I started making these rings in April, 2014 and have developed a unique individual style creating rings people love to wear.
Through many hours of trial and error, eventually I devised a system which resulted in perfect consistency and impeccable quality.
I have rings for sale in a couple stores and online in a few market places. And of course when I go out, I always have my set of rings with me. I am amazed that I personally outsell all the other outlets combined. Maybe people really like to buy directly, and face to face with the maker. Maybe I'm a better salesman than I think, or maybe I show real passion for these rings, triggering people to buy. Of course the network of people I have sold to are always giving me leads, and sending customers my way, that helps a lot, and is a key element of the success I have had.
With a successfully funded project I am going to continue my steady growth, find new brick and mortar stores to carry the rings. Start making these domed coins into necklace pendants which will require additional equipment. Ramp up production and have stock on hand for some events like the Sturgis Bike Rally. Eventually I would like to get an actual studio instead of my unheated Montana garage. With diligence and a good work ethic, I know this can become a career and a viable business.
So I invite you to join me in this endeavor. Whether you're here just for the reward or want to follow me through the coming years, I promise to do my best work, keep you up to date and provide heirloom quality pieces to you and all my current and future clients. My sincerest thanks,-Chuck
I encourage you to go to Wikipedia and search "Quarters" to see all the designs and different possibilities with the 50 States Program, and the America the Beautiful series. Someone really into horses would love the Nevada domed quarter above.
I was asked to show how the rings look in different sizes, so you can now see the difference in the photos above. The smallest rings require the most work. The diameter of a size 6.5 is smaller than that of the quarter. This requires a lot of heating and hammering, you're compacting all that extra material into a smaller space. Sometimes this leads to a kind of wavy top edge that I need to correct with sanding.
Rewards will be made and shipped in the order in which they were pledged.
The wood boxes I make change designs occasionally, so the box pictured may not be the same as the one delivered, but will be every bit as special.
Risks and challenges
Being that I am in production now, and have been since mid April 2014 with no mishaps, shortages, injuries, or production slow downs, I can confidently say that my business plan and implementation is sound and viable. It's legal according to the US Treasury, the US Mint and the US Code. Licensing is no more than a city business license, No really heavy and expensive machinery is needed. Raw material is always available, whether it's clad coins from circulation, or in the case of silver, purchased off eBay. Packages are light and relatively cheap to send.
Learning how to solder on the bail (loop), onto the quarter shouldn't be much of a problem. I have been researching the process, and it's pretty straight forward. I will just need a little practice before I take that into production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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