As a small jewelry design business, it can be difficult to fund the rising manufacturing expenses required to keep jewelry cost-effective without affecting the craftsmanship as well as maintain a safe and healthy work space. This campaign benefits the brand with the ability to invest in the necessary tools and materials to maintain a safe and sustainable small business and produce larger batch orders of my cast designs in sterling silver and gold. In order to complete a successful campaign, I am seeking a small goal in what will be a first step in overall growth for Wit & Pepper. Since each piece is assembled and finished by hand, the contributions from this campaign will go towards the higher volume production of my new Truss, Navi, Pod and Peak cast designs, the purchase of a small exhaust unit, a EuroTool or other economical rolling mill, other replacement equipment and some bulk materials needed to grow the Wit & Pepper brand like chain and raw metals.
For your contribution, I’ve set aside some special items of appreciation. As in the case of the specified Wit & Pepper jewelry items, these items are being gifted as a show of appreciation in helping me reach my goal. Each contribution gift will be made and shipped within 2-4 weeks after the close of the campaign. This is a flexible campaign so all contributors will receive their perk selection regardless of the campaign's successful goal of $2000.
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Part of my campaign funds are slated to improve the health and safety of my home studio. Positioning my bench near a window just isn’t enough to pull the toxic fumes of soldering away. During the soldering process, I must remain very close to the piece to catch the solder as it begins to flow, connecting the metals. Applying the heat too little won’t make a permanent connection and heating too long could melt the metal. This fume extractor with flex arm would keep my bench space free and will let me position the extractor directly over the station as I’m soldering. The cost of these kinds of mounted extractors/exhaust system range from the lower model shown at $65 on sale to the $230 model.
Another portion of my campaign funds would go towards the purchase of an economy rolling mill. Rolling mills can be upwards of $500-1500 dollars, but for my studio a basic rolling mill is where I would like to start. This model I’ve found from Otto Frei is a great price and also aids in milling surface treatments like debossing and embossing of metals as well as gauging down wired metals (from larger to smaller) to utilize materials with more flexibility per my design needs.