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Cute and quirky acrylic charms for keychains, earrings, cell phone charms, necklaces and more!
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Hi everyone!  Welcome to my first kickstarter!  While this may be my first time kickstarting I have had plenty of charms printed in the past, many of which can be seen at my etsy store and in the image below.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/KristinMadeStuff 

Charm Designs I've already had Made
Charm Designs I've already had Made

The reason I'm turning to Kickstarter to fund this run of charms is pretty simple.  I've been selling art at conventions for many years and after some thought I've decided to make a big push to transition away from doing mostly fanart and focus on my own original designs.  This focus on original art makes the monetary investment to get a run of 10-20 new charm designs made much riskier for me, since original art can be a tougher sell.  I would like to offset production costs with this kickstarter so I can stock up my etsy store and go into my conventions next year with a big supply of awesome original artwork!

THE PLAN!

Make these ten designs into 1.5 inch white backed acrylic charms!  Designs are as follows: Koi fish girl, Witch girl, Dragon Knight, Corgi, Tiger, Manatee, Owl, Legendary Pugasus, Battie, and Red Panda. 

The Ten Designs!
The Ten Designs!

The production plan is to make 20 charms of each of these 10 designs.  Actual charm numbers may vary once I find out which charms people want (if everyone wants bats I'm going to have to make more bats etc etc).  I'm planning to get these printed through Zap Creatives, which uses white acrylic to print, unlike the charms in my etsy store right now (which are on black acrylic).  you can see examples of their charms here http://www.zapcreatives.co.uk/p-32-15-custom-printed-acrylic-charms.aspx

Photoshop mock up of how the charms should look
Photoshop mock up of how the charms should look

The Options

Charms can come with a variety of attachments, here's pictures of some of my current designs showing you the different options.

!!NEW!! ADD ONS!!

If you're interested in adding on additional items to your pledge ($8 pledges and up) here's the breakdown of costs.  I will confirm with backers who pledge more than the pledge amount to see which add ons they wanted once the Kickstarter concludes.

Additional keychain or cell phone charm: add $5 

Additional set of Earrings: add $8

Additional Necklace: add $10

Additional Stickers: add $2 per sticker sheet

Additional Wooden Earrings: add $10 per pair.

Additional Wooden Keychain or Cell Phone Charm: add $6

Additional 5 Postcard Set: add $4

Cell Phone Lanyard
Cell Phone Lanyard
Keychain
Keychain
Earrings (surgical steel hooks)
Earrings (surgical steel hooks)
Necklace (silver plated chain)
Necklace (silver plated chain)

Breakdown of expenses:

Charm Production Costs: $344

Shipping: $30

Findings (keychains etc): $50

Kickstarter expenses + other expenses: $76

It's pretty simple, really.  

Stretch goal #1 - 5 new designs: $850

5 more designs will be made into charms!  Designs are: Gray Wolf, Cuddly Sloth, Nautical Squid, Fox, and Hungry Dragon.  All backers will be able to choose from all 15 charms and every backer over $8 will receive one 1.5inch pin of a random animal. 

The 5 stretch designs!
The 5 stretch designs!
All $8+ backers get one random button! Yay!
All $8+ backers get one random button! Yay!
Random button designs will also include all kickstarter designs in addition to my older designs
Random button designs will also include all kickstarter designs in addition to my older designs

Stretch goal #2 - stickers! : $1000

All backers who pledged $8 or more will receive two random buttons AND a 4inx4in sticker sheet of the koi fish girl.

All $8+ backers gets two random buttons! Yay!
All $8+ backers gets two random buttons! Yay!
Sakura Sticker sheet 4inx4in
Sakura Sticker sheet 4inx4in

Stretch Goal #3 - 5 MORE designs: $1300

5 more charm designs to choose from!  Designs include Shark, Shiba, Lion, Ninja and the Scurvy Pirate Otter.  Look forward to seeing final art appear as we get closer to stretch goal #3!  All backers who pledged $8 or more still get the sticker sheet but now receive 3 random animal buttons instead of 2!

The Final Designs!
The Final Designs!
All $8+ backers get three random buttons!
All $8+ backers get three random buttons!

Stretch Goal #4 - Spooky Stickers: $1500

More stickers!  All backers above $8 can choose between koi fish girl or witch stickers, backers over $21 get both sets.

Witch Sticker Sheet
Witch Sticker Sheet

Stretch Goal #5 - Master of Lasers: $2000

Wooden charms!   Hitting the $2000 mark will fund the production of three different designs of wooden charms: updated cat, octopus and whale.  I'll be getting them produced at a local Boston business called Danger!Awesome.  Part of this stretch goal includes me being trained to use the lasers myself, essentially becoming a ~*~Master of Lasers~*~.  With the training I'll be able to produce charms at a lower cost and it will help with future projects!  If we reach this goal I'll be adding new tiers and add on options for wooden charms.  As they're wooden they're not as sturdy as the acrylic and I personally think they work better for earrings and necklaces than keychains.  But either option will be available.  

Photoshop Mockups of the Wooden Charms
Photoshop Mockups of the Wooden Charms
Previous Charms I've Done
Previous Charms I've Done

Stretch Goal 6: Postcards and Stickers -  $2500

If we reach $2500 it will fund the production of 5 different post card designs as well as several more sticker sheets: Dragon Knight and Ninja.  Each backer over $8 will receive one random postcard.  Backers over $8 will get to choose one of the sticker sheets, backers over $21 will get to choose two sheets, backers over $50 will get all four sheets.  Postcard Packs will be available as add on items.  

New Sticker Sheets!
New Sticker Sheets!
Each backer over $8 gets one random postcard!
Each backer over $8 gets one random postcard!

Stretch Goal 7: 5 MORE designs! - $3000

Whoa guys...whoa.  If we make it to $3000 there will be five more designs for backers to choose from!  Designs include a Woodland Princess, mermaid and turtle friend, sushi bunnies (Maguro-chan and Sake-chan), toucan cuddle, and Magical Girl (Magical Chef Rena based off the comic I am working on).

4 of the 5 designs!
4 of the 5 designs!
The four other designs!
The four other designs!

Risks and challenges

There really aren't many risks for this project, all the art for the first 15 charms is already completed. At this point I just need to send them off to Zap to get printed, attach your chosen attachments and mail them out. And of course make all custom artwork from tiers that include custom artwork.

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    Creative Input Tier: Have one of your favorite animals immortalized as charms! You choose one animal, which I will draw in the style of my charm designs (backer gets to see progress of the design though artist reserves right to final design choices, - I promise it will be cute!!). You'll receive 5 charms of that design on your attachments of choice (keychain, cell charm, earrings, necklace). You'll also receive a small drawing by me of your chosen animal. Also includes 5 charms of your choice (chosen from the kickstarter designs) on your attachment of choice (keychain or cell phone lanyard). Shipping included.

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