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20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 8 2019 5:38 PM UTC +00:00.

About

After a successful Yoga Joes kickstarter, I'm excited to make my first space toy!

My dream is to get the children of Earth excited and curious about space exploration. We humans are on the edge of unknown frontiers, and my contribution to space innovation will be a snow globular one!

I've made a batch in my studio, so I've already worked out the kinks. Now, I need funding to make my next run at a legitimate snow globe factory. This globe is the first of an entire suite of space toys I plan to make.

Sculpted by the talented, Tim Barry.  

Pacmanular design allows for both a planet view and a terrain view
Pacmanular design allows for both a planet view and a terrain view

PLANET SIDE

Features detailed texture of Valles Marineris, the Tharsis volcanoes, and Olympus Mons - the solar system's tallest known planetary peak.  

ADULT AND CHILD ASTRONAUT 

I wanted the next generation of kids to know that Mars is their birthright.   

THE SWIRL

The globe had to not only achieve a great swirl, but it also had to eventually settle and become clear. Adding too much material would stain the water, and too little was no longer stunning. It was a real challenge, but I feel I've found the perfect balance. 

a counter-clockwise swirl
a counter-clockwise swirl

EARLY CONCEPTION

The idea actually began as a Mars City. But when I showed it around, nobody really understood what it was! Once I added the astronauts, people saw it and said, "oh, that's Mars." (engraving the word "Mars" on the base also helped.)

Evolution of the Mars Snow Globe
Evolution of the Mars Snow Globe

THE BASE

For my prototype version, I used an off-the-shelf aluminum air vent for the base, and sand blasted away the chrome coating. But that was too expensive and challenging to preserve without getting gnarly fingerprints all over it. So the final version will be a more perfect cylinder (made of metallic painted plastic).

PACKAGING

Here's a sneak peak at what the packaging might look like. 

LIMITED-EDITION MISSION PATCH

Every mission needs an embroidered fabric mission patch! Celebrate an optimistic future where we've colonized the Red Planet. (available to kickstarter backers only)     

a collaboration with @artocracy18
a collaboration with @artocracy18

MARS IS THE KIND OF PLACE TO RAISE YOUR KIDS

Mars is an ideal place to look for evidence of life outside of our planet, but it's also the potential home for our grandchildren. (maybe great grandchildren). Even deeper, it symbolized a hopeful future —where the human race explores, lives, and thrives. And maybe, it’s the place where we blossom into something new.   

Video production by the talented Kenny Hamlett

Risks and challenges

My biggest concern about the globe is for the swirl to look stunning. And it must also settle quickly. On my early prototypes it took about 5-10 minutes before the dust completely cleared. When too much or too little material is added, it's either too cloudy or it's no longer stunning. It's challenging to institutionalize this precise balance in a factory setting, since we're talking about tiny micro spoonfuls of art dust. So I'm working very closely with the factory and we're very close to where we need to be.

Another concern is air bubbles. Fortunately, the factory treats their water in a giant industrial vat, so that all the air that's hiding in the water is forced out beforehand. So I am optimistic air bubbles will be minimal.

As for glass breaking, I'm not too worried! I did a series of drop tests in my studio, with various packaging designs, and I've found the most secure version to be a sandwich of molded foam. (thanks high school physics class for the egg drop experiment). The packaging can withstand an impact from pretty high up, so they should survive some rough handling.

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