Did you know, I offer commission work as part of the Fanklemade services I provide to customers?
I was recently commissioned to make a necklace as a special birthday present for a lucky lady. Having previously purchased some earrings from me, her partner wanted an illusion necklace with the same natural freshwater pearls.
The goal is to create something unique, meeting the client’s requirements and most importantly suiting and fitting the end recipient! The last point is especially important if the commission is a surprise gift for someone else. You need to glean as much information from the client as possible regarding measurements, what colours suit the wearer and also, what type of occasion the jewellery will be worn for example, worn daily or on special occasions.
Fit for purpose
All my jewellery is handmade, with cold connections, unlike factory made items. They are more delicate and need to be handled carefully. Knowing when the jewellery will be worn will help me determine the best process and materials to be used, to ensure it is fit for purpose.
For example, not all gemstones have the same level of durability. They are graded according to their hardness using the Mohs scale. It measures how resistant a gemstone or mineral is to being scratched or damaged when exposed to general wear and tear.
Jewellery worn on the hand or finger will normally be more exposed to wear and tear than necklaces or earrings.
All my creations have a little bit of me in them but commission work involves the vision of the client as well. So, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the client’s requirements. This means not only discussing the project at length at the beginning but also maintaining a conversation throughout the process. A continuous conversation is essential, especially at each stage of the project, to ensure my creation is in alignment with the client’s wishes.
Journey of Discovery
The interesting thing about commissions is I may end up making something I wouldn’t necessarily have considered before. It is an opportunity to consider new materials and possibly apply new techniques. Each new project is a journey of discovery and that is always fun!
Reviews and Recommendations
As a small business owner, it is important to me, not only to provide a good product and service to customers but also to receive feedback from them. It is fed back directly to me. I am able to react quickly, making changes where necessary. It helps me grow in my business, understanding what works and what doesn’t.
I am delighted to say that the customer and the recipient loved the finished piece and left lovely reviews for me.