Making eyes ... Tie dyes and galaxies too

@FayeHazel (19920)
United States
July 20, 2018 1:47pm CST
Here's where I've been lately, My Lot. Making eyes! Galaxies and tie-dyes too. These are glass gems that I paint with the fun designs and I'm so hooked on it. I sit down, meaning only to do one or two, or start/finish some (some of them take 2-4 steps to complete, layers of paint taking drying time in between) - and then, there I am hours later. So far I've made some for family, friends, myself, made some ahead for gifts - I'm even thinking on selling them. But that's where I get stuck. When they are all done the big ones will be necklaces and the small ones (not pictured) will be earrings. I was thinking to sell them online, and maybe in art galleries etc. I have no idea what to charge. I do not have much invested in each one. (less than $1 each one) What do you think would be fair? I was thinking anywhere from $7 to $12 x necklace. Depending on how many fees are taken out. Though I am reminded that at various site jewelry can be dirt cheap, too.... $4 - $6 for earrings (not pictured).... I don't know. Do you think magnets would be cool? Pins? Do you paint? ** Note added for technicality: Please note - I am not attempting to sell these from this posting - they are not even a finished product yet. I am just gauging people's interest and opinions ** Thanks! Photo: Mine
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
20 Jul
Those look gorgeous and I'm sure they will look great once made into jewelry, too. I also think magnets would be a hot seller, too. I've love to see a ring as well. Charge whatever you think is fair for your labor.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thanks! I'm really impressed with how they're turning out. Ring is a good idea - there must be ring blanks out there.... ah, the fun part (painting) goes quick, really quick - save for dry time in between coats. Though there is time in the tedious - gluing on bails, stringing on rope cords, etc hmmmm…. food for thought. Thanks
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
23 Jul
@FayeHazel Good luck whatever you decide to make!
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
24 Jul
@DianneN Thanks! I'm so addicted to the painting process - I'm now doing "galaxies" of a different type, looks like space. Though my entire place smells like paint now. lol
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@Corbin5 (116024)
• United States
20 Jul
They really are lovely. I think you have priced them right. I would love a bracelet.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thank you! Bracelet is a good idea, but I haven't worked out how to make it work. The backs are plain... so it would need to be a design where the back wouldn't flip over.....
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@Ronrybs (7427)
• London, England
20 Jul
I'm always a bit envious of folks who are are good at things like this
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Aw shucks -- maybe you should try painting, I find everyone has their own style :-)
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@Ronrybs (7427)
• London, England
24 Jul
@FayeHazel I tried watercolours - not much good at that either!
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
24 Jul
@Ronrybs I've wanted to try water color -- maybe you'd get along with another medium like acrylics ?
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@Icydoll (24627)
• India
20 Jul
That's great idea to sell them..they are looking very nice my dear friend..hope to see the picture once it is finished
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thanks! I keep making, they are so fun!
@nela13 (8291)
• Portugal
26 Jul
Those are so pretty Magnets and pins are good ideas but you can also make medals to use on silver necklaces.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
26 Jul
Thanks! I am waiting (impatiently) on supplies for making them into jewelry etc
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@nela13 (8291)
• Portugal
28 Jul
@FayeHazel they will look so nice as jewelry
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
31 Jul
@nela13 They are coming off nicely
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@amadeo (73192)
• United States
20 Jul
they look great there.Try a few to sell online and go from there.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thanks! I think I will. Now I just need to glue bails on for pendants
@amadeo (73192)
• United States
23 Jul
@FayeHazel okay let us know when you finished it
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
24 Jul
@amadeo Still waiting on the mail for some parts :-)
@moffittjc (45285)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
When you're determining your price to sell, don't forget to factor in your time it takes to make them. You will need to determine how much "hourly wage" you feel your time is worth, and then also factor that into the price. Good luck to you if you decided to start selling.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thank you, that was actually really helpful. The fun part (painting) goes quick, real quick. Though the tedious stuff (gluing on bails to make em into pendants, strings rope cords on 'em) is going to take more time....
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@moffittjc (45285)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Jul
@FayeHazel But if it's a hobby you enjoy doing, then it won't seem like a bunch of tedious time or work making them!
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
25 Jul
@moffittjc True - I love the painting. In fact - I think I have a little bit of a problem by now lol. Though the other part (putting on findings to make them into something wearable) is boring and tedious. Bah humbug
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Jul
They're beautiful. I wouldn't know about pricing. I would do research to find out what the average price would be for them.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Good thought, I was happy to see prices a bit higher than I had thought they would be, so it should be fine to charge what I was thinking
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Jul
@FayeHazel That's good you now have a price range to work with.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
24 Jul
@just4him I was happy to see it as what it is going for
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@Hannihar (42016)
8 Aug
@FayeHazel Faye, they are very pretty. Can we see when you make the necklaces and earrings how they look? I am not good at painting. You should charge what you think is fair and best for you to make some like of profit for them if you sell them.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
8 Aug
Oh sure :-) Here I'm wearing one :-) Thanks.... right now I'm leaning around $11 -- enough so people know they're quality, but not too much to not be affordable ....
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@Hannihar (42016)
9 Aug
@FayeHazel so this is you now. Nice picture of you. nice necklace. I believe you will find people that like them.
@porwest (7405)
• United States
4 Aug
Not sure what you might charge. But you could always start with a price and see if the market is willing to bear it. If the sales happen too fast you know your price is too low. Raise it and see what you get.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
7 Aug
Good thought there... Im also thinking on asking people, friends, what they would pay for such a thing.... it's so difficult to know. :-)
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@porwest (7405)
• United States
12 Aug
@FayeHazel You could settle for a simple margin desire. Take your cost and decide how much to mark it up...say 35% or so...there's your price.
@responsiveme (16816)
• India
23 Jul
They look very good. Magnets and jewellery both should work.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
24 Jul
Thanks! I'm currently waiting on the findings to make the jewlery
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul
Don't make them too cheap as people won't think they are a quality item. I think what you are suggesting is about right.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Oh thank you, you're right, that is a good point too. :-)
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@TRBRocks420 (82655)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Jul
Those are pretty cool and, sure people will want to buy them.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thanks! I am impatient on getting more supplies so I can start to sell them :-)
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@AmbiePam (50100)
• United States
21 Jul
This is just my uneducated guess on what would sell well, and I would say four dollars for a pin, and six for earrings. But if you have patience I'd add two dollars to each of my suggested prices. You did such a good job.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
That's a good idea, actually earrings are harder and more time comsumptive so I agree with more for them :-) Thank yoU!
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@RasmaSandra (19708)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Jul
They all look beautiful Yes, I think magnets and pins are a great idea.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
Thanks! I will look into findings for pins and magnets too
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@Gillygirl (17363)
• Sutton, England
20 Jul
They look lovely Faye. Perhaps you could browse Ebay to see how much this type of jewellery would sell for.
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@FayeHazel (19920)
• United States
23 Jul
That was a good idea, I did a quick browse and found the pricing to be higher than I had hoped :-) Thanks!