So if you’ve seen my work or have been reading this blog, you know that I make refrigerator magnets from my original photographs and sell them at art fairs and on Etsy. My alphabet magnets display individual letters from neon (and other electric) signs so you can display your name, your children’s names, your initials, your dog’s name, or words of inspiration on the fridge or elsewhere. My ever-growing inventory also includes magnets made from photos of historic clock faces, abstract swirling casino lights, artifacts of Red Sox nation, MBTA signs, neon martini glasses, and – my current favorite – the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square. All magnets are round with a diameter of two-and-a-quarter inches, and each one is handmade. I shoot the pictures, print the photos, punch them out, and stamp them by hand with a button press. No outsourcing.
The Red Sox magnets proved very popular over the holidays. Most went to Red Sox fans, some of whom lived out of state. But one friend, who shall remain nameless, ordered half a dozen to send to his relatives in the New York metropolitan area, every one a diehard Yankees fan.
With the spring art festival season just a few weeks away, I’ve been working on new magnets. One of my favorites is this neon bicycle. I’m not much of a bicycle person, but when I saw this sign I knew it would translate perfectly into a magnet. Also new this spring are a neon espresso cup and the Shell gas station sign on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.
Finally, I posted individual listings for the alphabet magnets on Etsy. That’s 29 new listings — 26 letters plus options to purchase sets of three, four, and five magnets. It took a while, but you can see the listings here. (And here’s a helpful hint: When you’re uploading letters of the alphabet, do them in reverse order so they show correctly in the default most-recent-first display order.)
On the agenda for 2012 are neon numbers. Not quite as common in neon as letters, but that’s part of the challenge. One-hour cleaners, restaurant phone numbers, 7-11 stores . . . Potential sources are everywhere.