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$10,236
pledged of $28,000pledged of $28,000 goal
204
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 10 2015 5:04 PM UTC +00:00

About

We think you are going to LOVE creating with Liteseeds!

LITESEEDS LED STICKERS – WHAT ARE THEY?

They are tiny LED stickers that have conductive adhesive on the back, so just peel and stick instead or wires and soldering. Great for paper computing, DIY and lighting up general and paper crafts.

They work with new conductive materials like conductive ink & paint and with old conductive material like copper tape.

They are powered by a 3V coin battery.

We think it is pretty magical to be able to draw circuits and easily light them up with Liteseeds LED stickers. We think you will too!

IT IS PERFECTLY SAFE.  Given, we do not want you or your children to eat any Liteseeds so we suggest ages of 10 and up with adult supervision and adults you will love them too! If you can draw a line (and it doesn’t even have to be straight!) and peel the backing off a sticker you can make a simple circuit and have it light up! In the main video you saw me using AgIC’s conductive ink marker on glossy photo paper with Liteseeds. Below is a rough homemade video on how to draw a simple circuit using conductive ink pen (Circuit Scribe) with Liteseeds.

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Please read the full description on the right but we thought it might be helpful to give you visuals as well.

GOOD VIBES - PLEDGE $1 OR MORE

You get what we are trying to do and we appreciate that! Thank you for your support. No reward but our appreciation and our good vibes in return!

FIRST LIGHT - PLEDGE $15 OR MORE

JUST THE BASICS
JUST THE BASICS

NIGHT FOREST PAPER ORNAMENT KIT - PLEDGE $20 OR MORE

DRAWING CIRCUITS KIT - PLEDGE $25 OR MORE

FULL COLOR STASH PACK - PLEDGE $45 OR MORE

FULL COLOR STASH PACK + CONDUCTIVE MARKER - PLEDGE $65 OR MORE

GIRL POWER FLOWER BRACELET KIT - PARTY PACK - PLEDGE $100 OR MORE

Enough for 6 bracelets

MONSTER MAKER PARTY FAVOR KIT- PARTY PACK - PLEDGE $100 OR MORE

Enough to make 6 light up monster treat holders!

LITESEEDS TRIBE / FOCUS GROUP - PLEDGE $500 OR MORE

Be involved at the creative level, learn about product design and manufacturing from a pro.

CLASS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT - PLEDGE  $1000 OR MORE

LITESEEDS - FORT COLLINS, COLORADO TRIP - PLEDGE $2500 OR MORE

2 Days & nights with an entire day of training with Jill MacKay

FORT COLLINS
FORT COLLINS
  • To have much larger manufacturing runs. Large enough numbers to bring the price of Liteseeds way down. The more I am able to manufacture the less expensive they will be. I would like them to be as inexpensive as possible.
  • To have the kits (some of which you saw in the video) manufactured and professionally printed. Right now everything is being printed out of my home printer and made by me. I have the resources to have kits professionally printed. I simply cannot afford to do this without your help.
  • To manufacture the paper battery holders. As of now every battery holder has to be made as part of the kit. I believe people would more readily use Liteseeds and try adding light to more projects if they did not have to make the battery holder each and every time they wanted to light up a project or try something new. Premade, readily available flexible battery holders would be utilized in more types of crafts and applicable to a variety of substrates. The battery holder is currently in prototype form and a factory has been found that is willing to help develop them.  As of now I am printing them out and then cutting them out and making them by hand. They are not hard to make nor put together, but it would be helpful to have pre-made paper battery holders. 
  • Packaging and bar codes are needed that meet certain requirements for sales.
  • To spread the word about adding light to all kinds of projects using Liteseeds.
  • To encourage little girls to grow up to be engineers, architects and designers. GIRL POWER!!!
  • To inspire.

Not everyone in the world can afford expensive game consoles or has access to the internet. The sad truth is that 16 million children in the USA alone live in poverty conditions. Over my career I have worked in many inner schools doing Art in Education residences where all we had to work with was typing paper, scissors and anything we could recycle and that was free. This made a big impact on me. This is when I learned to be very creative with very little. You would be surprised what you can make with scissors, paper and glue.  I would like Liteseeds and Liteseeds kits to be VERY affordable and they work great with scissors, paper and glue!

We are committed to try and keep the manufacturing of Liteseeds here in the USA. We believe in bringing manufacturing back to the states.  If this Kickstarter, is funded it will allow us to order larger manufacturing runs so we can bring the price down. The more we can order the less expensive the price will be.  We hope to be able to get Liteseeds kits into as many hands at inner city schools and after school programs as possible. Scissors paper and glue can be cool again.

Working with 3D paper kits teaches form, volume, shape and other skills. It is paper engineering, it makes you think in 3D.  Adding light to 3D paper  kits using Liteseeds adds a touch of magic. Light is very beautiful and appealing. Learning about light and circuits is very beneficial.

