THE SHORT VERSION: We want to upgrade our casting equipment. Please buy our shiny stuff so we can make more shiny stuff faster and more efficiently.
THE LONG VERSION: We live in a town (considered one of the best small art towns in the USA) that is chock-a-block full of artists. We want to be able to (cost effectively) cast our own designs in whatever amounts we want, whether it be our popular dragonfly or a single special button. The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to upgrade and add to our lost-wax casting equipment so we can do our own casting as well as offer small-batch, artisanal casting to artists, craftsmen and the general public.
Since the announcement that Curtis and Ildanach Studios is one of the "Top 12 Movers, Makers and Shakers" by Handmade Business Magazine, as well as being featured on Arts District (a PBS show about artists), demand for our products has blessedly grown. We want to be able to meet that demand in a responsible way.
Our 30 year-old Mission Statement has been not only to handcraft responsibly but to do so affordably. With the addition of small-batch casting we wish to continue the lineage of creating heirloom quality wearable art and selling it at a reasonable price.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL RANT VERSION: We are the type of people who would rather feel the weight of a sword in our hands than wield one in a video game. We want pancakes made on a hot griddle instead of by a 3-D printer. We want to make wearable art with our own hands and not soul-less jewelry stamped out by machines. We hear the call of the mountains no matter where we roam. We tilt at windmills. We visit sacred spaces and are in awe of the tiniest detail in nature. We turn to crowdfunding because we would rather share our hard work with you than with a bank and a small business loan.
AND NOW, THE SHINY STUFF!
DECAL - Our Saxon Metalsmith holds the traditional hammer, an ancient metalsmithing tool, a bolt of lightning symbolizing Inspiration and the narrow-blade spear representing the journey for perfection. At his feet is the Ildanach Cross - Curtis' Maker's Mark. Based on ancient designs, our metalsmith is also kickin' it, wearing a stylin' raven helm symbolizing an artist's connection to transcendence and has an Awen necklace representing the Creative Soul.
PENDANT CHOICES FOR FOBS, ADJUSTABLE NECKLACES AND BEADED NECKLACES:
Tibetan Knot - Also known as the Endless Knot, it is seen in Hindu, Buddhist and Celtic cultures.
Orkney Knot - Another version of an Endless Knot, found in Scotland.
Paw (Bear, Cougar or Wolf) - Choose your totem animal.
Celtic Cross - The ring represents female energy and fertility as well as earth energy. The cross represents male energy and fertility as well as universe energy, and the representation of salvation.
Snowflake - No two are ever alike, they say.
Anvil - We love our anvil and use it every day.
Goddess - Feminine, Nurturing, Creation, Vision. This particular ancient symbol depicts the strength of feminine energy as she upholds the universe, the nurturing and life-bearing aspects and the sacred cup.
FOB - Mark Your Stuff! Use as a zipper pull, or on your pack, purse, shoes, phone, bag, etc. (These are your color options: Gold, Burgundy, Purple and variegated Blue.)
UPCYCLED NYLON ADJUSTABLE NECKLACE - This cord is made in the USA and is resilient and comfortable. You will get to choose which color goes with your pendant, too! (These are your color options: Gold, Burgundy, Purple and variegated Blue.)
BEADED NECKLACES - Your choice of pendant on either Labradorite, Forest Pine Freshwater Pearls or Amber Recycled Glass. Each necklace is 18" long and has a hand-crafted copper clasp.
GARDEN DRAGONFLY - This lovely piece is cast in bronze, measures 3" x 3.5" and is on a brass rod 36" long - we can trim it to the size you need.
BUCKLES - Your choice! Both of the "D" style buckles are for belts 1.5" wide. The Heraldic Beast "O" buckle is for 1.25" wide belt (or it can be a cloak pin). Copper, Bronze or Sterling Silver!
STATEMENT NECKLACES - Limited edition! Numbered and signed by the artist. We will only make 20 of each.
Casting on the Water - Red Creek Jasper and Jade beads, highlighted with copper and bronze beads compliment a pendant made from cast bronze and recycled copper. Handcrafted copper clasp, this stunning piece is 18" with a 2" reclaimed silver safety chain.
Awen Made Manifest (Goddess) - Limited edition, signed with the maker's mark and numbered by the artist, Curtis Rowland.
When Awen becomes embodied by the Source, she takes the form of Mother and Muse - she is the Creative Soul gifted to mere mortals. Arms uplifted in praise, the Universe cradled within her hands, everything becomes possible. Paired with A-grade Labradorite whose depth of fire and lightning within each stone reflects the elements of Creation.
The patron's choice in fire-patinaed, recycled copper, ancient bronze or sterling silver (also known as the soul metal). This necklace is 18" with a 2" reclaimed silver safety chain and a handcrafted copper clasp.
(Our castings are high altitude, gluten free, dairy free, free range, boutique, organic, small batch, local (to us), vegan, artisanal, boutique, sustainable, non-GMO, no trans fats, and chakra balancing.)
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at IldanachOffice@aol.com.
DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ONE THING? WE ARE HAPPY TO MAKE A SPECIAL BUNDLED REWARD JUST FOR YOU!
MORE ABOUT US:
(Do you want to see stuff in person and meet the artists? Come to the Loveland Studio Tour October 10 -11 and 17-18!) www.lovelandartstudiotour.com
(Our website) - http://www.ildanachstudios.com/
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges? There are lots. What if the price of silver increases and we have underestimated the cost to create those pieces? - We have been watching the price closely, and will probably buy a bunch before we need it.
What if we don't have time to purchase all the equipment before we need to cast before the deadline? - We already have the basic equipment we need, so we could get stuff done before buying all the things on the wish list. It just might take longer (fewer pieces per cast run, higher chance of failures, etc.).
Other, unforseen risks and challenges? Sure. It's bound to happen. We've been in business a long time and lots of things have gone wrong in those years. We have learned from those lessons, including laughing a lot, killing all the zombies, and then buckling down and getting things done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (31 days)