Why Price Your Hand Made Craft Items As You Do

I know that my pricing model looks a little off, well that is because I am a little off.  I want to make money from my craft, but I feel that it is more important that someone who wants to purchase something be able to afford that item.  I live on a fixed income and a lot of these items have been made because I could not leave my home due to my disability and I needed something to keep busy with.

I recently ran into a financial issue due to the lack of mail delivery because of a misunderstanding between me and the United States Post office just down the street from where I live, and am not able to provide my grandchildren with Christmas gifts that I have either bought or made because I will not have enough money to get through the month.  This made me think about all those out there who may have a financial issue of their own going on and won’t be able to provide a small gift or two to their families because of a lack of funds.

I decided that I needed to lower some of my prices so that others who have financial issues, a lot of gifts to purchase over the year could possibly afford to purchase from my site.  I would like to be able to just give the items away, and would if I knew the person truly needed that kind of service.  I am willing to work with anyone who may want to purchase something from me but does not have the full price.  I know this sounds crazy but the thought of a smile on someone’s face because they received a trinket made by me is far more valuable than the few coppers I may be able to put in my pocket.

The cost of everything has gotten out of control and I would rather bargain, lower the price or give it to my customer than have it sitting around collecting dust and taking up room in my very small apartment.  With Christmas just around the corner, this is my gift to anyone who would like to purchase something.  So if you see something on my site you would like to purchase, but think the price may be unreasonable or wish you could purchase shoot me an email at craftingmontana@gmail.com, with the subject line reading Lets Negotiate and I will be more than happy to work with you.

Keep watching as I will be adding more items to the library.  I realize some of the pictures are not very good but I am still learning how to take those pictures, edit them, and post them to my store.  I am open to any and all suggestions on how to make this site better and what it is you would like to see here.  So remember, practice, practice, practice and you too will become a master of whatever it is you are trying to achieve.

 

Keep on Crafting Montana!

Where Did Polymer Clay Come From

Polymer clay was first created in the late 1930s by a German dollmaker, Fifi Rehbinder.  She sold the formula in 1964 to Eberhard Faber who tweaked it and renamed it from Fifi Mosaik to the Fimo brand and sold it to toy stores throughout Europe. It did not reach the United States until the 1970s though various forms of Polymer clay had been created in the U.S. earlier, but its popularity as a craft or art medium did not come about until the 1990s.  There are currently ten different brands on the market today.

The clay is not meant to be eaten, nor should you eat off of it.  You may want to keep an eye on the little ones who will be sculpting with you.  It emits a toxic fume when burnt so keep your temperature low when curing the clay, and a close see on it.  Some crafters will dedicate a toaster oven just for baking clay.  I bake it in the same oven I cook with.  When I have finished baking the clay for the day I clean my oven with the self-cleaning mode, or by using the spray cleaner meant for ovens before cooking any food in the oven.

You may choose to work the clay with cheap latex or vinyl gloves, or yu can wash your hands throughly after you have finished crafting and before eating.  Make sure not to snack on finger foods while working with the clay as small amounts of chemicals will be on your fingers and you will ingest them as they transfer to the food.  It is also suggested that you not eat off of the polymer clay items or store food in them.  It is best suited for decorative items that will not be placed in the mouth. Dedicate tools specifically for use with the clay so that contaminants are not transferred onto items used for food preparation or eating utensils.  Many crafters have used Pasta machines to help roll the clay thin enough to use in the layering process to make canes.