My Etsy store has been open for a while now, and I think I need to go ahead and try to set some guidelines for prices. I will only outline the prices of my polymer clay work here, as paintings are a completely different monster and I'm going to deal with those on a case-by-case basis.
First and foremost, please please please PLEASE DO NOT send me a link to something someone else has made and is selling and ask me to make it for a lower price. I have had people do this and no. Just no. First off, I'm not going to steal a sale that rightfully belongs to someone else, and secondly, I'm not going to undervalue my work. I went to art school, I put lots of time and effort into my work, and I am not going to give away my items just to say I made a sale. Sorry, but no. Some people work in an office, some people work in a factory, and I work at home, making things to sell.
My base price is $15 per hour, plus AT LEAST an extra $5 per item thrown in to cover the cost of materials, perhaps more if the materials I use are more expensive than what I usually use.
That being said, if you see something on my Etsy account or here on Deviantart that I have made before and you want me to make something very similar, I will charge you what the other one was priced at, even if I happen to take longer to make it.
PRICE GUIDE (All prices are for the base item, obviously more work means a higher price. These prices are not set in stone, it really does just depend on the item. These are just guidelines to give a general idea of what it will cost.)
Charm Necklaces- $20
The charms on these necklaces are about 1 inch tall. Each necklace comes in your choice of chain length and color, and comes with one charm each.
Slightly larger than charm necklaces, however they are not made to be worn. These are between 1 and 2 inches tall.
2-3 inches tall. These have more detail and may be holding a small prop.
3-5 inches tall. Can come with a prop. Starting at this size and going up, sculptures are usually painted instead of made using colored clay, however they are still made out of Premo Sculpey. Remember, the larger they get, the more likely it is that the price may end up increasing.
Extra Large Figurines-Case by Case
5-8 inches tall. At this size, it can take quite a while to make things, so a base price would be very difficult to work out.
Giant Figurines-Case by Case.
8 inches+. As before, the size of these makes it very difficult to put a price estimate without knowing the approximate size and details needed of the exact piece.
These are necklaces that are much more complex than simple charm necklaces. I spend time designing not just the clay parts, but also the chain. Usually, these necklaces have roses as the focal points. These are definitely statement pieces and are more showy than the charm necklaces.
These little guys are actually very time consuming to make. They will almost always cost more than another figurine in the same size category just due to the complexity.
Hopefully I'm not forgetting anything, but I feel like I probably will have to revise it more in the future as I get more orders and have more specific pricing issues to deal with.