Welcome to the ultimate collectible!
The specimens suspended within each Pryzm collection were formed in conditions so specific and so extreme that they account for less than 0.1 parts per million within the Earth's crust, placing them amongst Earth's rarest materials.
For thousands of years these materials have acted as currency, adornment and assets of wealth. Today, their unique physical properties allow many of them to perform essential functions in our technology. This increasing demand coupled with their scarcity also places them amongst the most valuable materials on Earth.
Why do I need a collection?
- You want an awesome looking piece for your desk.
- You want a gift that says you value someone special.
- You're a rock, metal and mineral enthusiast and you want the ultimate centrepiece for your collection.
About the creator
Hello! My name is Tris and I've been collecting rare metals and minerals for most of my life. I created display collections containing some of my favourite specimens and I'm sharing them here on Kickstarter.
My history on Kickstarter
My first project on the site launched in 2013 and funded a natural history documentary about life in the Amazon rainforest. The campaign was a staff pick and also made project of the day. The film is now broadcast on TV in 14 countries and was nominated for a Panda award. My friend and I had a tough time working over eight months in the jungle but we pulled it off and delivered the film to all of our backers, receiving an overwhelmingly positive response for our efforts.
The ultimate collection
What material are the collections encased in?
The material used to encase the specimens is the highest grade Lucite acrylic. Acrylic is extremely tough and weather proof, so much so that it was used to make bullet resistant windows for WW2 fighter planes and pressure resistant windows in submarines. Acrylic is still a common choice for bullet proofing and you can find it everywhere from the inside of banks to the outside of armoured vehicles.
The production process
First, the specimens for each collection are selected, checked, arranged and carefully cleaned.
Next, a mould is cut for each collection and shaped from a heat resistant sheet.
Once the moulds are finished, the lucite acrylic (in powder form) is blended with a catalyst. It must be well blended to avoid inconsistencies but too much so that air bubbles are formed. The whole process must be done very quickly and then poured quickly into the moulds before it has a chance to set. This happens in a specially vented room to stop dust getting inside the collections.
Once the moulds are half full, they are left to set (partially).
Then, the specimens are arranged in their final positions on the partially set acrylic using a measure. It is good to do this when the acrylic is still slightly tacky which helps them stay in the correct positions.
Once the final pouring has set, the specimens are covered and any air bubbles surrounding the specimens have been removed, the collections are placed in a massive pressurised oven (you have to use a ladder to get up to the lid) where the acrylic hardens, contracts and clears overnight.
When the acrylic has finished pressure baking, the collections are removed from the oven, cooled and removed from the moulds.
Each one is then individually cut to size, polished, checked and checked again, ready to be boxed and sent to you :).
The final result...
A glass clear collection containing six of the world's most treasured materials.
Risks and challenges
If we hit the goal, the Pryzm collection/s you receive will be made by the same people in the same way as those featured on the page and in the video. I do not expect to deliver late but if there were heaps more orders than I expected, it could be possible.
Currently I have enough specimens in my collection to exceed the number of Pryzms required to meet the project goal. Just incase the project exceeds the goal in a big way, I have arranged suppliers that can meet the extra demand. This has been factored in to the delivery time just in case.
Everything is ready to go, all I need now is some orders!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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