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Spangle Transfer Profits

Wholesale Spangle Transfer Profits - $205.60/hour 

Rhinestone Transfers, Embroidery designs and patches, dtg printer shirts, vinyl, rhinestone car decals, heat transfers, sequin transfers and now Spangle transfers are all part of the same business, with the same goal in mind: Making money for you and your business!

The newest, and likely most PROFITABLE of all of these methods is hotfix spangle transfers produced by the new ProSpangle machine from ColDesi.

The Wholesale Business Scenario

We'll give 2 scenarios, one of which will apply to your business. The Wholesale Business will be analyzed below, which is just producing spangle transfers that you sell to businesses that heat press them on their own garments for resale. The Retail Example is analyzed in the section on the right side of this same page. 

All costs will be the same for ProSpangle Reels and Transfer Paper materials. 

Spangle T-Shirt Transfer Costs

There are 2 things that go into figuring out the costs for any transfer product, including spangle transfers, sequin transfers and rhinestone transfers, for example:

  1. Material Costs - What is the material or supply costs for making a t-shirt transfer?
  2.  Labor Costs – How long does it take to produce a spangle transfer?

Let’s take a look at those individually:

Material Costs are simple and so low for the actual spangle transfers that it’s almost not worth calculating.

The Cost of Transfer Paper

 The only other transfer production material cost is the transfer paper itself. Also called Hotfix tape, Hotfix paper and more, this is the material that you lay on the “table” and the ProPangle deposits the spangles on. It’s sticky on one side, which is the part you lay on the garment during pressing.

Transfer material comes in a variety of different sized rolls and precut pieces. It’s also tricky to estimate the costs, because your design may cover a 4” square or be a foot long and use the same number of spangles. But we’ll use that specific CHEER MOM design give you an idea of the costs.

Updated costing: August 2016

We now recommend using Acrylic Transfer Paper, which you can find through this link. The new, lower cost is now just $119.48 for a 16" by 100m roll. 

100m = 3,937" long. The Cheer Mom transfer we're using as a sample is 6.5" x 4".  That means that you can fit 605 of them long wise on a roll at 6.5", and you can go 4 across since they're only 4" wide, so 605 x 4 = 2,422 of these specific transfers on one roll of transfer tape!

2,422 transfers divided by the $119.48 for the roll means that the tape costs just a little under $.05 for each of these transfers. So even if it was TWICE as large, it would only be 1 dime per spangle transfer.

The Cost of Spangles

ProSpangle Reels, the spangle material itself, each hold about 262' of spangle material and sell for $8.25. If you are creating a design using 2mm spangles, you can get 26,400 spangles from ONE reel. So each spangle costs $.0003125 each.

The Cheer Mom SpanglesTransfer design pictured above contains 1,381 2mm  spangles, which means your spangle cost is 1381 X $.0003125 = $.43.

We have shown that your transfer paper cost is about $.05 so your cost for the completed CHEER MOM Hotfix spangle transfer is $.48

If you were using all 3mm spangles instead you would get 20,000 spangle per ProSpangle Reel, which brings your per spangle cost up to $.0004125 each. Your CHEER MOM design would now cost you $.56 for spangles and $.05 for the transfer paper = $.61 each. 

The 2 most common sizes for designs are 2mm and 3mm, so this is a realistic cost analysis per transfer. 

The Cost of Labor

Labor Costs are more difficult to calculate, because it depends on the cost of your employee’s time. One thing we can do though, is show you how fast the ProSpangle is. The following video will show a single CHEER MOM design 1380 spangles, running at 1000 spangles/minute.

The actual "print" time is 1 minute and 26 seconds.



Just using the most simple approach and 1 minute 30 seconds per design you could do 40 designs per HOUR!

Spangle Transfer Profits

Of course, your PROFITS are the most important thing!

Wholesale Example

Spangle transfers sell online for between $4 and $9 each. Our CHEER MOM example would probably sell for about $6.00.

We've already seen the ProSpangle working at 40 designs per hour.

$6.00 per transfer X 40 transfers per hour = $240/hour in revenues.

Remember that your costs are $.48 per design in our example so..

Your total cost for 40 designs is 40 x $.48 = $19.20

Your profits = $240 in revenues per hour minus $19.20 in spangles and transfer tape - $220.80

$220.80 in PROFIT per HOUR WHOLESALE

Just subtract your own hourly labor costs from that number.. and then get to work.

