Greetings! My name is Michael Taylor, I'm an artist and designer in Vancouver Canada simultaneously working in the animation industry and running my own one man cosplay and fandom merch studio. Welcome to my first Kickstarter! This project has been rolling around in my head for well over a year now, I have lots of experience producing brass and enamel pins as well as lasercut wood pins and other products, but up until now I've been focusing on fandom art.
This project is the first using 100% my own designs! I've been able to nail down a a unique and fun style for these potions and plan to move forward with even more designs in the same genre once this project is over.
I think it's pretty obvious where the designs of these potions started, I have a deep rooted love for fantasy games, movies and books. I hope this little collection of potions will help your on your adventures, wherever they lead you.
There are 4 designs, each with 2 "colour ways", in the main campaign. I chose what I figured would be the favorite designs to start with. So long as we reach the campaign goal, all 8 of those pins will be available here and on my Etsy store moving forward.
- Each pin is roughly 30mm/1.2" wide and tall.
- Brass plated nickle metal base.
- High quality hard enamel.
- Metal Butterfly clutches for security.
- Two posts per pin to stop spinning.
- The final product will look as close to the images as possible.
I've tried pretty hard to find a production company within Canada, but unfortunately that just doesn't seem to be possible. I'll be working directly with a factory in China that has a great selection of options and great communication.
I've already got the first design produced, to be sure that you'd be able to see what the pins will look like. I'll be going with a different manufacturer for the final campaign, but the look should stay consistent.
Pins are $10 Canadian each, with a free bonus pin for every 5 you purchase. We've got 4 bottle designs with 2 colour variations each for the base campaign. You'll be able to choose any pins from the full list of unlocked designs and colours.
We're aiming to fund 4 different shapes of potions, but I went a little crazy and made up 16 total designs. What I hope is that we'll manage to fund at least a couple more designs but if people are really loving them we'll keep going!
You'll be able to pick from any of the unlocked pins once the campaign is finished, so if there's one you're aiming for, make sure to share the campaign as much as you can so we can get there. I'm also hoping to support add on purchases in case we unlock a pin that you didn't expect us to get and want to add it to your order.
I'm also looking in to getting sticker sheets printed. I haven't found a printer yet that hits all the things I'm looking for. Depending on funding they may not be available during this campaign. If we get somewhere around the $3000 mark though I'll do my best to make stickers available, maybe even for free!
I ship all of my Etsy orders through Canada Post, this takes more time to arrive than a courier such as FedEx or UPS but gives the best price for small items. I'll do my best to avoid marking packages as being above $100 value to avoid any customs charges on your end. If you would like to add tracking to your order that will need to be handled later.
Risks and challenges
Production time is going to be the largest issue. I'm working with my manufacturer to make sure everything runs smoothly and quickly, but the more designs we make the longer it is going to take to get them all produced.
I will try to wait until all pins are produced before shipping them out in order to avoid multiple packages being shipped to the same backer. In the event of a production stall, if I'm able to receive some but not all of the pins, I will ship out any backers that can be fulfilled. This means the more different designs you order the less likely you are of receiving your pins early.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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