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[Looking for manufacturer] Prototype charms


#1

Hello, my company is looking for someone to make us between 20-40
prototype charms. I know very little about this end of the business
so please excuse my ignorance.

Here’s the deal, we manufacturer Licensed Collegiate Jewelry. We are
expanding our line and want to use a new casting company overseas.
However, they only copy stuff, they don’t do any artwork. So I need
a single prototype of each charm to send to them. Most of the charms
are 2-3 block letters used in the schools logo such as UT or SMU.
The Collegiate Licensing Company provides you with some type of
computer program that is supposed to be helpful. I don’t know
anything about what that consists of but can get you more
on that.

We need around 20 charms done immediately and another 20 or so in a
couple of months. I need this completed in the next 4-6 weeks.
Anyone interested in taking this on? Do you know someone who might
be able to help us out? What should I be expecting to pay per piece
for something like this?

You can contact me at email @DuncansDesigns Thanks in advance
for all replies! Kim

Duncan’s Manufacturing
P.O. Box 39
402 Lake Forrest Dr.
Atlanta, Tx. 75551
(903) 799-5969


#2
    Here's the deal, we manufacturer Licensed Collegiate Jewelry.
We are expanding our line and want to use a new casting company
overseas. However, they only copy stuff, they don't do any artwork.
So I need a single prototype of each charm to send to them. 

Kim, wouldn’t it be nice if you supported our casting companies
instead of going overseas.


#3
Kim, wouldn't it be nice if you supported our casting companies
instead of going overseas.

And we as Crafts people, Artists, wonder why we don’t get the
business we used to, why small job shops stay busy trying to repair
Junk from Wal-Mart. Even if it is a very important piece to its
owner, But when the cost to repair is more than the item originally
cost… and the Manufacturing end is steady loosing ground in the US.
In 1978 I was getting 4.00 a pair to set 1/4 and 1/2 carat earrings
(simple 4 prong post and buttercup styles), I could do 50 to 75 pair
a day and still get my other work done, no 8 hour days though, But
there was more work than there were hands to do it. So next thing is
my main money job was going south unless I could do them for 2.00 a
pair I tried but found out I couldn’t compete with the off shore
prices, last I heard they were getting them set for 50 cents a pair
but it was taking 60 days round trip. But they were making an Extra
1.50 a pair. I think it’s all the bottom line, three years ago I used
to get 75 cents a gram for cast and finish, Now I can buy nice
looking stuff for .38 to .40 with stones, so maybe there is porosity
and a bit of fire scale or it’s made out of anti fire scale grain and
has an ugly dead white look and it’s pretty light weight or the
stones are reconstituted mineral block. Hey it still sells good,
Remember price over quality except for the discriminating buyer!!
Fortunately they are still there, besides I want to earn more than
slave wage and not have my family threatened… Sorry I’ll get off my
soap box now


#4

Hellooo Orchid, This has been and I imagine will continue to be a
commen thread as we each encounter the reality that production in
mass will become a thing of the past in the states. Our ( bench
jewelers) strength will be in our ability to refine our craft to a
level that is not achievable in production type work. Beauty and fine
craftsmanship cannot produced in mass. Peace Karl