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Fees for casting silver for others


#1

I may soon be casting sterling pieces for a greyhound adoption group
who sells jewelry as a fund-raiser. I never expected to cast for
anyone but myself. haven’t a clue how to charge for this. I went
through the archives, and casting fees haven’t been discussed since
2005.

It appears that I may be casting their original waxes and making
molds for them. I expect I will also probably be doing all the
finishing work as well as the casting. We haven’t started negotiating
yet; they’re waiting for the carver to finish their waxes. I want to
be ready when we start talking $.

What are the going rates circa 2009 for mold making, casting and
finishing sterling?

Kathy Johnson
Feathered Gems Jewelry
http://www.featheredgems.com
http://www.fgemz.com


#2

take two: I asked about this a few days back and got no responses. I
hope someone out there can give me some advice on how to determine
what to charge…

I may soon be casting sterling pieces for a greyhound adoption group
that sells jewelry as a fund-raiser. I never expected to do much, if
any casting for anyone but myself. I’ve only got one outside client
and I totally botched up pricing that job. I’m still regretting how I
handled that one – and continue to regret it every time they place a
re-order.

So I want to do a better job of pricing this time around. I went
through the archives, and casting fees haven’t been discussed since
2005.

I will be creating and casting their originals and making molds for
them. I will also be doing all the finishing work as well as the
casting. We haven’t discussed prices yet. I just got their design
pics in an e-mail yesterday. They’ll be easy enough to create, as
they’re flat 2-D designs. They’ll only be ordering 20 of each piece
at
a time.

I haven’t any idea how to charge for any of this.

What are the approximate going rates circa USA 2009 for model and
mold making, casting and finishing sterling?

Kathy Johnson
Feathered Gems Jewelry
http://www.featheredgems.com
http://www.fgemz.com


#3
What are the approximate going rates circa USA 2009 for model and
mold making, casting and finishing sterling? 

You could find out in David Geller’s book I expect.

Elaine
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com


#4

I pay around $2 to $6 apiece for casting and barrel finishing. This
does not include the metal.

M’lou


#5

any catalogue like Hoover and strong will tell you their rates, I pay
about 2-5 dollars when I send something out, before metals costs, but
add in your overhead, time and just because they are fund raising,
doesn’t imply that you are obliged to lower your costs- unless you
desire to do so.If you do it is a donation of “in kind” services ( if
they are a 501 © 3 agency or institution) from whom you get a
receipt and write it off at the end of the year…rer