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$444
pledged of $33,000pledged of $33,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 15 2017 2:15 AM UTC +00:00

About

 Michelle DaRin Jewelry is scaling up, after selling over 1400 pieces last year,  all made by Michelle in our airstream trailer, it is time to build a facility to manufacture our unique handcrafted jewelry to meet the growing demand and maintain the integrity of our designer products.

Enameled Copper Bracelets
Enameled Copper Bracelets

 

 

Meet Michelle DaRin
Meet Michelle DaRin

 

 

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out of the furnace
out of the furnace

 

 

Steel Crowned Jewels
Steel Crowned Jewels

 

 

Enameled Copper Bracelets
Enameled Copper Bracelets

 

 

 

Warrior Princess Collection
Warrior Princess Collection

 

Airstream Studio
Airstream Studio

 

The New Studio  Michelle DaRin Jewelry
The New Studio Michelle DaRin Jewelry

 

Lotus Collection
Lotus Collection

 

Enameled Copper Bracelets
Enameled Copper Bracelets

 

at work
at work

 

Crowned Jewels
Crowned Jewels

 

 

 

Caste Bronze Owl Necklace
Caste Bronze Owl Necklace

 

Convertible Choker Wrap Bracelets
Convertible Choker Wrap Bracelets

 

Leaf Necklace
Leaf Necklace

 

Lotus Collection
Lotus Collection

 

Dome Belt Buckle
Dome Belt Buckle

 

Greywood, the house Michelle and James built
Greywood, the house Michelle and James built

 

Fashion Week Warrior Princess in Steel Crowns
Fashion Week Warrior Princess in Steel Crowns

 

 

Into the Woods Steel Headdress
Into the Woods Steel Headdress

 

 

 

Lotus Votive
Lotus Votive

 

Caste Bronze Charm Necklaces
Caste Bronze Charm Necklaces

 

 

 

 

Michelle DaRin Purple Lotus Necklace
Michelle DaRin Purple Lotus Necklace

 

 

 

 

Enameled Copper Bracelets
Enameled Copper Bracelets

 

 

Michelle DaRin Jewelry with Soul
Michelle DaRin Jewelry with Soul

Michelle DaRin Jewelry is scaling up! The goal of the Jewelry with Soul Project is to build a facility to manufacture our handcrafted jewelry and to set up a teaching facility in our hometown of Jamesville for those who are interested in learning traditional metaslmithing techniques. After selling over a half a million dollars worth of jewelry we began the search to find a manufacturing facility to produce our pieces on a larger scale to meet the growing demand for our jewelry. We were hard pressed to find a facility to do what we do and to maintain the integrity that goes into each piece.  Partners in life and in business we are builders, we built a family, a business, and even our home.  This project will use those skills of building to create a facility using green building techniques as we did in building our home.  We will be using Amish lumber, denim insulation, recycled materials wherever appropriate, and we will build into the land with very little disturbing of the natural environment.  Our jewelry is inspired largely by Michelle's desire to change the world and make it a better and more beautiful place.  The intention that goes into piece of jewelry is just that, adding beauty and value to the world.   Michelle DaRin is the artistic force and creator and I, James DaRin, Michelle's husband, work on other areas of our business. Last year, Michelle created over 1400 pieces in our current studio, a 1964 Airstream Trailer, with no heat or running water! The Airstream has been very good to us, but moving forward we need a larger space for employees and for teaching.  The Jewelry with Soul project is to raise funds to set up our own manufacturing and teaching facility.

Michelle's jewelry can best be described as bohemian, edgy, bold, handmade one of a kind eclectic style meets ancient ornamental symbolism - think Pocahontas goes to Burning Man. 

Michelle's "aha" moment came when we were both grad students. Michelle was pursuing her M.F.A. in Metalsmithing, I was a full time teacher, and together we were raising our children. Michelle began having art openings. I am a musician and would bring the music, she would bring the jewels, and they would sell! Jewelry making was the perfect combination of Michelle's passions - metal, fashion, and business. 

Our business' lifetime sales have been over a half million dollars. We have a growing demand for our products and we want to keep the integrity of our handmade pieces. We want to keep manufacturing in house and we need a new studio to take on employees. Additionally, Michelle is often asked if she teaches classes. Michelle holds an M.S. in Art Education, but up until now has not had the space to teach classes. With the construction of the new Michelle DaRin Jewelry studio we will be able to increase our production and incorporate classes for students in our community to learn metalsmithing techniques.

