Inspired by recent sales of my Sagebrush Magnets at the Elko, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce gift shop, I decided to create some new refrigerator magnet designs that might also sell to local tourists. I modified some 1″ x 3″ Inkssentials Memory Frames (TM) by removing the hanging ring on their short side and adding three evenly spaced metal rings to their long side. I then inkjet printed “ELKO, NV” on different colored backgrounds and cut them to fit inside the frames. Next, I melted clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) in my Suze Weinberg Melting Pot and poured it into the frames, over the lettering. This also seated the hanging rings firmly in place. I then raided my ample supply of glass beads to create matching bead dangles to hang on the metal rings. I glued a magnet to the back of each frame, and voila! Unique Elko gift shop items were the result! The cost of materials and the amount of time and loving labor involved in making these requires them to be priced at $6.99 each, which I still think is a steal.
The magnets’ concept and design inspired me to create some purely decorative versions spiced with frozen opal slices. I think they are really pretty, but of course I’m prejudiced.
Do you think the decorative versions would sell to the general public on my website? Is the $6.99 price for these magnets too high or low? Do you think I should make the decorative versions into pins/pendants? This would be easy to do by putting a combination pin/pendant finding on the back instead of a magnet. I’m eager to see your comments!