny post.

Black and Silver Chandeliers

Dany's co-worker, who has bought earrings from me before, requested some fancy bling for a black and silver ball in November. "I want people to know I have my own personal jewelry maker." Is how Dany said she put it.

The idea for these earrings came to me. This here one earring is a test to see if my idea would work. Because you can think something'll work in your head but in practice. , , not so much. This idea worked great, I think.

I'd feel comfortable selling a pair of these earrings using these materials for ten bucks. See, I don't buy jewelry that can't be found at the 99 cent store. It's too expensive, especially since I don't wear jewelry and will lose and/or break anything I try to wear.

The thing is, those are sort of a mock-up of what I really want to make. I want to replace all the quartz chips in the chain with the same Swarovski crystals I used on the very top and bottom. I want to replace the cheap colored brass rings with sterling silver ones. And I wanna make fancy sterling silver ear wires. It'll bling-bling like nobody's business.

The thing is, that'll push the price of materials alone to well over 10 dollars a pair. I, personally, would never pay more than 10 dollars for a pair of earrings. If I want to make a profit on them, I'd have to charge more than I'd be willing to pay for them.

I'm terrible at this!


They're not quite the style I would wear, but I'd pay $35 to $50 for silver and crystal, depending on the length.

Just a data point: I'm paying $4 to $6 per bar for various handmade soaps that are scented with things I like (and not painfully perfumed with heavy chemicals). Some of us will pay for what we want.

I think I'd pay at least $20 for those, but I'd expect to pay around $30-50 for earrings with better material.

What you charge must always include the materials cost. After that, add on a charge that covers the time it takes to make multiplied by an hourly charge. That hourly charge is the killer, since you have to figure out how much your time, skill, and talent as a jeweler is worth. Can't help you there, I'm afraid. Then add, say, 5-10% for a profit margin.

I'd price them no lower than $30. Don't undervalue yourself! Think of all the time and effort you've put into getting this awesome!
Materials times two plus what-you're-worth-per-hour times (how long it took to make them)

It's a useful formula.

Thanks everybody.

I never thought about charging for my time, since I do it because I like to. Selling is just a way for me to defray some of the costs of my hobby.

Another idea I had were giant hoop tree-of-life style (like the pendant in this picture http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v19/Biggirl/1over15iso100f28.jpg ) only with a more spider webby design.

I am gonna make them, since I'll have the materials any way and, well, I wanna make them. But then I'll have these really expensive earrings sitting around gathering dust on my dining room table.

I probably should re-open my Etsy shop. Only for Etsy to work, you really gotta update every day-- preferably in the middle of the day. But, like I said, I'm terrible at this.

I completely understand, I really do. People often ask me to knit for them, but then don't want to pay for it. A pair of hand-knit socks will cost anywhere from $15-$30 for the yarn, and takes about 24-30 hours to knit.

Now explain to me why someone wants to pay $20 for a pair of handknit socks.



Now, what do you want me to knit for you?

A hat like Marvin Gaye used to wear.

I need a picture of said hat.

A wool cap. GIS for Marvin Gaye's hat.

P.S. If you're really thinking of making me a hat you should know I have a gigantic head.

Edited at 2011-02-21 02:07 am (UTC)

"A wool cap" gives me a lotta leeway. Measure your head around your temple.

Do you want something to cover your ears? What colours do you like? I'll whip up something pretty for you.

25 1/2 inches. That's really big, isn't it?

I'm dying to see what you make.