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From small animal masks to large adorned wings, help me create new creatures for you to wear!
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Hello!

I'm Monica, an illustrator/artist based in Austin, TX.

If you've met me on Kickstarter, or at a show, you probably know I've been turning my pen and ink artwork into engraved pieces you can wear. I call the line Tell a Tale, Illustrated Jewelry. Take a peek at my previous campaigns and you can see all the animal designs!

In the past few months I've been busy with a project to do some smaller pieces -- little scatter pins for ties and lapels. I've also experimented with a little puppetry, and because many people asked, finally, finished a SQUIRREL design! 

concept pencils
concept pencils

With so many ideas, I struggled with whether to try to Kickstart them now, or after the holidays  -- and the compromise I came up with was to plug in as much of my materials money as I could for prototyping and try to offer some quickly now in the hope of funding a full production run in January.

By supporting this campaign, you'll help me continue and expand Tell a Tale with new designs into 2016. 

So what's new?

Pins! Lapel pins, scatter pins, tie tacks...

Honey bee lapel pin  -- these are three pictured together. :) Each pin is one cell!
Honey bee lapel pin -- these are three pictured together. :) Each pin is one cell!
Fox in alder wood
Fox in alder wood
Ghost Fox lapel pin
Ghost Fox lapel pin
Cottontail lapel pin in alder wood
Cottontail lapel pin in alder wood
Ghost Cottontail lapel pin
Ghost Cottontail lapel pin
Raccoon Robber lapel pin
Raccoon Robber lapel pin
The Jackrabbit - a limited design! (I call him Frank)
The Jackrabbit - a limited design! (I call him Frank)

Wings! That move!

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Bronze Raptor wings - hand glazed alderwood
Bronze Raptor wings - hand glazed alderwood
Moonlight White Wings - white painted maple
Moonlight White Wings - white painted maple
Night Flight - engraved painted maple
Night Flight - engraved painted maple
Earth Angel Wings - simple alder wood
Earth Angel Wings - simple alder wood

 Oh, and SQUIRREL!

I will add some altogether pictures as quick as I can, but in the meantime...

first alder wood prototype
first alder wood prototype
Squirrel with acorns!
Squirrel with acorns!
the bronze acorns that will dangle from the bottom leaves
the bronze acorns that will dangle from the bottom leaves
Big Ol' Star Bear - a one of a kind reward
Big Ol' Star Bear - a one of a kind reward

Some notes about delivery times and add ons:

On the previous Tell a Tale campaigns, I had lots of backers who wanted more than one design — which was and is awesome! However, I’m doing this one quickly, right before the holidays… um, and the company that does the painted wood CANNOT get me more before Dec. Which means I’m using up what I have and this time some rewards are limited if you want them in time for Santa. (Or Krampus or anyone else you leave milk and donuts for.)

To help with this, I’ve made TWO sets of delivery dates for each reward: Dec 2015 (limited) and Feb 2016 (unlimited! hurray!) 

Can you add to a reward? YES. Of course you can!  But please understand that there is no way for me to cover all possibilities of reward options on the limited pieces being delivered in Dec. I’ve done my best to take an honest look at my materials on hand and the response to my previous campaigns and make an educated guess that what I’m offering can meet popular demand even with some mix 'n' matching. (But there's always a chance one design is crazy popular or more people than before discover the campaign, and I only have so many hands and hours.) So if you like more than one thing, totally add to your reward! The campaign is only 14 days — how big of a mess can we make, right? Seriously though, just keep in mind that there is a possibility any add-on items might be delivered in Feb.

How to add an item? Just increase your reward for each item and there will be a spot on the survey to list add-ons.

  • Pins - increase by $8 per pin
  • Wings, plain alder - increase by $25
  • Black or White wings - increase by $28
  • Bronze wings - increase by $33
  • Squirrel - increase by $26

I put this together really quick, so if I missed something or you have a question, let me know! I'll post all as a FAQ.

Thank you so much for checking out and sharing my campaign!

