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$340
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 12 2018 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hello and thank you for stopping by my Kickstarter. I'm grateful to everyone who takes the time to view my project.

 "A Good Life" enamel pin set was born out of a rough year of loss. I didn't want to stay in a state of grief so I began looking at what a good life entails. I came up with a list - similar to a healthy, wealthy, wise list - to identify what it was that I would put my energy into in order to have "A Good Life".

Comprised of Symbols
Each design is comprised of a combination of symbols from around the world.

Amulets and Reminders
Everyone's journey is personal, but we often share universal feelings and goals in life. It is my hope that these pins serve both as amulets and as healing reminders to continue on our path of an enriched life.

Life & Health Pin

The Life & Health pin is an amulet for our life and health and a gentle reminder to take care of our physical health daily.

The scarab symbolizes rebirth, renewal, creating life out of nothing. The Ankh on the scarab is also symbolic of life. It's that life the scarab and Ankh symbolizes that we first must start with before we can have good health or anything else. Scarabs are also seen as protective. 

The snake on the needle is the Rod of Ascleplus which is the universal symbol used by medical facilities. It is the symbol of health and healing.

The red and blue droplets represent blood and water. They are essential elements of life.

Wisdom & Self Reflection

The Wisdom & Self Reflection pin is an amulet for our minds. It serves as a gentle reminder for each of us to take part in activities that enrich our mental well being and to strive for wisdom.

The lotus is symbolic of enlightenment and compassion. The circle around the lotus is a re-imagined Dharma Wheel using Bodhi tree leaves for the eight spokes which represent the Eight Fold Noble Path that leads to Nirvana. The Bodhi tree is also symbolic of enlightenment and is often referred to as The Tree of Life. The dark blue color is symbolic of the dark pool of water where the lotus grows.

Love & Social Connections

The Love & Social Connections pin is an amulet for relationships and a gentle reminder to devote time to strengthening our connections to others.

The swans are symbolic of love and protection because they often mate for life. Their intertwined necks symbolize how interconnected we all are and how our well being is dependent on our social connections. Each swan carries a starfish in it's beak. Starfish are symbols of infinite and divine love. The plum leaves - which surround the swans - are also symbolic of love. All of the elements together form the shape of a heart.

Courage & Perseverance

The Courage and Perseverance pin is an amulet for our well being and a gentle reminder to persevere through difficult and challenging times.

The majestic lion is a universal symbol for strength and courage. This lion is adorned with an Adinkra symbol for the "Akofena" which translates into the "Sword of War" and symbolizes courage and valor.

  • Hard Enamel
  • 2 Rubber Clutches
  • Back Stamp with Artist's Name
  • Mounted on Backing Card
  • 2 Pin Backs
  • Gold Plating
  • Pin Manufacturing Comprises the Majority of the Cost
  • Packing Supplies and Shipping Costs
  • Backing Cards
  • Miscellaneous Expenses
  • Kickstarter Fees

Original Art Work

Original paintings will be available in two of the reward packages. You will be able to choose 1 (one) of the designs or all 4 (four). These rewards are limited.

 

More Details:
Surveys will be sent out once the Kickstarter ends so you can make your pin requests.

Colors vary by monitor. I've included the Pantone Colors for each pin because monitors don't always give an accurate representation of the colors..

International Shipping:
International backers will receive a packing slip with pledge amount. Backers are responsible for any duties or VAT (taxes) required by their country. 

January 11, 2018 - Project ends. If funding goals are met, surveys will be sent out to all backers.

Late January/Early February 2018 receive funds from Kickstarter.
February 2018: Start production of pins. 
March 2018: Send pins to backers.

I will keep everyone updated on the progress.

About Me:
I design things, draw things, and paint things. I'm a lover of nature and animals.

rachelbaum.com

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Special thank you my partner, family and friends. Their love and support has been essential to me being a healthy and creative individual.

Thank you again for your interest in my Kickstarter project.

Risks and challenges

I have received a sample batch of one pin and they turned out fantastic! I have established a relationship directly with the manufacturer of the pins (I'm not going through a third party). The manufacturer I'm working with has over 10 years of experience. I have been impressed with their attentiveness and communication.

I have already gone over the designs with the manufacturer and at this time, the designs stand as I have them pictured above. Please be aware that minor changes could occur should the manufacturer run into any problems when casting the mold. They also may need to reposition the backstamp based on the placement of the pinbacks.

There are risks regarding quality, mistakes and shipping time. I have taken steps with the manufacturer to ensure the quality of the pins and that they are delivered in a timely manner. I have a Pantone Color Book so I am seeing what the actual color is before it is put into the pin. The manufacturer I'm working with uses the Pantone Matching System so we are in unison on the colors.

I worked several years as a self-employed painter of large decorative abstracts. I've shipped my paintings within the US and to six other countries. I learned so much during that time about shipping supplies and shipping regulations. Fortunately the enamel pins are much smaller than shipping three foot wide paintings so I believe all of my previous shipping experience will lend itself to running and fulfilling a successful campaign.

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    A Huge Thank You for your Support!

    Immense Gratitude to you for supporting my artistic endeavors. You will be included in my Loving Kindness Meditation.

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    1 Pin + Original 5"x7" Painting

    Choice of 1 pin with backing card. Original 5"x7" Ink & Watercolor painting on cold pressed Arches paper. You choose which design from the "Good Life" you would like painted.
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    1 Pin + Original 9"x12" Painting

    Choice of 1 pin with backing card. Original 9"x12" Ink & Watercolor painting on cold pressed Arches paper. Painting includes all 4 designs from the "Good Life" series.
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Funding period

- (30 days)