Hallmark Keepsake ornament artist Tracy Larsen was asked,
"How long does it take to create an ornament from a sketch to 3-D?"
His answer, "It depends upon the ornament. Generally give us a couple of weeks to sculpt a piece, that’s the normal timetable we have. You may be working on two or three different pieces at the same time at different parts of the process—painting one and sculpting another. Sketching out another. We try not to multi-task, but two weeks is the general ballpark of time we have to sculpt a piece. We create prototypes, and packaging all at the same time. There are a whole lot of people in the works that help these get out into the stores."
The ornament shown above is the 2010 Piston Cup Tire Tree sculpted by Tracy Larsen for the 2010 Hallmark Keepsake ornament line.