Crown Nine is revamping the boutique to include a permanent classroom for lower-cost classes & workshops in jewelry, art + craft.
Crown Nine: Jewelers and Makers a new jewelry boutique and art gallery in Historic Old Oakland that focuses on handcrafted + sustainable products that have enduring style. We are a member of the innovative business incubation project, POPUPHOOD, whose mission is to Revitalize Oakland Block by Block.
The store is owned by Kate Ellen, of Kate Ellen Metals, with the creative partnership of Sarah Swell and Aiko Designs. For the past six months we have been working collaboratively to put a surge of energy into this gorgeous district by adding curated retail and by hosting lots of fun events and classes-- we are an official member gallery of Oakland Art Murmur and host events every First Friday.
The result of all this work: our neighborhood is thriving and we are ready to sign a lease!
Now that we're staying, we want to make some improvements to our teaching space. We have hosted a series of classes that were incredibly fun, and now we want to provide MORE classes at LESS cost to our neighbors with BETTER tools, and that's where you come in!
Your hard earned dollars will go towards:
- Adjusting our floor plan and adding some new product cases to make room for the classroom
- Repairing our wonky floor (this space used to be a storage room!)
- Buying a few essential teaching tools, like a Flex-shaft, shears, pliers, hammers, mallets, and lights
- Helping us lower the cost of all of our classes, and offering one sliding-scale slot in every single one of our classes
Our minimum goal is $2500-- the way Kickstarter works is that we MUST reach our goal to get what has been pledged--if we are a $1 short, we won't get any of your dollars. We set our goal at a minimum--but with any extra money we are backed (we are hoping to reach at least $3500) we will be using the money to purchase more tools for our students so we can offer classes in unique topics like:
- Mitsuro wax + fabric
- Wire wrapped rings
- Belt buckle casting
- Sand casting
- Stone setting
The more YOU pledge, the more tools + classes we can offer!
We are very industrious, we will be using a lot of recycled and reclaimed materials in the process--helping to keep the space as green as possible. Here is a quick depiction of the new teaching space:
Here is a look at the awesome jewelry prizes that are available
$10 Sterling silver studs by Kate Ellen Metals (a $30 value!)
$25 Two Nail necklace by Kate Ellen Metals (a $60 retail value!)
$50 Type.Lite Soy Candle with wood wick in the fragrance of your choice (lemon lavender, barlet pear, and nectarine mint are some of our favorites) These are one of Crown Nine's most popular items, and it'll come with a pair of Sterling studs by Kate Ellen Metals.
$75 Custom Initial Necklace by Kana Jewelry, by Christine Aiko Beck. Just tell us which initial you want, and voila!
$100 Sarah Swell Sterling Silver Crystal Bullet necklace (no diamond) on a 16" flat cable chain (a $115 value!).
$150 Golden Constellation Rings by Kate Ellen Metals (a $210 value!). Set of 9 delicately hammered 14k gold fill rings with a small 10k gold bubble at the center of each
$125 Set of 9 sterling silver stacking hammered rings by Kate Ellen Metals made to order, OR a pair of Birch Earrings in brass.
$200 Two slots in any of our jewelry classes in 2012 including materials. Either attend two classes, or attend one with a buddy! Class schedule will be published in June for you to make your selection. This reward is transferable (you can give it to someone as a gift).
- Jewelry stamping and hammering technique
- Sawing and piercing
- Wire wrapping and beading
- Wax carving
- Alternative wax technique
$400 Your own private party and jewelry class at Crown Nine. Pick a class of your choice, pick a date, and invite 5 friends to attend for an afternoon of fun! This reward is transferable (you can give it to someone as a gift).
If you live locally, we'd appreciate if you came to the store to claim your reward, we want to thank you in person! If you live outside the area, we will happily ship to you-- please consider adding $5 for postage fees (US) and $10 (International).
Learn more about POPUPHOOD by watching this beautiful mini-doc by Eva Kolenko
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $2,500 goal
seconds to go
May 8, 2012 - May 23, 2012 (15 days)
Pledge $1 or more
A big thank you sign in the store with your name saying you helped make a dream come true!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $10 or more
A pair of sterling silver studs. Handmade by Kate Ellen Metals.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Two Nail Necklace-- a $60 retail value! Two reclaimed flooring nails on a 14k gold-fill chain by Kate Ellen Metals.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
7 backers Limited (13 of 20 left)
Type.Lites Candle-- one of our shop's most popular items. They are soy based with a wood wick and made locally in Oakland. Plus, a pair of sterling silver studs handmade by Kate Ellen Metals.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $75 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Your own custom initial sterling silver necklace by Kana Jewelry by Christine Aiko Beck. We'll ask you which initial you want, and voila!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
5 backers All gone!
Sarah Swell Sterling Silver Crystal Bullet necklace (no diamond) on a 16" flat cable chain (a $115 value!).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $125 or more
Set of 9 stacking silver hammered rings by Kate Ellen Metals OR a pair of Birch Earrings in brass with sterling silver.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Golden Constellation Stackers. A set of 5 hammered stacking 14k goldfill rings with small nubs of 14k gold by Kate Ellen Metals, made to order ( a $210 value!).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $200 or more
NEW! Get THREE slots in any of our jewelry classes in 2012 including materials. Either come attend 3 classes, or attend with a buddy or two! Class schedule will be published in June for you to make your selection. This reward is transferable (you can give it to someone as a gift).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $400 or more
Your own private party and jewelry class at Crown Nine. Pick a class of your choice, pick a date, and invite 5 friends to attend for an afternoon of fun! We'll have gourmet snacks, drinks, music, and great activities for your group. This reward is transferable (you can give it to someone as a gift).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012