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A sleek, modern jewelry line handcrafted using traditional beadweaving techniques.
A sleek, modern jewelry line handcrafted using traditional beadweaving techniques.
75 backers pledged $2,623 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm Kelly, a young redhead with a love of the arts and ancient language. I married a cool filmmaker the year before last and we moved from the magical summers of the Deep South to the bustle of Los Angeles. While my husband was out pursuing his dreams in Hollywood, I decided to pursue mine too - to be an artist!

So in 2012, I started a business. It's called Whisperwill, and it combines my love of old things with my modern aesthetic and my desire to create.

Beadweaving is an ancient practice that has been used in many different cultures to create art, jewelry, and decorative clothing. There are still many beadweavers today who possess incredible technical skill and artistic vision! It's my goal to bring something fresh into their practice - I use the same traditional beading methods, but I apply them to mixed metals to create pieces that are sleek and modern, seamlessly blending into today's wardrobe.

But I need your help!

I will not be able to afford my current supplier without raising prices, which I've been trying to avoid. I found a new wholesale supplier with exactly what I need, but here's the catch - I have to order a minimum of 10,000 beads per finish color. But I have big plans for the beads - I've been drawing up designs for new pieces that are large, bold, and sure to be showstoppers. I also have plans to purchase and learn to use a soldering iron which will strengthen the joints of the new pieces. Help me raise the money to offset my startup costs with the new supplier and you'll receive handmade pieces from the Whisperwill jewelry line at a discounted rate! You even have access to my brand new pieces, which will go into production as soon as my new supplies come in.

As always, with Kickstarter, it's all or nothing. If I don't reach my goal of $1700, no money changes hands.

Check out the rewards!

$25 reward, your choice of finish. (Shown in brass) Height - 1 5/8" from wire; Width - 1/2"
$25 reward, your choice of finish. (Shown in brass) Height - 1 5/8" from wire; Width - 1/2"
$30 reward, your choice of finishes. (Shown in brass and copper, with brass chain) Pendant Height - 1 1/4"; Width - 1 3/4"
$30 reward, your choice of finishes. (Shown in brass and copper, with brass chain) Pendant Height - 1 1/4"; Width - 1 3/4"
$35 reward, your choice of finishes. (Shown in copper, brass, and midnight) Height - 1 1/2" from ear wire; Width - 5/8"
$35 reward, your choice of finishes. (Shown in copper, brass, and midnight) Height - 1 1/2" from ear wire; Width - 5/8"
$45 reward, your choice of finishes. (Shown in brass and copper, with sterling silver chain) Height - 2 1/4"; Width - 1 1/2"
$45 reward, your choice of finishes. (Shown in brass and copper, with sterling silver chain) Height - 2 1/4"; Width - 1 1/2"
$85 reward - this is my pattern for the new python cuff! Colors will be more subtle, however - using brighter colors in the patterns helps me see them better while I bead.
$85 reward - this is my pattern for the new python cuff! Colors will be more subtle, however - using brighter colors in the patterns helps me see them better while I bead.

Risks and challenges

If my project is funded, my main challenge will be the volume of beading headed my way! Beadweaving is a very intricate and lengthy process. I've gotten faster, but I'm still working on ways to improve my posture while still being able to see my work. I feel confident, though, that I will be able to complete and ship the rewards in time for Christmas - and there's a chance I could complete them before that. It is my intention to give occasional updates to backers during the beading process so they can see how I'm progressing!

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    A thank-you note on stationary hand colored with one of my beading patterns.

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    A stationary set of 5 notecards (plus envelopes) hand colored with assorted beading patterns!

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    Simple beadweave earrings in your choice of finish! If the project is successfully funded, I will email finish options to backers once my supplies arrive. Regular price: $35

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    Pyramid mixed metal necklace in your choice of finishes! If the project is successfully funded, I will email finish options to backers once my supplies arrive. Regular price: $43

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    Ombre mixed metal earrings in your choice of finishes! If the project is successfully funded, I will email finish options to backers once my supplies arrive. Regular price: $45

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    Mixed metal pendant necklace in your choice of finishes, with sterling silver chain! If the project is successfully funded, I will email finish options to backers once my supplies arrive. Regular price: $62

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    Mix and match: any two jewelry pieces above!

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    Custom, one of a kind jewelry piece that you and I will co-design! (No larger than 5 square inches)

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    The new python cuff! (See my beading pattern. I need my new supplies to make this large piece, but I guarantee it'll be a stunner.)

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    Custom, one of a kind jewelry piece of any size that you and I will co-design!

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    Mix and Match: any three jewelry pieces above, including customs!

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Funding period

- (15 days)