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[GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 10 days left!
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A tin of butter cookies! You lift the lid, but there are no cookies to be found: only pins, needles, and thread...

vendors / about / samples / renders / kits & pricing / tailor
deskmats / artisan box / collaborations / credits / contact me





Vendors

Group buy live November 9th - December 9th
Estimated shipping date Q3 2022


UA: Vala Supply
CA: Ashkeebs
INTL: en.zFrontier
CN: zFrontier
EU: mykeyboard.eu
UK: proto[Typist]
OCE: SwitchKeys
SEA: Zion Studios

Cables: Cookie Cables
Artisan box: P3D Store





About

KAM Sewing Tin is a novelty-heavy keycap set inspired by cookie tins filled with sewing supplies.
Iím a big fan of butter cookies (the swirly ones are the best), and I also love to sew.

The original idea I had was a sewing-themed set with all sorts of sewing tools. When thinking about the
colour scheme, I remembered the classic blue Danish butter cookie tin, and decided to combine the themes.

Profile: KAM
Material: Dye-sublimated PBT with matte finish
Manufacturer: Keyreative






Colours and Samples

The set has a blue gradient to reflect the shininess of the tin. The numrow is cookie-coloured
as a fun way to incorporate and highlight the cookie colour against the vertical gradient.

Note: the colours are not an exact match to the tin. Because of the shininess, the tin looks
very different depending on the lighting and environment and has a vibrancy that canít be captured
in matte plastic.

Update November 21st: I've sent zFrontier/Keyreative the request for R2 samples, including tweaking the two lightest
blues to be a bit brighter/lighter (other colours approved) as well as the following legend fixes:
- Alphas (incorrect alignment on 6,q,t,y,i,p,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,b - the alphas were vertically centered instead of consistently aligned,
the 6 was an error on my part that i fixed in kits/renders before the gb but after submitting sample files)
- scissors and cookie tin novelty (have printing issues in the current samples - scissors hole is filled in, cookie tin text is too thick)
- TKL text mods (for text legends)
- if possible, ergo kit to check printing of other novelties (tomato, brown-on-yellow cookie tin, zigzag stitches, cross stitches)

I'm not sure if I'll be able to get them all as there were some limits the last time I requested samples, will keep
this thread updated. The last round of samples took 6 months (May-November 2021), hoping this second round
will be faster given the reduced number of colours to match.


Previous updates/commentary on the samples:
More
Update November 18th (copied from post reply): For the colour matching, I've spent a lot more time considering the matches and I'm very satisfied with the overall look and the colour matching on the yellow and two darkest blues. For the lighter two blues, they are a tiny bit on the dull/dark side - only very slightly in sunlight, but more noticeably in the lightbox and with dimmer lightings. Ideally, these two colours would be tweaked to be slightly more vibrant, though they are quite close already. As it stands today, I do think the colours are quite lovely and form a gentle gradient that matches my vision for the set as well as the Pantones and renders well, but yeah, ideally would be a bit more vibrant.

I am currently leaning towards requesting a R2 match on those two colours. I am considering the risk that the colour match could get worse, as the change required is quite small and I want to make sure the gradient remains nice and "even". I'd hate to end up delaying production unnecessarily if a better match than these samples isn't actually possible, especially given Keyreative's queue times. However, I'm requesting a second round of samples anyway + we received these samples at GB time, so we do have a "head start" of sorts.


Update November 14th: I have received the samples from Keyreative!
Overall I am very pleased with the samples. The legends are sharp and clean. The colours are a good
match to the Pantones and the renders, and generally match the vision I had for the set. The gradient
is subtle, and does look better in brighter lighting (in dim lighting the blues look more similar).
I'm most likely going to approve these colours, but going to give some more time before making
that decision final.

There are some minor alignment/printing issues on some legends (e.g. alphas are vertically centered
instead of aligned consistently with each other) - I am working on collating these into a list to send
to Keyreative for round 2 samples.



