It's true, I DON'T do custom orders. But, sometimes I have a hard time saying no, especially when what people suggest seems like such a good idea!
A very good friend showed me her new jacket and wanted hand dyed thread to match the colors in the jacket, to be made into a matching pendant. A fabulous idea! But, turning ideas into reality, well, that's just amazingly hard to do.
The thread I managed to come up with, well, I'd say it compliments the jacket, but isn't an exact match. I could tweak the recipe to make the lights lighter, and the darks darker, but I can't change the basic hues without buying different dyes.
The dye company's printed samples don't really capture the exact hue, so the only way I could find matching blues would be to buy whatever looks close, dye a sample, (keeping careful records of how I mixed it) and see what the finished color looks like.
Sigh...life is just too short...I DON'T do custom orders!