Help bring my ideas into reality!
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
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!
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 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
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
Breakdown of expenses:
Charm Production Costs: $344
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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