So here's what's happened: I didn't want to spam people, and I know it's hard to opt out of updates on kickstarter. Making a couple new critters a week for a full year would mean sending out so many updates as to likely annoy folks. But I went WAY too far in that direction, and I apologize. I'm almost half way through the project. You can choose your rewards at any time from the masks already completed. I'm keeping that list up to date on my blog, at this link http://thebookofimaginarybeings.blogspot.com/2011/08/donate-button-added.html
I edit that entry as each mask is completed, so the address won't change.
In addition, I'll be sending out updates from here once every week or two, with a couple photos pf some of my favorite masks created in the interim, just to let you all know that your money is, in fact, being used- for more and more wondrous creatures. If you'd like more frequent updates when critters are being made, and/or would like some insight into the process, subscribe to the blog, here: http://thebookofimaginarybeings.blogspot.com/
Once again, I would like to apologize- I am a better metalsmith than businesswoman, and my lack of updates was, clearly, a mistake.
Thanks again! I love you guys.
The first masks are getting sent out! These are for the 75 dollar pledge level, but there are masks at all levels available, now, if you want yours in time for halloween. If you've pledged for a different mask level, and want one of the Wufniks, as well, you can add one on to your pledge. To take a look at these, go here: http://thebookofimaginarybeings.blogspot.com/2011/09/lamed-wufniks.html
or read this:
Here's the deal- you tell me which one of the 36 you like, and I will pick him up, put a ribbon in him, whisper in his ear what he is, send him off to you, and make a new Wufnik. If you can find it in your heart to take a photo of your new friend, worn by either yourself or someone else, in a crowd, wherever you live, I would like to include that photo in whatever the final version of this piece ends up being (only with your permission, of course). If you pledged in the original kickstarter at some level other than 75, but really want in on the Wufniks, an additional pledge of 50dollars will get you your original pledge reward PLUS a Wufnik. Because I didn't explain the Wufniks in the kickstarter, and I think they're pretty awesome, and i wouldn't want you to miss out. Plus, the more Wufniks there are, the better the world will be. There are photos of all the individual Wufniks on my Flicker, because this blog just isn't intended to support that number of photos for browsing.
For those who pledged at higher levels, I've made a list of which critters currently in existence go with which tier. This isn't to say you have to pick right now! There will be lots more options by the end, and I'll be adding at least four new creatures by Sunday. However, if you want a mask by Halloween, please let me know within about two weeks.
This paragraph is for those who pledged during kickstarter:
The blog continues to update as each imaginary creature makes it's debut into daylight. I've gotten a good start on sending out rewards- most of the one's that can be filled, have been (that is to say, thank you notes). Pattern rewards will be going out next week. Almost everyone who pledged for a mask reward opted to wait and see some more before choosing, thus, those haven't gone out; those folks can be expecting their thank you notes shortly, regardless.
This next paragraph is for those who didn't pledge during kickstarter, but meant to:
The blog now has a donate button, and right above it is a link to the rewards. They're not exactly the same as the kickstarter rewards, but they're still fantastic. Check it out! tell your friends, both real and imagined. I continue to add things to masks as I go, and continuing support makes spontaneity possible. I'll appreciate your contribution at any point in the project.
This paragraph is for everyone:
I love you all! Thank you for your support, both emotionally and financially. I couldn't do it without you (I'd be an imaginary artist, with an imaginary audience- nearly as tragic as the Squonk)
Well, we did it! We beat my initial goal by enough that pretty much all the masks will look the best they could possibly look. Thank you all so very much! I finished sending out surveys today. I'll start sending thank you notes and patterns more or less as soon as I receive your response. For masks I will have to wait till the copper order placed with kickstarter funds comes in (how exciting is that?) so don't expect anything for about a month or a month and a half, even if you chose to receive your mask very very soon. I am under the impression that you can not unsubscribe from some kickstarter updates without unsubscribing from all kickstarter updates, so to avoid spamming you or sending you more info than you want; The Imaginary Beings will be put up on my blog as soon as their portraits are taken. http://thebookofimaginarybeings.blogspot.com/ . I will still send some updates through here, but will avoid overdoing it.
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Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
My sincere gratitude
Pledge $11 or moreYou selected
A hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude. Will feature a sketch of one of the imaginary beings.
Pledge $16 or moreYou selected
A hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude. Will feature a sketch of your favorite of the imaginary beings. (I'll send a list)
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
A hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude. Will feature any imaginary creature you can think of.
Pledge $27 or moreYou selected
A pattern used in the project- you will receive A Brand New Tracing. It will ship flat and be ready for framing. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
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3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)
A pattern used in the project- you will receive The Real Authentic Thing. This will be the actual pattern used, complete with pen marks, tape, scribbles, and possibly the name of the band that played on the radio while I was making it that I wanted to look up later. It will ship flat and be ready for framing. And it will come with a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
A pattern used in the project, all matted, signed, and ready to pop into a standard size frame. This will be A Brand New Tracing of a pattern of your choice. Please not that not all masks have patterns, but nearly all do. And it will come with a a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $75 or moreYou selected
A forged copper mask. Just a little one, based off a pattern created in the project. It will be both totally wearable and look great on display. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)
Fairy Dust Ring (see update #9 for a photo). A silver ring ornamented with a little leaf cut out of the Fairy mask (see update #8 for photo). Ring will be made in your size. And, of course, a hand drawn, framable thank you note, featuring one of the Imaginary Beings.
Pledge $125 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)
Fairy Dust Flower Ring! or a butterfly, your choice. There are only four flowers, and two butterflies. Ring will be made in your size. Also, of course, a hand drawn, framable thank you note featuring one of the imaginary creatures.
Pledge $125 or moreYou selected
A forged copper mask, with a nice long nose, based off a pattern created in the project. It will be both totally wearable and look great on display. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
A fairly simple forged copper crown or full face mask based off a pattern created in the project. It will be both totally wearable, and look fabulous on display. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
A forged copper mask. You'll get one of the more elaborate full face masks or crowns, possibly with stones, feathers, antlers, multiple metals, etc. It will be both wearable and simply amazing on display. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $1,500 or moreYou selected
A forged copper mask. You'll get a full head helm/mask. It will be wearable, and quite impressive on display. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $3,000 or moreYou selected
Any mask from the project, remade and custom fit to your measurements. We will make very sure that it is comfortable for you, if you plan to wear it, and that it will display well, regardless of whether you plan to wear it. And a hand drawn thank you note expressing my sincere gratitude.
Pledge $5,000 or moreYou selected
I'll make your imaginary creature. Any creature you can think of, I will make. And I'll make it to fit you. There will be only one such creature in the world. And a hand drawn thank you note, featuring your creature, expressing my sincere gratitude.
- (30 days)