Sakura Samurai - Fantasy Enamel Pins

Sakura Samurai - Fantasy Enamel Pins

Deluxe fantasy-style enamel pins featuring an elegant, original samurai design!
$1,595 ๐ŸŽ‰
of $1,500 (USD) goal
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โœฆ Introduction โœฆ

Welcome to my 4th enamel pin crowdfunding project (1st on Backerkit)! "Sakura Samurai" is an original character design I created initially for my beloved brother, who loves samurai characters and one day, frustratedly admitted that he couldn't find any samurai pins for his collection that fit his vision. Me, being a designer and a problem solver, quickly took it upon myself to craft something special, especially considering my growing desire to create larger and fancier enamel pins compared to my usual "cutesy" designs. Thus, the Sakura Samurai was bornโ€”an elegant, sassy swordswoman who's ready to kick butt and earn a shiny spot in your pin collection! I'm excited to share my brother and I's love of fantasy characters and unique original art, and hope you'll join us on this journey of bringing some fancy new pins to life :)ย 


โœฆ Pin Designs โœฆ

โœฆ These large, deluxe pins will be hard enamel with double back posts, rubber clutches, and my official Lexidus logo engraved on the back side.

โœฆ Please note that the colors shown may not be an exact match to the final product(s) due to differences in monitors and slight color tweaks during manufacturing -ย  however, they've been rendered as accurately as possible :)

โœฆ Q: Why the high price? Well, these pins are chonky! Due to their larger size, heavy amount of colors and all their special effects, the cost to produce these pins is a lot more than those from my previous projects. I picked a pledge tier price that allows me to offer them to you the cheapest way possible while still being able to pay for costs. Your pledges directly fund these pins and bring them to life!

Below are 2 sample pins I've been working on with my manufacturer to test the size, colors, effects and details. PLEASE NOTE: All of the colors and effects on these samples are the result of an initial test run, meaning updates have been made to the artwork since. Most notably:

โœฆ The background gradient will be much smoother, and have a soft speckled texture as opposed to the harsh swirls
โœฆ Will be lightening the blue robe colors on the Midnight variant so it contrasts and "pops" off the background better
โœฆ Softening the neon-looking pinks and yellows on the Sunrise variant for a more aesthetically pleasing look
โœฆ Adding โœจsparklesโœจ to both variants for a more layered and dynamic feel


โœฆ Stretch Goals โœฆ

Katana sticker design by Dragon Leaf Studios! Read more about this lovely collaborator in the "About" section of the page :)


โœฆ Shipping โœฆ

โœฆ All packages will include tracking and will be shipped First Class with USPS!

โœฆ NOTE: Shipping costs will be charged after the campaign ends during the post-campaign survey.

โœฆ Funding & Timeline โœฆ

Backerkit is a crowdfunding platform, meaning the amount you pledge to this project directly goes into the project manufacturing costs and fulfillment fees. In other words, it's because of YOU that these pins & extras goodies go into manufacturing and come to life! Below is an approximate estimate of how the funds for this project will be used:

โœฆย September 1: Project launches!

โœง September 16: Campaign ends & surveys are sent out

โœฆย September 30: I receive funds & production period begins

โœง Novemberโ€”December: Everything is shipped to me & your goodies will be packed with love

โœฆย Decemberโ€”January: Rewards arrive at your doorstep!

NOTE: If any of the above estimated timeline changes due to manufacturing or shipping delays, you'll be notified via the project Updates.


โœฆ About Me & Reviews โœฆ

ย All reviews are from real customers on my Etsy shop (thank you so much to everyone who supported before!) ๐Ÿฅฐ

Hey there, fellow pin lover and collector of fantastical, shiny things! My name's Lexi (of Lexidus Art), and I'm a California-based artist with a big passion for bringing people a smile through art. ๐Ÿ˜„ This is my 4th enamel pin crowdfunding project (see my previous campaigns here), but in-between past Kickstarters, I've privately designed custom pins for brands like BratBox, Alpha Investments and Hume Lake Christian Camps. Blooming people's dreams and visions to life, and ultimately creating something that brings others encouragement, inspiration or a smile will forever be my favorite part of this design business!

