Wondered if you'd thought of doing things to order at the show Chilli? Take the order with a deposit....ready in an hour (or whatever it takes)....two birds, one stone, sorted
Practical demo and money in pocket.
We did do a bit of that - the smaller stuff - name plaques, sayings, wooden birthday cards etc. I did take a order to make over the next few weeks as well - a clock with an owl on it for a Handfasting gift. But for my larger items, it's not really practical to burn on site. They can take 2-4 hours depending on how intricate that are.....and people just don't want to wait around that long! Plus, if you are outide, the slightest breeze affects the heat of the burning wire and it's difficult to get an even burn on the shading. In fact, it's a technique I use when burning ar home. If i need a line to fade out a bit, I blow on the nib at the right point whilst burning and the colour gets lighter.
People did take a load of cards and flyers so I might get some email orders.