A BIT OF HISTORY:

In 1967 when I was 9 years old my parents got me a Mattel Super Thing Maker which was this amazing toy that had changeable metal dies that you poured plastic "Super Goop" into and then the little machine vacuum heated the goop to become a rubbery solid and you could assemble cool little creatures, flowers and bugs. I still have my Super Thing Maker. Coolest toy ever. 

I credit this single toy for my having ended up interested in product design. I work with molds and in manufacturing all the time and absolutely LOVE it. I am one of the lucky ones who love what they do. Having kids play with form and light is a good thing. I hope Liteseeds will inspire an interest in the arts & sciences and in the magic of light and engineering.

Then there are the adults who create for pleasure and/or as a way of making a living and a life. I cannot wait to see what you do with Liteseeds. Over my career I have designed licensed and manufactured hundreds of products that people use to create with. Most people know me for jewelry components and findings as that is where I started and have had some measure of success, but I design and license in many categories.  Seeing what people do with my products is the best part about my job. I can only imagine what kind of mixed media art & craft projects are yet to come...from YOU!

GLOWING PAPER DECORATION WITH RED LITESEED
GLOWING PAPER DECORATION WITH RED LITESEED

Imagine all the different things you can light up with Liteseeds. Imagining is good for your brain! Decorate your bike, light up your wedding decorations, your garden party,  your welcome home sign. Make light up seating arrangement cards for your event, greeting cards and class projects. The list goes on and on.

Liteseeds used with wet & dry mixed media for this night scene
Liteseeds used with wet & dry mixed media for this night scene

Jill MacKay is an accomplished artist, designer, author and consultant. Her name is synonymous with innovation and inspiration. Jill MacKay® brand licenses her product designs to national chains, manufacturers and television retailers. Jill is perhaps best known for having been the jewelry designer for the daytime drama The Guiding Light, and for her work on Paramount Studio’s Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition Jill is a celebrated arts in education specialist and working artist having collaborated with many of our national art institutions and organizations on large-scale projects and residencies.  MacKay perpetually shares her vision of the transformational qualities of creativity and art. She truly believes in the power of the arts to change lives, help solve social issues, heal hearts and build communities. Jill has developed expressive arts programing for mental health rehabilitation centers, homeless and battered women shelters and community centers. Some of her favorite work involved 12 years as Artist in Residence at the Caring Place, a grieving center for children who are dealing with the death of parent or loved one where she worked with Fred Rogers (of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) to integrate the arts into the bereavement setting. Jill is committed to making a difference in the lives of others through creativity. Jill MacKay is a successful, inspirational, hands-on working artist/designer with a successful record of contributing to the inspiration of others. 
Her main inspiration are her adult children Ashley & Taylor.

Please like Liteseeds on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Liteseeds

And on Twitter https://twitter.com/Liteseeds

Visit our website http://www.liteseeds.com/

More about Jill MacKay http://jillmackay.com/

Risks and challenges

You will notice that we gave different dates for different rewards. Some rewards we know we could supply sooner, some we know need to be scheduled according to manufacturers and production dates. Some dates we have to schedule together (your trip to Fort Collins). We will do our very utmost to get your rewards out on time but you know sometimes things go wrong and in life things just happen that we do not expect nor can control. We don't think anything major will happen but you just never know. We will do our absolute utmost to deliver by that dates stated. We have been manufacturing products a long time and understand the process, but we cannot avoid mishaps at the factories or acts of God at their locations. If this Kickstarter campaign takes off we will be using a fulfillment company to ensure smooth deliveries. Thank you!

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    FIRST LIGHT
    You will receive one sheet of white Liteseeds LED stickers and 2 feet of copper tape along with complete instructions on how to get started making and lighting simple circuits. Then go hack your notebook or greeting card! Four Liteseeds stickers per sheet.

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    NIGHT FOREST - LITESEEDS ORNAMENT
    You will receive one 3D Liteseeds Night Forest Paper Ornament kit. Everything you need except the scissors and the glue to make one of these beautiful glowing ornaments including paper battery holder. Just cut, score, fold and glue. Complete instructions included, and just in case you hate reading instructions which a pretty simple we'll make and upload a how-to video on the Liteseeds website just for you visual learners! This reward is available internationally with the additional shipping fee, but unfortunately we cannot include the 3V lithium coin battery because it is illegal to ship them internationally. But we will tell you which ones to use!

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    DRAWING CIRCUITS KIT - WHITE LITESEEDS
    Our thanks and one sheet of white Liteseeds LED stickers and one AgIC conductive ink marker with complete instructions on how to draw circuits. It's magical and fun!

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    FULL COLOR STASH PACK
    Just want the Liteseeds? This is the reward for you. You will receive one sheet in every color (red, blue, green, pink and white). Comes with complete instructions on a variety of creative ways to use Liteseeds. We can’t wait to see what you'll make! We’ll be creating a gallery on the Liteseeds website so those that receive this award can upload pictures of your projects!

