I get good amount of inquiries for custom miniature frames and framing projects from Etsy through the made-to-order miniature frames I listed. Then in early January, I got a huge custom order and I thought I hit the mother load!
As usual. I was wrong.
A general mini-framing job can be done quick and easy, but the sheer number of pieces that were to be framed required a great deal of organization, planning, and image editing. The images were printed (300 DPI) on archival paper with archival ink. Extra supplies for the frames had to be ordered which added to the wait time. And the special requests for the frames made it more difficult than anticipated.
The big doozey are the frames for the Yaacov Agam pieces mimicking the frames seen in real life. I thought “no problem!” since its essentially cutting angled miters like you would for crown moulding. But it wasn’t until I sat down to work on them did I realize how difficult it was. Also considering the fact that I do not have any miniature power tools to make angled miters, it required lots of trial and error and wasted material doing it by hand.
Even so, the end result is some pretty good looking mini iconic framed artwork:
Overall, they pass the “macro test,” namely, taking macro pictures to check for close up defects. The goal really is to make the quality indistinguishable from a 1:1 scale piece when taken in macro photography. I am mostly pleased with how they turned out, though I do wish some parts to be cleaner cut and better fitted.
Right now, I am just so happy this project is finally done and over with. Its been going on for over a month now and it just need to be finished!
Bye Bye Custom Orders
This is likely my last custom order for a long while. Custom orders usually take a lot of time and I almost always underprice myself on them. After doing the math, it works out to me working below minimum wage on most of the custom projects. I am at the point where I am starting to resent them and I’d rather not feel that way.
If miniatures were only a hobby for me, I’d have no problem with pricing (as long as it covered material costs), but I am trying to make a living from miniatures and the math isn’t working out for the custom orders. On the upside, having no custom orders to worry about will finally allow me the time to finish up some on some goodies that have been in the works and to start building up my mini business!