Save your mementoes as one-of-a-kind jewelry by BrynnAlexis! Let me turn your history into wearable art that you'll treasure forever!
BrynnAlexis jewelry is about preservation. It is about making a statement. It is about being truly one-of-a-kind.
BrynnAlexis jewelry is a line visualized, developed, created and marketed by me, Brynn Hurlstone. I'm a one woman outfit and I need you and your history to create a new line that is unlike anything you've seen before! But first, a bit of backstory. Feel free to skip it if you like :)
How I Got Here
Aside from the obvious creative leanings I've had since exiting the womb, it all started seven years ago when I lost my father to cancer. At the time I was in college studying 3d fine art with a major in glassblowing. My father was the head of the program when he passed, and losing him flipped my world on its head. As what I've now recognized as a way to deal with his loss, I began creating artwork from his leftover glass "parts" that he intended for future sculptures. I found them beautiful, inspirational and priceless, and knew I needed to enshrine them in such a way that they could never be lost. My BFA show was entitled "Reliquary for my Father," and featured a series of work designed completely around the preservation of his art pieces. I submerged shards of his glass within my sculptures, creating new objects that highlighted the beauty of his. The show was cathartic, and my need to process his loss was met, but the love of creating art from art has never left me.
Flash forward 5 years to Seattle, and a fateful trip to a rummage sale where I found a vial of tiny brass gears that set my creative soul on fire. I longed to incorporate them into my artwork somehow but I knew that they would melt the instant I put hot glass anywhere near them, and their integrity as perfect minutely detailed objects would be gone. Enter Resin, which has the same illuminating and magnifying qualities that I so love in glass, without the destructive heat. Resin lead to jewelry and jewelry lead to vintage and here we are, in summation.
What is BrynnAlexis?
The BrynnAlexis jewelry line was inspired by vintage objects, and aspires to highlight their intrinsic beauty. I use only vintage chains that I find at antique stores, rummage sales and vintage malls, never the chains sold in rolls at your nearest jewelry makers supply store. I also utilize vintage gears in nearly all of my pieces, as well as things like antique stamps and postcards, clippings from Sears catalogs from the 1900's, links from bracelets that look oh-so-good as stand alone pendants, and old pocket-watches that no longer work, just to name a few.
Additionally, I draw inspiration from nature, and instead of trying to replicate the stunning art that the world provides to us, I use the objects themselves. I fervently believe that no manmade item can ever compete with the awe-inspiring perfection to be found in our surroundings. By utilizing objects like birch bark, orchid petals, driftwood and stones I not only create stunning wearable art, but preserve their natural exquisiteness for generations to come. The juxtaposition of vintage parts and living elements creates a dynamic and unexpected visual effect, which is perfect for what I like to call Statement Jewelry.
The majority of my materials are found objects that I enhance or alter in a way that highlights their pre-existing aesthetics. By using things that I find instead of creating the jewelry from scratch I lessen the amount of stuff that I'm adding to the already congested world. I'm also saving finely crafted items from being thrown in the trash and sitting in a landfill for 300 years. So, by supporting BrynnAlexis jewelry you are supporting the future!! How awesome are you?!
Please go to www.brynnalexis.com if you'd like to see more of my work or know more about BrynnAlexis the business.
Here's where Kickstarter (and You) comes in:
The core motivation behind BrynnAlexis has always been the preservation of memories. From the very beginning I have incorporated vintage elements and pieces of nature into my work. I believe that through the medium of resin jewelry I can not only save precious objects from the wear and tear of time, but can bring pieces of history back into the limelight by turning them into wearable art.
Over the past two years I have had numerous requests to create custom jewelry from personal heirlooms. I LOVE the idea of making jewelry that is beautiful and deeply meaningful to my clients. In order to make this dream a reality I have decided to make this Kickstarter project, which will allow me to custom design jewelry for you, with you, and from your memories!
