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A handy, pocket sized card of strong but meltable bioplastic that you can use to make, fix and modify the world around you.
FORMcard is a handy, pocket
sized card of strong, meltable bio-plastic that you can use to make, fix and
modify the world around you. Keep one in your wallet, tool box or kitchen
drawer, drop it into a cup of hot water and it's ready to use.
FORMcard is a handy, pocket sized card of strong, meltable bio-plastic that you can use to make, fix and modify the world around you. Keep one in your wallet, tool box or kitchen drawer, drop it into a cup of hot water and it's ready to use.
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FORMcard is a handy, pocket sized card of strong, meltable biopolastic that you can use to make, fix and modify the world around you. Just drop it in a cup of hot water and it's ready to use. Keep one in your wallet, toolbox or kitchen drawer so that it's always around when you need to fix something.

Coloured FORMcard samples
Coloured FORMcard samples

 FORMcards are instant. When they're cool, they're ready to use, so you can fix things quickly in emergency situations, like when a handle breaks on a tool, or a button falls off your jacket.They are strong like nylon, not rubbery, so they can be used for long lasting solutions.

FORMcards are reusable, so if you don't like what you've made, or if you're finished with something you've made you can just melt it back down again. Great for making toys when your kids grow up!

Use it anywhere you have hot water.Around a campfire...
Use it anywhere you have hot water.Around a campfire...

 FORMcards stick to other plastics when they are very hot. So if you take them straight out of a cup of hot water you can use them to fix broken plastic toys, tools, or anything that normally gets thrown away that they will stick to.

Make tool covers...fix plastic shovels...
Make tool covers...fix plastic shovels...

FORMcards are made from a starch based bio-plastic that is totally non-toxic. We have worked closely with both the chemical company, the moulders and even the colorant suppliers to ensure this is the case, even to go as far as rejecting the use of universal pigments which contain styrenes in favour of powder pigments. This is messier for us, but better for you and everyone else.

Mixed colour samples
Mixed colour samples

FORMcards are produced entirely in the U.K. The plant making the raw material is one of the biggest in the world (weird but true) and through friendly negotiation with a moulders in the U.K. we have found a price that is as economical to production in the far east once import / export costs are taken into consideration. But this is only achievable if we have enough orders, which is why we are launching on Kickstarter.

Typical granulated material is messy!
Typical granulated material is messy!
...wasteful.... and sometimes painful!
...wasteful.... and sometimes painful!

Normally, these types of thermoplastics are supplied in granulated form, which makes them awkward to use; the granules have to be squashed together, which is messy, wasteful and sometimes even painful. This has restricted their use to people who are familiar with making things, but I believe that this material has a place in everyone's kitchen drawer, tool box and back pack, like Blu-tack or Selotape, so I developed it into a flat card form, that would always be around and always be ready to use. The size and thickness of the card is exactly right amount of material for the quick types of fixes that are needed.

FORMcard fits in your wallet and it fits in a cup, so you can take it and use it anywhere you can find hot water. It's quick, clean, simple, instant and fun to use.

They're a handy size, so they fit in your wallet. Always ready to use.
They're a handy size, so they fit in your wallet. Always ready to use.

FORMcards will be made in different colours which makes them fun to use in different situations, like camo green for foresty people, fluo orange for high visibility fixes and crazy mixed colours for people into zombie apocalypse / alien invasions. We've made a load of samples in different colours for the video to help us choose what might look good and we will be able to fulfill the first orders using these test batches as soon as the campaign ends (in time for Christmas!!!)  - and then the next wave can be made three weeks from this date. 

If and when we hit £2000 we'll be able to open up some further colour options...fingers crossed.

We'll be posting more tips and projects at:

www.formcard.co

Thanks for watching our video, and please support our project!

oh.... and many thanks to the talented David Gardener for creating a great video in a rush... on a shoe string...late at night. Cheers, Dave - seems to have worked out okay. 

Risks and challenges

We have done our very best to get the product totally ready for quick production. We have a simple mould made and ready to be used, and we have made many samples (in different colours) with a moulding company who is on standby should there be enough orders coming in. Our fullfillment of orders of actual cards can be under three weeks from the conclusion of the campaign if we have enough demand.

We have studio storage space for compliing orders and sending out and we understand all the costs of postage all over the world.

We are totally ready for a succesful campaign and only hope that we have enough orders to justify full scale production!

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    A thank you mention on our website and social media and a link to yours if you like!

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    Happy Holidays!

    We'll post you a hand-made seasonal card to say thank you for your support! And a thank you and link on our website! If you prefer - we can send the card to someone of your choice.

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    EARLY BIRD HAPPY CHRISTMAS PACK!
    Your generosity will get you a special Kickstarter price on a pack of 3 FORMcards in mixed colours from our existing samples (regular price: £5)!

    N.B. we can ship these in time for Christmas - so will make a great gift for busy friends and family!

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    NOT SO EARLY BIRD HAPPY CHRISTMAS PACK!
    Your generosity will get you a special Kickstarter price on a pack of 3 FORMcards in mixed colours from our existing samples (regular price: £5)!

    N.B. we can ship these in time for Christmas - so will make a great gift for busy friends and family!

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    FORMcard 3 pack - mixed colours

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use FORMcard.

    + We will personally thank-you for your support on your/our facebook page!

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    FORMcard 3 pack - mixed colours

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    FORMcard 3 pack - mixed colours

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use FORMcard.

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    FORMcard 3 pack - mixed colours - CHRISTMAS POSTAGE!!!!

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use FORMcardin time for Christmas!

    + We will personally thank-you for your support on your/our facebook page!

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    FORMcard 3 pack - mixed colours - CHRISTMAS POSTAGE!!!!

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use FORMcardin time for Christmas!

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    GLOW IN THE DARK FORMcards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Totally Limited Edition in packs of 3.

    Yes, you heard it right - we have a genuine limited edition stack of GLOW IN THE DARK cards. We have around 60 of these and selling them off in packs of 3, and when they're gone we will NOT be remaking them!!!!!

    Some info on these is necessary as to why they exist: These glow in the dark cards were made as an experiment during our colour sampling phase, but they have been made using regular plastic colorants which are not biodegradable. We have decided that because of this we will not be continuing making them hereafter. So - this is it, 60 cards / 20 packs and they're gone.

    Also - you should also know that because they were part of an experimental batch some of the cards have a touch of other colorants on them - a little red here and there. We will make sure that only one card in a pack of three has such marks.

    More images can be seen here:

    http://formcard.co/glowcards.shtml

    (copy this address into a browser window)

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    FORMcard 9 pack EARLY BIRD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use your own FORMcards. Your generosity will get you a pack of 9 FORMcards mixed colours from our existing mixed colour samples (normal price £15).

    N.B. We can ship these in time for Christmas, so will make perfect gifts!
    Keep a pack in your car for emergencies, some in your wallet or give them as gifts!

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    FORMcard 9 pack NOT SO EARLY BIRD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use your own FORMcards. Your generosity will get you a pack of 9 FORMcards mixed colours from our existing mixed colour samples (normal price £15).

    N.B. We can ship these in time for Christmas, so will make perfect gifts!
    Keep a pack in your car for emergencies, some in your wallet or give them as gifts!

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    FORMcard : 9 pack

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use FORMcard. Your generosity will get you a pack of 9 FORMcards in mixed colours.

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    FORMcard : 9 pack

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    FORMcard : 9 pack CHRISTMAS POSTAGE!!!

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    FORMcard : 9 pack CHRISTMAS POSTAGE!!!

    Be one of the first in the world to receive and use FORMcard. Your generosity will get you a pack of 9 FORMcards in mixed colours.

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES / REGIONS:

    Africa, Middle East
    Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia
    Caribbean, Central & South America
    Greece, Australia, New Zealand

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    Buy one of the items from the video! Or request a special one to be made! We are posting more objects on the Formcard.co website as we go, so please feel free to make requests!

    Iphone stand / wrench / screwdriver 1 / plastic shovel / screwdriver 2

    They're weird, but they're going down as design icons of this century.

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    FORMcarder lifetime discount!

    receive 5 x 3packs of mixed colours (normal price £25) and a 15% lifetime discount on future purchases of FORMcard products.

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    Limited Edition FORMcard Tote Bag + Pack of 3 FORMcards

    Your generosity will get you a special Limited Edition FORMcard Tote Bag with a design by Peter Marigold plus a pack of 3 FORMcards!

    We have no idea what these might look like yet... but they will be colourful and special. Once the first person asks for one... we'll get cracking on the design. A perfect xmas gift!

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    Limited Edition FORMcard Tote Bag + Pack of 3 FORMcards

    Your generosity will get you a special Limited Edition FORMcard Tote Bag with a design by Peter Marigold plus a pack of 3 FORMcards!

    We have no idea what these might look like yet... but they will be colourful and special. Once the first person asks for one... we'll get cracking on the design.

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    EARLY BIRD bumper 9 packs / 27cards in mixed colours

    Normal price £45

    Still possible to ship for Christmas.... but only a limited amount.

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    Bumper 9 x 3 packs / 27cards in mixed colours

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    Tea and cake and plastic

    Join us in our design studio here in London for a cup of tea, a presentation on our work and an introduction to using FORMcard (FORMcards included to take away!!)

    Maybe make it a Christmas office trip?

    N.b. does not include travel from anywhere in the world!

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    LIMITED EDITION BOWL

    For your incredible generosity you will receive a handmade bowl made by Peter Marigold using FORMcards!

    N.B. we've put January as a fulfillment date.... if you are desperate for a Christmas present for someone we can probaby sort it out in time.

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    FORMcard one day workshop at our studio!

    We'll play around with both FORMcard and some other materials, give you a presentation on the whole studio, and throw in lunch from our friendly local Jamican roti cafe too.

    Dates totally negotiable - so how about making a company team building day out of it?

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    Shop stock - 30 packs of 3 mixed colours / 90 cards!!!!!!!

    Do you own a design store? Home store? DIY store? (or just want a good stash of FORMcards?)

    Be one of the first shops in town to get your village ready for the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE by having a decent stock of 3 pack form cards in mixed colours.

    We'll pack them as 3 packs - great for point of sale / counter top walk out gifts.

    Normal price for this many 3 packs would be £150!!!!

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    Shop stock - 30 packs of 3 mixed colours / 90 cards!!!!!!!

    DECEMBER POSTAGE

    Do you own a design store? Home store? DIY store? (or just want a good stash of FORMcards?)

    Be one of the first shops in town to get your village ready for the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE by having a decent stock of 3 pack form cards in mixed colours.

    We'll pack them as 3 packs - great for point of sale / counter top walk out gifts.

    Normal price for this many 3 packs would be £150!!!!

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    FORMcard: Workshop at the London Design Museum

    Take part in a one-off four hour workshop with FORMcard creator Peter Marigold. A hands on experience to explore the amazing world of handmade plastic in the prestigious London Design Museum.

    + the ticket will include entry to the design museum and a presentation on his studio work.

    Minimum number of 5 people needed for this to happen - so maybe make a company team building session out of it?

    N.B. the dates for this are negotiable.

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    FORMcard: Workshop in New York!

    Take part in a four hour workshop with FORMcard creator Peter Marigold. Explore the amazing world of handmade plastic in the hippest creative locality of Brooklyn.

    Will include a presentation on his studio work from tiny plastic objects to enormous public artworks.

    Dates - negotiable.

    Minimum number of 15 pledges needed for this to happen.

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    Shop stock - 60 packs of 3 / 180 cards in mixed colours!!!

    Do you own a design store? Home store? DIY store? (or just want a good stash of FORMcards?)

    Be one of the first shops in town to get your village ready for the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE by having a decent stock of 3 pack form cards in mixed colours.

    We'll pack them as 3 packs - great for point of sale / counter top walk out gifts. We'll also throw in some kind of point of sale display... no idea what that is yet... but it will look AMAZING trust us!

    This is a huge saving as normal price for this many standard 3 packs would be £300

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,507

    A BESPOKE FORMcard BUSINESS CARD or PROMOTIONAL GIFT with your company logo embossed in!

    Your incredible generosity will get you 600 bespoke FORMcards with your own company logo or personal message embossed into the back!

    FORMcard would make a truly impressive one of a kind business card or special gift to your customers.

    You can also choose ANY 3 colours you like! (company colours are easy to match)

    Say something with a truly unique business card!

    (n.b. we will handle the artwork and creation of this.)

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