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Smooth Subcontracting

How to ensure a good relationship with your contract service providers

 

Tell Them What You Want—and Know What to Expect

When beginning a project with a subcontractor, you should have a clear idea of what you would like done. Too many times, subcontractors will receive a model, CAD file, or piece to be repaired or modified with a two-word instruction—"Make it" or "Fix it"—and nothing more.

Instead, you should take the time to explain your exact expectations. Are there details you need emphasized in the final piece? Will it require a special finish? Should shanks and prongs be of a certain thickness? Do you need the piece by a certain date? Tell all of it to the subcontractor.

"It makes a big difference" when clients communicate what they want, says Teresa Fryé for Techform Advanced Casting Technology in Milwaukie, Oregon. "As a trade caster, we aren’t typically informed about a jeweler’s finishing and assembly plans, which often aren’t obvious. Knowing such plans ...