I have met a few people who can make me these prototypes. I am
unclear in how to compensate them. My opportunity is (hopefully),
in a mass marketing venue....
Hi Melissa, There are a number of ways to get involved in Jewelry…
We are a full manufacturing facility that has the capability to
create models from your designs( drawings or Digital art) … and
complete the final product in small and large volume.
My suggestions as far as using people to design or make models for
you is as follows.
First agree upon a price for the design/ model… Now, If
the idea for the design is your idea, then you are the originator of
the idea and the artist who does the drawing is not entitled to
anything more than the value of their time to draw it. They are not
If you see a design from a designer that you like, it is up to your
negotiation skills as to what the value for their design would be. In
my opinion, it is much cleaner if you simply buy the design rights.
We have used many designers in the past for various projects… A
very good designer I know in Connecticut who draws incredibly well,
would draw 3 or four variations on a theme ,then show them… pick
the one you like and he would do a final professional drawing for $35
to $40+ and you own it. He was charging $10 for the sketches not
used just to cover his time… Boy, could he draw fast… He used
to work for me in a large company many years ago and he could come up
with 10 to 20 designs an hour … His " sketches" were better than
most professional drawings i had seen from others.
In any case, the point of all this is that to own the designs is the
best route. Now, When It comes to creating the model… We do a lot of
model work… Models are definitely not cheap… More work goes into
a professionally built model than most jewelers put in their
finished jewelry… and in this respect, a model, made by hand in
sterling silver can be much more costly than a hand made gold ring.
An example of costing… a simple model may cost as low as $50 -
$100+ … a complex model can go from $150 to $2000+ … We did a
sleigh model for a customer that was $1500 for the model… the model
was built correctly and in production, it ended up costing $23 …
It retails for $90. Many considerations come in to play when a model
is created … first and foremost is the design… then the design
has to have a target price … ( in other words, you plan to whole
sale the item for $30… The item cost you approx $18… or some such
numbers ) It would probably retail for between $90 and $120
depending on the store /location. So the target price you need to
have when designing/model making is the price you believe you can
afford to pay for the final product.
Lets assume you want to have your design made from a manufacturer
and you need to be able to purchase the item for $15… The problem
you will bump into is that a person simply making a model or a
design for you is probably not capable of telling you what your
final cost is going to be. In cases like this, it is best to deal
with a manufacturer who has the capability to do the whole job…
sit with their designer/ model maker… work out some ideas… and
come up with a ball park figure for models, molds and estimated
production costs. The other way is to send the manufacturer the
model or design and allow them to determine what may need to be done
and make suggestions to you , to make the product look good while
keeping costs as low as possible.
If you should need our assistance, we would be happy to help. Best
Wishes, Daniel Grandi
We do models, casting, finishing and a whole lot more for designers,
jewelers, students and people in the trades. Contact: