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I am working on designing and getting some Space Police badges made.

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The Project

I've been designing these Space Police badges for fun, and would really like to bring them into the real world. Your pledges will go towards getting some real badges made of this design!

The Badges

The design is very close to finalized, with a final goal of a metal 3" (7.62cm) wide, die-struck soft enamel badge. Soft enamel badges are much less expensive to produce than hard enamel (or cloisonne) badges, but are durable (contrary to the name) (Here's a comparison of cloisonne and soft enamel). The surface of soft enamel badges is also nonsmooth, with colored areas lower than the metal borders - which I think gives the badge a bit more depth.

On that note, the yellow areas of the design will be the noncolored, raised metal areas on the actual badge. Furthermore, be aware that the badges must have metal borders at the color borders of the design - otherwise it's not possible to fill in the sections with different colors.

The Design

Although the design is very close to finalized, if you have any input/suggestions I'd love to hear them! As of now the major things I am still considering are:

  • Motto - The motto displayed on the project image, "justitia ad astra", is (hopefully) Latin for "justice to the stars" (Any Latin-speakers that can confirm this for me?). Another option is "ex astris justitia", or "from the stars, justice". Again, any other recommendations would be appreciated - though they should hopefully be short enough to fit!
  • Rank - I think it might be neat to include a rank somewhere on the badge (Something simple, "Officer" would probably suffice), but I'm uncertain where. I'll continue playing around with this.

Rewards

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - Please add $10 for international shipping. I really apologize for this, but can't do anything about shipping costs.

LOCAL PICKUP - If you're able to come to Boulder or Golden, CO to pick up your badge, you can choose one of the local pickup pledge options. As of now there are only local options for 1, 2 and 3 badges, but if you're interested in one of the higher tiers please let me know and I'll sort that out.

Pledges go towards production of the badges and shipping.

$15 will net you one numbered Space Police badge and signed certificate of authenticity. I'm planning to engrave the badge number (e.g. 001/500, 002/500, etc.) on the backs of the badges. The certificate of authenticity isn't going to be incredibly fancy, but I promise it'll be designed and signed by me.

Above $25, you'll receive additional badges (in case you want to kit out your friends or are prone to losing things or something) as well as special, one-of-a-kind, totally-unrelated drawings of variable numbers of ducks! These are going to be on standard 8.5x11" paper, and again will be done and signed by me.

For pledges above $50, you'll also receive a hand-drawn shirt - which is to say, I'll go out and purchase a white t-shirt in the size of your choice, then draw all over it with fabric markers. I'm uncertain as to how well these will wash, but they seem to do pretty well in reviews.

If for some reason you're insane/awesome/the best and you pledge $500, you'll get a whole pile of the above stuff - including enough badges for a whole damned squadron of Space Police - and I'll also include my original concept sketches for the badges. I'm a big fan of sketching designs out on paper before transferring them to the computer.

The number of badges paid for is the number that will be made - so I might be very busy depending on how well this is received!

Stretch Goals

(Please note that $1 pledges do not receive stretch goal rewards.)

STRETCH GOAL #1 - REACHED

If the project can reach $750 in pledges (That's, what, only $125 more?), everyone will receive a free drawing of an airborne vehicle of some kind. Could be an airplane, could be a helicopter, could be a bulldozer that's just been launched out of an absurdly large catapult. Who knows?

STRETCH GOAL #2 - REACHED

If the project can reach $1000 in pledges, everyone gets a free speed-drawing commission. That is to say, you tell me something you want me to draw (This will be through the same survey thing by which I obtain your mailing addresses), I research what it is (if necessary) for five minutes or so, and then I'll attempt to draw it in 60 seconds. If it looks really awful, I might give it another go, but otherwise you may end up with a hilariously incomplete or confusing piece. I'd rather you didn't request anything obscene or that would make me feel awkward while drawing it, but hey, if you really have to, then go for it.

STRETCH GOAL #3 - REACHED

If the project reaches $1250, I'll get some 2.5" wide die cut vinyl stickers of the badge design made and add one to everyone's order for free. Put one on your laptop! Put one on your car! Put one on your face*! If this goal is reached, you can also get more stickers by adding $1/sticker to your pledge.

* Putting a sticker on your face may not be the best idea ever.

STRETCH GOAL #4

If the project reaches $1500, I'll also get some 3" wide embroidered clothing patches of the badge design made. Sew one to your shirt! Sew one to your jacket! Sew one to your face*!

Unfortunately, these are a bit more expensive than stickers, so I'll have to ask that you add $3-5 (not yet finalized) to your pledge per patch that you'd like.

* Sewing a patch to your face is an even worse idea than putting a sticker on it.

Thanks!

Once again, don't hesitate to leave comments/suggestions! If you've got a super-secret question of some sort, feel free to send me a message or email me at davidtongchen@gmail.com.

David Chen of the Space Police

FAQ

  • Apparently Kickstarter has some sort of survey thing that I can send out to all my backers at the end. So I'll be using that.

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  • These are going to be metal badges, not cloth patches! Imagine a lapel pin, but larger.

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  • I'm looking to get the safety pin-style clutches (e.g. http://store.siddharta.net/images/2011/11/badge-back_75_8.jpg) on the backs of the badges, so that accidental rotation won't be as much of an issue.

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  • Unfortunately, due to the manufacturing process it would be pretty expensive to make customized individual badges (each one would need its own die, and those aren't free!). All of the badges are going to be the same on the front, but I'm planning on engraving numbering on the back of each with a dremel tool or something (001/100, 002/100, etc.).

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