Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Custom Orders

by Izzy Winterhart

Sometimes I love custom orders.  It's flattering when a customer comes to you and says "I love your work" and "really would like you to make".  Like recently when I made this ring.  My first custom order from a guy.

Originally he wanted leopardskin jasper but I couldn't find a cabochon small enough to do a cold connection bezel.  Then he said, "how about tiger eye".  "Perfect", I said, because I knew I had the perfect one that was waiting for a chance in the spotlight.  

I'm pleased as punch that this little guy turned out to be a beauty and so is my customer.  I typically like to fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to creating, but occasionally it's nice to have a special request.

How about you?  Are you a seat pant flyer or a custom order guru?


6 comments:

stacilouise said...

I think my entire life (to my uber organized husbands dismay) is fly by the seat of my pants! LOL! Except jewelry shows, I am organized about that. eVerything else is like, "Hmmmm. lets just get some stuff out and see what happens"

Stacie Florer said...

Love this design!!!

mairedodd said...

great job, izzy!
ahh, custom orders... they are flattering and meaningful... and they can teach you so very much...
but i love seeing where my muse leads usually...

Artisan Beads Plus said...

With me, it depends. I prefer the seat of my pants approach, but have done many custom orders. I have to say that sometimes I over think the custom orders and worry too much. I don't typically take them anymore unless it is a large order and from a person that is easy to work with. It can be an enjoyable experience, but I've also had some that were not so enjoyable.
MaryAnn

Kelli said...

I'd much rather fly free, but I do a LOT of custom orders.

Spirited Earth said...

I've tried doing custom orders but with my glaze technique, the colors vary and are unpredictible..which is something I like, but it makes it difficult to try and meet someone else's vision..and that stresses me out.

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