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They Can't All Be Winners by shadowfire-x They Can't All Be Winners by shadowfire-x
Three pendants I made today that just didn't come out very well. I'm afraid they might be beyond salvaging, as well. Oh well, I suppose all I can do is learn from my mistakes and move on.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
I've messed up several wraps and had to scrap all the metal. It can get costly when you use silver or gold wire. Luckily, these metals can be cashed in as scrap.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of what I've been using isn't real gold and silver - which is just as well given that I only just started. Right now I'm using crafting/beading wire I got from wal-mart. I'm rather pleased with it as a starting material, though, because it still looks nice, and, it's very sturdy!
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Yeah, if I had started with craft wire I would have a lot more money in my bank acct. My main wire is 18 gauge, and that costs $37 for 12 feet. Typically, I can get a pendant out of 9-12" of wire. If I mess up it costs me 25 an inch.

Using precious metal wire is the main reason I can charge so much for my pendants. Even though I'm charging about $25 for most of my pendants, I'm only making around $10-15 on each, about enough to make 2 more. I have to sell them before I make any money though, and I have a bunch sitting around.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I'm glad I've started with cheaper material. The wire still looks nice, and it's pretty sturdy, but I have more leg-room if I happen to mess up. Chopping the wire up and starting over isn't a big deal. If the pendant-making business proves profitable for me at all, and I get good enough at it, hopefully I'll be able to buy better materials.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I think that the incentive not to waste expensive material keeps me from doing too much, and not thinking it through thoroughly.

When I made my first pendant, I was so worried that I would mess up and waste the silver, because I only bought 1 foot of 18 gauge square wire, and some 26 and 28 gauge round to hold it, so I couldn't afford to mess up.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's -especially- why I'm sticking to beading wire and cheaper sale prices for now. I want to get my experimenting and practice out of the way with less expensive materials before I jump into higher quality wire.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
That's great. I've done a lot of wire sculpture over the years so I had some practice. You should keep up the good work. It sure is fun, and you're already good at it. Now you just need people to buy 'em.
So do I.
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