Each time I design new enamel pins, I aim to push the envelope further, in terms of manufacturing techniques, art details, packaging presentation and overall product quality. For the most part up until now, I've kept my love of semi-realism and fantasy art reserved for my digital paintings, and have used enamel pins as an outlet for my other joy of cutesy, punny, chibi-style illustrations. With this project, I seek to bridge that gap and translate my painting style into the enamel pin world to offer the types of large fantasy pins that I myself have always loved and enjoy collecting. I hope you'll join me in bringing these deluxe art pieces to life, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for any form of your support and time! Stay awesome. โค
โœฆ โ€ขย  Websiteย  |ย  Etsy Shopย  |ย  Instagramย  โ€ข โœฆ

(Designer of the Holographic Katana sticker!)

I thrive on making other people feel special and unique, and my projects are created to help you do the same! As an artist, designer, and crafter, I am passionate about bringing the joy of creative stationary to people like you. My shop has collections of homemade cards (and more to come!) that are one of a kind, personally designed, and produced from my own creative corner.

โœฆ โ€ขย  Websiteย  |ย  Etsy Shopย  |ย  Instagramย  โ€ข โœฆ


โœฆ Risks & Challenges โœฆ

โ€” ๐˜š๐˜๐˜๐˜—๐˜—๐˜๐˜•๐˜Ž โ€”
๐ŸŒธ ๐——๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ฌ๐—ฆ: Please understand that shipping delays have become more common since the beginning of the pandemic. You'll be the first to know if any delays are expected from my manufacturer to me, and as for your mail that's shipping from me to you: all packages will include a tracking number so that we can keep an eye on the shipping progress together! I'll do everything I can to get your rewards delivered as timely and safely as possible, but delays are usually out of our hands, so your patience and understanding is tremendously appreciated.
๐ŸŒธ ๐—™๐—˜๐—˜๐—ฆ: International backers will be responsible for paying any customs fees.
๐ŸŒธ ๐—”๐——๐——๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฆ: Kindly make sure that your mailing address is up to date after the campaign ends so that your rewards can be packed and shipped as soon as possible!

โ€” ๐˜—๐˜™๐˜–๐˜‹๐˜œ๐˜Š๐˜› ๐˜”๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜œ๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜Š๐˜›๐˜œ๐˜™๐˜๐˜•๐˜Ž โ€”
๐ŸŒธ ๐—–๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ: The final colors of the enamel pins may differ slightly from what you see here on screen due to differences in monitors & the hand-mixing process of paints. However, I'll make sure the physical pins match as close as possible to the digital proofs!
๐ŸŒธ ๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐——๐—˜๐—ฆ: All pins will be personally inspected and graded before shipping out. I intend to ship out the best quality (A grade) pins possible to all backers, though please understand that since enamel pins are handmade items, there's always a possibility of small manufacturing defects (typically only noticed under bright light & close inspection).
๐ŸŒธ ๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—จ๐—™๐—”๐—–๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฅ: I'll be producing these pins with the same manufacturer who brought some of my previous works to life, and I'm confident in the quality & durability of their work. I'm also having samples of these pins made before the full order so that I can triple check the designs in person and make any tweaks as necessary.

โ€” ๐˜๐˜œ๐˜“๐˜๐˜๐˜“๐˜“๐˜”๐˜Œ๐˜•๐˜› โ€”
๐ŸŒธ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—–๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ: I've got an incredible team of the best packaging helpers I could ask for who have successfully helped me pack all rewards during my previous projects! As soon as all the products arrive to me, we'll be working hard to pack up your orders as safely and timely as possible. Should I or any of my team members get sick during this time, I'll let you know immediately, and delay shipment until everyone is healthy and ready to resume again.

๐ŸŒธ Be sure to check the "๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€" section of this campaign frequently to stay informed on the project's progress as well as important info that may pertain to you!
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