I normally get 3 to 5 hours max to spend in my studio per day. It’s gotten to the point where I now consider it job 2 (yay! I love the extra moolah, but along with all that it’s a lot of extra work)… I still love the time I spend creating, but it has grown to so much more than just a hobby and requires more of a schedule of when I do things.
Last year I did mostly made-to-order beads, but this year I decided it was time to change that: instead of creating a few of this and few of that when someone asked for it, I needed to be able to create in larger quantities, stock up, and then hopefully have time to design some new things.
I say hopefully, because I haven’t yet made it there yet… every time I think I’ve got a surplus of something… an order or two comes in and there they go! But I’m getting a little closer! Yes, it’s my second job and I truly love it!
So for today’s post I wanted to take you on a mini tour of my typical work day:
Every day starts with critters. Today it was bunnies and fawns——these guys are getting their glaze—— it takes five coats to get them finished.
In between the glaze coats drying, I’m priming the next critters for painting. I’m a nut for multi-tasking and efficiency! I hate sitting still waiting for paint to dry, beads to bake, etc, so I always have more than one or two (or four!) different projects running at the same time.
Here are some more critters and focals waiting their turn for priming and antiquing. These are from about a day and a half of shaping and sculpting.
The primer is drying, so now I’m blending polymer colors for another day. I don’t like to mix colors on the same day I’m going to use them because all the mixing makes the polymer too soft for handling and sculpting fine details.
And finally, more casting. These guys will be ready for detail sculpting tomorrow… or later tonight if I can squeeze in some extra time…
So, how does a typical day in your studio go for you? Are you just scrapping by with a couple hours a day, or are you lucky enough to create for a living? Are you a multi-tasker or do you like to complete one project before starting something new? Do you keep to a schedule? Or is it whenever the muse strikes?
Do share! 🙂