This project's funding goal was not reached on November 3, 2013.
About this project
We will adjust our project (another manufacturing method) to realize a lower price! If you are interested, pledge any amount (so we can send you the update through kickstarter) or visit www.sand-pen.com!
What is it?
The idea behind the Sand-Pen is a sand dispenser that allows users to draw colorful pictures on any surface. It can be used for creative in- and outdoor activities. If you are in for a long-lasting experience, the sand can be fixated with glue or clear coat. Whatever you prefer, a plain picture or a relief-like sculpture - there are no boundaries to your creativity. The Sand-Pen is a mixture between air-brush and pen. Holding the pen close to the surface results in a fine line while moving the pen higher up renders a broader effect. From doodling to fine arts - the Sand Pen makes it all possible!
The Basic Set
Our basic set includes the Sand-Pen, three tubes and five extra tips, as well as 21 oz (600g) of sand in different colors (white, yellow and red). Voting for other colors will be available at the end of the campaign!
The Extended Set
With 21 oz (600g) of sand you can draw an 8000ft (2400m) long line! That's approximately the distance between Rockefeller Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Later you can reuse it or you simply order more sand. We don't want to ship tons and tons of sand around the globe, but we do want to offer the best solution for your Sand-Pen. That means you can order as many additional sand colors as much as you like. (Be aware that the price will depend on the shipping costs). But, what's even better - we want to teach you how to dye your very own sand. In order to do so, you will need a handmade sieve which is included in one of our packages. If you are curious, we will post some video tutorials on how to color sand and which sand is best to use.
How does it work?
A tube filled with colored sand is inserted in an ergonomic pen. Once the built-in motor is started, the pen starts vibrating. Due to the physical properties of sand, this soft vibration distributes the sand evenly.
By pushing the button on the side of the pen you can control the flow of the sand. This enables you to draw even the finest of details.
What can I use it for?
The Sand-Pen allows you to draw on any possible flat surface. From stone to paper, from wood to metal, the sand can be applied anywhere, and therefore, anything can be transformed into a piece of art.
No further preparation is required. Especially appealing is the fact that it can be used in public spaces. As it is a natural resource it is not harmful to the environment. Plus, the next rain will wash the sand away. For the permanent artist's experience you can draw on canvases and fix the sand in place, e.g. with glue or clear coat. The simple handy design makes the Sand-Pen the perfect creative tool not only for your home but also for the road. For Street Arts it gives unprecedented opportunities, for which we like to call it “silent” or “small” street art. You can quickly draw a small picture without damaging anything or hurting anybody.
What makes it special?
The Sand-Pen is a tool for doodlers, artists, children and grown-ups. This tool is fun for children as well as for adults.
While the idea behind the Sand-Pen is simple, the ideas that you can bring to life with our tool are endless. Using sand in this artistic context dates back a long time ago. Native Americans and other cultures have used sand to express themselves in artistic and religious contexts. We think it’s time to revive this tradition!
The figure above shows an early concept drawing of the Sand-Pen. The calculation of sand movements is a very complex mathematical problem which we did not solve, but we did manage to get the sand out of the tube precisely when one presses the button. Our motor kicks-off the vibration that sends the sand spinning around and out of the tube. It required a lot of fine tuning time - but we think it was worth it!
To avoid unexpected problems we did a lot of testing and produced not only one prototype but actually handmade a small batch of Sand-Pens.
You will be happy to hear that they work perfectly!
We had a lot of helping hands from great sound designers, stonecutters, artists and engineers to a lot of people who tested our prototype. But this is our core team:
Why do we need your support?
We want to introduce the sand pen to a larger audience. Our current prototype needs a lot of time to assemble and is very cost intensive. (E.g. The plastic needs 48 hours to harden!). The costs for moulds are very high but only with this manufacturing method we can achieve a good looking and working Pen. With your help we will be able to produce the Sand Pen for a reasonable price.
Risks and challenges
No, we don’t have years and years of experience in the toy industry, so producing and marketing our invention is a challenge for us. Thanks to our partners and supporters we have a great team that will help us through the whole process. We know a local manufacturer (in Austria) who has the experience to get the mold done in a proper amount of time (about 2 months). That's the key to a fast delivery of our Sand-Pen.
The final design will be slightly different from our prototype due to another kind of manufacturing method.
The sand that is included in all sets comes from a local sand pit. As it is a natural ressource the color may vary. If it turns out that we have to deliver more than one thousand sets, we won’t be able to do the packing ourselves and will have to cooperate with a local manufacturer. But this should not cause any delay.
And, yes, you might miss your vibra-call while drawing with our Sand-Pen ;-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You can use any AAA Battery, 1,2V or 1,5V.
The battery lasts for about 12 hours drawing.
If the sand is coloured with pigments and has grains between 0 and a 64th of an inche of size it can fit.
We normally fixate it with clear coat or a wood-glue water mixture.
We advise to spray from a greater distance to avoid the sand beeing blown away by the air pressure.
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