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My goal is to transform eroded and forgotten physical matter into one-of-a-kind wearable art. Matter reborn.

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UPDATE: I've met my minimum funding goal! I'm overwhelmed with gratitude, but I would like to keep the momentum flowing. Further pledges will be put to MUCH needed use. My minimum goal helps me cover a portion of my basic expenses in my business expansion, BUT- further funding will facilitate the purchase of a sturdy work bench, a good torch (to add soldering to my repertoire), and an expanded marketing plan. Thank you in advance- the support means the world to me!

Busted, burnished and weathered things have a special place in my world. These objects have had a rich life before I find them. Usually they have been handled, loved and used to virtual oblivion, or tossed around recklessly by the wind. This gives them a special power. They have seen the world, and, they have a story to tell.They have patina, luster and gravitas!

The $25 pledge item
The $25 pledge item

Like a nervous twitch, I've been bending down and picking up these objects for as long as I can remember. About 10 years ago, I decided that this collection of mystery metal/found objects needed to be put to good use: wearable art. With a background in painting and mixed media art, I decided to teach myself basic metalsmithing techniques. It was a natural progression. Each piece of jewelry that I make is infused with the spirit of the past but designed with a serious love for modernity.

The $40 pledge item
The $40 pledge item

I have developed a small (but mighty!) following over the years, and I'm currently ready to introduce myself to a much wider audience. This Kickstarter project seeks funds to take my design line to a higher level which requires:

1.  Professional graphic design

2.  Updated web design

3.  Professional photography for my spring collection and look book

4.  New tools (my current tools have seen much better days)

5.  Start up assistance with my new studio space

6.  Materials (sterling silver chain, findings, packaging and shipping materials)

7.  A professional press kit

8.  Shipping Costs (for reward items)

9.  Payment Processing Fees (about 10% of the funding goal)

The $55 pledge item
The $55 pledge item
The $85 pledge item
The $85 pledge item

If I am to exceed my minimum funding goal, the money will be very carefully allocated to more studio tools and more in depth marketing.

The $65 pledge item
The $65 pledge item

To say that I am grateful for your backing would be a major understatement! This project could define my future as a designer, and to consider it a group effort adds a wonderful dimension that creates even more meaning.

The $135 pledge item
The $135 pledge item

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Sarah Homans

P.S.- Please note: all backers who pledge over $10 will receive an exclusive invitation to my summer launch party that will take place on Saturday, May 4th 2013. I promise it will be a party to remember.

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Every piece I make is different- even if I'm following a general design it is very important to me that each piece has its own "soul." Since each piece will be slightly different from the photos included here, there needs to be a certain level of trust in my creative instincts. There will be variance in color and patina and no way to know exactly what your piece will look like until it arrives on your doorstep. As far as I'm concerned, this half of the fun!

I am happy to receive messages that might guide your design such as:
"I prefer gold tones/silver tones or, I like the color red," etc., etc. I am also able to alter the size of your piece slightly. If I don't receive a message from you, the size of your reward item will closely match the listed measurements.

I am a seasoned designer and there should be no concern about receiving your rewards in a timely manner. I am thoroughly committed to this project and I am especially committed to the good will of my backers! Thank you once again!

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PROJECT CREDITS

-Film by the wonderful Jeremy Kratzer
-Music by Circus Marcus

Major thanks to my fantastic friends and family for all of their vital support over the years!

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    3 backers

    You will receive a big "thank you" on my Facebook page (unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.) Your name will also be fancifully hand written on a long strip of paper and added to my "donor thank you tree" that will be unveiled at the launch party for my summer jewelry line on Saturday, May 4th.

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    4 backers

    You will receive a fancifully hand written invitation to the launch party of my summer jewelry line, which will take place in my Livingston studio on Saturday, May 4th. Backers at this level will be my exclusive guests and will have first dibs on my new work. Appetizers and drinks will be a plenty. Don't live in the area? Maybe it's time for a trip to one of the most gorgeous places in the U.S.of A.!

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    You will receive a pair of one of a kind hammered metal "tear drop" design earrings. These paper light earrings are a minimalist design and will be made from different and unique pieces of re-purposed metal. They will be approximately 2.5" long from the top of the sterling silver ear wire. No two pairs will be the same.

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    You will receive a pair of one of a kind "leaf" design earrings. These earrings will involve an overlaying piece of metal riveted to another piece iof metal n a contrasting color and/or patina. They will be approximately 2.5" long from the top of the sterling silver ear wires. No two pairs will be the same.

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    You will receive a pair of "metal doodle" earrings. These earrings will involve a hand shaped and hammered "doodle" which has been riveted to black metal. These earrings are one part rock and roll and two parts artistic statement piece. They will be approximately 3" long from the top of the sterling silver ear wires. No two pairs will be the same.

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    4 backers

    You will receive a "metal doodle" necklace. This necklace will hang from a fine 19" sterling silver chain. The pendant will be approximately 1.5" long. No two necklaces will be the same.

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    5 backers

    You will receive a three pronged "leaf burst" necklace. Each leaf will be made from a different (yet complimentary) color and patina of metal. It will hang from a fine sterling silver chain. The total length of the necklace will be 19" long. No two necklaces will be the same.

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    11 backers

    You will receive TWO items. One, three pronged "leaf burst" necklace (the $85 pledge item) AND, one pair of "leaf" design earrings (the $35 pledge item). A $20 savings. Keep one, and gift the other (or keep them both)!

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    4 backers

    Earring sampler: 3 pairs of earrings including the $25 pledge item, the $40 pledge item and the $55 pledge item. Keep one pair and gift the other two!

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    You will receive a six pronged "leaf burst" necklace. It will be the same design as the $85 pledge item but will include three more "leaves." This is a statement necklace measuring approximately 4.5" across. Each leaf will be made from a different (yet complimentary) color and patina of metal. It will hang from a fine sterling silver chain and the total length of the necklace will be 19". No two necklaces will be the same.

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    You will receive TWO items. One, six pronged "leaf burst" necklace (the $135 pledge item) AND one pair of "leaf" design earrings (the $40 pledge item). Keep one, and gift the other (or keep them both)!

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    4 backers Limited (11 left of 15)

    At this reward level you will receive 5 items. One pair of "tear drop" earrings (the $25 pledge item), one pair of "leaf" earrings (the $40 pledge item), one pair of metal doodle earrings (the $55 pledge item), one "metal doodle" necklace, (the $65 pledge item), and one 3 pronged "leaf burst" necklace (the $85 pledge item.) Keep one, and gift the rest!

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