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A small metalsmithing studio in the foothills of the Rockies wants to offer efficient small-batch casting in silver, bronze and copper.
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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. 

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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.

Saxon Metalsmith Decal
Saxon Metalsmith Decal

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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.

Tibetan Knot in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Tibetan Knot in Bronze, Copper and Silver

Orkney Knot - Another version of an Endless Knot, found in Scotland.

Orkney Knot in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Orkney Knot in Bronze, Copper and Silver

Paw (Bear, Cougar or Wolf) - Choose your totem animal.

Bear Paw in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Bear Paw in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Cougar/Mountain Lion Paw in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Cougar/Mountain Lion Paw in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Wolf Paw in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Wolf Paw in Bronze, Copper and Silver

Celtic CrossThe 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.

Celtic Cross in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Celtic Cross in Bronze, Copper and Silver

Snowflake - No two are ever alike, they say.  

Snowflake in Bronze, Copper and Silver
Snowflake in Bronze, Copper and Silver

Anvil - We love our anvil and use it every day.  

Anvil in Silver.  It will also be available in Bronze and Copper.
Anvil in Silver. It will also be available in Bronze and Copper.

GoddessFeminine, 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.

Goddess pendant in Bronze.  Also available in Silver and Copper
Goddess pendant in Bronze. Also available in Silver and Copper

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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.)

Zoomy fobs!
Zoomy fobs!

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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.)

Upcycled Nylon Necklaces in action!
Upcycled Nylon Necklaces in action!

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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.

Bead options! Freshwater Pearl, Labradorite or Recycled Glass
Bead options! Freshwater Pearl, Labradorite or Recycled Glass

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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.

Garden Dragonfly - It's good luck!  (maybe...)
Garden Dragonfly - It's good luck! (maybe...)

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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!  

Heraldic Beast "D" Buckle
Heraldic Beast "D" Buckle
14th Century "D" Buckle
14th Century "D" Buckle
Heraldic Beast "O" Buckle
Heraldic Beast "O" Buckle

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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.

Casting on Water Limited Edition Statement Necklace
Casting on Water Limited Edition Statement Necklace

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.

Awen Made Manifest - your choice of silver, copper or bronze pendant
Awen Made Manifest - your choice of silver, copper or bronze pendant

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(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.

Thank you!

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DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ONE THING? WE ARE HAPPY TO MAKE A SPECIAL BUNDLED REWARD JUST FOR YOU!  

Email Wendy at IldanachOffice@aol.com with your shopping list and she will create a new reward level (with a better shipping rate, too!)

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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 

(Check out #10) - http://handmade-business.com/the-top-12-makers-movers-shakers-in-handmade/  

(We were on TV!)  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLd1csdWoPwT6m6cDt8g1S9k8muZmJlFAW&t=13&v=5xqLR__A3lU

(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.

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    For $5 you get one of our fancy decals with our "Kickin' It" Saxon Metalsmith, plus our gratitude. We will pick out a particularly stunning Colorado day (and there are lots), face your general direction and say, "THANK YOU!". Also, we will add your name as a "Guardian of the Arts" to our website.

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    A zoomy Fob! Your choice of pendant cast in either Bronze or Copper with an upcycled nylon cord. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    Garden Dragonfly. Your choice of Bronze or Copper. A delightful addition to your garden or large potted plant. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    TWO NECKLACES! Your choice of pendants cast in either Copper or Bronze on upcycled nylon cord adjustable necklaces (your choices of color). All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    MOORE PACKAGE - Two zoomy Silver Fobs! Your choice of pendants cast in Silver with an upcycled nylon cord. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    TWO NECKLACES! Your choice of pendants cast in Silver on upcycled nylon cord adjustable necklace2 (your choices of color). All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    SUE PACKAGE #1 - One Garden Dragonfly, One Silver Fob and one Copper or Bronze Fob. Plus all the $5 rewards!

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    RUSS PACKAGE - One Garden Dragonfly (Bronze or Copper) and two necklaces (your choice of pendants cast in either Copper or Bronze on upcycled nylon cord adjustable necklaces). All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    Beaded necklace, your choice of beads, pendant in either Bronze or Copper. 18" length, with a handcrafted copper clasp. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    Beaded necklace, your choice of beads, pendant in Silver. 18" length, with a handcrafted copper clasp. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    BOUDAIN PACKAGE - Five upcycled nylon cord necklaces. Three with Silver pendants and two with Copper or Bronze pendants. Your choice of cord colors. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    Casting on the Water, Dragonfly Limited Edition Statement Necklace. All of the $5 rewards, too!

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    Awen Made Manifest (Goddess) Limited Edition Statement Necklace, with a Copper or Bronze pendant. All the $5 rewards, too!

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    Awen Made Manifest (Goddess) Limited Edition Statement Necklace, with a Silver pendant. All the $5 rewards, too!

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    BENNET PACKAGE - One Goddess Statement Necklace (if available), three upcycled nylon necklaces with Copper or Bronze pendant, one beaded necklace with Copper or Bronze pendant. Plus all the $5 rewards!

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    MANDA PACKAGE - One Goddess Statement Necklace with silver pendant, three upcycled nylon necklaces with Copper or Bronze pendant, one beaded necklace with Silver pendant. Plus all the $5 rewards!

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    FRODO PACKAGE - One Awen Made Manifest, Goddess Statement Necklace (pendant in silver) One Casting on the Water, Dragonfly Statement Necklace, and Four Silver Fobs. Plus all the $5 rewards!

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