I have taken photos of the samples in different lightings on my Cute Keyboard Club Discipline65 and
with the Pantone fan. Some are below, you can view all of them in this imgur album.
Photos are not edited apart from the labels and collating/cropping them for the Pantone fan comparisons.











Renders

J-02 by ProtoTypist
Mixed base kit, Cookie Parade deskmat





Absinthe by /u/velvetjaguar and /u/reggatronics
Alphas + TKL text mods (note: fj should be homing)





Fuji65 by CMM.Studio
Novelty base kit + Alternate numrow kit + Yellow accents kit





Planck and Preonic by OLKB
Planck: Alphas + Ortho + Yellow accents
Preonic: Alphas + Ortho





Rama Works U80-A
Mixed base kit (note: fj should be homing)


More


ErgoDox
Alphas + Ergo (note: fj should be homing)





Cypher by Cable Car Designs
Alphas + TKL novelty mods + Numpad + ISO





Maja by Vulcan
Novelty base kit + Spacebars





MiniVan by Trash Man (Case by The Royal)
Alphas + 40s






More
Bepovan by Taylor (KnoblesseOblige) from Aeternus Company
Alphas + 40s + Yellow accents





Portico by TKC
Alphas + TKL mixed mods + Alternate numrow, Sewing Tools - Blue deskmat





Austin by driftingbunnies
Alphas + TKL text mods + Numpad (note: fj should be homing)





Nemui by Bachoo
Alphas + TKL novelty mods + alternate numrow kit (note: fj should be homing)





Absinthe, U80-A, ErgoDox, Austin and Nemui renders by Ltafuri
Other renders by me using Keyboard Render Kit





Kits and Pricing

Sewing Tin provides both flexible kitting options (mods + alphas) and simple, minimal base kit options,
plus add-ons that can be combined with either.

You can view all kits as an imgur album here.





Base kits - mixed and novelty
All-in-one kits that provide support for common TKL, 75%, 65% and 60% layouts.


 
Click "more" to see the rest of the kits!

More
Alphas, Alternate numrow, and Colevrak



TKL mods - text, mixed, and novelty
With alphas, supports TKL, 75%, 65%, 60% and HHKB. Includes alpha-coloured spacebars, F13 and stepped capslock cookie.


 
Spacebars, Numpad, and ISO
Combine with either a base kit or alphas + mods. Spacebars contains a 2nd B for Alice boards.



NorDe and Yellow Accents (Added September 17th)
NorDe kit created using this guide by Miguel Farah, thank you for the resource!
Yellow accent kit contains spacebars in common sizes plus accent arrow keys. 2c/2.25c/2.75c can be used for Alice bars plus 40s, double 2c is for ergo/ortho, double 2.25c for Whimsy, and double 1.5c is for split ortho boards.


 
Ergo, Ortho, and 40s
When combined with alphas or a base kit:
- the ergo kit supports Ergodox, Boardwalk, Sol
- the ortho kit supports Moonlander, Planck, Preonic, Lily58, Iris, Sofle, Corne, Ergodash
- the 40s kit supports Minivan, JD40, JD45, UT47.2, prime_e, dimple, whimsy

Note: These kits only have a novelty variant right now, as the gradient means text mods are a lot less flexible,
despite the uniform profile. Let me know if you'd like to see text mods variants for these kits!



Cookies and Buttons
For a macropad, macro column, or to just to have more of them! Also, cookie coloured versions 🍪


 





Tailor

To make it easier to visualise the different options and work out what kits you need, I made the Tailor:
an interactive website that lets you explore how Sewing Tin can look on different keyboards.

You can try it out here: https://kamsewingtin.com/#tailor







Deskmats

Design 1 - Cookie Parade (rendered with J-02 by ProtoTypist and Whimsy by Fourteen)
I had the idea for this deskmat really early on while designing this set - cookies walking together,
the swirly cookie leading the way with a needle as a flag, with cute expressions and poses! I tried
to give each cookie their own personality and mood (hang in there pretzel ;___; ).

