Hi, I’m Amanda, an independent artist from Canada. I’ve been making cute layered acrylic jewelry under my brand name Kuma Crafts for close to 10 years. To goal of this campaign is to raise funds for a production run of my new jewelry collection, Astral Elegance.
These designs will be crafted from your choice of either stainless steel or sterling silver and available with several plating options. To make these pieces even more magical, I have creatively incorporated Swarovski® Elements. Project backers will not only be able to purchase these pieces at a heavily discounted price, but will also have many crystal customization options available that may not be available after this project is complete. These designs will retail from $35-$40 USD ($46-53 CAD) once they are listed in my shop.
The Crescent Twilight Wand features a Swarovski Pure Drop crystal. You will be able to choose your desired color from any of the unlocked options from the color chart below. You will also have the option to customize the color of the heart gem (see color chart below).
The Saturnine Scepter features a beautiful 14mm Swarovski heart shaped crystal. Both heart crystals are customizable on this piece.
The following two Astal Elegance items were our $7,500 and $10,000 stretch goals which have now been unlocked. You will be able to select one of these as your $40 tier reward in Stainless Steel or as your $85 reward in Sterling Silver.
Below are our stretch goals which have now (as of August 5th) been unlocked! Please note, I will do all that I can to have them ship at the same time as the initial goals (late November 2018). Since the demand for this project is much larger than anticipated, delivery of these items may not be until January/February 2019. You can pledge for an additional item by manually increasing your pledge by $40 (you do not need to change your reward tier). At the end of the campaign there will be an option for you to split your shipment into 2 parcels (for a small fee) so we can ship earlier items as they become available.
The Stellar Staff Necklace and Earrings are very customizable! For campaign backers only, I'm allowing freedom of choice for the main crystal colors. Make your very own unique color combination, from the color charts below or use our customizer at ae.kumacrafts.com.
I've been wanting to make a bracelet like this FOREVER. You will be able to customize all the crystal colors in this piece. There are many beautiful oval and star colors to choose from. The bracelet has internal measurements of 60 x 50mm and will be slightly adjustable (you can bend the bracelet to get on/off your wrist).
All pendants will come on a 46cm (18") long chain with a 5cm (2") extender chain.
Below is a color chart of all the crystal options I will be offering
I am mostly known for my laser cut acrylic work, so I also had to put these skills to use. I have designed this "Twilight Dreams" Necklace, Brooch or Keychain exclusively for this campaign. This design will not be sold after the campaign so your only chance is to get it here! It features a darling kitty in your choice of white, silver or black acrylic holding their very own Crescent Twilight Wand. Normally I would retail this design at $35 USD, but for this campaign I'm offering this at a very special price of only $30 CAD (approx $23 USD).
With all this beautiful jewelry, you will also need a way to display these items when not in use! So I've designed this adorable kitty figure which features Swarovski crystals and 3 spots to display your magical wands. Each figure is laser cut and assembled by myself in my studio. A limited number will be made for this campaign and may not be available after the campaign ends. The base of the figure is 10cm (4") and the height is 8.2 cm (3.25"). It will be available in black or white.
- Early July 2018: Kickstarter Launches
- Early August 2018: Kickstarter Ends, Surveys sent to backers to gather reward selections.
- Mid August 2018: Funds received from Kickstarter. Production begins and crystals are purchased. I will also begin manufacturing of the laser cut items.
- Late September 2018: Backer rewards containing only a laser cut acrylic piece or enamel pin get sent out.
- Mid October 2018: Production on steel and silver parts finishes. Metal castings shipped to me.
- Late October/Early November 2018: Metal castings received, I begin setting the crystals.
- Late November: Backer Rewards start being packaged and sent out!
Approximately 60% of the funds raised will go to purchasing Swarovski Elements and manufacturing a run of each unlocked design in stainless steel and sterling silver. 15% will go towards Kickstarter Fees and other bank fees associated with paying my suppliers. The remaining 25% will go towards packaging and shipping costs.
All Stretch Goals have been UNLOCKED! In addition to the Crescent Twilight Necklace/Earrings, Saturnine Scepter and the Seraph Soar necklace, you may now choose the Starlight glaive, Stellar Staff Necklace/Earrings or the Senshi Tiara bracelet as your reward. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! ❤️
Please note, I will do all that I can to have the stretch goals ship at the same time as the initial goals (late November 2018). Since the demand for this project is much larger than anticipated, delivery of these items may not be until January/February 2019. You can pledge for an additional item by manually increasing your pledge by $40 (you do not need to change your reward tier). At the end of the campaign there will be an option for you to split your shipment into 2 parcels (for a small fee) so we can ship earlier items as they become available.
I understand that this jewelry style is not for everyone, so for those of you who would still like to support my work, I've come up with many reward tiers to offer my most popular items at discounted prices.
Plus there are additional reward levels for more pieces.
If you would like to add another item to your reward tier or create your own reward package, simply increase your pledge amount. For example, if you would like to add another stainless steel necklace, add $40 to your final pledge.
Thank you for checking out my campaign, I really appreciate it! With your support I hope to bring these designs to life. Spread the word, let's make the world sparkle together!
Risks and challenges
There is always a risk in manufacturing. Sometimes there are delays due to the factory having a high volume of orders from other clients, and sometimes pieces may need to be recast and replated due to quality control issues. My manufacturer has excellent quality control and communication and contacts me immediately when issues arise. If any delays arise I will keep all my backers updated through Kickstarter and will regularly post updates on my social media. Molds for the Crescent Twilight Wand and Saturnine Scepter have already been made so I don't anticipate any major production issues. I have allocated an ample amount of time for manufacturing.
I have been running my online store for almost 10 years and am quite experienced and comfortable with shipping large volumes of orders. You can feel secure that this project is in excellent hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter