How Do I Price My Beadwork?

by Daryl Ann Anderson
(Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

Sea Glass Mobile

Sea Glass Mobile

I know that one generally can not count the time put into a piece, or least figure it at a working wage! But in addition to figuring the cost of materials, what's a reasonable amount to charge?

For instance, I've been making mobiles (with swarovski crystals, Czech beads and other quality beads and stones, and sea glass wire-wrapped pendants. They take me from 5-6 hours to lay out and complete.

I gave a few for gifts, and now I'm getting orders and being asked, "How much?" I want don't want to overprice them, but I don't want to give them away either.

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