As someone who fidgets a lot, I find myself playing with pens, fidget cubes or my cufflinks during meetings - this gave me the idea for Spinning Steel, cufflinks that are actually designed to be fidgeted with!
Spinning Steel cuff links are made using stainless steel 626 bearings that are attached to either solid silver or silver plated cufflinks. The centres of the bearings are filled with a coloured resin and come in yellow, red, blue, orange, black, green, purple, white, turquoise, gold, silver and bronze.
The 626 bearings are 6mm deep, 19mm wide and the central hole is 6mm wide.
I am looking to raise funds in order to purchase higher quality bearings that will give a longer and smoother spin and to purchase a vacuum degassing machine that will improve the quality of the finish to the resin centre.
Should the project be a success then I will look at creating stretch goals such as additional colours and other types of bearings such as ceramic or hybrid.
Risks and challenges
All parts of this project will be completed by myself, there are no outside companies involved other than those that I will purchase the basic materials and machinery from. Whilst this reduces the risk of manufacturing delays caused by external factors I can only create a limited number of items per day. This is why I have placed a limit on the number of items that will be shipped in November. Should these sell out I will look to add additional rewards but these will not ship until December.
The machinery needed to make the resin centres has already been sourced from multiple sources so should one company sell out I will be able to purchase from elsewhere, this will again reduce the risk of delays due to machinery not being available.
Whilst there may be potential risks that are perhaps unclear at this stage I believe I have covered all the risks I am aware of. Should issues arise that I cannot resolve, I have been making cufflinks for the past 7 years and have developed a wide range of contacts from manufacturing companies to other artists and designers that I will be able to call upon if needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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