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  1. LizPf

    Popular items when selling?

    A good place to sell is in the Art Show of your local science fiction con. Usually, pieces sell at auction: the artist buys table space and puts a starting bid and a "buy now" price on each piece. Con-goers look at your work, and make bids, or just pay the buy now price. You do run the risk of not selling anything, but you can also have a piece that goes for far more than you thought. My daughter and I did this at a con last winter. We had a mix of pieces, mostly Anodized aluminium, but a few copper pieces as well. The multicolored Byz bracelets did very well, as did a few of my lighter weight weave experiment necklaces. What did not sell were my daughter's heavy multi-strand Byz chokers. Daughter also sells a lot of AA Byz bracelets to her high school friends.
  2. About to enter my first art show ... wish me luck!

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    i need some help...major problems with weaves

    We're all different ... my first finished piece was a HP4-1 bracelet. [Well, there's a Euro4-1 bag, but I haven't bothered to finish it.] HP is a killer ... I've figured out a method that works well for me, and I'll post it as soon as I figure out how to take decent mail photos with my camera. Basically, it involves threading a string through one ring stack and then weaving the other stack through the first ... see why I need the photos?
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    what rings should i order?

    I'd suggest figuring out what you want to make first, what weaves and finished products. Then choose your metal (and colors). For example, if you want to make bracelets, do you want to make big chunky ones (16g or 18g), medium ones (18-20g) or thin, delicate ones (20 gauge or smaller ... all gauges using the TRL system). If you want to make Byzantine bracelets in a medium weight, you'll need 18 or 20g rings in the right AR. For quantity of rings ... I think it is Spider who lists rings needed per inch for quite a few weaves/weights. Be generous and assume 8" for each bracelet, the add a bit more. Metals ... if you don't want to start with silver (and I wouldn't), you can use AA, stainless, copper, or bronze. Some people like nickel silver, but lots of people are allergic. Galvy, mild steel, and aluminium are viewed as too cheap for jewelry, though bright aluminium looks nice. All of these are reasonably priced, and $150 will buy a lot of rings. Don't forget to buy some clasps!
  5. This would not be a hard spreadsheet to build ... and most of the info would be personal to you anyway. Here's how I'd build it: Top matter: Desired wage per hour Wage per minute = wage per hour / 60 Column A: Weave name, ring size B: minutes to weave 1" C: Cost for 1" this is a calculation, B * wage per minute D: there is no column D To use the spreadsheet: 1. Multiply cost per inch by total length 2. Add cost of rings 3. Add cost of clasp, pendant, ??? (if any) 4. Add 25% for overhead and profit, and round up to next whole dollar I would probably add more than 25%, but my market is pricier than DruidQueen's. --Liz former spreadsheet guru
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    What is this weave?

    It's very similar to This is Not Food, but on TiNF, the large rings interlock for a spiral.
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    Does Chainmail Stop Bullets?

    I was about to say Neener, neener, it was Rearden Metal. And the passage about the Rearden Metal bracelet may be where I got my interest in chains. Too bad I've had to wait ... mmm... that long to actually get into mail.
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    Ring cutting jig concept

    I just checked the SketchUp web page, and it looks like the free version is still free, and the Pro version is still quite expensive.
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    As far as steamy merch, think chains, rather than sheets. - Watch chains for the pocket watch - wallet chains - monocle chain etc. Also jewelry for the ladies (and some gentlemen). Sheet goods could be used as decorative additions to clothing ... perhaps a brass E4-1 hatband, or patches on a dive suit costume. As far as metal goes, brass is a no-brainer, but copper and bronze could work too. Black and gold AA together would be spiffy. My first big mail project is going to be a bronze vest. Not armor, but a tailored lady's suit vest. If done in brass, with an off- white Victorian "waist" (blouse) underneath and a long skirt and jacket, it would be the epitome of steampunk. --Liz who got interested in steampunk a year before I got interested in mail
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    You know you need to stop weaving an go to bed when.....

    Nope. no more need be said. I quit for the night when I try to get a tight closure, but just can't do it. [usually with 3 s&j on a single ring.]
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    This isn't overhead. What you need to price your work is: 1. Materials this is the cost you were given, *including shipping* from TRL (or other vendor) to you. B. Labor a fair wage for your work. You can figure this as an hourly rate, or per ring. If you are doing this as a full time job, include your taxes and health insurance. III. Overhead Overhead is the cost of running your business, whether you sell anything or not. So you'd include the cost of your tools, work table, storage for rings/wire, photographic equipment you use for taking pictures of your work, table drapes, props, and a cash box if you do show sales, etc. If you use it in your maille business and don't know where it goes, it's overhead. You will need to divide this up between the pieces you plan to sell, and there are several ways to do that. Here's two: a. guess at the income you plan to make over the year and divide overhead by the dollar you plan to earn; ii. guess at the hours you plan to spend working (including paperwork and selling) and divide your total overhead by the hour. I'd probably use the second. There's one more factor to consider ... PROFIT. Yes, this is above your labor cost, and it is a bit of a bonus that you could use to improve your business -- or take a trip to Hawaii. You're probably thinking this is all very complicated, and it is, if you want to be very accurate. If you are paying the IRS (or other tax collection agency) from your work you have to be somewhat accurate. If you aren't planning to earn that much though, the easiest way to price your work is to look here and on other maille forums at how much other people charge, and match their prices. If you look at enough prices, you'll get a feel for what's right. --Liz a corporate financial analyst (super accountant) in a former life
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    Faster Packing and Labelled Bags

    One thing to look at in the future -- not now! -- are your vest/coif calculators. Right now, they give the rings needed in count and pounds ... it would make life super easy for customers if it also listed bags. This certainly isn't necessary, and if the bags have different counts (as they most likely will), it could be a pain to set up. And the counts are already there. 0-0-0-0-0-0 As a new mailer who doesn't think in pounds per piece OR count per piece yet, switching system doesn't bother me. If I'm calculating quantities, I'm more likely to use counts: my Goth daughter wants 2 29" Byz chains in 16 gauge, I found out that 16g Byz takes 16 rings per inch, and 16*29*2 = ... close to 1,000. I don't know how much that weighs, and don't need to -- in fact the new system will save me a calculation, that of turning 1,000 rings into the right weight to order. I suppose after a few years, I'll be Bill's opposite ... knowing instinctively how many rings I need, but not knowing the weight. Is this better? worse? I don't know, and Bernice, Jon, & company should work to keep both Bill and me happy, especially if it's just a few lines of text on a web page.
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    chainmail vest ga question

    Exactly. You can weave a vest out of any size rings .... even the tiny rings would make a smashing vest if you had endless patience ... and fit it tightly on a well-shaped, otherwise uncloth--- oops, I'm not in the BRG:eek: 14g in a fairly tight ring size/weave would make stout armor, in a loose weave it could be interesting costume-work.