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This Kickstarter is about my two biggest passions, Runes and jewelry design. I've been studying the Elder Futhark Runes since 1991, and I've been studying jewelry making and design since 2000. I want to bring the Runes to you to make them personal. What's more personal than your name, or the names of your loved ones?

Background on the Runes:

The Runes are a writing system invented by the Norse people about 2,000 years ago. They were believed to be brought together as a writing system from a few different sources. Local religious and magical symbols as well as influence  from surrounding societies who had writing systems themselves. I personally prefer to use the oldest reconstruction of this system that is commonly called the Elder Futhark.

Elder Futhark and what letters they translate to.
Elder Futhark and what letters they translate to.

As you can see there are only 24 letters available and some of the sounds we use in modern English are not listed. Specifically the letter  "Q", "V" and "X".  You will also notice that there are a few letters that have a combined sound.

What is a Bindrune?

A Bindrune is a specific technique designed by the Norse to combine two or more runes into one symbol. We still use this technique today in the form of monograms and company logos.

For this project I have taken five classic examples of Bindrunes and set those as the pre-designed options. I'm also using a different technique for the individualized names. It's commonly called a "Stav Bind" since it uses a vertical staff as the main binding feature. Because of this one of the letters will not show up at all and I've chosen to represent the "I" rune as a dot to compensate for this.

Why am I running this project?

Jewelry making is an expensive artistic expression. The tools and materials all need to be of high enough quality to get the results you are looking for.  With the success of this project I'm looking to get a Jewelers Torch, some extra tools and some supplies so I can make even more awesome stuff.

The Plastic Level

At the Plastic Level you have four options.

Option 1: Choose between one of the 5 pre-designed Bindrunes, then choose what color you want your pendant to be printed in. ($15)

Option 2: You tell me the name you want designed, nine characters or less, then Choose what color you want your pendant to be printed in. ($15)

Option 3: Choose two pre-designed Bindrune pendants (which can also be used at earrings), then choose the color. The colors can be the same or different. ($25)

Option 4: You give me two names, nine characters or less, for the design. They can be the same name or two different names. Then you tell me what colors you want them in. ($25)

Basic Bindrunes
Basic Bindrunes
Color option for the plastic level
Color option for the plastic level

The Steel Level

At this level you can choose either your name, or one of the five pre-designed Bindrunes to be printed in one of the three stainless steel options.

Option 1: Choose between one of the 5 pre-designed Bindrunes, then choose which stainless option you want your pendant to be printed in. ($70)

Option 2: You tell me the name you want designed, nine characters or less, then choose which stainless option you want your pendant to be printed in. ($70)

Option 3: You tell me the name you want designed, nine characters or More, then choose which stainless option you want your pendant to be printed in. Please note that this will be a VERY LARGE pendant and this is the only available option for longer names due to printing restrictions. ($80)

Option 4: Choose two of the 5 pre-designed Bindrunes, then choose which stainless option you want your pendant to be printed in. ($100)

Option 5: You give me two names, nine characters or less, for the design. They can be the same name or two different names. Then choose which stainless option you want your pendant to be printed in. ($100)

Examples of name pendants in the three Steel options.
Examples of name pendants in the three Steel options.
Color options for the Steel Level
Color options for the Steel Level

The Sterling Level

At this level you choose either a custom name pendant or a pre-designed Bindrune in Sterling silver.The Sterling Silver pendants are about 1/3 the side of the other pendants to make them affordable enough for this project.

Option 1: Choose between one of the 5 pre-designed Bindrunes. ($100)

Option 2: You tell me the name you want designed, nine characters or less. ($100)

Option 3: Choose two pre-designed Bindrune pendants (which can also be used at earrings). ($150)

Option 4: You give me two names, nine characters or less, for the design. They can be the same name or two different names. ($150)

Option 5: The Complete set of 5 pre-designed Bindrunes. ($400)

Option 6: The Complete set of 5 pre-designed Bindrunes PLUS you give me one name, nine characters or less. ($500)

Option 7: The Complete set of 5 pre-designed Bindrunes PLUS two names, nine characters or less. ($600)

An example of a name pendant in Sterling Silver
An example of a name pendant in Sterling Silver

Stretch Goals!!!

If we reach $3000

If we reach the $3,000 mark then I will give everyone in the Stainless and Silver levels a free plastic pendant.

First Stretch Goal: Compas Rune Pendant.
First Stretch Goal: Compas Rune Pendant.

Risks and challenges

The challenge for this project is in the design. Right now it takes me about 30 minutes to complete a working design to be printed. If this project is overly successful, then there is the risk that delays will happen due to how long it takes to finish each desig name n, get them printed and sent to you.

When the design is done, I shall be sending it to Shapeways.com to be made using 3D printing processes. Please be understanding regarding delays or hiccups since the printing process is out of my hands.

Overall though, I believe that things will progress smoothly and quickly. In the event of delays I will keep communication open and transparent so the status of every piece is well known at every step for everyone involved.

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