Thought it might be interesting to start a thread for spotters -- what
commercial poly clay stuff are we seeing "out there" in the real world (and at
what prices, if noticed...) For inspiration, competitive research, whatever...
So, to start:
I get a few mail order gift catalogs. In one of them there was a brandy
schnifter votive candle holder covered with face canes. (They said it was
"hand painted" so I sent them a postcard pointing out that they were crazy!
I think it was about $20 but I'm not sure about that. My guess was imported.
Another catalog (Seasons, I think) has letter openers with handles of black
clay or maybe epoxy set with about a half dozen face and flower canes. I think
it was $23. Same catalog had watch bands made from cane-slice beads. Didn't
notice the price. (Oops -- just checked -- $89 for one version. I have seen 3)
Then in real GLASS millefiore (which can give us clay folk ideas, after all) I
saw a series of clocks... one was simply a slab of solid millefiore flowers
(etc.) about three inches wide, maybe 8 inches tall and about a bit more than
a quarter inch thick, with a little round battery-operated clock face set into
it. Meant for a desk or tabletop. (I think the base was the same, about an
inch out from each side, but that part is hazy!) (A person might find some
bargain wrist watches to use this way, don't you think??) I don't clearly
remember the designs of the other clocks, but they were the same idea -- slabs
of glass decorated with millefiore with clocks set in, different shapes...
And of course I have seen jillions of those really detailled zen/Grateful
Dead/Sun face cane slice pendants for about $7-8 on leather thongs... neat the
first time, boring now!
What other spottings have the rest of you had??? (All's fair -- you can spot
your own stuff too, as long as it's not an AD for it!!) This is inspiration
and market research, remember!