About this project
Hello everyone, this is Kaity and I'm the artist and sculptor at Killer Tentacle Octopus. For the past few years I've been hand-sculpting tentacle jewelry from polymer clay. Due to the amount of time it takes to make each item, I can no longer keep up with the increasing demand for my products. I've created this project to help raise money to have some molds made from my work so I can have my items mass produced in resin. This will allow me to put out high quality resin pieces and even lower the cost of my work.
The tentacle crown is the first of my pieces to be cast in resin. It is a collaboration between me and the painter Camilla d'Errico. http://camilladerrico.com/
When Camilla and I met we knew we wanted to combine our talents to create a real, wearable version of the tentacle crown from her painting 'Dream Melt'. After a year of work and collaboration we were so pleased to have the prototype created.
Currently I sculpt all my jewelry out of polymer clay and while I love hand-making each piece to create a unique item, it's much too time consuming for me to produce much on my own.
Because of the time it takes to sculpt and glaze each item, mass producing is the next step in allowing me more time to focus on creating new and diverse items. I strive to make unique fashion accessories that are detailed, lightweight and durable.
I started the crown by sculpting it from polymer clay, then shipped it off to Mana Studios to have a cast made.
The intricacy of the tentacles made it difficult to cast and produce, but lucky for us the talented team at Mana was able to work out all the kinks to bring us a perfect replica from my original sculpt.
The crown is cast from resin and has a firm felt bottom with two strong wig clips sewn into the bottom. This makes the crown lightweight and very sturdy once clipped into the hair.
Through this project you can pre order a tentacle crown for yourself, as well as pick up some of my other jewelry, prints, stickers and more!
We're so excited to have had many wonderful artists contribute tentacle themed art for this project. Be the first to own some of this incredible work created specifically for this project. Below you can view all of the prints which have been assigned a letter to make ordering easy. If the project is successful we'll send out messages to all those that bought prints and you'll be able to specify which ones you want. Please Note: The print of Dream Melt by Camilla is not the same price as the other prints and has it's own rewards package. It is not available to be chosen through any of the packages that offer just prints or stickers. However you can add it to any package by adding $25 to your pledge.
A) By Zambi Candy Zambicandy.storenvy.com
B) By Kirsten Kneeland http://kirstendoodles.tumblr.com/
C) By Shawn from Cyanide and Happiness https://www.facebook.com/ShawnCossArtrocities The original of this piece is available in our rewards packages under 'Sushi'.
D) By Sarah Rene Straub sketchystraub.com
E) By Melissa Pagluica http://mpagluica.com/
F) By Anna Pieruccini facebook.com/eyeofsphinx
G) By Mukei Royalty facebook.com/MukeiRoyalty
H) By Ellis Kim http://hehashivemind.tumblr.com/
I) By Stephan http://itachi-roxas.deviantart.com/
J) By Killer Tentacle Octopus facebook.com/killertentacleoctopus The original of this piece is available under the rewards package 'Punk Tentacle'.
K) By Tracye Cummings www.facebook.com/Thewindupbird
L- M) By Killer Tentacle Octopus facebook.com/killertentacleoctopus
L is 'Melted Tentacle and M is 'Nebula Tentacle' The originals of these are available in our rewards packages as well.
We also have three fun octopus inspired die-cut, silk screen printed stickers!
1) By Thom Foolery theartofthomfoolery.blogspot.com
2) Killer Tentacle Octopus facebook.com/killertentacleoctopus The original of this piece is available in our rewards packages under 'Cephalonaut Art'.
3) Tiki Sama http://tiki-sama.deviantart.com/
The Tentacle Crown:
The crown itself measures roughly 2 inches by 2 inches and comes in a clear box for display and storage. The color is an opaque pearlescent aqua and we're also offering three colors available exclusively through kickstarter, including a white pearlescent, a soft pink pearlescent and the semi translucent aqua pearl as seen in the prototype. Each crown will come with a specialty print from Camilla and the limited edition colors will be hand-numbered. If we reach past our goal we'll open up a tier for a black pearlescent crown as well.
We're also offering a DIY crown that will be cast in an off-white or beige color. You can customize this crown by painting and decorating it yourself. It will come in two pieces along with the felt and hair clips for the bottom. This is a fun chance to create a one of a kind piece for yourself.
Or you can choose to have your crown custom painted by Camilla or myself.
Tentacle earrings $20:
With this rewards package you'll get a pair of my handmade regular tentacle earrings made from polymer clay with steel earring posts. You'll be able to choose the two colors you want from a list that we'll post later.
Tentacle Fake Gauges $35:
The tentacle fake gauges are one of the most popular items I make. They give the illusion of going through your ears but work like normal earrings. You can pre order resin fake gauges and I'll be offering them in aqua to match the crown and white pearlescent. They will be about 1 1/2 inches long and in the squirmy shape seen on the right.
There's a limited quantity of these makeup bags featuring Kirsten Kneelands art! 8"x5" With double sided printing and zippered hidden interior pouch. Perfect for storing all your tentacle goodies.
NEW TIER ADDED! Get an original tentacle themed graphite drawing done by Camilla herself! This one of a kind piece is 5"x7" and comes in an ornate frame. Only 4 available under 'Original art by Camilla'
Dream Melt Fine Art Prints:
We now have an 11x14 print of Dream Melt available as a reward! As well as a super limited run of an awesome inverted version. Check them out in the rewards packages and remember that you can add a crown to either of these packages by simply adding an extra $50 when you pledge! (so for Dream Melt $25+crown=$75 and Inverse Dream Melt $35+crown=$85) Remember, Dream Melt has it's own package. If you want this as a print you must add $25 to your pledge to get it. It cannot be chosen from like the rest of the $8 prints. It must be purchased through it's own reward package or you must add the $25 to another package to order it.
Inverted image is just a sample, the final image may vary slightly and will be the full illustration.
Want some extra stickers or prints with your rewards package? You can add them to your rewards package by adding $2 per sticker and $8 per print when you donate. You'll be prompted to tell us which ones you want at the end of the project. If you'd like to add Dream Melt print to a package it costs $25 not $8 like the other prints.
Our basic goal of $10,000 will allow us to have the tentacle crown and fake gauges produced in resin, as well as compensate our contributors' rewards. If we're able to raise more than that we'll have molds made from other items, including regular earrings, single and double tentacle necklaces.
If we reach $12,000 then I'll offer the Original Tentacle Earrings in resin AND we'll offer a black pearlescent version of the Mini Tentacle Crown.
$15,000 and a resin single tentacle resin necklace tier will be added.
$20,000 and a resin double tentacle necklace tier will be added.
For more photos of the tentacle crown and art made for this project check out the gallery 'Kickstarter' on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.689353551134483.1073741860.252768528126323&type=1&l=5f24a7025c
Risks and challenges
While we hope there will be no delay in production, resin casting takes time and the more orders we receive, the longer it might take to fulfill rewards packages. We also want to insure quality of the hand-painted and sculpted items and if any delay should occur we will report it to the Kickstarter group immediately. We are all experienced and professional artists and will do everything we can to get your items out to you on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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