!! First Commissioned Piece !!
Try Wonder’s first custom order has been fulfilled! This calls for a major celebration. But a part of me is worried, and dreading any complaints. The thing is, it’s good, but not good enough, at least according to my standards. I wish I could restart the entire process and not come up with that design in the first place. But it is what it is, and I’ve got a happy client, so I can’t complain right?
Everything (almost everything) that could go wrong, probably did. But man did I learn from it. They include, but are not limited to:
- More time for production
- Know what you can and cannot do (ie. don’t overestimate your skills)
- Have a backup plan
- Know the costs of that plan
- Know the time needed for that plan
- Remember to get all the materials and tools needed
- Allow for buffer time
- Bring sandpaper and polishing pads with you if you’re not doing the packaging in the workshop
- Trust your brother
- And trust yourself.
I thought I did a shit job, and I think I could have done better. But deadlines are deadlines and it is what it is.
My brother was the one that hooked us up, and he was the one liaising, and damn did he do a good job. (I think he might start charging me in the future, but we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.) I was so done with the project that I snapped a half hearted photo of the bracelet to tell him it’s been sent. It had no fancy background, proper lighting, or editing and all that shenanigans. But I still got a positive response.
I realised that my idea of perfect and satisfactory (they’re same thing to me basically) is very different from when you just look at it as a piece of jewellery. I might be alone in this, but I suspect many other makers are the same. We see the nitty gritty bits of the pieces that seem to spoil everything. But really, no one really gives 2 shits about it. Of course, that’s not aways the case, but that's the general idea.
Our pieces are like our babies. They are literally conceived from our heads and made from nothing with all the effort we can put in, and we’re naturally very attached to it. Sometimes, we just need to let them go when the time comes (deadlines), and trust that they can speak for themselves. Trust yourself, that your best is good enough.