I can’t really address the pricing issue you raise, particularly in
Canadian dollars, except to say that you need to do competitive
analysis – what are similar designs and executions from competitors
selling for? That will tell you where your pricing stands in
relation to others (but still not whether your pricing is RIGHT for
you). Pricing is a delicate “dance” – determined by many things,
but most clearly by the willingness of your audience to pay it.
On the issue of soldering, however, you don’t say anything about the
STYLE or pattern of chains you’re making. That’s what determines
whether the links need to be soldered, because there are cases in
which it’s simply not possible/feasible to solder the links (tight
Byzantine comes to mind as an example). And realistically, those
patterns also distribute the load onto multiple links, so that no one
or two links are carrying the weight of the chain, making it less
likely to come undone.
And then there are others, like a straight cable chain, where not
soldering would be disastrous and would impair the integrity of the
entire chain, because each link could/would need to bear the weight
of the chain.
So it’s not really the number of links/inch that determines the
answer, but rather the pattern with which they are linked.
Does this help?
If you have a website showing your chains, a link to it might help
all of us better answer your question.
Best of luck,
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