Available in both 900x400mm as well as a smaller 600x350mm size.






Design 2 - Sewing Tools
Since the Cookie Parade deskmat is mostly plain, for the second deskmat I wanted to design a tiling
pattern, and capture the other main theme of the set, sewing. Available in both yellow and blue
in 900x400mm.








Artisan Box

I've designed a "Sewing Tin" artisan box to match the set. It has a 3D printed body and engraved acrylic lid.

P3D Store is hosting a group buy for the boxes, running until December 9th up to maximum of 200 boxes.
You can select from all of P3D Store's in-stock filament and acrylic colours.

Note: due to technical limitations, the default configuration is no lid engraving. To get the engraving like
in these photos, make sure to check the "Add Sewing Tin Engraving" box.

Update 11/13/21: P3D Store is likely to be winding down 3DP operations after this GB, so the boxes will
not be available for custom order in the future. However, you can reach out to Jake about ordering just a lid
if you are interested (see here for info about 3DP file availability)


Thanks Jake from P3D Store for making these samples, and anEmptyJarOfNutella for the original suggestion!




Below photos by Mr. CBA and @craftedbyannie (featuring Annie's lovely critter artisans 🥺)



More photos here.

The fully 3D printed version of the box will not be available for purchase, but the files can be requested here
for personal use, if you joined the keyset group buy.





Collaborations

I'm super excited to be partnering with these awesome makers on Sewing Tin themed cables and artisans!

Cable Collaboration: Cookie Cables are making matching USB and TRRS cables in tin blue and cookie yellow!
Cable group buy runs until December 9th.



Artisan Collaborations:
- Bowbie Keycaps
- Crafted By Annie
- Cantoclicks
- klaykaps
- meof caps
- Miroticaps
- Myth Caps
- n.Na works
- okeydokey studio
- shirouu.kaps

You can see some little doodles introducing each collaboration here!





THOK Encoder Knobs

THOK has created these "button" encoder knobs to match Sewing Tin! Available from most vendors listed above.
Available in Mellow Yellow (powder coated yellow brass matched to the set) and Brass Gold (clear coated natural brass), combined MOQ 100.
Yellow knob shown in a render of the Whimsy by Fourteen; lower picture of brass knob is a photo.








Asero Foundry Metal Artisan

We've partnered with Asero Foundry to create a metal "Sewing Tin" artisan.



This aluminium artisan is in modified KAM profile with white laser engraved design and blue cerakote finish.
The ceratoke finish will be closely matched to the second darkest blue in the set (tab/pipe row).





Credits
I had a lot of help getting Sewing Tin to this point! Huge thank yous to:

- the lovely Keycraft Collective community for the support, and for giving this set a space to grow:
  there's too many amazing people to name everyone, special thanks to Rosie, Andromache, pwade,
  and pluma for the help and advice
- KAMrades Therese and Hakata for the advice and summoning circles, and Purry for bringing us together
- Ltafuri for the sweet Absinthe, U80-A, ErgoDox, Nemui, and Austin renders
- minimoonbun for the super cute banner and favicon, advice, proofreading, help acquiring sample keycaps,
   and all the other help and support along the way 🥺💙
- Mr. CBA and @craftedbyannie for the lovely artisan box photos
- DrHigsby for all the help with the 40s kit
- ImperfectLink and Keyboard Render Kit for the fantastic rendering kit
- acitrin, Mirubere, NoPunIn10Did, matt, hali, and honorless for the kitting advice
- dvorcol for the graphs!
- my amazing and lovely collaborators: thank you so much for your Sewing Tin themed creations!
- everyone who filled out the IC, i read every response and your comments warmed my heart 💙





Contact

Email: hi@kamsewingtin.com
Discord: minicat#0836
Instagram: @minicap.cat

I'll regularly post updates in this thread, my Instagram, and the #kam-sewing-tin channel in the Keycraft Collective Discord.




