Originally Posted by brincess_b
You are a custom caker - why on earth would u charge basic grocery store prices?! I think after this ur priority needs to be learning how to value your time, and ur quality - I bet urs are tastier and look better, are personalised, and take a lot of time - all of which justifies a higher price tag. So at that price, what are you personally making per hour?
Hopefully the extruder works, or I'd try a smaller tip.
Ok, well....I guess because I havent done these before so I didnt really know how long it would take me or how hard it would be. I have a bad habit of telling every customer, "SURE I can do it!" and then try to figure out HOW to do it afterwards. But I guess honestly when you are in this business, someone is always gonna ask you to do something you havent done before. You cant keep saying no, so sometimes you gotta wing it....I guess. My phylosophy anyway.
After doing them Im think you are right 1.50-2.00 minimum. I tried the clay in the extruder and it worked. Only thing is I had to work very fast because the strands kept drying out and breaking when I tried to pick them up. They stuck to the chocolate cake with just a little pressure. That part wasnt too difficult.
At this point Im realizing how tedious and horrible this job it. Not only that, but handling the chocolate so much is making prints all over them. OH! And what's this? The black dye in the candy clay is coming off all over my hands and now its getting on my chocolate. Wonderful. So I finish and I look at them...they dont look wonderful because of all the smudges and fingerprints....so my genious idea is to dust them with some pearl dust to see if it will hide the prints. It doesnt look too bad, but it turns the black ribbon greyer than I thought it would. So I try to brush it off the ribbon but its stuck. I go over it wil water, doesnt work....so my next genious idea is to paint some black dye on the ribbons. So now Im sitting here praying that dye will actually dry and I can use these stupid things.
What a pain in the A$$!!!!!!!! I will never do this again. EVER. Ill mold ya a chocolate, but no way am I gonna sit there are decorate it. lol.
NOW. Another question. These that I made today are technically samples for her. She is paying .75 a piece for these. WOULD IT BE WRONG to tell her I have to raise the price if she decides to order them for her wedding in October? Honestly if that deters her from ordering them that would be fine with me. Ugh.