by Erinn LaMattery.
Although I’m behind on my Valentine’s Day line, I finally got some statement Love Me Do heart pendants finished off, and am so happy with how they turned out.
These have at least 10 steps from start to finish, if not more, starting with a coil of wire and ending with the finished heart.
In between is the shaping, texturing, oxidizing, cleaning, sealing, accenting and finishing, if I were to work on one straight through, they probably take a few hours from start to finish.
I do them up in batches though so they go a bit quicker overall, but take longer cause I’m making so many at once.
Happily, a few sold right away, good news for a small business like me, and the rest are off to Etsy for the rest of the world to grab!
To be honest though, the hardest part of the whole process is pricing.
I have a really hard time with pricing. The raw materials themselves are not that costly, but the time it takes is where they cost the most.
And to run a business, I have to price things by my time as well as by materials, so, that’s an area I’m slowly getting a grip on.