Displaying poly clay pens?

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by A » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00



I was thinking of putting a few polymer clay covered pens in my craft
mall booth and I am wondering what is the best way to package/display
them.  Any suggestions?

Anita

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by sandr » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00


HI,

Not that I have proof of this being the best method but what I've done
is covered a tin can (peas) with polymer clay and decorated it with
various cane slices.  I put the pens in it.  I get lots of comments on
both the can and  pens.  (I'm new at this so don't have a good record of
sales to back this up).  

Just an idea.

Sandy

Quote:

> I was thinking of putting a few polymer clay covered pens in my craft
> mall booth and I am wondering what is the best way to package/display
> them.  Any suggestions?

> Anita


 
 
 

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Post by Lorraine Webe » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00


The few times I've sold pens, I've used a jewelry display tray.  My
pens have a lot of translucent, metallic leaf, millefiore, etc., and
the black velvet makes a great background to show them off.  But I love
Sandy's idea of a clay-covered can or two.  This would save space, for
sure, and I could use just one display tray for "featured" pens.

One thing I'd add -- a pad, for people to try the pens out.  I find it
useful because my pens are all different -- some thinner, some thicker,
some smoother than others, etc. -- and people like to get the "feel" of
the pen before selecting.  But a pad is a good idea even if all your
pens are the same, just so folks can check that they work.

Crazy for pens,
Lorraine

 
 
 

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Post by Kathy Dud » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00


If I were to sell pens, I might be a little wary of having people pick up
the pens and repeatedly replace them in the "can"  -- the pens might be
"marked" by the tip of the pen that is being replaced, detracting from
the original beauty/perfection of the pen.

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by sandr » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00


HI,

Not that I have proof of this being the best method but what I've done
is covered a tin can (peas) with polymer clay and decorated it with
various cane slices.  I put the pens in it.  I get lots of comments on
both the can and  pens.  (I'm new at this so don't have a good record of
sales to back this up).  

Just an idea.

Sandy

Quote:

> I was thinking of putting a few polymer clay covered pens in my craft
> mall booth and I am wondering what is the best way to package/display
> them.  Any suggestions?

> Anita

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by Helen Fleisch » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


I've never tried to sell pens myself, but I've been to quite a few
shows. Am I the only one who worries that loose pens in a can are hard
for customers to see, hard for the artist to keep track of, easy to
pocket, and more likely to get "shopworn?"

When I see lathe-turned wood pens at craft shows they are always
displayed on their sidesin a compartmented tray that's either on a
wall, or propped up like a rack. It emphasizes the idea that these are
objects of beauty, not just pens. If the rack/tray has individual
slots, it seems easier to see at a glance how well they are selling,
and easier for the artist to restock. You could still have a tester
pad, but I think a tray would be easier to cope with.  

Multiple people can admire the pens in a rack. They can be drawn into
the booth by it and see which colors attract them, far more easily
than they could if they have to root through a can, banging the pens
around.  Spread out in a rack they  also look like more stock and more
valuable stock than a can full of pens would, so people might feel
better about the price being more than a Bic from the dime store.  

I suspect the woodworkers make their own racks, but it's possible that
such display items exist for sale as well. Black would definitely show
off the colors, if the booth is well lit.


 Helen "Halla" Fleischer
 Fantasy and Fiber Artist

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by Sherry Bail » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


I don't make pens, but it occurs to me they are often roughly the same size
and shape as cigars! I wonder if there is anything easy and inexpensive out
there meant for cigar storage (or store display) that might be converted?

Just an impulse I thought I'd share in case it gives someone an idea!

Sherry

 
 
 

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Post by Sharon O » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Sandra - and others-
I have had some problems displaying capless pens in jars - especially
out side in the summer - the ink "drips" a bit and after several people
removing and replacing the pens I find ink marks on several of the other
pens - any others with this problem.  This is much less of a problem
with the pens displayed flat.
Also I have had two pens (sold to customers) develop serious leaks - not
good for customer confidence - any others with this problem? - I assume
that I slightly cracked the tip seal upon reinserting the cartridge.  I
like making the pens and they are popular but my confidence in making a
good product is a bit shaken.
Sharon O.

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by Su » Sun, 03 Aug 1997 04:00:00




Quote:
>Sandra - and others-
>I have had some problems displaying capless pens in jars - especially
>out side in the summer - the ink "drips" a bit and after several people
>removing and replacing the pens I find ink marks on several of the other
>pens - any others with this problem.  This is much less of a problem
>with the pens displayed flat.
>Also I have had two pens (sold to customers) develop serious leaks - not
>good for customer confidence - any others with this problem? - I assume
>that I slightly cracked the tip seal upon reinserting the cartridge.  I
>like making the pens and they are popular but my confidence in making a
>good product is a bit shaken.
>Sharon O.

Hi Sharon,

I had the same problem with pens that I put on consignment in a
store...  I displayed them in a big brandy glass (from a thrift store)
They looked neat... The problem is that they leaked and caused a
mess...  The store returned them... However, now when I put them in a
glass I put a sponge on the bottom so they wont get knocked around
when people put them in and out of the glass...  

Suz
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Post by zig.. » Sun, 03 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Hi all
I use florists oasis block for displaying the pens I swapped
earlier this year and when I have them for sale i do the same
but with a couple of samples for people to handle.
I haven't had the problem with leakage but I'll watch for it in
future.  good point and it would put people off.
As an ex antique dealer when i saw sherry post re cigar boxes
i remembered that companies klike Parker and watermans etc
have those slotted displays.  Maybe if there is a stationary shop closing down
in your area you could get one or even contact a display former
They may have something for them
happy claying Petra in NZ.

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by GingerPo » Mon, 04 Aug 1997 04:00:00


I also have not made pens, but I had craft once that needed to be
displayed. I took a velvet-like fabric and sewed elastic wide enough to
hold the display item so you could slide it in with just enough give to
keep it in place and mounted the fabric on foam board or plywood.
Ginger

 
 
 

Displaying poly clay pens?

Post by Jeannine » Tue, 05 Aug 1997 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:
>I don't make pens, but it occurs to me they are often roughly the same
size
>and shape as cigars! I wonder if there is anything easy and inexpensive
out
>there meant for cigar storage (or store display) that might be converted?

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How about making a corrugated rack similar to the ones some clayers bake
the pens in??   It could be made out of poster board and perhaps covered
with foil.

Just a thought.

Jeannine