This is how it works
*Choose your desired setting from the list of rewards on the right, and pledge the attached amount. Reward levels for custom jewelry start at just $25 so a custom designed BrynnAlexis accessory doesn't have to break the bank.
*Once the project gets funded I'll send a sturdy self-addressed envelope to your provided address, which you'll then return with your memento.
*Enclosed with your envelope will be a form where you can jot down a brief story about your item, why it's importnt and what you'd like to see highlighted within your piece.
*Before I alter your object in any way I'll shoot you an email with my plans for your jewelry so that we can both be sure that you'll love it!
A few small rules:
*Nothing 3-Dimensional please! Objects with too much depth add an extra layer of difficulty and uncertainty to the project that I'm not willing to risk with a priceless itm of yours.
*Nothing made after 1979 please! I know you have objects that are newer that you'd love to see in jewelry, but BrynnAlexis is about preserving history not recent events.
* The item must be either cuttable or small enough to fit inside your chosen frame
*Natural objects are great! Just make sure it's dried first. Pressed flowers, bark and leaves all look great submergd in resin, but nothing looks good if it's gooey...
I can't tell you how grateful I am that you've read this far, that you're considering supporting my dream, and that maybe you already have. By contributing to the success of this Kickstarter project you're pronouncing your belief in sustainability and your love of the beautiful things in our world, and you're paving the road to one woman's true path in life. Thank YOU!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
My challenges include so many things, but so does life! I'm sure it will be difficult to coordinate with so many different people, each with different objects, needs and expectations. However, I believe in this project passionately and want to make it happen with all my heart! When I feel this way about something I don't let anything stand in my way.
I'm currently throwing a benefit for my boyfriend (over on October 23rd 2012 no worries!) and I have planned it all with a limited deadline, no budget and a few helpers. Compared to this emotional, consuming and last minute event, my Kickstarter project will be a walk in the park. A very pretty and exciting park, not without its hills to climb, but an adventure worth taking nonetheless :) I plan to be very methodical and organized in both my pre-planning and item collection stages, and throughout my creation process. I also expect fulfilling the rewards to be my full-time job from the moment it gets funded to the day I ship the last piece. I have the time and the dedication to get this done, and I will no matter what.
Nope! You have until your envelope arrives to decide what to put in it, and that will happen no sooner than November 18th. If you love the idea then pledge, and inspiration will come when you least expect it! that's how it always works for me :)
pledged of $5,500 goal
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Oct 22, 2012 - Nov 16, 2012 (25 days)
Pledge $5 or more
My eternal gratitude (yep, it only costs five bucks!) and a mention on my website and facebook page.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $10 or more
A video Thank You card, so as not to destroy the trees, a mention on the aforementioned sites and of course my ceaseless gratitude. All of the following rewards also come with this lovely package of good karma.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A custom adjustable ring! Choose from large or small circle, large or small square and large or small oval. Each ring is made from sterling silver plated pewter and adjusts at the top, under the bezel, so that your finger won't get pinched. Yay! Valued at $37Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $25 or more
A custom pendant made with your keepsake! The pendants are made from pewter that has been plated with precious metals. Choose from Gold, Silver and Copper. Each circle measures 1" in diameter and has a 3/4" wide recessed area for your imagery. Valued at $37Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $35 or more
A custom belt buckle! This rectangular buckle is made of either antiqued Nickel or Brass and measures 2x3." The belt buckles can also double as a framed image for a table or desktop and look really great with a single image like a photograph or large piece of bark. Valued at $40Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $40 or more
A Custom BrynnAlexis Mini Necklace! These necklaces are very sweet and delicate, each pendant measures 1/2" in diameter. They're perfect for picking out a tiny detail that would be otherwise overwhelmed in a scene. They come in gold, silver or copper plated pewter with a gold or silver reconstructed chain. Valued at $53Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $50 or more
