the swirly whirly necklace that I finished the other day. After all I have two commissions and cannot let my customers down.
But hang on a minute, I've come across a thorny problem. I hadn't recorded the amounts of wire I needed to wrap each bead. Also I've agreed a price for my necklace which seems fair but I've no idea whether it covers my material costs and labour time.
So I decided to slow down the manufacturing process. Instead I've done something less interesting but just as constructive. I've devised a worksheet so that I can cost my products, record the time it takes to make them and record any tricky parts of their production. Most, importantly I am prompted to make a note of the type and quantity of raw materials that I need and where I got them from. Oh, and there's a photograph of the piece that I can work from if I make it again.
All I have to show for my morning's enterprise is one wrapped bead and a piece of paper. One small step towards a swirly, whirly necklace but maybe a purposeful stride, albeit not a giant leap, towards opening my online shops on Etsy and Folksy