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$3,601
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
41
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 28 2015 8:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello and welcome to our Kickstarter! 

We're a brother-sister team and we have created a suite of laser cut sustainable bamboo wood products designed to showcase the beauty of the living hinge.

Our roots are in mechanical engineering and graphic design but we are now combining our talents to create beautiful and functional products designed around laser cutting technology. 

WHAT IS A LIVING HINGE?

Everyone is familiar with wood. It is relatively sturdy, a decent fuel, and an extremely versatile construction material. More than likely, you are surrounded by wood tables, chairs, and other objects right now. But wood's usefulness stops about there. It is not flexible enough to construct things that are not stiff or rigid.

The glasses case pattern before and after cutting the living hinge.
The glasses case pattern before and after cutting the living hinge.

The living hinge, however, changes all of that. Suddenly, with a few strategically placed cuts in a solid piece of material you can create something that is flexible and bends like you might expect from a piece of cloth. What you are left with is a single piece of wood that moves and bends in ways that you would never expect. 

The living hinge pattern transforms a rigid board into a flexible sheet.
The living hinge pattern transforms a rigid board into a flexible sheet.

This living hinge concept isn't new or unique, but we have set out to create a set of products that are. All of them are designed specifically to highlight the natural beauty of wood and the fascinating behavior of the living hinge. 

HAND CRAFTED  

The benefit of using laser cutting technology, aside from its precise cuts, is that the cutting itself is a fully automated process. Still, finished products don't just pop out of the laser. After being cut, every part is carefully processed to ensure the highest quality. Parts are sanded to remove any residual effects of the laser, finished in the color of your choice, and then assembled with quality hardware.

We have thoroughly tested a wide selection of woods to find the most flexible and durable options, as well as many varieties of stains, oils, and dyes to ensure the best finish and the most vibrant colors. Every process we use to manufacture these products has been developed and dialed in to give the best possible results.

Using wood ensures that each item will have its own unique character because of the inherent variability of wood grain. The wood that we use is more regular than most but one item is likely to have slightly different grain or coloring than the next.

Drop testing of the glasses case
Drop testing of the glasses case

We've tested all of our products for quality but recommend that they be treated with respect and care. The hinges will hold up to numerous repeated cycles over the product lifetime but the wood may scratch, chip, or break if it is mistreated or extended beyond its maximum range.

SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO WOOD 

We have upgraded to offer all of our products in beautiful and sustainable bamboo wood. What does this mean for you? More value all at the same price! Now, your items will look great and you can feel great too.

Bamboo Grain, Natural Color
Bamboo Grain, Natural Color

Due to time constraints, our holiday ornaments and any items bought for our holiday special tier will be made with our existing wood but we will be switching fully to bamboo after the holidays.

WHAT ARE WE MAKING? 

Our living hinge collection includes designs for holiday ornaments, earrings, a statement necklace, a glasses case, and a clutch purse. Each product features the living hinge which means you'll have your own piece of wood that bends. All of our designs can be customized with five different color options and select products can be customized with etched initials or text.

If you like what you see, please take a look at our reward tiers off to the right or down below. You have to option to choose just one, or several of them together! Each product is handmade and finished with the utmost care.

 WHY KICKSTARTER?

We need your support! We have successfully developed all of these products using the lasers at Techshop SF but it's unrealistic to get enough laser time to do full production. In order to produce these products efficiently at the lowest price points, we need to have our own laser to manufacture our own goods. Any funds raised here will go directly into purchasing a laser that will bring this project to life, and many future products as well! 

REWARDS

COLORS!

Every reward comes in your choice of our five colors: Kickstarter Green, Ebony, Cinnamon, Whisky, and Natural.

Color Options
Color Options

You are also able to choose more than one product! All you'll need to do is add the correct amount to your chosen reward tier (see below for details).

KEYCHAIN: Kickstarter Only! $7

As a token of our appreciation you'll receive our Lasered Design keychain. It won't bend and flex like our other products but it is still a great addition to your key ring and a great example of laser cut and etched wood. It comes with a personalized thank you for your support! 

Lasered Design Keychain
Lasered Design Keychain

HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS: Kickstarter Single $15 ($5 Off Retail!)                                                                                          Kickstarter Set $30 ($5 Off Retail!)

Whether you choose just one or the whole set, our holiday ornaments will look great on your tree or around your home. They come finished with a red ribbon hanger and dance and wiggle when handled. 

Tree, Snowflake, and Sled Holiday Ornaments
Tree, Snowflake, and Sled Holiday Ornaments

EARRINGS: Kickstarter Price $20 ($5 Off Retail!)

Our earrings feature a small, wrapped living hinge that you can wear everyday or on special occasions. They look great as an accessory and will dance with your movement or spring when handled. 

They come finished with hypoallergenic sterling silver findings. 

Teardrop, Hoop, and Sail Earrings
Teardrop, Hoop, and Sail Earrings

NECKLACE: Kickstarter Price $30 ($5 Off Retail!)

Our living hinge necklace truly is a statement piece that is a wonderful accessory for special occasions. The necklace is 22" long in total and comes finished with an adjustable sterling silver plated chain and clasps. 

Statement Necklace
Statement Necklace

EYEGLASSES CASE: Early Bird $50 ($20 Off Retail!)                                                                                                    Kickstarter Price $60 ($10 Off Retail!)

The glasses case, our featured product, is stylish and will keep your eyeglasses or sunglasses protected when not in use. The case features the living hinge as the closure and uses strong neodymium magnets as the clasp. Every case will come with a black microfiber pouch to further protect your favorite glasses. 

