I have been procrastinating writing this post all day, so it is just after 4 pm EST and here I sit. I have been a busy bee today; not only am I working a 12hr shift, but I’ve been researching for hours while my patient sleeps. I feel like there are a billion things I need to do to take Contortum Designs to the next level and I’m just not sure where to start. My looming and long To-Do list is partially why production has slowed.
I am still working on perfecting the art of making wire wrapped rings, and I won’t lie, it has been frustrating! As soon as I think I’ve got it, something goes wrong. I think I know what (at least part of) the problem is, I’ve been using half hard wire and I think I need dead soft, though that is really just a guess. Also, I’m not using round beads, I’m using faceted Swarovsky crystals, so I may have to go round. But I like how the facets sparkle!
My biggest production-slower-downer however is a major lack of $$$! Everything that goes into Contortum Designs first comes out of my personal bank account, which rarely climbs higher than a couple hundred dollars at a time. After rent, utilities, food and other monthly expenses, I have to stretch the ends to make them meet! I know I am not alone with the financial struggles, so I just have to keep on keepin on and hope sales go up! I’ve told myself I can’t purchase any more supplies (such as dead soft wire and round beads) until I make another sale, but this is hard for me. I have never been good at managing my money, you might say I’m a shop-aholic and that is a hard habit to break.
I would love to hear from other artisans who have been (or are) where I find myself currently, and any advice or tips you can offer!
Happy Monday All!