Remember how I mentioned last week that I had to keep my hands busy to keep from going stir crazy when the hubby was in surgery? Well, here's what I made during that time.
Of course, I've got some duplicates now, since folks have asked me for the same pair over and over. Funny, that's always how it seems to happen. If I make a plethora of items, in a myriad of colors, I'll inevitably get at least 4 people ask me to make the same ones... Actually, it doesn't matter if I do have a large choice of colors, I still get the "Oooh, I love these! But could you make them in (insert color of choice here)". LOL!
The worse for me has been when folks ask for custom pieces, love the design on paper, and even though I offer my personal artistic opinion at times and advise tweaking some of the details, they'll insist on their idea, only to be very disappointed at the end result. (Which inevitably will make me feel like my work isn't good enough...) The second worse is when someone orders a custom piece, then the person just up and disappears! (as in leaves town, not goes missing or something like that... That's NOT nice!!! - especially if it was made to a person's specific size requirements, or the piece is personalized with the client's name)
Lesson learned: Now, when asked for custom orders, I ask for a 50% deposit. And a 'do over' will double the cost. See, if the person is too, um, un-bright to listen to my expert opinion on jewelry design, then I really don't think that I should be the one penalized for all the hard work I invest.
K, I'm hooked (pun intended!), I've got to make a few more pairs of these, since at least a dozen are going to be making their way to Wisconsin, and another dozen will probably be in permanent residence in my jewelry box. ;)