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Old 07-28-2010, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Washer necklaces - have you sold any and for how much?

I learned how to make washer necklaces and am loving them!!!

I am wondering if i sold them, how much should I charge? The washers themselves are just 13 cents. Then I buy the leather cording, the ends, the glaze and the beads to go on them.

What do you think???
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haven't seen those before, but just wanted to say how cute they were!
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very cute...I had not seen them before either...cute cute cute...
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Those are adorable! Could you share with us how you made them.
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I know a gal who has made these and tried to sell them at work. She had three different prices $20, $25 and $30. Not one sold, while everyone said how pretty they were noone thought it was worth the price.
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Obviously your supply costs, and then if you have seen anything like them somewhere else, maybe price them somewhere in between. Or, try going to a bookstore and see if there is a book on selling crafts and then browse it or buy it.
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Mine is UK prices but sold them for $3 each and have sold 10.

Washers cost $2 for 10
Used Xyron sticker maker to stick $2 for cartridge.
Used a bottle of Mod-modge to glaze $5
Paper was odds and ends $1

$10 outlay sold $30 Profit $20
But I can make about another 50 for about $4 extra so
$14 outlay Sold $180 Profit $164
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:09 AM   #8
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Whenever selling anything, it is best to sell at a lower profit per piece with the bigger picture in mind.

If you sell them at $10, making an $8.50 profit/piece, but only sell 5, that is not as good as selling them at $5, making a $3.50 profit/piece, and selling 25.

In the first scenario, you are making a larger profit per piece, but only make $42.50 total, because they are priced higher. In the second scenario, it may seem like you are selling yourself short (who wouldn't want to make an $8.50 profit?), but with the better pricing for your customers, you end up selling more at a lesser profit and coming out ahead with $87.50 total profit.

Depending on your costs, $4.50 to $5.00 sounds reasonable. Unless you have an immediate market, I wouldn't spend too much on bulk items to start. If you are sure of recouping your initial costs, it would be best to search out places where you can buy leather cording in spools and attaching your own clasp. This should cut down your cost per necklace. Another tip is to let your customers choose their own color/type necklace for the medallion they want. Customers love choices and feeling like it was "custom" made for them.
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The reason I priced low was it was a kids school craft show, and I now they were only buying cheap items as I did it last year, nothing over $5 was sold, but I did sell $100 of goods. so it really was cheap and cheerful for this venue. Plus I made them all at the same time so It was quick to make them all.
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I was thinking between $4-$5. Craft shows are coming up in Oct-Nov so i am trying to decide if i want to do this or not....
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I would go for it. I just used Velvet Ribbon as it sits better for got to add it into the price but it was cheap thin ribbon as it held the washer nicely against the skin.

I did some black and white ones but my next door neighbour had them before the show.
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Those are adorable! Could you share with us how you made them.
These are super easy to make!! I got my fender washers at Home Depot for 13 cents each. The ones I got match up to the SU circle 1 1/4" punch perfectly. I punched out patterned paper and glued it onto the washer. I then used a glaze on the top. I tried different glazes I had on hand but all had bubbles in them after they dried. I used a glaze I got from Etsy and it is EXCELLENT. Its called Sun and Moon Glaze and it was $6 a bottle plus 2.50 shipping. Let the glaze dry for 24 hours. it will look dry before that but it MUST dry for 24 hours or it will smudge. Then add your necklace. I added black leather cording that was 1 mm, added a bead, and added the ends to each necklace.
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Here's the technique as shared in our (SCS) Try a New Technique challenge: TLC249 Metal Washer Pendants

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I think you are right on target with 4-5 dollars. I have a friend that sells similar necklaces made from wood tiles and she sells them for $6-$7 without a cord/chain and sometimes depending on sales she'll do a 'show special' and offer a three for $15 pricing. She put them at work and sold over a hundred! Pricing is key! Good Luck!
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I paid $5. on etsy, and thought they were worth it; not being sure if they were
going to tarnish. The leather type necklace was really nice addition to the one
I bought. I wanted to buy one to see if it would tarnish, before making a bunch
to wear with t-shirts, and being nickel sensative, the washer didn't bother my
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I wouldn't sell them for under $5. If you price cheap, people will think "cheap".
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These appear to be something a child would wear, not an adult. So the price would have to be inexpensive.

I'm sorry and don't mean offense to anyone, but can't imagine purchasing this type of item even for a child to play with for $5. $3 maybe, but there is very little supplies needed for to make them, so pricing can't be too high.

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These appear to be something a child would wear, not an adult. So the price would have to be inexpensive.

I'm sorry and don't mean offense to anyone, but can't imagine purchasing this type of item even for a child to play with for $5. $3 maybe, but there is very little supplies needed for to make them, so pricing can't be too high.

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Here is a picture of one I made with Alcohol Inks and glassy glaze enamel. It has held up well so far. I made several that were the multicolored and you can make them with a couple of colors too. They look really neat. I have just given mine to friends but if I were selling them, I would sell them for $7-$10. Mostly because it takes 2-3 layers of glassy glaze (or UTEE) to get a smoother finish on them. I wear mine frequently and it has held up for over 2 years now.

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The necklace in the picture is very shiny. It does have a sheen because of the glaze enamel but it isnt that shiny IRL.
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We just sold some for $8 at a family reunion. They are really pretty and classy looking.
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I'm bumping to see if anyone has done this more recently. I am getting ready for a vendor/craft show and would love to do these. But, if they don't sell well, I won't put in the effort of making them.

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My daughter and I made some of the Washer necklaces using alcohol ink. They were pretty easy and inexpensive to make. I was going to try to sell some on Ebay and at an upcoming craft show, but I haven't yet. The velvet necklace was the most expensive part. I was going to try to sell them for $7.00 on Ebay and $5.00 at an upcoming craft show. Here is a tutorial and photos of some of the washers we did.

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I did several of these a couple years ago for some craft fairs I was doing. I did some with alcohol ink & coated with dimensional magic (its the same as crystal effects) and I also did some with paper scraps & thick clear embossing powder. They came out so cute. I used silk cording and made sliding knots on them so they were adjustable (long to choker style). I sold mine for $8 each and no one batted an eyelash about the price.
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I made some for a school fundraising craft stall a few years back. The most expensive part was using Glossy Accents as the glaze. I think they sold for about $3 to $5 (i've forgotten), but I wasn't sure how they'd go down with the mums, so I didn't want to price them too high. One of my friends was given one by her son, and she really liked it and has worn it several times that I've seen. I used a washer that was the same size as I circle punch I owned. Glued a circle of paper to the washer, then applied Glossy Accents. They looked pretty good, IMO. Now i'm into alcohol inks, I might make some to sell next year. I wouldn't make too many, and I certainly wouldn't be asking $20/$30 as mentioned in a previous post!
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When you do make them, do you only decorate one side? Or do you decorate both? I tested making one with paper/inks/crystal effects on both sides & it came out so heavy! Plus you have to make sure the crystal effects is really dry before you do the second side.
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When you do make them, do you only decorate one side? Or do you decorate both? I tested making one with paper/inks/crystal effects on both sides & it came out so heavy! Plus you have to make sure the crystal effects is really dry before you do the second side.
I didn't decorate both sides, but I did put a single coat of either the dimensional magic or clear embossing on the back side just so the bare metal wouldn't be against anyone's skin and the possibility of irritating or leaving black marks from tarnishing.
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Thanks, cat_woman! That's kind of what my concerns were. I just didn't like the bare metal.
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