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  1. Hi Chris. Naw..I really dont take myself too seriously when it comes to pricing. You see I have found that most people dont see the simplicity in making a product. Especially if the product already exist in some form or another. With the restaurants I keep it simple. I have a set of blankware for almost every thing and there is a shop here that carries a lot of these items for the local hotels and restaurants. Where i fill the nich is in customizing the items with their individual logos and business names. So I can be a cheap addon to any dish that needs replacing. I produce my own digital decals and so keep that cost to a minimum. I think my average cost for customizing a simple plate is $15.00 including the price of the plate. This only works because of volume.
  2. This question was one that I really examined 2 years ago. I was doing ceramics as a hobby for frieds etc and then I found that I was geting quite good at it. Trouble was that I also found that all my friends who were doing this were dirt poor and struggling. Now being the poor starving artist may sound romantic to some people but to me that was not going to cut the mustard. So when I quit my job as the director for ICT in major company it was with my eyes wide open, and I decided that if i were to do ceramics fulltime that i would need to move to a place where my cost of living was far less that in the USA. So I moved to the Caribbean and never looked back. The truth is that now I am doing very well. I am still doing the pieces I want to do but also doing the pieces people want to have. On a recent trip back home I found that my friends who are still struggling were still doing the same things with no intention of changing. Business is business and artists or not my business is ceramics and I treat it as such. I did not open a store. Instead I partnered with interior decorators for hotels and cruse ships. I found that tourists break things...often and in great amounts when drunk. So I offered insurance to hotels. They pay me a retainer and I replace the stuff that breaks. I am now moving into customizing cuttelery for hotes, restaurants and bots, by puting personalized decals on already existing ceramics like plates etc. I purchased the equipment and learned how to opperate it myself and so fat so good. If this business stops paying my bills then I'll get out of it. Plain and simple. We have to become more business savvy and less romatic.
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    Diana, thank you so much for the reply. I am just starting something new here and the images are coming off of my photoshop. Im not so sure how silkscreening works so my images arent silkscreened. I guess the problem right now is that I am just starting this and only need a few sheets to see if its even gonna work. I have looked at some places on the internet and of course they have to do so much prep work that I might have to go a different direction. If I could find someone that would give me a break and make it affordable to start off with, and my project worked..they would have my business forever!! Thanks again! Cheri Hello there. I am new to the site but an old hat at decal production. I use a digital ceramic system for my decals. I produce full color decals from photoshop and corel draw etc. The system is very good and I produce ceramic medallions, head stones and murals for kitches and bathrooms. It was rather expensive to begin with but definately worth it. I have also learned how to modify the printers to use the ceramic toners so I have modified a few in the past year or so. If you are just looking to purchase the printed decals then I can accomodate you. I am in Florida so shipping will be easy. Incidentally the system also produces decals for glass. I am now experimenting with glass decals on marble and granite. Hopefully my new approach will yield some positive results. You can email me at law.450@hotmail.com.
  4. Hello...I have a ceramic decal business and we produce full color decals. The problem you are experiencing results from you applying a decal to an unglazed surface. Decals can be fired on an unglazed surface; however there is a specific process that has to be adhered to. 1) - Clean greenware as normal. 2) - Prepare a solution of ½ water and ½ white hobby glue (e.g. Elmer's glue or equal). Or, use APT-Il Ceramic Enhancer straight out of the bottle (an excellent product). 3) - Sponge or brush on two thin, even coats of either solution onto the area where the decal is to be applied. Allow to dry between each coat. 4) - Apply a third coat and put decal in water so that it will be ready to apply (see "APPLICATION" Section). 5) - Before the third coat is dry (i.e.,while it is still a little tacky), apply decal to prepared area. 6) - Carefully blot decal with a paper towel or cloth to remove bubbles and smooth out decal. Do not squeegee. 7) - Allow to dry for 24 hours. 8) - Fire with your next greenware firing (cone 04-06). 9) - Spray a matte or gloss sealer to protect from being see http://www.beldecal.com/how_to.cfm