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About this project

My name is Amanda Bailard and I am an artisan of sorts, I like to play and experiment with a variety of different art projects. I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to explore art and test my creativity. A few months ago, my boyfriend Ryan and I watched a TED Talk on "Smart Materials" and it really inspired us to learn more about them. 

LINK TO "SMART MATERIALS" TED TALK 

Materials like superconductors, conductive inks, and thermochromic pigments can and will open a whole new world of possibilities to artists and designers in the near future. I plan on working with as many of these smart materials as I can, but have decided to start off with thermochromics.

Thermochromic pigment changes color, and/or turns clear when it reaches a certain temperature. Pretty cool right?! This particular technology has been around since the 90’s but was mainly used for industrial purposes because of known toxins in the formula. Within the last year or two, scientists have developed a new non-toxic formula for thermochromic pigment, making it much more available to the average consumer. Totally excited and inspired by the TED talk, Ryan and I started brainstorming different creative applications for this fun new technology. 

Our first project is a series of thermochromic coffee mugs, or what we like to call “Smart Mugs." You can read more about the entire process on our blog as well. LINK TO OUR DIY BLOG POST ABOUT SMART MUGS

BEFORE - Thermochromic Smart Mugs
BEFORE - Thermochromic Smart Mugs
AFTER - Thermochromic "Smart Mugs"
AFTER - Thermochromic "Smart Mugs"
COLD - Thermochromic Mug
COLD - Thermochromic Mug
HOT - Thermochromic Mug
HOT - Thermochromic Mug

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We've spent hundreds of hours on research... We've found the all tools and materials we need.... Now we just need YOUR SUPPORT and a little bit of time to manufacture the mugs. Thank you for believing in us... Hopefully all the hard work will pay of soon & everyone can enjoying their Smart Mugs :)

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    Our sincerest thanks for allowing us to create. We will include you in our monthly Artistic Junkie newsletter and you'll be the first to know if we're experimenting with any new smart materials.

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    One Sweet Mug - A color changing thermochromic mug of your choice! Choose any mug from one of our new designs + Free Shipping!

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    A True Pair - Enjoy any two thermochromic "Smart Mugs" of your choice from our twelve designs and shipping is on us. We really appreciate it... Thanks again... No really :)

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    Three's Company - Select any three mugs you'd like and we'll throw in some free shipping! Woohoo! :P

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    A Family Set - Pick any four mugs you'd like and shipping is on us!... Did we say thanks yet? We truly appreciate your help :)

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    A Custom Set - Upload a custom design of your own and we'll create a set of 4 thermochromic mugs for you... Then ship them to you free!

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