This case will fit all eyeglasses and most sunglasses. The inside dimensions are approximately 6" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". 

You can also add customization to include your name or initials so that you will always know which case is yours. Customization options are described below and can be added for an extra $5. 

Glasses Case
Glasses Case
Strong Neodymium Magnet Clasp
Strong Neodymium Magnet Clasp

CLUTCH PURSE: Early Bird $75 ($20 Off Retail!)                                                                                                     Kickstarter Price $85 ($10 Off Retail!)

The clutch purse mirrors our glasses case but is big enough to hold everything that you might need while out and about. The clutch features the living hinge as the closure and uses strong neodymium magnets as the clasp.

The clutch purse is big enough to hold items like your phone, money and credit cards, small wallets, or makeup. The inside dimensions are approximately 7 1/2" x 4" x 1 3/4".

You can also add customization to include your name or initials so that you will always know which clutch is yours. Customization options are described below and can be added for an extra $5.

Clutch Purse
Clutch Purse

 CUSTOMIZATION: Add $5

You can add customization to your glasses case or clutch purse for only $5! Customization can be done on the front and on the side in your choice of three fonts. 

Front and Side Customization Available
Front and Side Customization Available

If you add customization you can elect to etch your choice of text in both locations. $5 covers the front and side options. Up to 15 characters can be etched on the front and up to 3 characters can be etched on the side. You will specify your font selection and desired text when we collect your information as the end of the campaign.

Serif, Script, and Swash Font Options
Serif, Script, and Swash Font Options

ADD ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS TO YOUR REWARD!

Yes, it is possible to receive more than one product or one item! Simply add the discounted prices below to your total pledge amount. 

PRICING FOR ADDITIONAL ITEMS:

  • Keychain: $5
  • Single Ornament: $12
  • Ornament Set: $30
  • Earrings: $17
  • Necklace: $27
  • Eyeglasses Case: $55
  • Clutch Purse: $80
  • Customization: $5 each
  • Shipping is free for all additional items! 

For example, these might be some combinations that would be possible: 

Regular priced glasses case tier + additional necklace -> $60 + $27 = $87 total

Early Bird clutch purse tier + 2 additional clutch purses -> $75 + 2 * $80 = $235

Keychain tier + 9 additional keychains -> $7 + 9 * $5 = $52

The only limit is that you cannot receive more than 10 total items, and only one early bird item is allowed per pledge. This is so that we can be respectful of all backers and get everyone's items out as quickly as possible before taking on larger orders. 

OUR STORY  

My sister's and my first fortune in life was being born to two do-it-yourself parents who let us build, craft, and create anything we imagined. I spent my formative years building K'nex skyscrapers encompassing the entire living room, and my sister cut, glued, and painted everything in sight into her latest craft project. Of course, when birthdays and holidays came around we always crafted something for each other and our favorite gifts were always the ones that were homemade. 

Fast forward to college and I graduated after studying rocket engineering and Micaela graduated with honors in graphic design. I quickly set off to build my own trip to the moon, but it was not long before I was drawn back to our family's roots: creating. 

It became natural to involve my sister as I found laser cutters and realized that they are the perfect intersection of art and engineering and that they would highlight both of our strengths. Together, we think we can combine 2D and 3D design to rethink products in ways that are new and unique. Our whole lives we've created for each other, but now we want to bring a piece of what we do to all of you. This project and our vision is all about creating beautiful, handcrafted, made-with-love products for you all to share. 

This suite of products is our first vision and we're beyond excited to bring them to you. With your support, these products can all become reality and you will see plenty more ideas from us in the future. Thank you for your pledge!  

TIMELINE

JUNE 2015-OCTOBER 2015: Design and prototyping

OCTOBER 27, 2015: Kickstarter campaign launch

NOVEMBER 28, 2015: End of Kickstarter campaign

DECEMBER 7, 2015: Ornaments ship

MID-DECEMBER 2015: Laser arrival and setup 

LATE DECEMBER 2015: Production begins

MID-JANUARY 2016: Shipping starts

LATE JANUARY 2016: Production ends

MID-FEBRUARY 2016: Shipping completed

Risks and challenges

The development phase of these products has allowed us to work though many of the most critical risks and challenges already. All of our designs have gone through multiple iterations and have been tested for functionality and durability through use in our own lives. We have exhaustively tested different designs, materials, and finishes to where we are confident that we can provide all of our backers with a high quality product. Our designs will undergo final tweaks for manufacturability but are all at least 95% complete.

We've presented a timeline above that we believe is as accurate as possible. The biggest unknown in maintaining our schedule is the acquisition and setup of the laser system. We've spoken to the laser manufacturer and based our schedule off their lead time, though delays could occur.

The positive is that we have worked with these laser systems extensively in the past and we are confident that we can get the system up and running quickly once the machine is in hand. Our commitment will be to producing quality goods and getting them into your hands as soon as possible. We will regularly update all of our backers with our progress and inform you of any delays as they occur. Transparency, satisfaction, and quality are our goals.

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    HOLIDAY DELIVERY SPECIAL

    Select this tier for guaranteed priority shipping by December 14th to ensure that you can gift them for the holidays!

    Simply pick up to FIVE items and add up the total cost using the prices here:
    - Keychain: $7
    - Ornament: $15
    - Ornament Set: $30
    - Earrings: $20
    - Necklace: $30
    - Glasses Case: $60
    - Clutch Purse: $85
    - Customization: $5 each

    $20 will be added to cover expedited shipping and fees incurred for early manufacturing.

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