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Lead Hearts is an innovative, flexible system that allows you to make custom dog leads to suit you and your dog (or dogs) perfectly
Lead Hearts is an innovative, flexible system that allows you to make custom dog leads to suit you and your dog (or dogs) perfectly
52 backers pledged £3,330 to help bring this project to life.

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I started to design Lead Hearts because I believe that everything we use should be repairable, flexible and easy to customize so that it better suits the user.

My dog Penny chews her leashes (in England we call them leads) - she cuts right through the handle and then we have to throw away the rest of the lead, I think that is a waste - so I designed Lead Hearts, a system that can be used to make a repairable dog lead.

Lead Hearts are hard plastic, injection moulded blocks that clamp around a 10mm rope to hold it securely - when Penny, (or your dog) chews through the rope you simply unscrew the Lead Hearts and replace the rope.

10mm rope is easy to get and cheap to buy - in fact, old climbing rope which is almost free works really well with Lead Hearts.

We have tested Lead Hearts to make sure that the clamping system is solid, they stand up to 50Kg of pull with no problems, Penny is a big Bernese Mountain Dog, she pulls with a force of up to 20Kg so that is a good margin for safety .

And as a bonus Lead Hearts allow you to customize your a lead in a host of different ways.

Lots of colors, mix and match, any length of rope
Lots of colors, mix and match, any length of rope

You can make a really short lead for better control.

short lead
short lead

Or to make a super long lead with two clips for running with your dog.

Long lead with two clips for running
Long lead with two clips for running

Or to make up a multi dog lead with a single handle.

Two dog lead, you can make 3 or 4 dog leads too!
Two dog lead, you can make 3 or 4 dog leads too!

The Lead Heart at the top makes the handle really comfortable, it rests in the palm of your hand, the bottom one is easy to grab if you need to take your dog under closer control for some reason.

Comfortable in your hand
Comfortable in your hand

Lead Hearts come in loads of different colors and work with more or less any 10mm rope. We will offer all of our backers a choice of 6 different colors of Lead Heart and 4 different colors of rope, so with Lead Hearts you can make a dog lead that is perfect for you and your dog, you will love your lead made with Lead Hearts and it will last years (well most of it will). - PENNY !

Risks and challenges

Lead Hearts were designed using SolidWorks CAD and we have 3D printed 15 different versions for testing as we refined the design.

The final design has been tested for 'manufacturability' by an expert in plastic injection moulding. The mould is designed and we are ready to make it so that we can mass produce Lead Hearts.
As soon as the project is funded we will place the order for the mould and delivery of the parts will happen 6-8 weeks later.

The Rope, clips and bolts are already sourced so we are confident that we can deliver your rewards well within the 'lead time' (ho,ho) that we are quoting - if we get your support to help us pay for the tooling.

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    Print your own Lead Hearts.
    Support the production of the lead hearts kit and get the '.stl' file needed to 3D print your own lead hearts under a 'personal use' licence.
    The files will be sent by e-mail

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    Pledge £8 or more About $11

    A set of two Lead Hearts.
    Use these with your own rope and clip to make up a new lead or repair an old one.
    Your Lead Hearts will be supplied with bolts and nuts

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    Pledge £10 or more About $14

    One full, self assembly kit to make your own lead
    Get a single lead kit made up of 2 lead hearts with bolts, 1.3m of rope and a regular trigger hook dog lead clasp just like the ones shown in the video. Make a lead up to 1m long with this kit.
    Once the project has funded you will be able to choose the color of the lead hearts and the rope, clips are all silver.

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    Pledge £13 or more About $18

    One lead made up for you by us.
    Get a single lead made up for you from of 2 lead hearts with bolts, 1.3m of rope and a regular trigger hook dog lead clasp just like the ones shown in the video up to 1m long.

    Once the project has funded you will be able to choose the color of the lead hearts and the rope, the length of the rope. The clips are all silver.

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    Pledge £18 or more About $25

    Our best deal - 2 lead kit.
    Get a two lead kit made up of 4 lead hearts with bolts, 2.6m of rope and two regular trigger hook dog lead clasps.
    This kit will allow you to make up a double dog lead like the one shown in the video or two single dog leads or a super long lead for running with your dog.
    Once the project has funded you will be able to choose the color of the lead hearts and the rope.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $31

    A 2 lead kit made up in any way you choose.
    Get a two lead kit made up by us into the configuration of your choice.
    The kit includes 4 lead hearts with bolts, 2.6m of rope and two regular trigger hook dog lead clasps.
    You can get a double dog lead like the one shown in the video or two single dog leads or a super long lead for running with your dog.
    Once the project has funded you will be able to choose the color of the lead hearts and the rope and the configuration of this reward..

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    Pledge £180 or more About $252

    Pet shop owners pack.
    Get a kit to custom make up to 20 basic leads or a multitude of other options for your customers.
    Kit contains 40 lead hearts with bolts, 24m of rope in 3 different colors and 20 clips.
    Lead Hearts RRP is £20 or $30 per lead so this kit offers more than 50% off RRP

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $2,801

    Distributors pack.
    Get 15 Pet shop owners packs.
    Each of the 15 Pet shop owners packs contains 40 lead hearts with bolts, 24m of rope in 3 different colors and 20 clips.
    Lead Hearts RRP is £20 or $30 per lead so this kit allows a distributor to sell kits on at a reasonable margin for both the distributor and the pet shop.
    Any distributor buying a kit in the campaign will receive a 3 year exclusive in their country.

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