Jewelry, Magnets, Creations

Magnet Mania

Elko Magnets

These magnets should sell well to Elko tourists.

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.

Blue Green Opal Magnet

This blue and green opalized magnet is highly decorative

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. 

None of these magnets are for sale on my website, so if any of them appeal to you, email me, and I will arrange for you to purchase them via PayPal or a major credit card.

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!

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2 thoughts on “Magnet Mania

  1. Katherine says:

    Hi Kristi – I’m glad you posted your link in AskSuze’s group – you have a wonderful blog. This is my first visit – but definitely not my last. 🙂

    Your magnets are cute! I love the beads – and think $6.99 IS a steal. I may start them at $9.99 and see what happens. It’s a lot easier to go down in price than go up. Also, another thought (to take or leave)..what are the native stones/jewelry to NV? Incorporating those stones/gems may make the magnets even more special. Just something to think about. 🙂

    I think you did a fantastic job and I’m so glad you shared. I hope they sell like crazy – you did good! 🙂 xx

  2. Katherine says:

    I think adding a pin/bail back is a fantastic idea! I can definitely see them being worn as a pin. I’m not so sure about as pendant – I don’t know that they are heavy enough to hang straight. You would know better.

    I think $6.99 is a fantastic price – just make sure you aren’t cutting yourself short. Especially if you are going to offer the option of wearing it as a pin. Just my two cents. 🙂 xx

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