Thanks to everyone who helped successfully fund this crazy project. For those of you who missed out, feel free to hop on over to www.PennyPortrait.com where Penny Portraits will be on sale until supplies run out.
Hi, I'm Maury thanks for swinging on by!
I created a portrait of Abe Lincoln out of pennies. It turned out really well, and I've since created a kit so you can do-the same.
The pennies on the poster are actual size, so it's easy for anyone to take an old jar of pennies, match and glue them to the four shades of pennies on the print, and have their own amazing copper creation! (It's like color by numbers with coins.)
I did a trial print run and created a website selling them for $24 and the response has been great. I'm nearly sold out!
My goal now is to do be able to do a much larger print run, which combined with quantity discounts on tubes and other materials will allow me to reach a price point that opens up all sorts of new opportunities!
I'll be able to make these affordable for teachers, get them in catalogs, and hopefully even retail stores. (Does anyone have friends at Michael's?)
Not to mention, I can get them in the hands of the patriotic, money loving Americans who funded me (along with other fun goodies)!
Now the print looks great as is, but when you add ACTUAL pennies, it is a real head turner. The dark/light combined with shiny/dull make for an eye popping effect. It looks particularly stunning at the end of a hall way or the far side of a room.
But wait, there's more!
Each Penny Portrait Kit is going to include :
- 18 x 24 Penny Portrait Poster
- Genuine 1943 Steel Penny
- Assembly tips & tricks handout
I will also include a booklet with each kit that has facts and info about:
- Abraham Lincoln
- Lincoln Pennies & Coin Collecting
- Chemistry Experiments with Pennies
- Impressionist Art & Optical Illusions & Much, Much, More!
2: How many pennies does it take to complete a penny portrait?
Numerous versions were created including a much larger poster, posters with various shades of pennies, pennies lined up in a straight grid and pennies aligned vertically instead of horizontally. I worked hard to create an image that is both easy to assemble and a convincing optical illusion.
All the best,
Update: We are also involved with "Kicking it Forward". A cool concept where those projects that are funded pledge 5% of the profits to help out other Kickstarter projects: http://kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
I've already done most of the heavy lifting. The poster is designed and ready to go! I've picked out a printer, priced the tubes and acquired a massive quantity of steel pennies. (Seriously, I have a Scrooge McDuck bag of steel pennies...)
My children are too young to force into child labor, so rolling posters and putting them in tubes will take a bit of time, but hey, that's what Netflix is for.
There is the possibility I could run out of steel pennies, but that would mean this project has gone really, really well.
All things considered, I can pretty much guarantee this project should go off without a hitch if I'm fortunate enough to get funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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