And I in turn blame my Dad for getting addicted Mark
We were making buttons at the time, and Dad and I used to "Play" during his visits from St. Albans, Vermont.
One day in April 2015 he said "Can we make a 3D button?" and I say "I Dunno"
All I had was .0625"Onsrud TBN($76!!), so I lied like heck to my machine in Cut3D about an Onsrud 30degree engraving with a .01" flat I'd been gifted calling it an imaginary TBN....
And we played with Todd Bailey's free 4M3D Celtic, and a Loon Scene on some Walnut I already had taped down all day.
AND at the Button Show the next day...the 3D's (after sanding all night and finishing) were the biggest hit!
President of Maine Button Society, later asked for a dozen Bloodwood "Loon" buttons to take to the annual National Show, where she sold out in 3 hours to collectors for $40 a pop!!
As Dad dropped me off, he said "How small can you go" AGAIN "I Dunno"....and I was off
Thank goodness for VCP8.5 upgrade!!!!
I could finally get an accurate preview
Anytime Michael...LOVE "Secret Projects"
Mark, Ted is right...carrying them around in a shirt pocket, AND dropping signed "Samples" of at relevant shops with a business card to the Owner works WAY better than sending pics!
As you know, playing with a piece that fits your hand is better than a 100 brochures shipped out:)
IF you can find one of the Owner's favorite subjects...all the better!
Having a wide representation of your pieces wrapped in a NICE fabric/chamois/fleece/etc. in the car if there's interest is a good idea. AND have your costs figured out HIGH!
High end niche markets will probably be your market, as well as word of mouth.
Ted is right!
When you see a person's eyes Light Up as they fall in love with a piece, very hard not to give it to them.
BUT, THEY will show it off to everybody they know, and word of mouth can surprise you!!
NICE One Mark!!