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Going beyond glassware and candle holders, the Kinkajou now helps beautify the home with the Firefly LED Pendant Light Kit. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 19, 2014.

Going beyond glassware and candle holders, the Kinkajou now helps beautify the home with the Firefly LED Pendant Light Kit.

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About Firefly

Those majestic moments of chasing fireflies on warm summer evenings can now be captured in your home. I designed the Firefly LED Pendant Light Kit to be energy efficient, easy to use with a quick disconnect to provide opportunity to change the bottle and update your personalized décor with ease. The pendant light kit was something that I have been designing in the back of my mind since the successful launch of the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter. I tested several prototypes and made modifications along the way to settle on the design of the silicone insert that would allow proper functioning without becoming too hot and still maintain the perfect fit for the large majority of bottlenecks. The easy disconnect at the bottle end was also something that took some ingenuity. Finally, I am happy with the end product that I call the Firefly. The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter and the Firefly Pendant Light Kit will allow for some beautiful, unique personal touches in the home while up-cycling some of those gorgeous glass bottles out there. Now I am at the point of telling the manufacturer to ‘get started!’ All I need is the $15,000 to get production started.

Available Colours

The Firefly will launch in four colours: White, Orange, Grey and Black. 

Silicone Thingamajig - Patent Pending
Silicone Thingamajig - Patent Pending

 

Non-Dimming Driver and LED Bulb
Non-Dimming Driver and LED Bulb

 

Dimming Driver and LED Bulb  - input voltage will be 100 to 240 Vac
Dimming Driver and LED Bulb - input voltage will be 100 to 240 Vac

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)
Orange LED kit shown (one of four colour choices)

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How the Firefly came to be 

When I first developed the Kinkajou, I was experimenting with what interesting things could be made using the bottle cutter. Cutting all along different bottles, some bottles looked great with the bottom cut off and just naturally I turned one into a light. I took these pictures back when I did the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Kickstarter in 2012.

Early Prototype
Early Prototype

 

Early Prototype
Early Prototype

I always knew that I was going to design a more user friendly mechanism that would allow people to make lights out of their bottles in a safe and easy way. I started developing prototypes after my visit to the manufacturer in China in 2013. While there I went to many different manufacturers of parts, looking for the best options. I decided on a silicone insert to hold the neck of the bottle in place to keep it from tilting. After testing the light for long periods of time, I decided that to help with allowing heat to escape, I would add the grooves to the silicone piece, as originally it was just a smooth surface. I decided to use the LED light bulb for long life, cost effectiveness and to minimize the heat produced by the bulb. It was an important part of the design that there be an easy disconnect so that exchanging the bottle would be easy and safe. I tried out several designs including an s-clip to hold the weight of the bottle, and ended up with my current design.

Manufacturing

I have a solid relationship with our manufacturer in China. They currently manufacture the Kinkajou and Jabiru. As soon as this project is funded I will be flying to China to oversee everything involved in the production of the Firefly. My goal is to ship the rewards out no more than 30 days after the project closes. I will also be proving updates along every stage of the process.

We use a large fulfilment warehouse located in Henderson, Nevada US to ensure all rewards are sent out as soon as possible. All backers will receive an email with a tracking number when the rewards ship.

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How to cut a bottle with the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

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Once again, I need your support to start production. Upon reaching the financial goal of the project, the manufacturing will commence, ensuring that project rewards are delivered in a timely fashion. 

Kinkajou Bottle Cutter - Yellow Jacket Edition
Kinkajou Bottle Cutter - Yellow Jacket Edition

 

Onyx Jabirus - Included in rewards 9 & 10
Onyx Jabirus - Included in rewards 9 & 10

 

Risks and challenges

This being my third Kickstarter campaign, with two amazing success stories already, I am aware of and sensitive to the steps required to ensure backers are part of a successful and rewarding campaign. I have used the same manufacturer to assist in the design and production of all my bottle cutting products. They have worked hand in hand with me, increasing quality control and outsourcing of materials when needed. This is a solid relationship and thus a wonderful foundation for another outstanding campaign. There are risks in production times and there are unforeseen issues that can arise, but after two years of pursuing these projects, I have proven that I have the ability to deal with those issues in a professional and timely manner.

