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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 22: Non-Tarnish Wire and Children’s Jewelry
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 22, 2010
Would non-tarnish wire be a good wire to use for kids’ rings? Also, what would be a good price to charge for the ring?
-PJ in Louisville, Kentucky
Well PJ, there are a couple kinds of “non-tarnish” wire. If you are using craft wire from a hobby store, sure – why not? As for the price, that really depends on the economy in your area. Rings made for children are often lost or misplaced within a few weeks, and making inexpensive tokens for a parent to quiet or reward a child is a great sales item – if you can make a profit by doing so. By this I mean that personally I cannot see the sense in spending 30 minutes and $3.00 to make a ring using Swarovski crystals and argentium (non-tarnish silver) and sell it for $10. If it can be made of the same materials in say 15 minutes and sold for $10, ok.
When using craft wire for children’s products I believe it is important to keep in mind what your goal is as a wire jewelry artist; are you creating and selling to make serious and continuous money, or as a way to release your creative energies and receive a monetary profit as supplemental income?
Also it’s important that children’s products follow the new laws regarding the use of certain materials in some states, such as California and lead content of beads. Use common sense too, as little sparkly things often want to be tasted.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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