About this project
Changing the world one piece of art at a time is crazy. I'm not just a dreamer: I'm a dreamer with a plan. This is a seed that I'm planting with the hope that it'll grow into something amazing. I feel so strongly that this little idea is the kind of seed that will bloom into so much more than just a killer Mason Jar handle. I started Steel Leaf Designs not only to make killer stuff out of steel and wood, but also to make a positive “Indelible” mark on the world. This is a lofty goal, but nothing amazing ever happens without a dream to fuel it to fruition. We need as much support from you: you who believe that one person can make a difference. You can leave a positive “Indelible” mark on the world. Bonus: it would also be an added bonus for you to like our handles as much as we love making them.
The Product: Indelible Handles
Indelible Handles are a great way to use the mason jars that so many of us have grown to love for lots of reasons, they last forever (barring we don’t break them), the environmental aspect is clear, the healthy BPH free factor, and the obvious cool factor. So I wanted to try to create a wicked unique slip handle using stainless steel and upcycled chain. Bonus: we use recycled chain and material when possible and USA made when it's not. I suppose we could send these off to have someone else make them way cheaper and profit more, but the whole point is to keep production of the hand crafted Indelible Handles local and USA made, resourcing and producing everything locally. We know that we can be both socially responsible and profitable.
The Process of making an Indelible Handle
During the engineering process, I tried to consider all the things I dig about the jars themselves when I designed the Indelible Handle. I have built at least 20+ designs and have narrowed it down to a few designs where I feel that I can produce with consistently, and with quality with consideration of all the variances in the jars themselves and cost of materials. This design, doesn't cover up the look of the jar, but accentuates it like jar jewelry. In case of your jar breaking, we want to be sure you can fit just about any other wide mouth jar of the same brand (Kerr or Ball) back into your Indelible Handle with the least amount of trouble. That has been a huge challenge to my designs, however, I feel like it has allowed me to create some other uniquely cool designs. Lots of research and development has been done to try to maximize the usage for all the different size jars. We build these so as to fit every jar perfectly. Don't be shy: pull the ring all the way up to the glass ring. Once you hear a little "click” (which occurs most of the time), you got it on securely. If you don't like the fit, you can adjust the loosen the ring portion of the by gently pulling the ring apart or you can tighten the fit by gently squeezing the ring so that your Indelible Handle can give the jar a big hug! Much like your favorite chef’s knife, hand washing is always the best: mostly just to maintain the finish as long as possible, and we would rather people slip them off before washing. Bonus: Indelible Handles have been test washed in steam washers so if you happen to occasionally forget to hand wash, no biggie. Since we stand behind these, so if some horrible tragedy befalls on your Indelible outside of normal wear and tear, let us know so we can send you a replacement.
We just finished the second phase of prototype for the 22oz Indelible Stein, which is wicked cool. Now you can use it to go get 22oz of your favorite beer, or other beverage. Sometimes you don't want to get a whole growler full. Maybe you just want a 22oz of that killer seasonal cranberry stout, or your favorite imperial IPA. You can take it home and drink right out of your Indelible Stein! Bonus: store a bunch of pre frozen jars in the fridge so you always have a cool one ready to slip in your handle for yourself and friends.
I hope people can relate to the passion and commitment we pour into every Indelible Handle we build. Everything we build here at Steel Leaf Designs is with a lot of passion and love. Indelible Handles will outlive the jars themselves, and I believe these Indelible Handles will become a classic, just like the jars themselves. We're here to ask for help in seeing this project to its next level. We need to be able to have dies built for the handles, that we've been doing by hand, some of our tools I've built myself. We also need a few other upgrades to our shop to help expedite our process. One of which is an upgraded exhaust system for our welding and grinding area. Another welder so we can have more than one person welding at a time, and a better duty cycle. We take a lot of pride in the fact we build just about every part ourselves. The parts that we don't completely do, we have several places that are also locally owned and operated that we know we can count on. I have worked with these vendors on other projects over the years. We have backup suppliers for materials and everything else just in case. I have built up these relationships with these vendors over many years as a maintenance machinist and mechanic for very large companies (one of the main reasons why I decided to start Steel Leaf Designs, so I could do something good). We hope you, our extended community, will love and support us as much as our local communities have so far. Thanks Portland and Vancouver! We've tried to price these so we can cover our costs and still put whatever is left over right back into our dream of creating a shop where learning and building can take place in all its forms. Thank you all so much for your interest, time and support. We are more than grateful! Cheers!
Risks and challenges
We realize vendors are always the biggest risk to any project. That's why we have back ups to our material suppliers, laser people, and shipping. All of which are still local, and great people. We know challenges will undoubtedly come, and we are ready to tackle them when they do.
Production will not be easy: nothing worth doing ever is. We have built quite a few Indelible handles already. As a professional machinist/fabricator for enterprise organizations I, along with the support and help from a few talented friends, look forward to the challenges of success.
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