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Copyright Issues

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Copyright Issues

If You Copy You Will Never Excel Have you ever had someone copy your work and try to pass it off as their own idea and creation? If so, I'm sorry, and if not, then I hope it never happens to you. Having your work copied leaves you feeling violated and angry. Something that may take years to create and grow can be stolen and sold as someone else's creation overnight.  People who copy other people's work will never be truly successful in what they are trying to sell. Art has to come from you, it must reflect who you are as an...

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How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

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How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

How I Got Started Making Mobiles: History of Origami and My Introduction to Origami and Mobiles Origami is often defined as the art of folding paper to create three-dimensional figures of animals, people, objects, and shapes. The Japanese word “origami” is a combination of the verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper).  My dad taught me how to fold a paper boat when I was 6, and I remember playing with my paper boats in the glorious puddle that formed in front of our home after every rainstorm. I didn't realize at the time that this was my first experience...

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Product Pricing Formula for Handmade Sellers

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Product Pricing Formula for Handmade Sellers

Pricing Formula and Things to Consider When Pricing a Handmade Product In early 2019 Wayfair invited me to sell my mobiles through their site. I had to take another look at my pricing calculations to find a price that would make it worth my while to sell to them at wholesale rates. This got me thinking about my pricing and how I came up with the numbers I had. I revisited the standard pricing formula and saw once again that I was pricing too low, so I came up with all new prices using the following formula:     Materials + Labor +...

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The Value of Custom Orders to a Handmade Seller

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The Value of Custom Orders to a Handmade Seller

 As a handmade seller, I tend to be reluctant when I get a request for a custom order. Custom work tends to take more time than anyone likes, and it takes away time I could be using towards increasing my inventory of best selling items. My most popular mobile size and style is a Large Paper Crane Mobile which can take up to 3 1/2 hours to make from start to finish, 1 hour and 15 minutes of that is taken up by folding the paper cranes. Another popular mobile I sell, the Under the Sea Mobile in the same...

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