Why does handmade cost more?
This is an important question that many people don’t really understand the answer. I got to thinking about it as I was making this “simple” Kokopelli ornament.
It’s just copper and a wire right?
Well, here’s the supply list of what I used to make this: Pattern, adhesive, copper sheet, brass wire, bench pen, clamp, jewelers saw, jeweler’s saw blades, Cut lube, files, 2 varying grit sanding blocks, sandpaper, rotary tool, two sizes of drillbits, two grits of silicone sanding wheels, grinding wheel, buffing wheel, buffing compound, charcoal block, fireproof surface, propane, torch head, solder pick, 2 types and sizes of steel tongs, firescale preventative (purchase or mix your own), flux, flux brush, bowl of water, paper towels, pickle (purchase or mix your own), copper tongs, brass brush, steel bench block, soft cloth, planishing hammer, rubber hammer.
Now add 90 minutes of single focus (you can’t watch tv when you have a saw blade coming toward your fingers and fire that is hot enough to melt metal, about 2,000 degrees 😊). How many people would accept a job that pays less than $5 an hour, has no paid benefits or time off, and is responsible for the full 15% employment tax before personal income tax?
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