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Learn How to Start Your Own Art or Craft Business

Escape the 9 to 5 rat race and be your own boss by starting an arts and crafts business. As you start, it's important to consider all the basics from making sure there is a market for your craft to knowing what supplies and equipment you'll need.

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Arts / Crafts Business

Doing the Math Before Setting Prices for Your Arts or Crafts

Saturday March 22, 2014

Found this great article, Make Sure to Do the Math When Selling Your Crafts.  It explains different ways to achieve the best bottom line for your arts or crafts business.

An important first step when deciding whether to go ahead with an arts or crafts business idea, is whether you'll turn a profit. Breakeven point analysis helps you make this determination as breakeven point shows you how much you'll need to sell at a certain price to cover your costs.

Resources for Working With and Purchasing Copper Sheet

Thursday March 20, 2014

While doing some online research, I found two great resources for those working in metal - particularly copper:

Whimsie - sells recycled copper sheet

Basic Cooper - sells patina, sheets and other copper supplies

After you purchase some cooper sheet, check out my articles about using a dapping block to shape your sheet.


Call for Entries for the SNAG Uniques eBay Sale

Sunday March 16, 2014

Unless you are already a Society of North American Goldsmith (SNAG) member, this may be too short a deadline but certainly keep it in mind for next year -  SNAG issues it's call for entries for its 2nd UNIQUES online auction. The deadline is April 12, 2014, accepting 40 entries.

Acceptable entries are one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items.    Taking place on eBay in order to enter you have to be a SNAG member and submit an object with a retail price of up to $300 each. You receive 50% of the sale.

Adding Patina to Metal With Opaque Inks

Sunday March 9, 2014

Ranger Inks has some great products that can help you add patina to your metal working.  Available at Hobby Lobby and online at the Ranger Ink website, these inks are relatively easy and safe to use.  Set with a heat tool for a lasting finish.

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