Where to begin....
I started making chainmail items about 5 years ago as a hobby and currently started trying to go beyond a hobby. My fiance and I have been doing shows / events and having a BLAST doing it. We were going to run a big kickstarter with everything we offer which is mostly jewelry. I decided I wanted to separate this one from the bulk of everything else.
I'm a long time gamer and use these dice bags for myself, the pics you see are my personal bags, and they have been through a lot. These are currently the only 2 bags we have right now. Once the kickstarter is successful we will order the materials to start making your orders. They are made with Anodized Aluminum and / or Bright Aluminum Metal Rings and EPDM Rubber Rings which makes them stretchy. I have yet to have an issue of scratching, discolor, or breaking in all the time I have used them or these materials.
**This is Chainmail, all the metal rings have a slit in them in order to open and close to allow for weaving. If you catch it on something, such as a nail or anything else, it could possibly open rings undoing the weave.**
**Updated: 1.11.14** - Please take note of the "Shipment Dates with upgrades??" located in the updates section.
The entire project now has a new delivery date on a first come first serve basis. As pledges were made they will be full filled and shipped out. The "Overall" Delivery date is now June / July. This is a realistic date for this many bags, and early pledges upgrading to the new unlock.
I do not anticipate deliveries running into these months, but again in real world anything can happen which can slow down the process. I will not blow smoke or give false promises. I will NOT under any circumstances cut any corners on any given item that we sell, every item will be made with 100% dedication and care.
Small Dice Bag:
This is the Small Dice Bag, it holds 3 sets of polyhedral dice comfortably, and can stretch for 4 + some extra loose die if needed.
Large Dice Bag:
This is the Large Dice Bag, it holds 7 sets of polyhedral dice comfortably, and can stretch for 8-9 sets + some loose die if needed.
Stretch Goal UNLOCKED!: Extra Large Dice Bag (Unlocked at $2000)
I was honestly not expecting to get anywhere near the $2,000 Stretch goal this fast. As I stated in the main page of the Kickstarter, the two bags you see are the only ones i have made and they are my personal bags. I have been Chainmailing a long time and working out the numbers of making a larger one isn't a big deal for me, but unfortunately there will be no pic's as of right now. We will be ordering some materials to get a head start on making the "Early Birds" and making the demo "Extra Large Bag".
So until then, the information about the Extra Large Dicebag is: 8" High and a 13" diameter round. By my assumption right now, it should hold 14-15 sets of dice comfortably. This is not a set number, it's an approximation and will be set in stone when I make it.
The delivery date is set for June / July, you may see these sooner then that but i'm just being very realistic with you all. This is a lot of work, and i won't even attempt to downplay it.
$10,000 Stretch Goal: UNLOCKED!!
Unlocked - You will receive a Set of 7 Dice. You will choose your color for each bag you have pledged for in the survey.
Details and colors in Update #38.
If you have any questions or comments about this Stretch Goal please contact us via. PM.
Kickstarter sorts their Pledge Levels on the right by price, which makes it a bit more complex to find what you want. Here is a list of them in order, then you will know what to look for.
- Small Combo #1: 2 Small Dice Bags
- Small Combo #2: 3 Small Dice Bags
- Mixed Combo #1: 1 Small Dice Bag + 1 Large Dice Bag
- Mixed Combo #2: 2 Small Dice Bags + 1 Large Dice Bag
- Mixed Combo #3: 2 Small Dice Bags + 2 Large Dice Bags
- Large Combo #1: 2 Large Dice Bags
- Large Combo #2: 3 Large Dice Bags
- Unlocked Combo: 1 Large Dice Bag + 1 Extra Large Dice Bag
- Unlocked Combo: 1 Sm. Dice Bag + 1 Lg. Dice Bag + 1 XL Dice Bag
- Unlocked Combo: 2 Sm. Dice Bag + 2 Lg. Dice Bag + 2 XL Dice Bag
It's like an Open Salad Bar, the choices are all yours, pick and choose any combination you want!!!
All we ask is that when you place your order you let me know which colors you would like, if you would like a straight up and down colors like the small bag, or the spiral like the large bag. If your undecided and would like suggestions feel free to ask in the comments, I would love to interact with you and help wherever you need it. Our goal is to make sure you get what you want.
