Eclipse, when industrial design meets wire knitting

May 09, 2012

You must be asking yourself what does eclipse has to do with it ,
well, I was looking for a visual image that reflects something that doesn’t happen very often , and combines day and night.

but what I really want to tell you is the story how my ISK starters were born.
as an industrial designe, and especially a very inventive one, I just couldn’t resist the urge
to develop dedicated tools for my my ISK wire knitting.

The live workshops I run, together with my worldwide online students, helped me focus at what would really bring a change and help everyone grab the ISK technique even more easily the before.

My hubby (which is also my partner) and I, have been playing with the idea for more then a
year now, no, I couldn’t convince him to try wire knitting, but I did manage to drag him into participating in the design and the production.

We took advantage of our skills as industrial designers, and did for our selves what we do on a daily basis for
our clients (on our design firm) , we came up with a simple and practical solution,
a product that will enable my students, both the local ones and the ones spread worldwide, to easily start wire ISK knitting projects.

We went through all the design stages, prepared 3D mechanical files on the computer, produced STL models to experiment with it for real, to learn how comfortable it is, does it actually make the ISKnitter life more fun and easy.

We went through a phase of adjustments , and when we were happy with the result, we had to examine it business wise. I must admit I’m not a big fan of excel charts but there was just no going around.

When we finalized tweaking the numbers and saw this whole start-up can make sense, and we can actually offer it in a reasonable price,  we decided to jump to deep waters and make the investment.

I dont know how many of you know, but plastic parts demand extremely expensive investment in tooling , and we didnt want the product to be too pricy, we wanted it to be affordable and an easy purchase for all the wire knitters in the world :)

We launched the ISK starter set mid April , and shipped out by now quite a few, but what is more important is that the first feedbacks have already started flowing in , and they are so warm and exciting. People that were struggling are now reporting that the ISK starters have actually change their experience into an even better one.
Some even point out advantages we weren’t aware of :) like how easy it is now to know exactly how many stitches you have on your base….. no more mistakes when counting :)

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“I have received the Starter Kit and I love it!  I have just begun to make some of your jewelry.  My first cuff was a disaster because my base wasn’t as accurate as I had hoped.  With the starter kit, the video and written directions, I was successful in making my first pair of earrings.
Thanks so much for developing the starter kit.  It makes a great deal of difference in my final results.”
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“I just finished my first pair of sunflower earrings and am wearing them.  I just love your designs.  So different and classic!”
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so if you are an ISK knitter and want to skip the base preparation part, and start straight on with knitting your item , dont think long….

and if you are not yet an ISK knitter there is no better time to start then now !!!

The ISK starters set is for sale on my etsy shop for only 24$ .

 

 

 

 




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