Chris, I know that Paul Chenoweth here on the forum prints decals, but I do believe they are the iron oxide. But check out his posts on the subject. Amy, thanks for that link! I have got to try that!!!
Oh Guinnea! You are so spot on. I had a bad bout of chronic stuff for about 5 years. The wheel was the one place I could completely remove myself from everything. Yes, it is true. Apparently we are not alone with this experience!
Thanks for this thread! I don't know how I missed the original post. I think I was getting ready for a show. I just feel like I suck at custom orders. I am trying to learn how to say no. Sometimes someone has an idea of something that I want to try. But mostly it's just random stuff that I have to try and figure out how to make. (butter bells, mugs with lids and tea strainers attached, bird houses) And then there is the whole issue of shape, size, color, etc. Last fall one of my neighbors stopped by my booth at a fair. She looked at all my stuff and then said "I will have to come over to your house and see what you can make me for Christmas gifts!" I said, "you should come over and see what I have for sale!" Then she continued on...."do you make anything with horses on it?" "no, I don't" I said. "I have a picture of a horse, I will bring it over!" she said. I said, "If you find a stamp that has a horse on it, buy it, bring it over, and I will make you a mug or a bowl with that stamp!" "where would I find a stamp like that?" she asked. "I don't know!" I replied!
She did not come over. But I really struggle with custom orders. I have started using Mark's strategy on a few things. "I will have it at this craft fair, if you want to pick it up. Otherwise I will sell it!" I have tried using the phrase "that is not my skill set" and sometimes that works. Or more bluntly...."I don't want to make that." But it's hard.