**There is no limit to what colors you order, you could order 1 bag with every color and ask for a completely chaos colored bag! (Now I almost want someone to do it, just to see how it looks.)**
***EXAMPLE***As you can see with my personal bags i have different combinations.
- Small bag - 2 Total Colors: 1 Ring Color (Green) and 1 Rubber Ring Color (Black),
- Large Bag - 4 total colors: 2 Metal Ring colors (Purple / Bright Aluminum) and 2 Rubber Rings colors (Black / White).
The 2 most common patterns right now is the Straight up and down.
As far as other patterns go, I will be making up a "Chaos Mix", which will be just the color's you choose anywhere, no direct pattern.
Note to keep in mind, if your design ideas become very intricate I will do it if you do the work planning it out for me. The reason for this is, I have a lot of work ahead of me, and i priced these out based on how long it takes me to make them. If i have to spend time figuring out some very detailed pattern, i'm going to either going to have to ask for the extra $$ to do so and move your bag to the back of the delivery line, or simply deny it for now. The reason is because if i spend an extra 1,2, 5 hours on any one bag it slows down the delivery of every bag after that.
our ultimate goal is to make sure you get the most personalized dice bag you can get. I thought about how many times in all my years of playing, how much i would love to have my Clan or Families color's for the game i was playing. I'm hoping to give the chance for this to you all, so i only ask that you keep what i said above in mind during your design process.
Also by all means DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF WITHOUT SPEAKING TO ME IN PM!!!! I'm willing to work with you all to figure out the best way to get you what you want!
Cord & Locks:
I have looked up and found as many options as I think would look good with these bags. So this is what is available to you all, pick and choose whatever you want from the following, and just let me know what you want in your pledge. Again if you want some help in choosing don't hesitate to ask in the comments section.
What you see on my bags is a leather strap with no locks, I personally like to just quick tie mine so I know it definitely wont open. The choices are well limited, but there is A LOT of them!!
Vitality Handmade's Goals:
- We are looking to really get VHD off the ground. Like I said we only just started doing shows / events and we need more. We are looking to obtain more supplies and / if possible the tools to create our own supplies (Depending on how much we earn here).
- Getting our feet wet with Kickstarter, this may be the first of many Kkickstarters for VHD. When all orders have been shipped out for this Kickstarter you may see our jewelry line for the summer / fall time.
- The ability to share with all you gamers the same enjoyment I get when I walk around Game Con's and at my local gaming store with a unique dice bag.
Shipping / Expected Delivery:
As of right now i'm the only one making these, by my count if every pledge is taken that will be 300 Bags to be made without the Extra Large Bag Stretch Goal. These do take time to make and on paper I should have no problem getting this done for April; although please understand I am currently the only one making them and there is a small chance it could run over. I will be teaching my fiance, April, how to weave these during the time of the kickstarter so she can possibly help get these out sooner.
If there is a pledge order, we will be making all orders on a first come first serve basis. We will be shipping once a week on Friday afternoon whatever is made.
The current ship dates are as follows:
- Early Bird Specials: March
- All Small / Large Orders: April
- All Extra Large Orders: July.... You may see them sooner then July, I am just being realistic. This is a lot of work ahead of me.
Risks and challenges
Risks of actually completing the project are very very little. The only challenge we can foresee is the deadline. I (Greg) am currently the only one making these, and on paper there should be no problem with the deadline i set. Although anything can happen, from out of stock materials, to broken tools, and / or anything worse. These things may cause me to run over a little, as it's unlikely I'm not overly concerned by this.
I am very big on communication, as i know things so shall you all. If I find there may be an issue, you will all be the 2nd to know behind myself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes you can definitely go with just metal rings, though you will remove the stretch ability from the bag.
No our rings are saw cut, and deburred before assembly, then when put together each ring is closed 100%. As I have stated in the main body of the KS, we do NOT cut corners. Each ring is closed the same, on every bag, so you never have to worry about damage coming to your dice.
The ONLY way this can happen is if something happens to the bag, and a ring opens up. Such as catching it on a nail or a sharp corner or something. All the metal rings are cut and have a chance of opening if caught just right on something.
If you have any questions / concerns feel free to PM right away!
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