Michelle's work has had national attention. It has been featured on the NBC Today Show, in several national magazines, including W and Vogue, and in Fashion Week. Michelle has also sold her work at major department stores including Nordstrom and Henri Bendel's in NYC. Due to the growing demand, it is time to set up production. The processes we use are rare to see on the mass market. We have brought back into circulation the lost art of enameling copper. We have decided that rather than compromise our products by having them made elsewhere, we prefer to set up our own manufacturing. In doing so, we will maintain complete control over the quality, the materials being used, and how the elements are combined. In 2007, we were our own general contractor when we build our own home using green products and eco-friendly methods. Our intention now is to do the same, build our own facility and use green materials and methods.

The Jewelry with Soul project is to raise funds to set up our own manufacturing and teaching studio on our property in Jamesville, New York. We will be building a very simple eco-friendly facility using air dried wood sourced locally, recycled windows, and a refurbished wood stove to heat our space. Our young adult sons will help create the studio, just as they did when we built our home ten years ago. That year, we started the excavation of our home on raw land in April and we moved in in August of the same year. We understand deadlines and how to get the job done. All of the skills we learned during the process of building our home, can be put to good use on the construction of our jewelry manufacturing and teaching facility. Additionally, we will purchase kilns, tools, and equipment needed to set up production. Our goal is to build the facility, purchase the necessary equipment for it to function, and create our first multiple run of 2500 of our Enameled Copper Bracelets. 

We thank you in advance for your interest in our Kickstarter Fundraiser, the Jewelry with Soul project. Michelle DaRin Jewelry has always supported the community and contributed work to a multitude of fundraising efforts in Upstate Community and elsewhere. Moving forward in production, and teaching, we are committed to giving back to the community on a much greater scale with our future success of Michelle DaRin Jewelry.

Risks and challenges

The risks that come with completion of this project will be spreading the word about what we are doing and why backers are so important to our project. Coming in on budget and meeting our goals on time will be a challenge. However, we built our 2600 square foot home in one summer, so we are qualified to meet this challenge.
Finding the right employees to train in order to meet our goal of making 2500 of bracelets will be a challenge because up until now we have not had employees. We live in Syracuse NY, we are both graduates of Syracuse University as is our oldest son Ian. We have had several interns and moving forward we will have access to many young talented artists in Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University that we can reach out to for the opportunity to work on our project and gain some real life experience in the arts and business.
James is an educator and Michelle has her background in Sculpture and an MS in Art Education as well as an MFA in Metalsmithing. Training artists and educating is something we both have experience doing. We are builders, we have built a family, a home, and a business; we understand handwork and commitment and failure is not an option.
Please help us in our efforts to rock the accessories world with our beautiful, soul inspired creations that our customers say make them feel, empowered, sexy, bad ass, and in a pinch can even double as a self defense weapon.

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    2 Convertible Wrap Choker Bracelets

    With a $50 contribution you get to pick 2 colors of our enameled copper Convertible Wrap Bracelets, a $70 value.

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    3 Wrap Bracelets, or 2 Wide Bracelets

    With a $75 contribution you receive your choice of 2 Wide Bracelets a $96 value or 3 x Wrap Bracelet a $106 value

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    Guardian Angel and Wrap Bracelet

    With a $100 contribution receive a caste bronze Guardian Angel Watch Over Me Necklace, a $135 value plus a $5 Convertible Wrap Bracelet.

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    Guardian Angel and 3 Wide Bracelets

    With a $200 contribution receive 3 Wide Enameled Copper Bracelets and a Caste Bronze Guardian Angel Necklace, a $279 value.

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    Grand Collection

    With a $500 contribution receive a one of a kind Enameled Copper Leaf Necklace, 4 Wide Enameled Copper Bracelets, and a Guardian Angel Necklace, a $602.00 value.

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    Intro to Metals Class and 2 Bracelets

    With a $500 contribution you will receive a 5 hr. Intro to Metalsmithing Class, taught by Michelle DaRin, Michelle holds am MFA in Metalsmithing and a MS in Art Education from Syracuse University, and 2 Wide Enamel Copper Bracelets.

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