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Rendering and Wax carving charges


#1

Hi All:

Does anyone have a feel for what reasonable and customary
charges are for rendering and wax carving of custom jewelry
designs? If so, please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Surbhi


#2

That would be very interesting to find out how others do the
process - charge by the hour, job, or just what. I have even
heard of charging by the Dwt of finished jewelry. Ron
http:\www.kreml.com


#3

Hi Keith,

Not a seasoned professional, but the only time I’ve heard of a
job being charged by weight was casting services, not design or
carving. To be honest, I’ve never paid, nor been paid strictly
for wax work.

The caster to whom I subcontract work charges me by the gram of
tumble-finished product for sterling silver casting.

FWIW,

Dave

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio
Charlotte, NC (USA)
dave@sebaste.com
http://www.sebaste.com


#4

Keith, I do some wax carving for a couple of clients. I haven’t
done any rendering; other than the stick art type :). As a
general rule, I usually try to get 30.00 an hour for wax carving.
On average, most ring designs fetch about 50.00. Most pendant
designs fetch about 30.00. If the design is very complicated (
i.e. curved channels etc.), then I charge more depending on how
long it takes. Usually I end up casting the piece for the
customer as well, because if they mess it up in the cast, then
they have to pay for another model.

Ken


#5

When I was doing free-lance model making, I used to give a price
based on how many hours the model would take and charge about $20
and hour. When I did free-lance design, well, I just made up a
price comparable to what other designers were giving. Depending
on how many pieces were on the page (3-10), I would charge
$20-$50 per page. I have seen other designers sell per piece and
charge upto $35 per piece. But now when I do a specially
commissioned piece, I do not charge for design work. I charge
based on materials and how long the work will take (including
model making). Does this help?

Jill
@jandr
http://members.tripod.com/~jilk


#6

This might sound crazy but people will be happier spending more
for a custom wax. The jewelery store I work for charges 300
dollars minimum for a custom carve job plus stones and setting
charges. You might dissagree and I don’t blame you, but people
want to feel as if they are spending alot for alot. The time you
put into a custom wax is VALUABLE and the sooner you can charge
for that the better. Just try to get better with every wax. Hey ,
try a lathe, I love mine. the time you spend carving is The time
of creation. Make every slice of the X-acto knife a slash of the
paint brush and soon you will feel an artist and your work will
be worth more.


#7

Hi, I’ve been carving wax for 10 years or so .When I first
started I charged about $ 20 per hour now I get 30-35 an hour .
I tell my customers (mostly wholesale co.s and designers) I
charge by time so I just add the hours and bill it. Of course be
prepared for them to turn white while clutching thier heart,
but it’s hard to find a skilled modelmaker . A friend of mine
charges 40 per hour and she’s always swamped with work!

Kathy