CARPE DIEM EDC
"Tempus Fugit," "Memento Mori," "Carpe Diem." Three Latin phrases that you have probably heard before, but maybe haven't thought a lot about. Translated, they mean "Time Flies," "Remember Death," and "Seize the Day."
I am offering three original EDC pieces, all made in the USA, designed to convey the themes of Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori and Carpe Diem. Each of these pieces will be produced in a variety of metals and finishes, to be carried daily as a reminder to the holder that time is fleeting, and the future is uncertain, so make the most of each day.
NOTE: All materials and finish choices within a particular pledge level can be made through the Backerkit survey at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
PLEASE check out my Instagram feed @jwirth66 for lots of photos of the sample Tempus Fugit Curios, Memento Mori Stones and Carpe Diem Coins.
USE OF FUNDS
The funds from this campaign will be used to cover the minimum order quantities from the manufacturer of my new Carpe Diem Coin design, in four different materials / finishes.
CARPE DIEM COIN
Carpe Diem Coins will be 39mm in diameter, and approximately 2.7mm thick (10 gauge). The Carpe Diem Coins will be minted in the USA, by a company with over 40 years experience minting tokens and commemorative coins.
GOOD NEWS! After completing my Kickstarter video, I decided to add other finish options for the Carpe Diem Coin. Carpe Diem Coins will be available in the following materials and finishes:
- Antique Bronze Finish (Brass Alloy - Chemically Aged)
- Antique Silver Finish (Nickel-Silver - Chemically Aged)
- Solid Copper with Antique Finish
- .999 Fine Silver (approx. 1 ounce)
TEMPUS FUGIT CURIO
The Tempus Fugit Curios are approximately 40mm x 37mm x 6mm, and will be produced in the USA in the following materials:
- Bronze Steel (3D printed steel infused with bronze, wt. 1.18oz / 33.2g)
- Gray Steel (3D printed steel infused with bronze, wt. 1.18oz / 33.2g)
- Raw Brass (cast, wt. 1.2oz / 34.1g)
- Raw Bronze (cast, wt. 1.17oz / 33.1g)
- Serling Silver (cast, wt. 1.4oz / 40g)
* NOTE: The Raw Bronze Tempus Fugit Curio in the photo above has had a chemical patina applied. The Raw Brass and Sterling Silver pieces shown have no patina. Shipped pieces will be in a natural (as cast) finish with no forced patina.
MEMENTO MORI STONE
The Memento Mori Stones are approximately 40mm x 28mm x 5 mm, and will be produced in the USA in the following materials:
- Bronze Steel (3D printed steel infused with bronze, wt. 1.37oz / 36.7g)
- Gray Steel (3D printed steel infused with bronze, wt. 1.37oz / 36.7g)
- Raw Brass (cast, wt. 1.29oz / 36.7g)
- Raw Bronze (cast, wt. 1.29oz / 36.7g)
- Sterling Silver (cast, wt. 1.5oz / 42.5g)
* NOTE: The Raw Bronze Memento Mori Stone in the photo above has had a chemical patina applied. The Raw Brass and Sterling Silver pieces shown have no patina. Shipped pieces will be in a natural (as cast) finish with no forced patina.
BRONZE STEEL AND GRAY STEEL
The Bronze Steel and Gray Steel Tempus Fugit Curios and Memento Mori Stones are 3D printed 420 Stainless Steel infused with bronze, and have a final composition of approximately 60% steel and 40% bronze. The way that bronze infiltrates into the steel can vary, and this changes the color of your piece. If there is a higher concentration of Bronze near the surface of the product, it will take on more of Bronze's deep brown color, as in the Bronze Steel pieces in the pictures above.
To build steel models, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the print is complete. At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand. The models then go through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. Models are then processed to achieve your desired finish, and sprayed with a sealant.
So, the pieces will retain their appearance, and the finish will not wear off or patina further. If you want to achieve a more worn effect, you can lightly rub the piece with very fine steel wool, which will lighten some of the highlights along the raised areas.
What is really cool about the steel versions is that due to the 3D printing process, the pieces are left with a topographical map-like finish, almost simulating wood grain.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FINISH
All you need to do for now is select the pledge level you would like. At the end of the Kickstarter Campaign you will receive a BackerKit survey, which will ask you to select the specific finish or finishes you would like on each item you have pledged for.
