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Time Creating Each Item

If it takes two hours to produce one item it may be possible to produce it faster. OK you can only make it in two hours so you know that is the fastest you can go. Now I don’t know what you produce or how you do it but bear with me.

Let’s look at an example:

Papier Mache Bowls

One Bowl

  1. Grease the mould.
  2. Place layer of tissue squares.
  3. Coat with paste.
  4. Cover with layer of newspaper squares.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until sufficient layers with time left between about each two or three layers to partly dry out

Finish with layer of tissue squares and smooth over with paste

Leave to dry completely

This will take two to three days

Ten Bowls

  1. Grease ten moulds
  2. Place layer of tissue squares on each mould in turn
  3. Coat with paste
  4. Cover with layer of newspaper squares

Carry out steps 3 and 4 on each mould in turn

By the time you have completed all ten the first will be ready for the next layers.

Finish each with a layer of tissue squares and smooth over with paste.

Leave them all to dry completely

This will take two to three days.

There is more to be done with the bowls once they are dry but I think that this is enough to illustrate what I am getting at.

This is a rather simplistic outline of the work. You will see though that what we have here is a production line and it really is possible to turn out ten times the product in the same two to three days. Of course, with quantity you have to work more solidly at it. Making one is quite relaxing because other things can be done in the drying times.

What  you must ask yourself is whether your crafting can be tackled in this way. If you make wooden toys, can you cut out shapes and prepare them in bulk and then assemble them and then paint them in batches? If you knit can you make the pieces all week and then sew them at the weekends? Will it make it any quicker? Don’t “mass produce” for the sake of it.

Time a single item and time a batch of items. Bear in mind that it may make things quicker but you may not like the process. It is up to you to decide how you run your business.