How to Price your work..


Simple confidence can change perception of both audience and artist. ~Jill Badonsky

This post is aimed at fellow jewelry makers but would be of interest to all makers. I begin with the Badonsky quote to point out [that after doing exhaustive! homework..] pricing comes down to a level of confidence. 

Do you believe in yourself?

I think it may be the very nature of artisans everywhere to be a psychotic mix of humility and arrogance. I’m joking~sort of..but most definitely all of us find pricing our work challenging. We either give our work away or pull back and price too high.

This guide is outlined on the jewelrymaking.com site..but there are many out there if you search. 
Carefully tally up the cost of your material and supplies, a percentage of overhead + time. [Set yourself an hourly wage that sounds fair to you..your locations minimum wage will give you some insight. I’m not saying use this figure, unless that makes you comfortable. You probably began this for many reasons..one of them may have been to supplement or become your income. Keep in mind any classes and workshops taken to arrive at your level of expertise! and then there is the value of your own unique vision.] Back to the formula..multiply that figure x 2 and you’ve arrived at a wholesale number. That’s the amount that you can live with should you sell to a gallery or wholesale your work to shops. [A gallery consignment typically takes anywhere from 40 to 50%] For keystone or retail amount it is this number multiplied by 2.5 -3

If you’re just starting out and your skill level is beginner, you need to adjust your prices accordingly...BUT, don’t undervalue what you do because you are a beginner. 
As you develop not only does the quality of your work improve but your style begins to settle in and become uniquely your own..all this will serve to raise the value of your art, but you will have to start yourself off with room to go up. 
Like Goldilocks, we’re looking for ‘Just right’..not too high [we’ll price ourselves right out of the market] and not too low [the work will be viewed as ‘cheap’] It’s a dance that you alone will need to study out.

“An artist is not paid for his labor butforhisvision.” ~JamesWhistler

My little workroom several years ago..my paintings and drawings and
ripped out photos surround my work area.

Personally, I’ve always thought if you’re going to err then it’s better to price your art too high than too low. I would rather have my work stay with me waiting for the right person to fall in love, than to ‘sell out’ and put a price on it that I’m not happy with just to have a sale. 

Thats not to say I’ve not given many pieces away..charities and friends and family have all been gifted my work now and then. 

Karma feels good and my Muses are happy when I am.

In the end, this is your journey and you alone are the Captain of your ship..that’s the joy all makers have. Keep working at this, you will find the spot you’re comfortable with in this moment of time. 


and we have a winner!!

Earring give away winner is Val McLaren..yay!! Thank you for playing along everyone and watch for more of these in the coming months.


A glimpse of Doha, Qatar

Just a few of our favorite images from our time here in Qatar..

Our neighborhood in Doha


Desert outside of the city of Doha, Qatar

Sunrise in the Desert

Fishing Dhow

One of the many Perfumeries in Doha..beautiful bottles and oils

Waiting for the Souq to open

City center Doha, Qatar

City center Doha, Qatar

Ally at the Souq

Merchant at the Souq

the Pearl, Doha

Turkish lamp lighting


You can't get blood from a stone..

..but apparently you can get paper. It's called TerraSkin and it handles a little like Yupo paper but with more capacity for absorption. Of course, if there's paper out there that was once stone I need it. I ordered some from Amazon [what can't you find on Amazon, by the way] Im assuming there isn't any here in Qatar, but that's a lame assumption and founded on laziness. Its just so much easier to hit that one-click shopping link over there on Amazon.

I had so much fun playing on Yupo paper today. For those who might be wondering, Yupo is not  paper at all, but a plastic material. Many watercolorists find it fun to experiment on a medium that repels the water rather than absorbing it as traditional watercolor paper that is 100% rag will. 
With thick applications of watercolor paint .. only very small amounts of water and using only the primaries..cobalt blue, vermillion and ~I think it was hansa yellow..a cool yellow, I did a super quick, instinctive..'you're a flower' sort of painting. Lots of fun! and definitely something to keep trying to improve upon. This is 9x12" but what fun this would be a large sheet.

Back to glass tomorrow! since I promised someone I would work in blues this week.

While I really really really!..really. do not enjoy custom work, and [shudder]don't do it..I've found I can handle it in the smallest of requests like that..Give me a color and let me do with it what I will.  That's fun. :-) :-)

We'll see what comes of it..enjoy your day today everyone!


Its a Give away!!

Give away!! 

Handcrafted earrings, designed with my torched glass beads in a flowing leaf style in pinkish purples. Set on sterling silver hooks.