A FEW WORDS ON PATINA
Most of my friends in the EDC and watch communities LOVE patina. Of course it is always amazing to see a bronze watch, or a brass pen patina naturally over time. It is also possible to force a patina on a brass, bronze or silver piece. When your Tempus Fugit Curio and/or Memento Mori Stones in brass, bronze or sterling silver arrive, they will be very clean and shiny. If you would like to force a patina on your piece, I recommend using Liver of Sulfer, especially for silver. "MIDAS Black/Brown Patina" from Rio Grande works great to patina brass and bronze - not so good on silver.
BACKGROUND / ORIGINAL DESIGN INSPIRATIONS
In 1973 I was seven years old, and Roger Waters wrote the lyrics to "Time" for the album Dark Side of the Moon. Not only did "Time" become my favorite song as I grew older, but the words took on an especially profound meaning for me as I was turning forty-eight - the age my father was when he passed away...
"And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking, racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older, shorter of breath and one day closer to death" ~ Pink Floyd
It was around this time that I started to realize how much of a gift each new day was, and I began to take a real interest in Memento Mori objects - reminders that death is waiting, so stop wasting time and start living your life. I started to collect small art objects with skull themes, and began to work skulls into my EDC ("everyday carry") rotation. When my 14 year old son taught me how to use 3D modeling software, I began to design and CNC mill my own Memento Mori and Carpe Diem EDC themed pieces.
My first design was my original Carpe Diem Coin. I wanted a challenge coin that could easily be carried and given away to friends and family, that would remind the holder that time is fleeting, that death waits at the end for all of us, and that it is important to make the most of every day. I designed the front ("obverse") side of the coin with a skull to represent death, with an escapement gear (found in all mechanical clocks and watches) in the forehead of the skull to represent the passing of time. "Time Flies" was becoming more of a reality every day as I approached 50 years of age. "Death Waits" was my very real, although grim reminder that at the end of all my uncertain days alive, there is only the certainty of death.
The back ("reverse") side of my original Carpe Diem Coin had a simple message: "Carpe Diem" which means "Seize the Day," and "Make Your Life Extraordinary." Make the most of every day you have. Work hard, but play hard. Do good for others not as fortunate as you. Be present in the lives of friends and family.
My original Carpe Diem Coin was 3D printed in bronze steel and gray steel in small batches. I sold many of these coins over the past couple of years, and gave away many more.
For this Kickstarter Campaign, I am re-introducing a newly designed Carpe Diem Coin, which will be professionally minted from custom engraved dies. The obverse has my original skull design re-worked with more detail to represent death, and the escapement gear, hourglasses and an hour / minute track, to represent the passing of time. I decided to use latin for the text on the new coins: "TEMPUS FUGIT" for "Time Flies," and "MEMENTO MORI" for "Remember Death." The reverse shows a "tree of life" with the words "CARPE DIEM" for "Seize the Day." Surrounding the tree of life are the words "FAC VITAM INCREDIBILEM" for "Make an Incredible Life," and "MEMENTO VIVERE" for "Remember to Live." These two sayings are separated by roses, a subtle suggestion to take time to stop and smell the roses.
My next design is a derivative of the Carpe Diem Coin, which I call the Tempus Fugit Curio. It is simply the skull and escapement gear from the Carpe Diem Coin, as a pocket carry piece. The phrase "Tempus Fugit," or “Time Flies,” becomes more salient the older we get. I designed and milled the original “Tempus Fugit Curio” out of brass, to carry as a personal daily reminder to enjoy the moment - to take time out of my busy schedule to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of life. The skull is an obvious representation of pending death, while the escapement gear, represents the passing of time.
For my third design, I wanted to focus on the Memento Mori theme - "Remember Death."
Years ago during a visit to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum I became fascinated with a Memento Mori rosary on display from the early 1500s. Each of the memento mori beads at the ends has a human face on one side that is stripped of its flesh on the other, while some of the rosary beads show a fashionably dressed figure on one side and a skeleton on the other. The meaning behind the beads? Even though we usually feel safe, even immortal at times, don’t forget that some day you are going to die.
