HEY. YOU. YEAH, YOU! Have you ever thought to yourself, 'man, there are so many enamel pins in this world! So many to choose from! So many exciting subjects and colours! ...I wish there were more SQUID pins!'
Yeah! Doesn't surprise me! And yet! Here we are!
Meet Theodore, the friend that sucks!
Theodore, if you for whatever unfathomable reason, choose to help him be brought into existence, is a 35mm, white and gold hard enamel pin, featuring art of one of the most desirable and well loved sea creatures on planet earth, the squid.
Theodore is bold, obnoxious, and positively uncaring of any of the opinions of those around him. If he wants to exist, then he will exist. He is positively forcing me to write this Kickstarter. If you wear him on your coat or bag, he will not be there as a friend, but will serve as a symbol that you belong to Theodore.
If supported my previous Kickstarter, or follow me on Twitter and are absolutely sick to the back teeth of octopus related posts (sorry), you'll know about Calvin the Octopus. I'm writing about him here as the two characters are interlinked in a story, which Calvin is the 'good' guy and Theodore...is not. In fact, Theodore even hi-jacked my last Kickstarter and infiltrated my 'Mystery' tier, with a bootleg fake pin. Now, it's his time to shine, typically with fancier looking gold metal and an extra 5mm. He must be better in every way.
I will be using Zap! Creatives to produce this pin!
The initial KS goal: £275
- pin manufacture
- Backing card manufacture
- purchase of packaging/envelopes
- Shipping the item to you
- Kickstarter and bank processing fees
- small amount leftover for emergencies
- purchase of additional items such as prints, stickers, spare backing cards
- Purchase of additional packaging (board backed envelopes)
Why is this much higher than my first pin Kickstarter? Simple. Shipping was much higher than expected last time (most backers were international). This pin is also bigger, and the backing card and additional packaging to match my octopus pin is included in the main goal, not the stretch goal.
Kickstarter Run Length - 3 weeks
Badge production - 4-6 weeks
Packing and shipping - 1-2 weeks
Time to arrive to you - 1-3 days UK, 5-21 days International (usually takes 8-10)
Expect a late May - Early June delivery. Updates will be posted throughout concerning production, orders, potential delays and dispatch. I am just one person doing this entire operation with no outside help, but managed to get previous Kickstarter orders out in the appropriate time. Any items damaged in the mail (of which only affected 2 backers) last time were immediately replaced. I of course want you to be happy with my product and services!
Tiers and Contents;
These pins are LIMITED EDITION in that I will only produce the number needed to fulfil Kickstarter orders. Remaining pins will be sold on Etsy at a HIGHER price.
Your pin will come on a square backing card with a metal backing in a small pouch. The backing card will be signed and numbered by the artist (me).
Non limited tiers include options to buy 1, 2, 3 or 4 pins. Buying 4 at once comes at a discount.
Other limited tiers include original art and the option to get the pin at a discount. The MYSTERY tier will contain 1 or more additional items, hopefully featuring something I have not produced before.
The Protagonist / Antagonist tier gets you both Calvin and Theodore pins for £6. Calvin is currently £7 on Etsy, and Theodore is £7 in standard tiers and will be £8 on Etsy. Get both for cheaper, and only pay one price for shipping!
The 'Squids Are Cool' artwork is the original ink piece that formed the basic design for this pin.
All UK orders will be mailed via Royal Mail 1st Class All International Orders will be mailed via International Standard. This is not tracked or signed for, but is the same speed. The EXCEPTION to this is purchase of the £50 original 'Squids Are Cool' artwork. This will come in additional packaging requiring a signature on arrival.
Potential Stretch Goals:
Did this thing somehow hit the goal? Really? Wow. Wanna keep going? All right then.
£275 - TARGET MET
£350 - STICKERS! I will give all backers a high gloss, die cut sticker of Theodore.
£400 - SPARE BACKS! Every backer will get a spare rubber backing, so you can choose that or metal.
£500 BUTTON BADGES! I would love to make button badges. I will post designs for some cephalopod related badges and include 1 in every order.
£550 - SQUID FACTS! Every order will get a hand written fact about squids or Theodore. Time to learn something useless.
£666 - ...we'll figure this out
£888 - I will have a heart attack
If you are interested in purchasing or viewing any of my other shop items or reviews, please visit my Etsy:- http://etsy.me/2CRMV4Y
If you want to keep up with this project via social media, follow me @blacksmoke1033 on Twitter!
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter, and my second pin. I was satisfied with the quality of my previous pins, stickers and prints used in that one, and will be using the exact same companies again. I didn't encounter many issues with the first campaign, but now that I know how the process goes, this one should run MUCH more efficiently.
The main 'risk' of this project would be with the pin company taking much longer than expected, or any items being produced of inadequate quality, however both are unlikely and I will update everyone as soon as possible should any delays be encountered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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