For blacksmithing projects, the costs are determined by the complexity of the project. Each project will be hand made and one of a kind, and no two will be alike for different individuals.
Clients are charged fair market prices. Generally, 50% is due up front and 50% is due upon delivery and/or installation.
A few projects may not be bid out if they are extremely difficult architectural projects, and they will be calculated as the project progresses. Sometimes people do not understand why hand made ornamental ironwork costs so much. To put it most simply, it is a labor-intensive process, it is dangerous, and it is time consuming.
To make ornamental ironwork, a blacksmith must do the following: design, measure, and obtain the metal or the found objects. To continue crafting the piece, smiths then cut, make jigs, forge, flatten, shape and re-shape, bend and straighten, hammer, weld, grind, sand, texture, do a test installation, re-measure or re-work if necessary, clean, wax, and apply finishes, and then they must pack and transport the piece along with the necessary tools to do the installation.
Each piece of iron is repeatedly handled throughout the different processes. This is why ironwork that is hand made costs more than quickly fabricated metal pieces found in many stores.
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