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    The large condo community where I live has a 2-day art show each fall. You can display 2 items (although many people sneak in several more--next year I'll know better) and price them, or just display them as NFS.

    I decided to display two pivoting menorahs, one walnut and one mahogany, and priced them at $95 each. Within a few hours on the first day, both had sold.

    tradtional menorah.jpg variation 1 menorah.jpg

    My area certainly has the demographics to support sales of Judaica, but I think the pivot concept could be adapted to make a secular or Christian-themed candelabra that will attract attention at any crafts fair booth. If I have a chance, I'll give it a go, but I thought I'd put the idea out in case anyone feels like trying.

    As many of you know, I've resisted selling my work, but it sure does help pay for tools and materials!
    Carole

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    Those are beautiful Carol. I'm trying to get one or two on the list myself.
    Congrats on the sales.
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    • #3
      Congratulations on the sales Carole. I have your plans and the cherry. I just received the 1/8 padauk. Now all I have to do is find the time to make one or two for sale if the family scarf them up first. Fat chance I will get to sell them.

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      • #4
        Mazel tov Carole

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        • #5
          Thanks, everyone. It's been a long time since I displayed my work.

          BTW, I'm trying to find some alternatives for the candle cups, since I had to get them online,and I'd like to have other options. I don't use a lathe, which would open up possibilities, so I picked up some 1/2" corian to play with, and I'm getting some 13/32" brass tubing on Friday that should accommodate the standard 3/8" menorah candle. If I'm successful, I'll post pictures here or on my blog.
          Carole

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          • #6
            Well good for you. May need to adjust the price a bit if they sold that quickly. May have to start thinking in terms of tool equivalents, such as 5 Menorahs = 1 Sand Flee, or whatever is on the shopping list. Congratulations.
            Terry
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            • #7
              Congratulations Carole! I''m not a bit surprised - your work is amazing.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by handybunny
                Mazel tov
                Think this is the first time I've seen those words in print. Is that the same thing they say at a wedding when the groom steps on a glass?
                If it is I thought he was saying "muzzle tub" dumbo me.
                BTW what does it mean?
                Sweeeet congratulation on your sale, may you have many more if you so choose.
                Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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                • #9
                  Thanks, Terry, Sally, and Gloria. I priced the menorahs about $35 below what I've seen them selling for online and in Judaica stores, since I paid no commission or exhibiting fee. I wanted to keep them under $100, and had about $15 each in material costs, so that worked well. I can see the importance of having something in a display that draws folks in, even if just out of curiosity. I'm still up in the air about sales, but there's time to ponder that.

                  Gloria, your question about the meaning of Mazel Tov got me to thinking. Yes, it is what is said a wedding when the groom steps on a glass, and usually means "congratulations" although more literally "good luck". However, since I have a very limited knowledge base in this area, I did a google search, and came up with an interesting answer from a knowledgeable rabbi. The answer also gives a sense of the type of discussion that occurs among rabbis and Jewish scholars. I thought it was interesting, so I decided to include the link, in case you'd like to check it out.

                  What Does ?Mazel Tov? Mean? - Kabbalah & The Mystical
                  Carole

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                  • #10
                    Congrats.... Glad it worked out. Maybe Fox will reconsider.
                    Scott
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                    • #11
                      Scott, I think their decision was final. But maybe, in the future, they might consider a collection of religious-themed projects from a variety of faiths, that are new and different. Could even be a compilation from various authors as they've done in other areas.

                      Guess we'll just have to wait and see. Meantime, I'm on a roll, and will continue to turn out all sorts of new stuff to share with you guys. Thanks for the support.
                      Carole

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                      • #12
                        Nice work . Perhaps you could include some patterns as an insert in future books .

                        Roger

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                        • #13
                          Roger, if projects that people are interested in are not suitable for publication through the usual channels, I'll make them available one way or another. There's always the forum, my blog, and YouTube.

                          Thanks for your support and interest.
                          Carole

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                          • #14
                            Hi Carole,
                            I'm late coming into this, But I wanted to tell you that I love your Menorahs.
                            I'm hoping to squeeze in one before the Holidays. I have a nice piece of mahogany set aside for it.
                            I'm non denominational, but I love the warmth that comes at this time of year. I figure the word is the word. It's all about love anyway. So I want to have a Menorah displayed along with my mini Chistmas tree....
                            Thanks for sharing...

                            Oh, and congrats on the sales......!!!
                            Jim

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                            • #15
                              It's my pleasure to share with such a great group of caring and giving people.

                              And thank you, Jim, for all your efforts to spread the word about inlay. Got me hooked, for sure!
                              Carole

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