A one of-a-kind BrynnAlexis Bracelet. Each bracelet will be designed with an individually chosen frame, to be decided based upon the best look for the object you send to me. Of course, if you have a preference you may state it and I'll do my best to make it work. You also choose from gold, silver and copper plated pewter for your bracelet frames, with a coordinated chain. The bracelets are all constructed using toggle clasps, so they're very simple to take off and put on. I'll get your wrist size before making your object to be sure of a perfect fit. Valued at $61Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $55 or more
A custom BrynnAlexis vintage reconstructed Necklace! Choose from Gold Silver and Copper, frame shape is chosen based upon your image (see $50 reward level above.) Each pendant will be strung upon an asymmetrical chain in my trademark style, and the length will be determined by you before construction when we both have a better idea what your pendant will look like. Please see my sample images in the proposal to get an idea of what your piece could look like! Valued at $66Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $55 or more
My newest product! The Wrap Bracelet is designed to function not only as a unique and trendy bracelet but a striking necklace too! Simply give me your wrist measurement with your keepsake and I'll make you a necklace that will wrap perfectly around your arm, doing double duty as a versatile accessory! Available in Gold, Silver or Copper with a complimentary chain and a toggle clasp for ease of use. As explained in the bracelet section above, the frame shape will be chosen based upon your imagery, and with your input. Valued at $65Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $65 or more
A double-stranded necklace, another BrynnAlexis signature creation! I will use your imagery (you may send two items for this piece if you like) to create a mini pendant and a larger pendant to be strung upon one necklace with two chains of different lengths. These chains are joined together at the clasp to create one necklace with a multi-layered look; on trend, but easier than trying to find two seperate necklaces that hang nicely together! I can also make one large pendant and pair it with a key, an antique chandelier crystal or another type of coordinated accent piece (Peruse the images within the text at left for inspiration!) These necklaces are also available in gold, silver or copper pendants with coordinated chains, and the shape of each pendant will be determined as explained in the $50 Bracelet reward. Double Strand valued at $80.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $70 or more
Combo Time! A Necklace or Bracelet and matching Adjustable Ring! Perfect for one gift or splitting between two as matching presents! See above rewards for item specifications. Please make sure that your item is appropriate for splitting into multiple objects, and if you're not sure feel free to ask me! Valued at $80Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $90 or more
A matching Necklace and Bracelet (or choose two of the same, includes wrap bracelets as well!) See above rewards for item specifications. Please make sure that your item is appropriate for splitting into multiple objects, and if you're not sure feel free to ask me! Valued at $105Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $105 or more
Matching Necklace, Bracelet and Ring set!(Can be two necklaces or two bracelets, including wrap style, but must include at least one ring) See above rewards for item specifications. Please make sure that your item is appropriate for splitting into multiple objects, and if you're not sure feel free to ask me! Valued at $130Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US
Pledge $300 or more
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And the motherload of BrynnAlexis backer rewards. One of everything listed above! This includes: *A Pendant *A Ring *A Buckle *A Mini Necklace *A Bracelet *A Wrap Bracelet *A Large Pendant Necklace *A Double Stranded Necklace Clearly this will require one very large photograph, an entire book or a whole stamp collection to make, so feel free to include several objects for me to use. This comprehensive jewelry set would be great for a special piece of fabric, a bunch of tree bark from your family home, an old wedding album, a collection of vintage postcards or anything else that might have significance to a large group of people you know and would like to give truly meaningful gifts to! Feel free to sub any items for similarly valued ones, like a ring for a pendant or a wrap bracelet for a regular bracelet. You can get all rings if you want, but not all double stranded necklaces! I'm sure you get my drift :) All of my previously mentioned procedures apply to this order, and I promise to consult with you about each and every piece in your order! Just think, you could cross off your entire list with this one purchase, and spend the holidays watching claymation reindeer on TV instead of braving the mall! And, of course, you'd be making my dream come true!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $19 to ship outside the US