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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB begins November 9th!
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 07 November 2021, 21:25:49 »
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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB begins November 9th!
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 08 November 2021, 03:56:29 »
Approved
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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB begins November 9th!
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 08 November 2021, 04:15:33 »
Love the design on the deskmats! Will be grabbing them for sure :)


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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB begins November 9th!
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 09 November 2021, 16:17:37 »
Group buy is now live at most vendors! (ProtoTypist will be online soon)

The raffle for our collab with n.Na works is also live: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-qqmp6J826XK_kVhGslsjq175ObgHz1co5nyAFvDkTlADyQ/viewform



You can see more pictures of the Sewing Tin t.api here: https://imgur.com/a/3Yf4FZd

Love the design on the deskmats! Will be grabbing them for sure :)


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Thank you for the support!! 🍪

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB now live!
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 10 November 2021, 19:12:04 »
All vendors are live!

We've also got another delicious collab sale coming up tomorrow with CantoClicks: https://linktr.ee/cantoclicks


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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB now live!
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 12 November 2021, 17:20:33 »
Bowbie's fulfillment sale for Butter Baby Blanks is open until the 15th: https://linktr.ee/Bowbie_Keycaps

And, our collaboration sale with Shirouu is live for the next two hours! https://www.instagram.com/shirouu.kaps/


i'm grateful to my amazing collaborators, all of the collabs have been super cute! (and there's still more to come in the next few weeks!) 

good luck to anyone entering the raffles ^^

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB now live!
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 14 November 2021, 16:16:09 »
Even though I just got in on another KAM set, I had to join this one as well. Excellent work on the theme, I love a keyset theme that is thought through so thoroughly and beautifully. The kitting is also really nice, for my purposes.
   

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB now live!
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 14 November 2021, 18:24:45 »
Exciting update today: after receiving the samples last week I've been taking a bunch of photos in different lightings, and have them all here to share today!

See this section of the main post for all the details: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=115240.msg3092960#post_SAMPLES
And this imgur album for the photos: https://imgur.com/a/qGpmYf3

In short, I'm very happy with how the samples turned out, although there are some small issues with some legends that I'll be asking Keyreative to fix and hopefully getting R2 samples of. The colours are a good match to the Pantones and fit my vision for the set - I'm most likely going to approve these colours but going to sleep on it a few times before finalising that.

Lemme know what you think about the samples!

Even though I just got in on another KAM set, I had to join this one as well. Excellent work on the theme, I love a keyset theme that is thought through so thoroughly and beautifully. The kitting is also really nice, for my purposes.

💙thank you for the support, DerBonk!!
Not sure if you've seen the Soaring Tin renders, but it should be possible to mix and match your KAM sets :D

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 Samples are here!
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 04:46:43 »
Really surprised by how good the samples turned out. I think the colours are perfect! I love the buttery yellow and gentle gradient of the mods! The scissors novelty needs a quick fix, but Iím sure youíve got that covered, and otherwise :thumb:

GLWGB!
ďThis plastic rectangle is alright. The plastic rectangles on top of it, though...Ē

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 GB now live!
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 07:25:45 »
Not sure if you've seen the Soaring Tin renders, but it should be possible to mix and match your KAM sets :D

I was thinking about doing that, as well! Just found the render and that looks super fun. Glossy accents might also be cool  :D

The samples look super good. Really love the colors and it is very cool that you were able to show these off during the GB.
   

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[GB] KAM Sewing Tin [emoji514] Samples are here!
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 16 November 2021, 13:10:44 »
the samples look very good!

Iím still deciding between getting alphas or cookies/buttons. that render lives in my mind rent-free
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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 Samples are here!
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 17 November 2021, 16:41:23 »
Instant Purchase! I love how the legends/novelties turned out and the novelties are AWESOME!  ;D

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 Samples are here!
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 18 November 2021, 20:23:51 »
We're one week into the GB! With numbers from most vendors, we're currently at 38% of MOQ - thank you to everyone who's supported the set so far! 💙
Dvorcol has kindly agreed to make sales graphs for the set, one will be made in the coming days!

