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Necklace by Kelli Pope who can be reached by email
Dear Beads-of-Clay and Followers,
I've recently started using artisan beads in my jewelry pieces. I am not sure how to go about pricing them. I don't want to sell my jewelry just to get back the money that I put into it since I realize that some people actually make a living from this business. Could you please help?
I'm not sure that I am the best person to help you with this advice since I really don't make too much jewelry anymore. When I did, however, I had the same concern. I was told by the owner of a local bead shop that it is standard practice to double the retail prices of my materials in a basic necklace (one where I simply string the beads on bead wire). So that's pretty simple, but you need to keep track of the prices of each piece that you purchase (including tax). She also told me that if I put more work into it such as the pieces that you see listed here, that the formula is not that simple. This is where I am stumped as well. I will ask our readers/jewelry designers to help answer your question.
How do you price the jewelry pieces that you design? Rhonda would LOVE to hear from you! Thank-you in advance for your comments :O)