Starting a Business: Beadworks Accessories

Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another or to cloth using a needle and thread. Most beadwork takes the form of jewelry or personal adornment, but beads are also used in wall hangings and sculptures.

Most cultures have employed beads for personal adornment. Archaeological records show that people made and used beads as long as 5,000 years ago. Beads have also been for religious purposes, as good luck talismans and curative agents.

Wire comes in a range of diameters or “gauges” – the smaller the diameter, the smaller the gauge. 16-gauge wire is heavier than 24-gauge wire. In this flyer, we will use craft wire, which is readily available in craft stores.

Craft wire is easy to use, inexpensive and produces attractive results. Once you master the techniques, you may want to try the designs using sterling silver or gold-filled wire.

The wire has a natural curve. Work with the curve for the best results. If you bend the wire back and forth against the curve too many times. It will break. You will also get smoother spirals and loops by working with the curve.

The cut wire has sharp ends. Take time to smooth these ends with an emery board or cloth to prevent them from poking you or snagging clothing.

Beads are sized in millimeters be sure the beads you choose have holes large enough for the gauge of the wire you are using.

ESTIMATED INVESTMENT COSTS

  • Necklace
    • Assorted beads – P10.00
    • Chain – P8.00
    • head pin – P2.00
    • Jump ring – P4.00
    • 8-12 in (20-30cm) 22-24 gauge half-hard wire – P10.00
    • Subtotal = P54.00
      • Indirect Materials
      • Fabric to prevent rolling of beads – P40.00
      • Needle nose/Long nose pliers – P50.00
      • Round nose pliers – P50.00
      • Wire cutters – P50.00
      • Tape measure – P30.00
      • Scissors – P30.00
      • Subtotal = P210.00
      • Estimated Total Investment Costs = P304.00
  • Earring
    • Balls beads – P10.00
    • Headpin- P2.00
    • Metal cap – P2.00
    • Metallic beads – P5.00
    • Ear nut -P1.50
    • French hook – P3.00
    • Subtotal = P25.00
      • Indirect Materials
      • Fabric to prevent rolling of beads – P40.00
      • Needle nose/Long nose pliers – P50.00
      • Round nose pliers – P50.00
      • Wire cutters – P50.00
      • Tape measure – P30.00
      • Scissors – P30.00
      • Subtotal = P210.00
      • Total = P275.00

*Based on 2009 Prices.

A. PROCEDURE

  1. GENERAL PROCEDURE
  • Plain Loop/Simple eye Loop
    • Measure about ½ of the wire from the last bead. With the long-nose pliers, bend the wire at a right angle.
    • With round nose pliers, grasp the very end of the wire where you place the wire in the jaws will determine the loop size. Use the tip for a tiny loop and the widest part of the jaw for a large loop.
    • Use needle-nose pliers to flatten and straighten the loop. It should sit at the center of the wire end. Leave the loop open.
  • Wrapped Loop
    • Measure about 1 ½ of the wire, with the long nose pliers, bend the wire at a right angle.
    • Using round nose pliers, position the jaws vertically In the bend.
    • Bring the wire over the top jaw of the pliers.
    • Keep the jaws vertical and reposition the pliers lower jaw snugly in the loop. Wrap the wire down and around the bottom of the pliers. This is the first half of a wrapped loop.
    • Position the chain nose pliers’ jaws across the loop.
    • Wrap the wire tail around the wire stem, covering the stem between the loop and the top bead. Trim the excess wrapping wire and press the end close to the wraps with chain nose or crimping fliers.
  • Flat Spiral
    • Place the round nose pliers at the wire end and turn to make a loop
    • Grasp the loop firmly with the needle-nose pliers. Gently turn the pliers clockwise, holding the wire flat with your fingers and feeding it into tight spirals.
    • Continue until it reaches the diameter of your bead.

B. SPECIFIC PROCEDURE

  • Chunky Necklace with Wrapped Beads
    • Select the beads that you would like to wrap
    • Prepare the wire coil
    • Place the bead at the center of the coil. Bend the coiled wire until it covers the bead.
    • For the other beads, insert the headpin on the hole of the chain. Start from the middle.
    • Open a jump ring and insert the toggle clasp then attached it to the chain. Do the same to the other end.
  • Pearl Earrings
    • Get the headpin, place the metal cap in convex position than the ball bead followed by the metallic bead.
    • Make an eye loop
    • Insert the French hook on the loop. Close the loop using the needle-nose pliers.

ESTIMATED COSTING AND PRICING

  • Necklace
    • Product costing (per piece)
    • Direct Cost – P54.00
    • Indirect Cost
    • Labor Cost – P31.67
    • Transportation Cost (P100) – P8.33
    • Water and electricity (P40) – P3.33
    • Contingency Cost (10% of direct cost) – P5.40
    • Total Indirect Cost – P48.73
  • Production Cost
    • Total Direct Cost – P54.00
    • Add: Total Indirect Cost – P48.73
    • Total Production Cost – P102.73
    • Estimated Product Pricing
    • Production Cost/Piece – P102.73
    • Add: 20% Mark-up (Mark-up cost is 10%-40%)
    • Estimated Selling Price per piece – P123.28
    • Market Price – P150.00-200.00

Earring

    • Product costing (per piece)
    • Direct Cost – P25.50
    • Indirect Cost
    • Labor Cost – P31.67
    • Transportation Cost (P100) – P8.33
    • Water and electricity (P40) – P3.33
    • Contingency Cost (10% of direct cost) – P2.55
    • Total Indirect Cost – P45.88
    • Production Cost
    • Total Direct Cost – P25.50
    • Add: Total Indirect Cost – P45.88
    • Total Production Cost – P71.38
    • Estimated Product Pricing
    • Production Cost/Piece – P71.38
    • Add: 20% Mark-up (Mark-up cost is 10%-40%) – P14.28
    • Estimated Selling Price per piece – P85.66
    • Market Price – P120.00-150.00

*Based on 12 pieces average daily produce

Source: www.DTI.gov.ph

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