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Issue #015 - Selling Price
November 30, 2009
Hot Out of the Kiln
October 31, 2009
Hot Out of the Kiln brings you the latest information, ideas, and resources for your glass fusing experience. If you like this newsletter, please forward it to share it with your friends.
1. Feature Article
Feature Article - Calculating the Selling PriceThere is a lot that goes into calculating the selling price of a piece of fused glass artwork. You could actually use a profit margin calculator on line if preferred. First let’s look at some of the terminology relating to this subject.
First you need to find the cost of your glass or the purchase price. Since most pieces are made up of several different pieces of glass you will need to determine the cost per square inch of the glass. Say you purchase a piece of glass that is 12x12 inches and the cost is $33.95. You would divide the $33.95 by 144, because there are 144 square inches in the piece. The cost per square inch would be about $.24 per square inch.
You could place a sticker on each piece of glass to indicate the cost of the glass, or take the average cost of all the glass, including dichroic. Keep a list of your colors and prices so that you can refer to this when pricing items. When making pieces you will be working with different glass patterns, textures and colors, so taking the average will save you some time.
Measure the glass before you cut it down. Even though you will not be using the entire piece of glass you are wasting some of the glass in the shaping process. Multiply the number of square inches in the piece by the per square inch price of the glass. For example if the piece you are making would take 4 square inches even though the shape might only be 3 inches when completely cut out of the glass, then you would multiply the price of the glass by the square inches in the piece.
At this point most sellers suggest that you multiply that number now by 3 or 4 for the value of your work. Remind yourself that this is an original work of art and that you have invested time in designing, arranging, firing and finishing up the final product. You also need to take a look at what the market will pay for your one-of-a-kind art, but don’t cheapen your item by selling it for an under market price. Customers will value a piece that is priced for what it is really worth.
The last item to remember is any extra pieces needed to make the final product. This could involve bails, pin backs, labels, plastic bags, etc. Break down the individual cost of these items and add that to the final price.
Quote of the Month"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination." ~ Edward Hopper
Since Last E-ZineWell, I have been sick for over 3 weeks now…finally went to the doctor today. I now have a sinus infection, some congestion and my blood pressure was extremely high. Because of the babysitting and the holidays, kiln time has been very limited. I have been doing some cute Thanksgiving designs and starting to work on items for the Christmas holiday. I am trying to figure out exactly what I want to make for my daughters and what designs I want to put on the site for December.
Some of the items I want to work on during the next few months will include a one-piece pendant, boiled glass, pattern bar and so many more projects. I also want to finish up the fine tuning of the site to make the site complete.
Reader QuestionFirst Name: Jackie
Country: United States
Have you heard of the technique of boiling glass, and if so, how is it done? I find it very beautiful looking and would like to replicate it.
Thank you and this website is great!
Yes, I have heard of and have seen boiled glass. I will be doing a page on this procedure in the near future. It is a high temperature procedure where trapped air is forced to the surface and then the piece is brought down so that the space fills in with glass. I am still doing some research on the subject...seems no one wants to share their secrets...lol
Tips and TricksAlways maintain a log of your kiln firing times and temperatures and procedures. These notes will help you with the consistency of your work and also help you figure out problems so they won’t be repeated. Remember, every mistake is a lesson.
Additions to the Site11/12/09 – Acorn Cluster
11/13/09 – Happy Thanksgiving
11/18/09 – Happy Harvest
11/19/09 – Indian Headdress
11/23/09 – Turkey Head
11/24/09 – Scarecrow Head
11/25/09 – Turkey Head
11/28/09 – Pilgrim Pumpkin
11/29/09 – Pine Cone
11/30/09 – Scarecrow
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