One of my favorite things about commissions is that, often, they will send me out of my comfort zone, into new territory for me. This was one of those. I’d gotten into a bit of a rut with my elf ears, but this commission had me trying things I hadn’t before.
I am really pleased with how they turned out, and so is the person who ordered them! I may work some more in this style, and see how I can branch out from there.
Yesterday, we talked about how to begin working with me on a custom order. Today, we’ll finish!
After we’ve agreed on a price, what I’ll do then is make a listing for your custom order. It’ll be very clearly marked as a custom order for you (using either your name, or a nickname we’ve agreed upon. To use my own names as example: It could be either “Custom Order for Tracie!” or “Custom Order for Bramblefae!”), and it will always have this picture
The “Do not buy” is for anyone not you. In the event that someone pays no attention and buys a custom order, I’ll just immediately refund them (minus the listing fee) and relist it. That’s not happened so far, and it seems unlikely, by and large.
Once I’ve got the listing up, I will contact you via Etsy (or twitter DM or Facebook message) to give you the link to the listing. Once you’ve purchased the listing, I’ll then get started!
How long it will take for you to get the finished piece will depend. If I have to order components, obviously, it will take longer before you get it because I won’t be able to get started till I have everything. 🙂 And if you live outside the US, it’ll likely take longer to get to you. 🙂 And I work on commissions in the order I get them, so if I’ve got a backlog, it’ll take longer for you to get the piece. I’ll let you know all of these things when we’re talking about it, before you purchase so you have all the info.
As you can see now, allowing me to make you a customized piece of jewelry is simple, and a custom piece is often far more special because you had a hand in its creation. Also, I really do love working on custom orders, so don’t be nervous about asking for something special! 🙂
This is easily the question most asked by folks. I talk a lot about custom orders because I love doing them. I love that kind of interaction with you folks. 🙂 So, in the spirit of making the process as simple as possible, I’d like to walk ya’ll through the beginning of the process.
First, you have to go to my Etsy shop. I like to keep custom orders and commissions on Etsy at this point for ease and protection. This way, everything is documented, so I can keep track, and both buyer and seller have protections to make sure you and I have the best experience.
Once you’re at my shop, you’ll see a button on the left side of the screen that says, “Request Custom Order”. It’ll look like this:
Clicking that button will bring up a window that will let you tell me exactly what you want. It’ll even let you upload pictures, if you have references or inspiration pics to help explain your idea to me.
Once you’ve sent it, I’ll read it and get back to you with questions, sketches, clarifications, etc. This bit of back and forth can be short and fast, or it can be a lengthy thing. I always try to make sure that my idea of what you want matches your idea. Once we’re both very sure that we’re on the same page, I’ll then let you know how much I’ll be charging. I base my prices on a lot of things-cost of supplies, time it will take me, how many pieces are involved, etc- and I try to be pretty reasonable with my prices. Who likes a crappy deal? 🙂
After price is agreed (And ya’ll, there is no harm in saying, “Ok, that’s a bit out of my price range, thanks anyway.” We can then talk about whether there would be less expensive ways to do what you’re looking for, because sometimes that’s possible -by using different materials, or changing the design a bit- or we can leave it there.), I’ll set up a listing just for you, and I’ll talk about that more in tomorrow’s post!
This weekend I got to spend time with a couple of my sisters-in-law (I have a lot of them, all pretty amazing!). They scrapbook, but brought wire to work with. My intent had been to figure out some sort of “amulet” design that could be used by LARPer mages and healers and what-not. While I’m still working on ideas there, what I ended up making struck me much more as a potential holiday ornament.
I know it’s ENTIRELY too early to be thinking about Christmas and whatnot, but I want to ask ya’ll- Would wire ornaments be something you folks would like to see me do? Of course, I would offer different colors and such, but is there anything else you’d like to see, if you’re interested in the ornaments?
Thanks, folks, for taking a moment to fill out the poll. It really helps me make sure I’m making things ya’ll are actually interested in! 😀