Your name will go into a draw and a winner will be announced here on Feb 1st..just in time for you to gift someone on Valentines day ~♡~ [maybe yourself?]

Thank you those who send their feedback and encouragement and show their love of the arts..it never fails to boost my spirits! 

                                                  Enjoy your week everyone!!


Color me Red

Handcrafted glass beads by Deborah JLambson ~:Saree:~

ReD! Leaning to the oranges..a ripening tomato red.

I'm a lover of organic hues..earthy subtle colors. A lot of greens and blues..But the other day someone asked me a seemingly innocent question.
 'Do you have anything in red?'
and because I was needing a wee bit of a change, that simple request began a hunt for the perfect red.

The reds and pinks are not an easy quest in the glass world. Many of those luscious red rods turn livery and rusty once they're worked in the flame and put through the annealing process. What emerges from the kiln is not the lovely red that you saw in the raw form.

But, this one..mm. Called 'Maraschino' [which is more true to the cherry color when worked small] is a glass that comes from a Seattle based company called 'Creation is Messy' or CIM glass.

I'm becoming a fan.
of both CIM glass and the color red! :-)

Handcrafted glass beads~~ :Saree: collar by Deborah JLambson
~Enjoy your week everyone..


the raven

The creative mind behind my raven logo.. 

One afternoon my grand-daughter brought me a drawing she'd made of a beautifully sketched green bird.

Around the bird she had written random words in her own 5 year old sentence structure. She read it out haltingly, using her finger to find each word..

This green bird was trying to fly and one day he flew!! 

 I scanned the image into my computer and made an image brush with it so that I could use it as a logo in my work.

The raven sits ever watchful in my studio and keeps a curious eye on all the details of my work. 

I kind of love that bird.

Enjoy your week everyone.. :-)


Inspiration abounds in Israel

We've become very snap happy in this country since the scenery is so rich and the ruins, numerous. We travelled through the ruins at Lakish last week..  These are a few of the photos we returned from Lakish [Lachish] with..

My inspiration folder is becoming stuffed and slightly unorganized.   Surprise surprise.

Somehow these sights internalize in the studio and my palette and lines in the glass are reminiscent of these really beautiful days here in Israel.

A couple of new bracelets this week..still thinking viney brush and sprigs and twigs..:-) I think I always am actually. These two newly created are also of the series 'Of the Earth'

'Stolon' features a hand crafted sterling silver chain and a little hunk of Jasper. 'Undergrowth' was created with warm luminescent amber and neutral sage what I call 'garden' beads and is paired with a strand of Laguna Agate. Little beauties that feel so good on your skin.

Of some interest:
Laguna Agate promotes the perseverance and strength it takes to lead to the development of personal abilities and inner balance. Agates with irregular designs, such as Laguna Agate, can stimulate action and important decision making 
Laguna Agate is the most highly praised banded agate in the world. It is known for its extremely tight banding and vibrant shades of red and scarlet. Laguna Agate is found in an area covering roughly four square miles in a remote mountain range in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.        ~www.crystalvaults.com/

Artisan bracelet, 'Stolon'

Artisan bracelet, 'Undergrowth'

Enjoy your week everyone!

~ 'Stolon' and more can be found at  Gallery 421 in Kelowna, BC. Please do contact them if you're interested in more details.. Susan will be happy to look after you.  ~


Recycling...Glass beads from Olive bottle

The olives in Israel are outstanding! Fat and Tart. Salty and sumptious.

I was surprised to see so many groves in the Negev desert area! Thriving, lush groves.


Israel has become masterful at managing their water.

We do go through our share of olive oil here. The last bottle we emptied was particularly handsome. As I was about to discard, I had to consider what the beads might look like...


I wrapped the scrubbed bottle in a towel and smashed with a good heavy hammer. I got a few great shards. Washed and dried them and set them on my kiln to warm so that they would be easier to melt in the flame without too much shocking.

Turned on my oxygen concentrator and torch and proceeded to make a gather of glass on the bare end of my mandrel.

Pulled a nice fat stringer.. 

and wound some small beads with this very delicous green glass.

It seems to me the COE [Coefficient of Expansion or the rate of expansion] might be 90 or close to it, like pyrex..just because it's so stiff ~ but I make no assumptions.

I made little beads with this pure glass..no decorating or crushed glass added since the COE is unknown to me I don't want to mix the glasses and so take a chance of them cracking later..also..they sort of look like wee olives. Purity.

Kiln annealed as for boro glass.


What to make!