About this project
Do not go gentle into that good night.
L Ī T is an original line of luminescent jewelry inspired by a childhood fascination with all things glow-in-the-dark and designed to look their absolute best when the lights go out. Powered by tiny non-toxic light-sticks (!) these rings and pendants are made to be seen in the dark and illuminate the wearer in unique and eye-catching ways.
The entire collection is the result of a study in lighting design on a very tiny, jewelry sized, scale. An attempt to make the humble little glow-stick a bit more fashionable. Made of smooth 3D printed nylon plastic, dozens of prototypes were tested in an effort to create a variety of effects using the material’s inherent ability to diffuse, reflect, and mask light.
These are just a few of the available pieces. You can see all of them further down.
The light they emit is vibrant but ephemeral and fades with time. Lights last 3-4 hours and are at their brightest for the first hour. Because they use light-sticks, you can personalize your piece by choosing a color that reflects your mood or compliments your attire. And, they require no batteries.
Plus, cracking and shaking a light-stick to life is kinda fun!
Every L Ī T reward includes several light-sticks (see reward graphics below for details) which are safe and easy to use. Replacements are readily available online (see FAQs for more info). Changing them is fast and simple.
There are 23 pieces to choose from. Some are flashy and wild, some are sleek and subtle. To make things easier, they have been divided into 5 distinct series, each exploring a different form or lighting effect. My hope is that whether your party is in a warehouse, cocktail lounge, dive bar, or garden there is a L Ī T piece for you.
EARLY BACKER REWARDS
The first 50 Backers (10 in each series) will receive their rewards at special "early bird" rates.
Necklaces, Chains, & Ring Sizes
Pendants include one of four necklace types depending on the series.
All of the double rings in Series 1 & 3 will fit US sizes 5/6, 6/7, and 7/8. The material is slightly flexible and, because they are double rings, they will wear comfortably and stay on even if the fit is not exact. Ring no. 45 is available in two sizes: Size A fits US ring sizes 5 to 6.5. Size B fits US sizes 7 to 8.5.
How They're Made
After modeling each piece in the computer using Rhino and Zbrush they are manufactured using 3D printers. Every L Ī T piece is made of a durable nylon plastic which was chosen because of the way it gently reflects and diffuses the light.
I hand-rinse and brush them to remove any residual powder left over from the manufacturing process. I attach the chains or necklaces (I make the 18” and 20” clear necklaces by hand). Finally, they are packaged with light-sticks and ready to ship.
BYOL - Bring Your Own Light
Close in spirit to the tiny flashlights we used as children to read under the covers when we were supposed to be asleep, L Ī T began as a playful experiment one dark and restless night. Finding interesting and novel ways to manipulate a little piece of neon light using a single material (nylon plastic) and manufacturing technique (SLS 3D printing) is an utterly entertaining design challenge. One that I feel I’ve barely begun to explore.
With your backing and support I’ll be able to launch the first production run, gain valuable information and feedback from wearers, take better photographs, and give the entire line a more permanent home in a dedicated online shop. More importantly, being funded will help make it possible to create more refined and elaborate pieces in the future using a wider variety of materials and manufacturing techniques.
My Gratitude and Thanks to Matt Kroner, and to Annelise Jeske, Andrew Pelkey, and Ethan Hartman of launchpack.net for their assistance and support in creating this campaign.
Risks and challenges
Fulfilling orders from a successful Kickstarter campaign is always a challenging step. As one of the co-creators of the previous successfully funded campaign, Fire & Bone, I understand the risks and obstacles and I am fully prepared to meet those challenges.
While I’ve produced every piece several times there is always a small chance that producing them in larger quantities will reveal flaws in the design or manufacturing process. In the highly unlikely event that I discover a flaw, my manufacturing process allows me to make changes to the design immediately, and quickly produce a new batch.
I make the 18” clear necklaces myself by hand so my ability to scale is somewhat limited, but there is always plenty of help available should the need arise.
I obtain the light-sticks from a wholesaler in relatively small quantities so it is difficult to control for quality. During the prototyping phase I used roughly 400 light-sticks and all but a handful performed admirably.
The fluid inside light-sticks is non-toxic but it can stain and the tube does contain glass so a little caution and common sense are in order. They are also a choking hazard for children under 3.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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