When it comes to making kits, my slight tendencies towards OCD really comes in handy. I really have to be methodical about it 1) to keep my brain entertained when spending 15+ hours making the same thing over and over and 2) to make sure each and every kit really *is* one of a kind. I have really come to enjoy and look forward to creating the limited edition color combinations just for special teaching events. (You might remember the 2010 ArtBliss set and the 2011 set.)
The cleaning, sorting, organizing, stringing, and then playing goes a little something like this...
Kit Hours Clocked
15 hours torching (plus an additional 15 hours of kiln time)
1 hour photographing tutorial
3 hours creating tutorial pdf
1 hour cleaning beads
2 hours sorting & photographing
1 hour editing images & blogging
23 hours total so far (38 hours counting kiln time)
Still To Do
Choose & cut to length wire, package kits, list them on my website, ship them to the cruise local, and teach the class.
Thankfully, this is the biggest kit I need to make (it has 9 beads per kit). The nine other kits I'd like to create shouldn't take nearly as long... I hope. I couldn't be happier with the way these colors came together. I picked Light Steel Gray (because I think steel drums when I think Caribbean), Turquoise (for the blue of the water), Sunburst Coral (for the sun fun, obviously), Periwinkle (because I thought it brought it all together), and Ivory (because white would have looked terrible). Students taking my Bang A Rangs class will each have one of these kits and the others will be available at the Bead Bazaar in the evenings. Naturally, if there are any left, I'll let y'all have at 'em in my shop.
Then... the fun part of this kind of photo shoot...