making a custom order, challenge accepted

Custom orders… Eep! Challenge accepted!

”What’s up with that weird title?” you may ask. To keep it short; I’m scared of custom orders! As much as I like creating something for someone, I’m really afraid of screwing it up. When someone places a custom order, they have something in mind, and of course they’d like for me to recreate the image in their head. That’s the part that scares me the most to be honest. Not being able to create what the customer wishes for.

The reason I’m writing about this topic right now is, that I’ve been doing some custom orders for friends lately, as I mentioned in an earlier post. It makes me happy when my friends are happy, and of course I’m always giving 110%. I’m always nervous though, as I’m afraid of doing something wrong, or not to the liking of the one who ordered something from me. Okay, granted, I’ve not had any complaints until now, which boosts my self-confidence a bit, but the fear is still there.

The past 2 days (yes, 2 days!), I’ve been working on a bottle charm with a nebula inside. I both read and watched many tutorials on how to do it, and followed the ones that seemed to make the most sense. But as I did as explained, I noticed that every single tutorial is actually flawed to the point, where it’s basically useless. In the beginning, the nebula was blue at the bottom, but now it’s purple. An air pocket has made its way to the top of the bottle, which I can see in the tutorials too, but no one explains how to avoid it. And my biggest problem was to glue the cork to the bottle neck, as it was wet inside.

Okay, so today is my third day with that… thing, and it seems like there is nothing to do about the air pocket, other than just hoping it won’t grow bigger. I don’t get why the blue turned purple all of a sudden, but as it was meant to be a purple nebula with stars anyway, I’m not that concerned about it (yet, it still bugs the hell out of me!). And the cork is finally glued and shut tight, although it won’t completely dry inside. I took photos of it, and am ready for Etsy, and then shipping.

But hey… What if these flaws turn out to be what brings this project down? What if she doesn’t like what she gets? What if the air spreads? What if I’ll never learn how to create these bottles? What of every bottle ever created has these flaws, but no one tells you in the tutorials? I don’t knooow!

So, what does that have to do with custom orders in general? The thing is that I would have never wanted to create a nebula bottle, had I not been given this order. It was never my intention to make such bottles, ever. But I was like “Yeah, challenge accepted!” as usual. I kind of regret taking the order now, but then again, I would never have known had she not wished for a nebula bottle. Y’neea, you evil creature! *lol*

Moving on to the next order, I now have one listed for another bottle charm, but for someone else, which is meant to be a gift for a beloved person. Yeah, like that won’t make me shit my pants, right? Now it doesn’t only have to please the customer, but also her beloved. I’m dying here… But it’s nothing I can do right now anyway, as the rest of the year is fully booked for me. Etsy shop opening next week, dog is coming in 2 weeks, boyfriend’s birthday is in less than a month, and then we’re packing through all of September, and hoping to move during October instead of November. December is full of birthdays, and I take it we’re hosting Christmas again since we get a new house… Agh! But she knows, so it’s all fine…

It really irks me having to wait with a custom order, so I’ll probably think “Challenge accepted!” again, and do it sometime in-between. As it’s once again something I haven’t done before though, I’ll probably end up stressing over it for days, and then go cry in the corner.

Uh, and a friend sent me an art challenge on Instagram yesterday, and of course I thought “Challenge accepted!” right away, although I have no time for it… orz *cry*

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