Of course you may not run at full capacity every hour, and  a more complex design will take longer, but the potential is amazing!

Spangle Transfer Retail Profits

Spangle Transfer Custom T-Shirt Profits = $268.09/Hour

When we talk about retail, we mean selling a completed product direct to a consumer. There is plenty of room for in-between, for providing a completed spangle t-shirt for example, to a store or online shop, but we’ll just look at you taking a finished product to market yourself for this example.

We will also use the same CHEER MOM design from out Wholesale Profits section.

The costs of producing the CHEER MOM spangle transfers with ProSpangle are exactly the same, of course, $.48. The things that will change are:

1.  Production time (labor cost) – you must allow for heat pressing, folding, hanging and shipping.

2.  Garment pricing – and this depends on the type of t-shirt, weight, sizes, etc.

Heat pressing will take approximately 15 to 30 seconds, including putting the shirt on the press, etc, but there are too many variables that depend on your specific shop, heat press model, t-shirt material etc. to develop a good estimate. However, we’ll use a good rule of thumb at 2 minutes per shirt for our purposes.

 

 

 You may be able to produce 40 transfers per hour, but if you need to heat press your spangle transfers onto a t-shirt. With your output time at around 1.5 minutes and your heat press time at 2 minutes, that's 3.5 minutes per finished product.


Using this example, you will be able to produce 17 completed custom spangle t-shirts per hour.

The actual shirts pictured in the videos and on the Gallery page cost approximately $2.60 each - your costs may be as low as $2 or higher than the example depending on brand, quality, sizes, etc.

Your total cost per finished garment will be $.48 for the transfer + $2.60 for the t-shirt in our example = $3.08 total.

Retail Pricing for Bling T-Shirts


A recent search online for a "cheer mom" rhinestone or bling t-shirt showed an average price for a finished tee at $18.85.

Our estimated t-shirt cost is $ 3.08 each. If we produce 17 shirts per hour, that’s $52.36 in material cost/hour.

17 finished shirts at $18.85 each = $320.45 in revenues per hour.

Your profits = $320.45/hour in revenues - $52.36 /hour in hard costs =
$268.09 IN PROFIT per HOUR

Just subtract your labor cost for that hour for your net profit.

Of course, this is a very simplified cost and profit model we’re using to help you evaluate the ProSpangle transfer business, but it’s a great place to start! Simply customize with your labor an overhead costs and allow for marketing efforts, etc. and you’ll realize that ProSpangle spangle transfers are a great way to add profits to your new or existing apparel decorating business!

For information on leasing a ProSpangle spangle transfer machine follow this link.
ProSpangle Reels
Cost of Spangle Transfer Material
The spangle material, which is purchased from Colman and Company, is delivered to you in ProSpangle Reels, the same ones that are on the machine when it arrives and pictured in the videos. Each reel is 80 meters long, which is just over 262 feet, and sells for $8.25.

 

Since you can punch out a variety of sizes, all the way up to 7mm, the the cost of each individual spangle will vary. We’ll use the most common sizes of 2mm, 3mm and 4mm spangles and will measure them in Gross (144 pieces) so it’s easier to grasp the numbers.

 

2mm spangles: you can produce 26,400 2mm spangles, which is the size of an SS06 rhinestone, from an 80 meter spool. The spool is $8.25

 

$8.25 / 26,400 spangles = $.0003125 each or $.045 per gross. An average design of 800 spangles would cost $.25 in spangles. The same design in a color rhinestone would cost $3.80 in stones, depending on your purchase.

 

3mm spangles: you can produce20,000 3mm spangles, which is the size of an SS10, from an 80 meter spool at the $8.25 price.

 

$8.25 / 20,000 spangles = $.0004125 each or $.06 per gross. Using the same design size of 800 spangles, your cost would be $.33 in spangles.

 

4mm spangles: this is where your material cost savings really multiply! You can produce 16,400 spangles from one 80 meter reel of material at the $8.25 price.

 

$8.25 / 16,400 = $.0005 each or $.075 per gross. 4mm, SS16 color Hotfix rhinestones sell for up to $1.50 per gross. That’s a HUGE savings. So an 800 spangle design would cost you just $.40 for the entire design!
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