Some of the lessons learned from the original design are to advantage of using a heart as a bead, the charm can be pulled off in a few cases, and the pearl coating can peel off on some people. If the bracelets are going to at risk individuals, it is best to not have the charm which can be used to injury.
Replace pearls – The costs of using the pearls per bracelet are $.15, using pony beads is $.18 (more beads required) and using the faceted plastic beads is $.09. Check out the design with a different heart and the faceted beads on the Modern Version page.
Eliminate Crimp Tool– Another way to join the stretch cord and eliminate the crimping tool is to tie the cord together with a surgeon’s knot. This is the same as a square knot, but with the cords wrapped twice when making the loops. This knot then needs to be secured with glue. We’ve used Fabri-Tac which is like a cold version of a hot glue gun. It dries quickly and can be used with fabric and machine washed and dried once set for 24 hours. I love this stuff!
Eliminate Jewelry Making Tools – These tools are needed to convert the vertical heart bead into a charm. There is a tool to curl the head pin into a loop and pliers to add the jump rings. You do not need to purchase this if you do not convert the bead into a charm and string the bead directly onto the stretch cord.
Make Envelopes – Additional savings can be achieved by making your own vellum envelopes. Instead of paying $.63 per bracelet for the envelopes, you can make your own using vellum sold in Value Packs of 50 and Envelope Template. Envelope cost is reduced to $.32 per bracelet. Besides directions, you can actually run the second page without the directions through your computer printer to print the outlines of the envelope onto your vellum. Then just use a paper trimmer to cut away the black out line and you’re all set with the angles requiring a little help with scissors.
Plan – Here are the detailed costs for the Be Still costs Original and for Be Still costs Modern These are also a good to use in Homeschooling to reinforce math lessons and to point out some business principles of piece cost and tooling costs. Before you spend any money, figure out on paper what you want to do. What is your scope (what do you plan on doing)? What is your timeline, how long will this take? How much money do you need to start (investment) and when will you get it back (ROI – Return on investment? Do you want to make a profit and if you do when and what will you do with the profit? Make a business plan before you spend any money.
. . . whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:21-23