(An A to Z 2014 Challenge Entry)
We are technically reaching the end of week one of the A to Z Challenge 2014. Compared to last year, I haven’t had as much issue coming up with topics and getting them posted before the clock strikes Midnight. I think "F" is where I faltered and almost gave up blogging altogether last year. Yikes, rereading that I feel some of it is still pertinent to today. Let’s see how far I get this year before succumbing to an emotional breakdown, shall we?
Last week I shared some of my crafted creations. Pieces I’m particularly proud of. Aside from those I created as gifts, I made some of these 3D Life-Counters in the attempts to start selling them. Technically, I’ve only completed one other (with two more following close behind) 3D Abacus Life-Counter.
There it is, in all it’s splendid glory. Unlike the life-counters featured last week, this one is only made up of two different cards rather than three. I like the idea of mixing at least three cards, but sometimes the art being use dictates the ability to do so. Such was the case with Forbidden Alchemy. Honestly, I was happy to find just the one additional card that could be viably intertwined with it.
This was the first 3D Abacus Life-Counter I contemplated selling. It turned out that a friend of mine was highly interested in it. This left me with a bit of a dilemma: what would I price these at? I understood the concept of adding material costs to a selling price, but when it came to time and a starting base price for quality, I was clueless.
I have habit of working on projects like these sporadically. I don’t complete them in just one sitting. I believe it would take anywhere from three to fours hours if I did so, though. Feeling a bit anxiety-bound over determining a price, I decided to ask friends and family. Surprisingly, a majority of them came to about the same price point.
|How it looked mid-process|
This was the price I approached my friend with, and over the course of a day (and one additional, when meeting in person to complete the transaction) we hammered out an agreement. It was an odd interaction, because I was the one trying to lower the proposed price. He explained that he felt the quality of the life-counter, especially in comparison to those already being sold, and the attention to detail was exemplary.
So going forward I will be listing these crafts relatively close to that price. Whether others (I take into account this was a friend) will be interested in purchasing these is yet to be determined. I think that fear of selling to complete strangers is what is stalling my progress.
Then there is the commission factor, which is what other designers of 3D abacus life-counters offer. Not so much quality of the finished product, but of time. I will really have to lock it down if I go the route of taking commissions.
My next life-counter project is kind of an ambitious one. I’ve decided to make a series (5 separate pieces) consisting of four different cards each. In an attempt to be brief, in each core set of Magic: The Gathering there are basic land cards (Forest, Island, Mountain, Plains, and Swamp). Generally, there are three to four alternate arts for each of these categories of land. My goal is to intermix all four art variants (in each category) together into one life-counter. So, as you can see above, all four mountain cards are combined together to make an original collage picture.
The Mountain 3D Abacus Life-Counter is almost complete. I also began starting on the next, but I was presented with a few issues of not having enough cards for as many cuts that I need to make. I’ve allowed that to hinder me for a long time now, and I need to finish them. Need to complete these and see if I can sell them as a set. If not, then individually.
This particular mountain of the set will be my experiment for a foil 3D Abacus Life-Counter. I just feel it will layer very well and look great once complete.
So many ideas, so little time. I’m anxious to start another project:
If familiar with selling crafts, how do you go about determining your pricing? How long do you keep said price, before changing it, if it hasn’t sold over an extended period of time? If a Magic: The Gathering fan, and you happen across this blog/post, what are some cards you feel would make great 3D Abacus Life-Counters?