--Monica

Hammond and I showing Tell a Tale and prints at STAPLE indie media expo. (I'm on the left)
Hammond and I showing Tell a Tale and prints at STAPLE indie media expo. (I'm on the left)

Risks and challenges

I've successfully run and delivered physical rewards on time for three complex Kickstarter projects: The Stolen Child Tarot, The Magician's Cat children's ebook, and The Magician's Cat print edition, as well as four smaller projects to develop my illustrated jewelry line, Tell a Tale.

For this project my artwork and design are complete and have been prototyped. My budget on production and rewards delivery is based on my experience with my previous jewelry projects and pricing with my laser cutting service. Should any unforeseen delays happen (design correction, back orders of materials...) I promise to keep backers up to date.

The Kickstarter community has allowed me to do some amazing things as an independent artist and I take my commitment to you very seriously.

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    Thank you STICKER PACK! You get a personal thank you postcard from the artist (and Hammond the pink giraffe) plus two promotional stickers for The Stolen Child Tarot. Thank you for supporting my art!

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    Lapel pin! Your choice of pin designs: Wood Fox, Ghost Fox, Cottontail, Ghost Cottontail, Raccoon Robber or Honeybee. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    JACKRABBIT! Gotta have one of these? They are variants I ran a small batch of while I was prototyping — NO MORE WILL BE MADE. That’s why they’re on their own reward level. You can totally add other standard designs to your reward, but pick this reward level if you want a jackrabbit!

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    Lapel pin! Your choice of pin designs: Wood Fox, Ghost Fox, Cottontail, Ghost Cottontail, Raccoon Robber or Honeybee. December festivities not required? Treating yourself? This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    TWO Lapel pins! Your choice of 2 pin designs: Wood Fox, Ghost Fox, Cottontail, Ghost Cottontail, Raccoon Robber or Honeybee. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    TWO Lapel pins! Your choice of 2 pin designs: Wood Fox, Ghost Fox, Ghost Cottontail, Raccoon Robber or Honeybee. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    THREE Lapel pins! Your choice of any 3 pin designs: Wood Fox, Ghost Fox, Cottontail, Ghost Cottontail, Raccoon Robber or Honeybee. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    THREE Lapel pins! Your choice of any 3 pin designs: Wood Fox, Ghost Fox, Cottontail, Ghost Cottontail, Raccoon Robber or Honeybee. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Earth Angel - au natural alder wood wings, sans center bead, on bronze chain. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    Earth Angel - au natural alder wood wings, sans center bead, on bronze chain. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Okay, maybe this is nuts, but SQUIRREL!!!! Alder wood squirrel pendant on bronze chain with matching dangling acorn charms. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    Okay, maybe this is nuts, but SQUIRREL!!!! Alder wood squirrel BROOCH on bronze chain with matching dangling acorn charms. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    Okay, maybe this is nuts, but SQUIRREL!!!! Alder wood squirrel as your choice of pendant on bronze chain or brooch, with matching dangling acorn charms. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Moonlight White - White wings with mother of pearl star on your choice of stainless, bronze or copper chain. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    Night Flight Black - Black wings with mother of pearl star on your choice of stainless, bronze or copper chain. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    Moonlight White - White wings with mother of pearl star on your choice of stainless, bronze or copper chain. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Night Flight Black - Black wings with mother of pearl star on your choice of stainless, bronze or copper chain. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Boaz and Joachim - One black and one white wing paired with mother of pearl star on stainless steel chain. Specially made to serve your mysterious esoteric purposes. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Bronze Raptor -Alder wood wings hand antique glazed on bronze chain. Please allow a little variety in the center drop bead style. A few puffy metallic glass stars available on request. Need it for the holidays? I put a cap on this level because this is how many I feel I can definitely get created/shipped by the first week of December!

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    Bronze Raptor -Alder wood wings hand antique glazed on bronze chain. Please allow a little variety in the center drop bead style. A few puffy metallic glass stars available on request. This is the next batch I’ll start on — I’ll do my best to get them out quick, but have pushed the date back a little for wiggle room!

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    Boaz and Joachim - One black and one white wing paired with mother of pearl star on stainless steel chain. Specially made to serve your mysterious esoteric purposes.

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    Big Ol' Star Bear! This guy is my first test engraving as I was practicing learning the laser driver. He's about 10 percent larger than my regular production of the design -- so I blinded him out in copper and with dangle stars to be one of a kind!

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