To represent this idea in a piece of art, I 3D-modeled what looks to be a secure, iron-clad, riveted box, with a skull peering out through a broken area. I milled the original piece from a block of brass on my desktop milling machine.
When I shared photos of my Memento Mori piece on Instagram (@jwirth66), I had many requests to produce them in a size that could be easily carried as a "worry stone," so I am making the Memento Mori Stones available here through this Kickstarter campaign.
My hope, and my goal for this Kickstarter campaign, is that one of my Carpe Diem EDC pieces will end up in your pocket, and will be a continual reminder for you to stop and relish the moment you are in, to see and hear beauty in your daily surroundings, and to make the most of every single day.
Thank you for your support!
PLEDGE / REWARD LEVELS
STICKERS FOR EVERY BACKER!
As a thank you for all of the wonderful support I have received for my Carpe Diem EDC products, I am giving every backer two glossy vinyl stickers - one Carpe Diem Tree of Life, and one Tempus Fugit / Memento Mori Skull. The two stickers will be added to every pledge level automatically, but will also be available as add-ons for $1 each.
Additional Carpe Diem EDC pieces, as well as leather carry sleeves will be available on a one-off basis through the BackerKit survey that will be sent out at the end of the campaign. Simply pledge now for the level you would like, and know that you'll have an opportunity to add additional Carpe Diem Coins, Tempus Fugit Curios, Memento Mori Stones and leather carry sleeves after the campaign ends. No need to add additional money to your pledge level now.
Carpe Diem Coin in antique bronze finish, antique silver finish or solid copper - $15 each additional coin.
Carpe Diem Coin in .999 Fine Silver - $65 each
Tempus Fugit Curio in bronze steel or gray steel - $60 each.
Tempus Fugit Curio in solid brass or solid bronze - $130 each.
Tempus Fugit Curio in sterling silver - $220 each.
Memento Mori Stone in bronze steel or gray steel - $60 each.
Memento Mori Stone in solid brass or solid bronze - $130.
Memento Mori Stone in sterling silver - $220
Leather carry sleeves - $25 each. You'll be able to pick which sleeve(s) you want at the end of the campaign. The leather carry sleeves are handcrafted in Utah by Greg Stevens Design (GSD), using Horween leather that will age beautifully, and are stamped with my Tempus Fugit skull design (NOTE: There will also be an option for the Coin / Curio sleeves to be stamped with the Tree of Life design from the obverse of the Carpe Diem Coin - this new stamp needs to be created, so photos are not yet available). Greg Stevens is well known in the everyday carry and watch / knife community for his exceptional leather work.
Due to a number of requests, I have decided to offer my original Carpe Diem Coin design, 3D printed in Bronze Steel or Gray Steel, as an add-on at the end of the campaign. Due to the nature of how these coins are manufactured, through 3D printing in steel and infusing with bronze, these coins are much more costly to make than the minted new coin design. Accordingly, the Original Carpe Diem Coins in Bronze Steel or Gray Steel will be $40.00 each. You will be able to add as many original Carpe Diem Coins as you'd like through the BackerKit that will be sent out at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
1) Wait for your BackerKit survey at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
2) Go nuts! Add as many additional EDC Carry Pieces and/or Leather Sleeves as you want.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter project, so there may be a few challenges that I have not fully thought through or anticipated yet. But I feel confident in my ability to deliver a successful project if funded. Several of my close friends in the EDC community have run successful Kickstarter campaigns, and have offered to help. Also, I run a small e-commerce company called Golden Gate Goods, where I have sold many EDC items over the past few years, including many that I designed. I handle all of the fulfillment for Golden Gate Goods. I also run a knife company, and handle all of the operations of the business, including working with a third party fulfillment center to process all of the orders and shipments. So, depending on how well this Kickstarter campaign does, I may handle fulfillment on my own, or work with a third party fulfillment center.
One challenge that I can anticipate is receiving products with defects or finishes that are not acceptable from the 3D printing service company I use (several of the product offerings in this campaign are 3D printed in steel infused with bronze). The good news is that I have had many products produced by this company, including two of the three items offered in this campaign, and the few times there have been production defects they have re-run the job and replaced the defect items in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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