A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Good Hard Fun...
I love hard sex toys but nearly all of the ones in existence are aimed at a narrow audience. As an unapologetically buxom, habitually awkward, 20-something girl; I found this totally alienating! and I feel I am not the only one.
In answer to this I set out to create a product which promotes self love under the basic criteria of being accessible, ethical and affordable.
The process of Fine Bone began about 5 years ago. Slowly it developed into what it is now, a few prototypes at a time. When designing a sex toy, I adopted a trial and error approach by physically moulding different shapes from clay and testing them out. Just trying to figure out what felt nice seemed the most intuitive way to work. Then I sought out some professional opinions to get the prototype just right. A highly skilled artisan and a few willing guinea-pigs later, she was ready!
“Prudence”- is a sensual tool designed for practical use as an internal and external massager.
The video highlights all of the reasons why she is the way she is. My favourite factor is that clenching around her curvaceous body creates a strong resistance which heightens orgasms. Also, I love the handle because it's great to get your fingers around when you’re enjoying solo fun.
I chose to work with a company based in Stoke on Trent for their timeless expertise and proximity. I felt it was necessary with such an intimate item to be able to visit the company and stay in close contact with how she developed from prototype to product.
Safety-wise kiln fired items have one of the highest mechanical strengths there is and are much more compatible with your body than most metals or silicone. This aside, you can be sure I will go to painstaking lengths in the tooling stage to secure optimum safety with the design.
I wanted Fine Bone to be an ethical company from start to finish. Therefore, Prudence’s cardboard tube is as minimal as possible and her cotton travel bag will be made by a fair trade co-operative helping women who have been victim to sex trafficking, gain financial independence.
I really believe in this product and I’m hoping with all my fingers crossed that the campaign will bring her into fruition so that everyone else can own one too!
love from Ffion
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I faced in making Prudence was getting feedback. Because of the intimate nature of sex toys most people were uncomfortable to try a prototype that had already been used. Luckily, I found some beautifully openminded individuals that were happy to share the few prototype pieces that I had. This gave way to feedback such as...
"He used it at the same time as his tongue and it felt amazing!"
For one donator only. This unique handmade made yellow leather “vulvapuppen” (as seen in the campaign video) is available. It’s a true work of deviant art and comes with a handwritten loveletter, pain-stakingly wrapped around your own Prudence toy .