` How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? Your home for art glass discussion. Welcome, Guest. Please login or register. 1 Hour 1 Day 1 Week 1 Month Forever Login with username, password and session length Home Help Search Calendar Gallery Login Register Stained Glass Forums » Forum » General Category (Forum & Glass Related) » General Art Glass Discussion » How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? Stainedglassville Gallery ~ Random Images « previous next » Print Pages:  Go Down Author Topic: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? (Read 2265 times) 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. Labpack Mom Jr. Member Posts: 18 How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « on: October 08, 2013, 11:01:09 AM » Hi all, after a 5 year break from glass, and a recent move from one city to a new city, I'm working on a personal window. Small semi-circle in front door, I just couldn't stand to look it every day. One of those wagon wheel looking plastic moldings over both sides of the clear glass. Making me nuts. Drew up some stylized poppies and have been working on it a little. Now that people have found out I'm doing a little glass, they're starting to ask about commissions. Doubt I'll take much on, as our craft is quite a Time Bandit. :-)But here is the big question, wonder what I'd even begin to quote as a price per sq. ft. if some of the begging gets to me? All I moved with me from old studio was my tools, work bench, slight bit of glass and zinc, no lead. I went into the big city I live just outside of and bought the lead for the little semi circle window over the week end. I just about fell over at the prices! Literally double what it was when I stopped years back. Didn't look at glass or solder prices though. Have things gone up that much? I know general rule of thumb for quality custom leaded work used to be around a C note a sq. ft., seeing the lead prices now, I know that won't work these days. Even if purchasing wholesale, have to figure % of increase is relative since I used to grab a little at local retailer when in a time crunch. Mind sharing a general ball park idea on price per sq. ft. these days? Logged Tod B. Super Member Posts: 774 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #1 on: October 08, 2013, 01:54:59 PM » Logged Please also visit Beall Glass Studio on Face Book art Sr. Member Posts: 423 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #2 on: October 08, 2013, 05:30:11 PM » I agree with Tod. It all depends on the quality of one's work and putting the right thing in front of the right person. The economy lately has put a damper on most everyone's pocketbook. Logged Labpack Mom Jr. Member Posts: 18 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 05:40:05 PM » That's an interesting way of going about it. Never thought of that. When someone 1st asks about cost I've always asked them for a general size, did the math without telling them how, and told them in the ball park of "X", depending on degree of complexity, what type of glass you select, etc. Just a general ball park jumping off point so I have some sort of answer. Seems a lot of people are in the dark, and don't know if what they want is going to run them $500 or $2,500. No point in waisting my time or theirs if we're too far apart to meet and get specific. Guess a better way to post my Q would be "what % of an increase does anyone feel have materials taken over the last 5 years?". I don't know, the lead I just bought really gave me sticker shock, maybe it's just metals that have gone up that much, maybe just the store I purchased it from is high. Will have to do some more looking around at current materials costs, I guess. Thanks! Logged Tod B. Super Member Posts: 774 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 05:57:43 PM » I think your basic instinct is right on. It's easy to do the old ballpark guestimate with a fair square foot price for your guide and the qualifiers you mention. Some people think they'll spend lots less than even your very low bottom price and it's good to help educate them so they can decide if stained glass is what they want to save for.Not sure how to address the current prices, tho. I buy as much lead as possible from a manufacturer (50# of a style minumum) and as much glass as possible wholesale. We've all found good deals on solder online (ebay, for example) and these are often mentioned on these forums. I like your attitude. - Tod Logged Please also visit Beall Glass Studio on Face Book Hartache Super Member Posts: 1686 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 07:13:36 PM » In the last ten years, almost everything used in stained glass has either doubled or tripled in price.Rebecca Logged Labpack Mom Jr. Member Posts: 18 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 10:51:34 AM » Hey Guys,Was able to answer my own question, actually FOUND old invoices! They are 8 years old, guess I still had the stuff on hand when building 5 years back. Rebecca, your educated guess was dead on. % of increase of 5 major components added and averaged in last 8 years came up to 296%. Yikes. Will have to proceed with caution if I take on anything for hire. Thanks for tip on solder on ebay Tod! You're right, much more reasonable! Have a great day all! Logged baringer Sr. Member Posts: 378 Re: How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013? « Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 07:34:30 AM » After I re retired,have stuck mostly with repairs.Almost all the work is fixing and replacing broken FLW and Tiffany type stuff.The midwest sure has a lot of it. .Clients can't find anyone to do the work. What finally woke me up when quoting was that I was way too low.Almost any price quoted was accepted immediately and that tells you something.I also learned that removal of really old (1900 to 1930)pieces involves woodworking which sometimes is off the walls and that's what drives the prices up. Time and labor for the removal and reinstallation are extremely important factors.Had a hard time learning that one. I now quote two prices .One, if the removal is what it looks like-easy- and two, if I find it's extremely difficult to remove.Clients have readily accepted these two numbers.Have found cardboard,shingle,tiles etc used to shim windows into position and then covered with molding.Also found where others fixed things and used 20 lbs. of caulking to cover misfits.It's a weird industry for sure.Good luck! Logged Print Pages:  Go Up « previous next » Stained Glass Forums » Forum » General Category (Forum & Glass Related) » General Art Glass Discussion » How many $ per sq. ft. in 2013?