Picture of Chris'[ House Numbers

grandma_bonnieFebruary 10, 2009

I posted it in the gallery - trying to post the shortcut

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/crafts/gal0210441722369.html

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grandma_bonnie

Chris - these are cool! Everyone wants to have something unique on their houses and your house numbers fill the bill! How big are the tiles? I have a way to apply pictures to tile with my laser printer and a heat press. hmmm... Thanks for letting us see the pictures!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 11:39AM
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adellabedella_usa

Very nice!

Here's the Link.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 9:45PM
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sunnyca_gw

Very nice!! You do very professional work! Thanks for showing them. Jan

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 12:50AM
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christopherh

Bonnie,

The one thing to remember is that ALL ink jet prints WILL fade in sunlight. I even looked into Sublimation where you use a heat press, but that too fades inside of a few years.
When I started out I used vinyl numbers and stickers for the design tiles. What I ended up doing was using a ceramic kiln to fire the numbers and designs on the tiles. That way I was able to guarantee my work against fading or peeling. As a matter of fact I guaranteed all my work for as long as the owner had it. I had about a 1% return rate.

Thanks for your help.

Chris in VT

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 7:38AM
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grandma_bonnie

I have a laser printer and it does a good job - but now I remember the problem with fading with the sun and getting a kiln may be the answer. Thanks again for the pics and for the information.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 9:18AM
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huggybear_2008

Chris.. I also wanted to tell you that your booth design is super.. and I am sure that helps bring in customers.. your display of all the house numbers are great..
Huggy

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 3:12PM
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concretenprimroses

Great work Chris! Very attractive idea. I've never seen them tho and I'm right over here in NH. I'd say they were well worth $25 even tho your supply cost was much less. I've been thinking about your point about manufacturing.

kathy

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 5:06PM
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barb_from_pa

Very nice!!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 5:13PM
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christopherh

Kathy,
Where in New Hampshire are you? We're going to be in Salem march 14 & 15 at the racetrack.

Also the following NH shows.
Meredith on Memorial Day weekend.
Alton Bay July 18-19
Lincoln Aug 8-9
Back to Alton Labor Day weekend
Meredith Oct 3-4
Back to Lincoln Columbus Day weekend
And the big show in Salem Nov 13-15

These shows are all put on by one promoter you can see their full schedule at

www.castleberryfairs.com

There's also a page of candid photos from their shows so you can see what they're like. I'm not in any of them because they didn't want to break the camera.

Chris in VT

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 7:45AM
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concretenprimroses

I live in Lebanon. I'll print the list and look for you if I get to any of them. Good luck and thanks for sharing some of your "secrets to success"!
kathy

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 4:07PM
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concretenprimroses

By the way, what do you sell now so I'll recognize you?
kathy

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 7:53AM
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christopherh

Kathy,

We'll be in QUECHEE, VT in August with Castleberry. The date's on their schedule.

Kust look for the display with vinyl siding.

Chris in VT

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 7:15AM
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