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Quality Handcrafted Home Goods from Original Animal Head Sculptures
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The Creature Den has only been operating since Nov 2014 and has already seen amazing responses at local fairs, galleries, and markets (both on- and offline). Our initial round of funding consisted of savings and donations from family, and we successfully got all the equipment needed to produce high-quality pieces efficiently. 

The Rhino was the first piece, then came the T-Rex and Unicorn, followed by the Elephant, Whale, Bear, and Hammerhead.

***Now we need your help to expand the Menagerie!****

Now it is time for the second phase: expanding the Creature Den line and increasing production capabilities.  This is where you can help!

Get your own custom Creature or Creature Feature to help us meet our fundraising goals! (Available Options listed below)

All pieces are handcrafted in downtown LA, with all materials and parts from US suppliers.  These are not mass produced or outsourced in any way and all maintain a high level of quality and craftsmanship. Additional skilled craftspeople are/will be utilized as necessary to keep up with demand and deadlines.

With your help, a successful fundraising campaign will allow us to:

  • Expand The Creature Den line with 5-6 new Creatures (Bull, Giraffe, Jackalope, Owl + 2 possible Creature Creator Reward Choices), 
  • Make new molds of existing Creatures, replacing the current ones that are wearing out, as well as making multiple molds of each. The more molds we have of each Creature, the more efficient we can be, but mold-making supplies are expensive.  Buying in bulk brings tremendous savings. The amount actually needed will depend on the success of the campaign and amounts of molds needed in order to fill orders (each mold will last roughly 40-60 castings)  
  • Get an additional Pressure Chamber (or 2) to increase the amount of simultaneous castings, expanding production capabilities
  • Purchase a custom branding iron with The Creature Den logo for marking pieces
  • Cover Kickstarter, marketing and PR costs/fees to increase exposure

If this campaign proves to be a success and exceeds our fundraising goal,  we hope to also get :

  • A computer for streamlining business tasks and accounting systems
  • An iPad to expand Register and Payment capabilities for in-person purchases, as well as use for a Digital Portfolio that I can always have on-hand 

Risks and challenges

I obtain the wood plaque backings from a supplier, and the selection and availability can vary. I have a few dozen various shapes already in stock, but final wood plaque options will depend on supplier availability and total amount of claimed rewards.

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    A hearty Thanks for your support! Know you are helping turn this dream into reality.

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    Early Bird Special - Customize a CREATURE FEATURE for only $25! Limited Number Available

    Choose From:
    T-Rex Arms, Unicorn (Horse) Hooves, Whale or Hammerhead Shark Tail, Elephant Tusks, Longhorns

    Choose from available colors

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    Customize a CREATURE FEATURE!

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    T-Rex Arms, Unicorn (Horse) Hooves, Whale or Hammerhead Shark Tail, Elephant Tusks, Longhorns

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    CREATURE FEATURE DUO SPECIAL

    Customize Any two (2) CREATURE FEATURES of your choice!

    Choose 2 of these Options:
    T-Rex Arms, Unicorn (Horse) Hooves, Whale or Hammerhead Shark Tail, Elephant Tusks, Longhorns

    Choose from available colors

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    Early Bird Special - Customize a CREATURE for only $65! Limited Number Available

    (Full Creature List dependent on results of campaign)

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    THE CREATURE
    Customize a Creature

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    THE CREATURE DUO SPECIAL - Limited Number Available!

    Customize two (2) Creatures

    (Full Creature List dependent on results of campaign)

    Choose from available colors

    Can be mounted separately or on the same backing for a His & Hers set or matching piece.

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    Kickstarter Limited Edition Numbered CREATURE

    Choose your Creature from available options and it will be finished with a special Red Variegated Leaf only available to the special backers of this Kickstarter Campaign. It is a chemically treated genuine Gold-leafing that results in a unique aged Copper-like finish.

    Each piece will be numbered and rewarded in the order received

    (Full Creature List dependent on results of campaign)

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    CREATURE CREATOR - Choose the next Creature!
    Only 2 Available

    Your favorite isn't on the list for this round of funding?
    Want your pet to be the inspiration for the next Creature sculpture?

    I will sculpt the head and an accompanying feature of the Creature of your choice and use the design for future reproduction. (For pets or a specific animal, please have front and profile head pictures available).

    Plus your (and/or your pet's!) name will be forever immortalized with special recognition in the Creature history and description.

    You receive two (2) finished Creature heads. Choose any combination of Creatures and finishes, including the Kickstarter Limited Edition Red Variegated Leaf finish, and yours will be specially marked as '#1.'

    Keep both for yourself or give one as a gift!

    Includes shipping anywhere

    *If no Creature Creator rewards are claimed, all backers will vote at end of campaign on the 5th Creature to be added

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Funding period

- (30 days)