Preston, I’ve seen your web site and a fair amount of work by
your students. You have a very beautiful and distinctive style
of wire wrapping, but I can’t see why that would prevent you
from establishing some standard pricing.
I’ve been wrapping for several years (I wrap and fabricate - I
make my own cabs and give the backs a high polish - wrapping
really shows them off) and I can judge the price of a piece
before I make it as long as I know what my time and material
involvement will be. It’s true that half way through a piece I
may decide that dripping pearls from it would be neat, and blow
my cost estimates out of the water, but by and large I can
predict price. Most people accept that hand made work will not
mirror the pictures they see, but will be equal in craftmanship
My point is that a catalog (actually I would recommend a single
sheet, four color printed mailer) could be used to sell your
products. Your cameos and a representation of your stones could
be shown on the color side of the sheet with a description of
what goes into making a wire wrap piece on the single color
side, along with a price list or an approximate price guide.
Sales would probably be made following a phone call with the
One other note. I am becoming a full time jeweler due to going
through my second round of chemo therapy. I am disengaging from
my job and will work at home (where I have all of my equipment).
I would not be able to keep my head up and keep going with
enthusiasm were it not for Paxil, a wonderful antidepressant
which works as well for situational depression as it does for
psychiatric depression (clinical depression for which there is
probably a physiological basis). I’ve seen several folks
mention similar issues on the Orchid list, it’s one of the
features of the list which makes it special to me.
You do great work and your students were in evidence in Tucson
this year, selling pendants which were clearly derived from your
scroll style of wrapping. Keep up the good work.
John E McLaughlin email@example.com