The impact of weights and measures in expressions and artworks creation is a not frequently talked about theme, but rather one that has importance in materials cost. Information of standard estimation and weight of items will remove the mystery from planning expense and size necessities of displaying generous craftsman pieces. Clients in the craftsmanship showcase acknowledge exact depiction of weight and estimation at time of procurement. Transportation and coordinations organizations additionally require exact data about bundling of a piece to compute expenses for benefit. Here are five (5) key themes identified with estimation and weight in expressions and artworks generation and deal:

Product Size

Description of dimensions of an arts or crafts item should accompany the work in display on exhibit or online. Catalogues offer a good example of how product size is used to sell items. Whether it is personal items such as imitation jewellery or sarees items or even larger production craft pieces like furniture or wall mural triptychs, customers will want accurate description of dimensions to proceed with a purchase.

National Measurements

Dependent upon country, measurements in materials and in product will be in “English” system (US) or “Metric” system (UK) Units. Make sure you have reviewed the conversion if not the system you are accustomed to using. Measuring tapes in the India, for example, generally offer both measurements so that it s easy to calculate length, height, circumference, etc. Certain trades only use the metric system to catalogue products at present. Review your particular crafts field for standard unit usage.

Product Weight

Shipping of items will require weight. Weight arts and crafts items alone,  and with requisite packaging. Fragile items requiring wooden crates will obviously weigh far more than the original item. Check with your transport carrier for rules and packing recommendations to make sure that all weight is accounted for. Weight for wall hangings and furniture can be significant. Access to a dolly and industrial weight scale may be necessary. Customers needing assistance with heavier items should be warned of weight provisions in advance. It will give them time to find a volunteer or service party to manage the moving experience.

Materials Weight

Raw materials can contribute significant weight to a product. Artists and crafts persons often employ a range of weights in fabric, glass, paint, steel, yarn and wood materials to attain a chosen effect.

Painters use electronic scales to weigh paintings. Liquid paint also comes in tubes and containers marked with weight. Some artists prefer to purchase paint and finishing lacquer pints rather than small tubes. Ask for weight of paints for below market cost at a time of order. Many art supply dealers offer a percentage off for bulk or volume purchasing. Acknowledging weight on an order will provide you with some leverage to request a deeper discount.

Weavers also face weight challenges when appropriating multiple types of yarn into a work. Yarns of different thickness are used by crocheters,fiber artists, knitters and weavers. Gauge and tension descriptions are “yarn type” (Us) and “ply” typically metric standard. The metric system conversion may not apply for regional standards. The following equation is used to determine the weight of wrap and weft to woven goods: Weight= (0.65 *qty. of  fabric  (meters) * no. of wrap ends) / count.

Price Listing Products

Materials of higher weights typically add cost to an item. If work is trademarked, weight may be a regulated reporting issue.  Accuracy in materials reporting and weight stamping of precious metals and precious and semi-precious stone packaging is required.

Art connoisseurs and artists seeking materials are suspicious of unlisted prices. Art and crafts value is largely a subjective rather than fixed market. When looking for a fair price, traders in this sector voice desire for equity in exchange. By attending to measurement and weight features of materials and finished products, arts sector sellers will have a better response and customer churn. Clients with an easy experience in shipping, mounting and installing arts and crafts share the same desire to complete an artistic experience as the artist themselves.

If an item or volume of materials is excessive in price due to weight or size, it is better to clarify this fact in writing so that an item(s) sell. Demand for odd weights and sizes are not unusual in the arts and crafts world, yet supply must be especially important, as each detail can attribute more costs from point of transport to point of installation. No one wants to cut around a door to receive their new artwork or furniture. Inaccurate measurements can cause havoc and cost even more.

Artists selling in studio are advised similar protocol. Display cases with price tags facing up are more appreciated than those without a copied listing. Customers will often ask once in a storefront studio, and then again on the phone or in a fax or email. Artists using a makeshift pricing system may annoy or turn away customers if they are not keeping accurate record of price listings. Price sheets posted online should match those in the studio so that arbitrary price negotiations do not consume time, energy or customer enthusiasm to the point that they walk awy. Measurement and weight related costs resulting in price changes should be communicated for best results.