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FAQ

  • Yes, you will need a bottle cutter, as this is the first step in the process of creating your own light fixture. There are some reward levels that include the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter if you need one!

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  • While the Kinkajou has been designed to cut round bottles from the smallest beer bottle to large 1.5 liter magnums (43mm to 102mm) the Firefly will require bottles with interior diameter of at least 55mm and the silicone inserts provided with the light kit are designed to fit those bottles as well.

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  • Due to the high costs of international shipping, we do ask that the cost be covered as part of the pledge. Your reward will ship out USPS First Class International, which usually takes 15-25 business days for delivery. Unfortunately some parcels do get delayed but I will always provide support and guidance to ensure your reward gets to you. You deserve it!

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  • I work with a manufacturer in China who helps in the design and production of all of our products. Once I have reached the funding goal, I will be flying over to China to oversee the start up of production. All of my inventory is maintained at a warehouse in Henderson Nevada in the US.

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  • Yes, there is an instruction booklet in the kit that will take you step by step through the process. We want to ensure that this do it yourself project is available to everyone.

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  • We can certainly accommodate!
    For every non-dimming kit you would like to add, increase your pledge amount by $35
    For every dimming kit you would like to add, increase your pledge amount by $45.
    For example, if you selected the Dimming Master Bottle Cutting Kit for $130 and you would like to add 2 extra Dimming Firefly Kits (add $45 x 2), your total pledge amount would be $220. If your reward is shipping outside the US or Canada, the total shipping cost would still be only an additional $15.

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Rewards

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    5 backers

    Reward #1 - Pledge $1 or more, Thank You! I really appreciate your help! For your generosity you will get access to backer exclusive updates and notifications.

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    5 backers

    Reward # 2 - BOTTLE CUTTING INC. STICKER PACK. Every pledge helps, thank you! With a pledge of $5.00 you will receive 5 stickers with various logos and bottle cutting artwork.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $25 or more

    76 backers Limited (24 left of 100)

    Reward # 3 - Early Bird Special Non-Dimming Firefly Kit. Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for Shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $35 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    Reward # 4 - Early Bird Special Dimming Firefly Kit. Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    6 backers

    Reward # 5 - Non-Dimming Firefly Kit. Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    16 backers

    Reward # 6 - Dimming Firefly Kit. Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Pledge $90 or more

    18 backers

    Reward # 7 - NON-DIMMING BOTTLE CUTTING STARTER KIT: Receive One Deep Black Kinkajou Bottle Cutter + One Kinkajou Finishing Kit + One Firefly Kit Colour of your choice (Non-Dimming) Everything you need to get started. Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    22 backers

    Reward # 8 - DIMMING BOTTLE CUTTING STARTER KIT: Receive One Deep Black Kinkajou Bottle Cutter + One Kinkajou Finishing Kit + One Firefly Kit colour of your choice (Dimming) Everything you need to get started. Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $120 or more

    11 backers

    Reward # 9 - NON-DIMMING MASTER BOTTLE CUTTING KIT: Receive One Deep Black Kinkajou Bottle Cutter + One Kinkajou Finishing Kit + One Replacement Cutting Wheel + One Onyx Jabiru Bottle Top Stem Kit + One Firefly Kit colour of your choice (Non-Dimming). This Kit Includes everything :) Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $130 or more

    60 backers

    Reward # 10 - DIMMING MASTER BOTTLE CUTTING KIT: Receive One Deep Black Kinkajou Bottle Cutter + One Kinkajou Finishing Kit + One Replacement Cutting Wheel + One Onyx Jabiru Bottle Top Stem Kit + One Firefly Kit colour of your choice (Dimming). This Kits Includes everything :) Includes shipping to the continental USA and Canada. (Add $15 for shipping outside the US and Canada).

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (50 days)