In other updates, I'm preparing to request R2 samples from Keyreative. Here's what I'll be requesting (though I'm not sure if I'll be able to get all of them, since there were some limits the last time I requested samples).
- Alphas (incorrect alignment on 6,q,t,y,i,p,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,b - the alphas were vertically centered instead of consistently aligned, the 6 was an error on my part that i fixed in kits/renders before the gb but after submitting sample files)
- scissors and cookie tin novelty (have printing issues in the current samples - scissors hole is filled in, cookie tin text is too thick)
- TKL text mods (for text legends)
- if possible, ergo kit to check printing of other novelties (tomato, brown-on-yellow cookie tin, zigzag stitches, cross stitches)

For the colour matching, I've spent a lot more time considering the matches and I'm very satisfied with the overall look and the colour matching on the yellow and two darkest blues. For the lighter two blues, they are a tiny bit on the dull/dark side - only very slightly in sunlight, but more noticeably in the lightbox and with dimmer lightings. Ideally, these two colours would be tweaked to be slightly more vibrant, though they are quite close already. As it stands today, I do think the colours are quite lovely and form a gentle gradient that matches my vision for the set as well as the Pantones and renders well, but yeah, ideally would be a bit more vibrant.

I am currently leaning towards requesting a R2 match on those two colours. I am considering the risk that the colour match could get worse, as the change required is quite small and I want to make sure the gradient remains nice and "even". I'd hate to end up delaying production unnecessarily if a better match than these samples isn't actually possible, especially given Keyreative's queue times. However, I'm requesting a second round of samples anyway + we received these samples at GB time, so we do have a "head start" of sorts.

I'm going to be preparing the files that detail the changes for the R2 samples this weekend, so this decision isn't locked in yet - will post an update when I've submitted the request to zFrontier / Keyreative.

Not sure if you've seen the Soaring Tin renders, but it should be possible to mix and match your KAM sets :D

I was thinking about doing that, as well! Just found the render and that looks super fun. Glossy accents might also be cool  :D

The samples look super good. Really love the colors and it is very cool that you were able to show these off during the GB.
Oooh, yes! The blues in Sewing Tin are a bit more on the purple-ish side than the blues in Soaring Skies, but i think accents would be cool!

There's also this scuffed mockup I made of sewing tin alphas + function row with Soaring Skies mods (Hakata and I decided to go with the cookie version instead for the render haha)


Instant Purchase! I love how the legends/novelties turned out and the novelties are AWESOME!  ;D
Thank you for the support!! 💙

the samples look very good!

Iím still deciding between getting alphas or cookies/buttons. that render lives in my mind rent-free
🍪🍪🍪 Ooh! Are you referring to the fuji65 renders, or the candybar renders? here they are in case you haven't seen them 🤣



(By the way, I love your username lmao)

Really surprised by how good the samples turned out. I think the colours are perfect! I love the buttery yellow and gentle gradient of the mods! The scissors novelty needs a quick fix, but Iím sure youíve got that covered, and otherwise :thumb:

GLWGB!
Yup, that's on the list! Glad you like the samples and nice seeing you here again :D

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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin Samples are here!
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Re: [GB] KAM Sewing Tin 🍪 Samples are here!
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 22 November 2021, 00:21:56 »
Thanks for the graph, Dvorcol! :D

Today's update: I've submitted my request for R2 samples to zFrontier/Keyreative, with the changes I described before. I did decide to request for the two lightest blues to be tweaked to be slightly brighter/lighter - fingers crossed.

The first round of samples took 6 months (requested in May, received in November), I'm hoping the next round will be faster since there are less colours to match this time but I do anticipate that we'll be in for a multi-month wait. Will post updates as I have them.

edit: Small update to the small update! My zFrontier rep confirmed that they've received the files, and the R2 samples will be arranged after the GB ends. 🙏
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