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    FULL COLOR STASH PACK + CONDUCTIVE MARKER

    Want a good selection of Liteseeds plus the AgIC conductive marker? This is your reward! You will receive one sheet of Liteseeds in every color (red, blue, green, pink and white). Four stickers per sheet. One AgIC conductive ink marker along with complete instructions on how to draw circuits plus suggestions on a variety of ways to integrate Liteseeds in your projects. And of course our appreciation for your support!

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    GIRL POWER FLOWER BRACELET KIT - PARTY PACK
    Having a birthday party or just want to have a fun craft for your next sleep-over? Make these awesome Liteseeds flower bracelets with your friends as part of the party! Enough to make 6 glowing bracelets. The paper flower petals come in a variety of colors so girls can mix, match and pick their favorite colors. Ribbon colors will be pink and blue. Liteseeds will be pink, blue and white. Complete instructions included on these easy to make girl power bracelets. Don't worry the girls won't need your help! All you need to provide is the scissors and the glue! Ages 10 and up small parts included. This reward is available internationally with the additional shipping fee, but unfortunately we cannot include the 3V lithium coin battery because it is illegal to ship them internationally. But we will tell you which ones to use! USA customers batteries included.

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    MONSTER MAKER PARTY FAVOR KIT- PARTY PACK
    Kids love them! Have the kids make these adorable light-up monsters and then fill them with treats for your next birthday party or sleep-over! They'll be the hit of the party. You will be the coolest parent on the block with light-up crafts! Everything you need to make 6 Monster Maker party favors (treats not included!). Comes with complete instructions with photos and we'll make and post a short how-to video on the Liteseeds web site in case you hate reading instructions! Comes with everything you need including batteries for USA customers. All you provide are the scissors and the glue. This project takes less than an hour to make from start to finish. Ages 10 and up as small parts included. This reward is available internationally with the additional shipping fee, but unfortunately we cannot include the 3V lithium coin battery because it is illegal to ship them internationally. But we will tell you which ones to use!

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    LITESEEDS TRIBE / FOCUS GROUP
    Want to be more involved behind the scenes at Liteseeds? Then why not become one of Liteseeds Creative Tribe. Everyone needs a community. This reward is limited to a small group of people who give their input, ideas and feedback. Included in this reward is the Drawing Circuits Kit (listed above) so you can learn how to use and become familiar with the Liteseeds. Then we will start to have one hour group video conference calls once a month for 6 months where you will connect directly with Liteseeds founder and inventor Jill MacKay. Participants will be shown the newest ideas in development before anyone else. Your input will help to guide future Liteseeds products and product lines. Are you interested in the product development process? Then this may be the reward for you. You will no doubt learn about varying aspects of product development while in discussions directly with Jill MacKay who has developed and brought to mass market hundreds of products. It could be a great start and learning experience on this path. Liteseeds needs creative people to bounce our ideas off of. Dates and times will be scheduled by a group poll. It's okay if you miss one because there will be five more!

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    CERTIFIED LITESEEDS CLASS CURRICULUM
    Jill MacKay will develop a certified Liteseeds class curriculum or workshop for your chosen audience (In English only) whether it be a workshop at a Discovery Museum for children, a STEM class for 5th graders or a Mom and Me workshop. How about a glowing paper hat party? Curriculum design only. Supplies, location, and the rest are up to you and not included in this reward. But you will own the certified Liteseeds curriculum and can teach it over and over again.

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    LITESEEDS - FORT COLLINS, COLORADO TRIP
    We will work with your schedule to arrange your flight and fly you in to Liteseeds headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado. You will be driven to and from the airport (1 hour drive from Denver north to Fort Collins), put up in a historic hotel in beautiful Old Town for 2 days and nights. Spend one full day of training with Liteseeds inventor and founder Jill MacKay on a variety of ways to use Liteseeds in general crafts, paper crafts or educational (STEAM/STEAM) curriculum. Plus copies of PDFs of instructions on how to use Liteseeds with copper tape, conductive paint, ink and markers. Plus 10 sheets of Liteseeds in your choice of colors and 10 paper battery holder kits, and two AgIC conductive markers. Scheduling will be done in coordination with Ms MacKay within the next calendar year. Must be scheduled at least 6 months in advance. Your choice of dates can be extended at your expense, as you may want to stay additional days to take time to enjoy the Fort Collins area. Fort Collins is a exciting city (much like Austin but better because it's in Colorado) with many musical and cultural events, plus the grandeur of the Rocky Mountain's natural beauty. Fort Collins is within a 1 hour drive of the Rocky Mountain National Park. This reward also includes the creation of one blog post that will be featured on both the Liteseeds blog and Jill MacKay's personal website showing photos of you and she learning and creating using Liteseeds. Flights from USA lower 48 states only. You will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnification.

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