Thursday, October 13, 2011
You've got the best handmade journals... What about paper clips?
I've been trying out an idea I had awhile ago since I've been playing a lot with lampwork and wire lately with my headpin components.
I had received a very nice handmade journal as a present that had some super duty decorative paper clips which gave me the idea to make some of my own.
Using heavy gauge copper wire I bent and hammered into a paper clip shape and then lampworked some lentil shapes onto the ends. So far they are one of a kind, I didn't do any sets yet.
I didn't realize that my efforts at tempering the wire into the stiff shape would come undone after annealing them in the kiln so I had to re-hammer them when they came out otherwise they would have been very noodle-ey clips
This is what they look like on pages
And this is how they look in one of my journals.
Question is how much someone would be willing to pay for a set of clips?
For me to make it worthwhile for my efforts I figure I would need to charge $10 for each clip.
This seems to be the pricing dilemma I have with my handmade journals as well and why they end up being presents instead of inventory to sell.
Let me know what you think since you my friends, are pretty much my target audience for this type of item.
And another question... I am going to be hosting a giveaway to celebrate 2 years of blogging and my birthday. What would YOU want to win?
Earrings or a collage? Lampwork headpins or these paper clips? Random beady supplies or ephemera?
And thank you all for your many welcoming comments on my re-entry to the high speed!