Do you ever feel like not selling?
No, I have not gone crazy (well, at least completely...). And please don't misunderstand me: I love my customers, I'm ecstatic that there's something I do that brings me such pleasure AND that some people appreciate and will actually pay for it! It's quite a rush to see someone wearing my necklaces and I wouldn't want it any other way.
I don't like the compromise. You know, that thing that tells you while you're creating "wow, to finish this necklace I could make an elaborate awesome clasp, experiment with enameling some beads, try my hand at bezel setting this stone... but that would take 5 more hours, the final cost of the piece would be too much and it would not sell..."
Because I need to sell - no, don't be silly, not to recover the money I already spent, to buy more supplies! and tools! oh, tools....
Seriously: when you work a full time job and have little time to dedicate to making jewelry, it's hard to find a balance between making enough items using techniques you already know and feel comfortable with, sell them at a reasonable cost to the customer so you can keep on feeding the habit, and devoting time to slowing down, learning a new technique, trying something in a different way - something that might be ruined, that maybe won't work at first, something that'll take you 10 hours to do now but hopefully 1 hour only next month.
But those are the things that keep me interested. I want to push myself more, learn more. I compare what I do to what I could be doing, and just want to keep on going. But that takes time. When I look back, I see how far I've come, but when I look forward, the road seems so much longer...
So I'll just wait until that billionaire uncle with no family that I don't know of leaves me all his fortune so that I can then spend my time improving my techniques, attending classes, learning new stuff, taking one month to make each piece and then offering them as gifts to anyone who wants them. No compromise.
Until then, maybe I can come up with some workable schedule - actually setting aside some time each week to learn - making myself not care about ruining supplies, and then spend the rest of my available time focused on pieces for sale.
Is this an issue for you too? Do you struggle and do you catch yourself holding back on your pieces to make sure they're affordable? I would love to know.