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The WyzGuy Radio Show with Jason Michael -Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur

The WyzGuy Radio Show is dedicated to Educating and Inspiring through conversations with todays top-talents in the world of glass. Along with Artists, Host Jason Michael shares conversations with experts in areas pertaining to law, health, and business in hopes to bring light to areas of concern. Whether its heavy metal toxins, paying taxes, or how to properly set up a glass studio, we have a ton of fun in store for you.
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Now displaying: June, 2015
Jun 30, 2015

A little chit-chat in between interviews.... I mentioned Tuesday as being the day to start posting pics of your pendants but I misspoke.... Thursday July 2nd.   Look forward to seeing everyone's posts in the Facebook group page....  If you haven't joined the group go ahead and Jump on in. Whether you're a glass artist, retail shop, or collector these pendants will be available on the wyzguyradio ETSY page.  Have a great day 

J.Michael 

jmichaelglass76@gmail.com

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Jun 26, 2015

in part 3 we continue to unpack Chris's business routines, perspective on production and why working with other artists is beneficial. 

 

Goto Www.facebook.com/wyzguyradio for details on the 30-day challenge 

Jun 24, 2015

In this episode Chris and I unpack his influences in in glass and explore his humble beginnings. We also discuss current trends in the glass world and we share our excitement about the glass movement in general 

 this interview segment cuts off abruptly due to my dumbass deleting the entire interview which I was able to at least use what I had saved   Part 3- is a complete redo of the end of our chat. The fun side of learning as you go!!!!

Don't forget to register for our newsletter which will enter you into our Giveaway which will happen July 1st.  

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Jun 23, 2015

In this Episode Chris, The Goblin King introduces his roots and upbringing isn't the world of Flameworking. Having a minimal formal education, Chris strives to be the best in every step of his progress. Humble and transparent he delivers a boat load of value bombs for the the glass artists from newbie to OG!!   This is part 1/3.  It's a bit shorter in length then the last 2-parts.  

Me joy the show and flame on!!!!

 

We are currently looking to bring a few sponsors on board. If interested please contact myself at jmichaelglass76@gmail.com  

 

I also discuss the concept for the 30-day challenge which will begin July 1st   30-pendants in 30-days. There is now a newly created ETSY PAGE  that I will begin spicing up this week and get it ready to promote and sell those at sits who are participating in the challenge. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 20, 2015

in this episode I start the brainstorming for a new idea for a 30-day challenge. Pendant a day for the entire month of July.  I'll be setting up a BigCartel page for the show where you will have a place to sell your work or purchase the work as well!!  Episode 8 I will get into more of the details.   

 

Please send your ideas to jmichaelglass76@gmail.com

Jun 17, 2015

In this episode I discuss the pros and cons of selling your work through a distributor. 

I personally sell my work through 2-distributors and several retailers directly. The benefits of both allow for a consistent income without putting all your eggs in one basket. On one hand you have a catalog that has a broader reach of distribution allowing more exposure for your line of work. Selling to a select few retailers gives you an outlet for one-offs and a higher profit margin. I cherish the relationships built over the years with my retail accounts and consider many of them family. 

Most distributors take a 25% fee off the top of the wholesale. If you sell an item for $10.00 wholesale the distributor will then pay you $7.75 per item. If you calculate your time and gas that it takes to drive around and hope to sell orders it is way more beneficial to work with a distributor. On the otherhand dealing with a few select retail stores you may make more of a profit but limit yourself to a broader distribution nationally.  When you first start out I recommend starting off sellling to a select few shops and have then help you find the right pricing based on their customers feedback. In the long run you can then fine tune your line and become more consistent which you can then approach the catalog companies. 

When building relationships it is important to know that you will need to mail off FREE samples giving the distributors an physical sample of your work. This allows them to settle on pricing and then if they accept the item they have it for photographing it for their catalog.  

 

 

below is a basic calculation you can use when figuring out cost of manufacturing your items. 

 

How to calculate cost of production 
 
This is a generic example 
 
In this example I'm using reference from internet which has material price based on length .....
 
3"-wrap and rake hand pipe 
 
Material breakdown : 
-2"point of simax 25.4 hvy wall ($8.00/60") 
-$0.26
 
-1/2" section of color -cobalt firsts ($5.25/18") 
$0.15
 
-9" section 4mm clear for raking ($0.52/60")
$0.09
 
Guestimated total for cost of
Goods
3"wrap and take spoon $0.26+$0.15+$0.09=$0.50
 
Propane/oxygen/power is pennies on the dollar if you're able to get liquid oxygen. If you are renting space you still need to calculate your estimated per hour rate. If you pay 500.00/mo break it down to per day then estimate how many hours you work in a day and use that number as a base calculation.
500.00/month (30-day month) in approx $17.00/day (per hour in a 10-hr day) 
$1.70/hr (gases and power)
If you can make 10-$5.00 wrap spoons per hour your estimated cost per hour is 
Rent(power/gas) $1.70+(material x's 10-hr) $5.00= $6.70/hr to manufacture 10-$5.00 spoons 
 
Net-$50.00 -$6.70(cost to manufacture)=gross approx $43.00/hr.  
 
In a 8 hr day do the math.  You can see just by getting a good base line down for estimating your cost to manufacture you have the ability to make anywhere from 30-60.00/hr net. 
 
Gross= income 
Net =income-cost to manufacture =profit
 
Now take 15% of your net and put that aside for taxes !!!!
 
hope this helps. If anyone has questions feel free to contact me at jmichaelglass76@gmail.com 
 
 
WE ARE LOOKING FOR SPONSORS AND WOULD LOVE TO SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS. WHETHER YOURE AN ARTIST, RETSILER, DISTRIBUTOR OR MANUFACTURER OF RAW MATERIALS AND TOOLS  WE HAVE A BRAND NEW MEDIUM TO ADVERTISE YOUR BRAND!!! Contact me for pricing and details, 
 
 


 
 
Jun 16, 2015

 In this episode we discuss Coyle's passion and his love for art not only as a glass artist but art in different mediums such as painting and drawing .  Coyle's work has a whimsical, animated style which when you see it In person  you expect for it to jump off the shelf and walk away at any moment. As one of our modern pioneers in the glass industry, his work has set a standard and raisedthe bar for all new and established artists to strive for.  Dan'sperspective is if you're not having fun you're wasting your time .   

Hope you enjoy  

 

 

 

 For more information regarding calls work check out his website 

Www.icecoldglass.com

 

Jun 13, 2015

 

in this final instalment of my interview with Rashan Jones we discuss how Glass saved Rashans life. We also share our thoughts about the new generation of glass artists and a little bit more about the business side of flame working .  Rashan also shares with us a personal tragedy that he experience mid-way thru his glass career which he was not only able to overcome this tragedy but also how it made him stronger as a Father and Man.  Sit back and enjoy the final installment of episode 1.  

Jun 11, 2015

In this episode of The WyzGuy Radio Show Rashan and I delve a bit more into business discussing our flaws , areas we want to work on and the benefits of having an assistant. Shipping issues, social media distractions, and Facebook alga rhythms.....All the fun stuff we just love to ignore.....

Jun 8, 2015

In Part-1  Rashan discusses his journey in flame working, current projects in the works, balancing his passions with life outside of glass and a whole lot of insights into his business. 

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