When I finish a work, I know instantly if it ‘works’. So when a work doesn’t sell, I know there’s something about it that’s a bit ‘off’, even if I can’t pinpoint what it is. Sometimes it just lacks the ‘wow’ factor.
These pieces get stripped down and recycled – I can re-use the bases and most of the materials. It’s laborious! I hack with a knife and a wallpaper scraper to get the materials off. (It is always reassuringly difficult – my biggest fear is that the found items will one day fall off.) Then my husband sands the base to get a smooth surface again and sometimes the sides need a bit of refreshing by Alec the Framer.
I wash the materials in soapy water and pick off the glue from glue-gun. Not every small item is saved but most can be used again. It’s not a task I enjoy but I hate waste.
I’ve been doing this to prepare two bases this week (- remember the Freaky Frog which I didn’t finish?) and now they’re good to go.
Can’t wait to start my next pieces – three in my head!