It’s been an insane journey, but Matt and I are proud to present to you the second iteration of the crimsonSTEAM arm. Here it is on our two lovely models, Petrol (the doll with the teal hair) and Azel (the doll with the black hair).
Following the advice of the esteemed Matt Franks, after reprinting part of the arm for mobility purposes, we sprayed the prototype with filler primer and sanded it until smooth. The result was a smooth, high definition prototype that was great for taking pictures.
The current struggle that Matt and I have been experiencing is with hustle. We have great ideas and great execution, but when it comes to investors, we both seem to clam up and slink back into our studio to design anew. I suppose the logical conclusion to this would be to “just get out there and do it,” and logically, that makes a lot of sense. I myself can’t completely articulate why it terrifies us so to talk about a price point on the arms—we’re obviously very passionate about them, and want to do a cast of the arms even if we do not reach our goal.
If I were to take a guess, it’s because I’ve been taught, in various ways, that asking for money is intrinsically bad and that we remember the poor experiences more readily than the great ones. I don’t remember that $100 donation I made to a charity because I felt passionate about their cause, or the money I’ve spent on my friends’ Kickstarters because I wanted to lend a hand and I believed in the product that they were making. I remember the sleazy car finance people trying to add yet another package onto my car that I didn’t need.
And really, purchases should be inspirational. They should make people feel happy, not disgusting or cheated.
I hope that crimsonSTEAM inspires you as much as it has inspired Matt and I, because regardless of whether or not you own a BJD, just looking at the photos should be enough for you to admire the craftsmanship and love that has gone into this project. I also hope that there are other people inspired to donate to our campaign and help us with the cost of casting these arms.
And hey, the Indiegogo is ending in 5 days. If you’re inspired, donate to us.No Comments »