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This project was successfully funded on April 30, 2014.

Master prop maker and creator of the dead fairy hoax that captured the world’s imagination invites you into his studio to reveal all!

About this project

Seven years ago I did something that would change my life completely….

April 1st 2014 marks the 7th anniversary of the Derbyshire Mummified Fairy Hoax. Dubbed one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, the iconic images of a tiny fairy corpse in a forensics lab captured the imagination of the world and is still going viral to this day.

The Fairy hits the news!
The Fairy hits the news!

The original mummified fairy inspired a multitude of similar creations, some good, some bad and the internet is awash with tutorials and speculation on how the original was made. These range from a dead spider monkey to full blown conspiracy theories that the fairy was actually real and I was forced by the government to reveal it as a hoax.

It’s time to lay those theories to rest and reveal how the iconic fairy was really made.

Backing this Kickstarter will allow me create a professionally produced DVD Workshop that will accompany a full OOAK (One Of A Kind) Mummified Fairy Kit containing everything you need to make your own fallen fae.

Fairy Bones 2012
Fairy Bones 2012

Kickstarter attracts creative folk like bees to a honey pot. By launching this project in the heart of a creative community I feel it will get the best exposure, reception and appreciation it needs to succeed. I’ve pitched the project idea at number of fairy lectures and the reaction was a unanimous – “Go for it!”

So here I am and here is your chance to help get the wheels of industry in motion. Not only will you be funding something unique, you’ll also have the pleasure of getting the DVD and Kit before anyone else as well as a few enticing stretch goals as funding reaches its target.

By backing this Kickstarter your money will be distributed amongst the following production costs -  

  • The filming of the workshop
  • Film editing and production
  • DVD authoring
  • DVD Packaging design and production
  • An initial run of 100 Mummified Fairy Kits
  • Global packing and shipping
  • Amazon and Kickstarter fees
  • And of course my time and talent which is priceless (just ask my wife!)

The funding goal of £5k is based on an estimate of 100 global backers each pledging £45 for the DVD and Kit set excluding shipping and a sprinkling of lower tier backers.

This will cover the cost of all the above with about enough left over for a cup of rainwater served in an acorn cup..

In the wake of the fairy media frenzy a steady stream of dead fairy commissions came rolling in and the demand for my distinctive work has gained momentum ever since.

Darwin's Secret Collection 2009
Darwin's Secret Collection 2009

I now work as a fulltime artist from my Kent studio enveloped in a gothic menagerie of dismembered dolls, terrible taxidermy and otherworldly oddities.  My work is highly sought after and can be found globally in many public and private collections such as Bleak House, the private collection of Hollywood film director Guillermo Del Toro and Richard Garriott's legendary magic collection. 

Elsie Wright's Sewing Box 2010
Elsie Wright's Sewing Box 2010

My full portfolio can be viewed here and you can 'like' the dedicated Derbyshire Mummified Fairy Facebook page here.

The DVD is aimed at all ages and all abilities. The inspiration for the project ignited when my 13 year old son told me about a friend who wished he knew how to create the mummified fairy. Thus the seed was planted!

The DVD would be an ideal entry level OOAK (One Of A Kind) project as well as an interesting challenge for the experienced modeller.

I will reveal the processes in step-by-step detail covering the following topics and more -

  • Making an Armature

  • Sculpting the Figure

  • Dynamic Posing

  • Fabricating the Body

  • Applying Hair

  • Making Wings

  • Creating Eyes

  • Building the Armature

  • Placing Accessories and Wings

  • Adding Surface Details

  • Sculpting Hands

  • Sculpting Feet

  • Incorporating Natural Materials such as Insect Parts

Tooth Fairy Nest in Old Book 2012
Tooth Fairy Nest in Old Book 2012

The kit is specifically designed to accompany the DVD and give you everything required to follow all the chapters.  All kit components are non-toxic and easy to replace should you require more (although ample amounts of each item are supplied).The kit also comes neatly packaged in a presentation tin which can even be used to store your fairy in once complete.

      A sample of kit components include –

      • A Skeleton

      • Armature Wire

      • Eyes

      • Paints & Glues

      • Various Wings

      • Brushes

      • Secret Mummification Recipe!

      • + more

Providing the initial funding goal has been reached I can start adding additional treats to all Twigling level backers and above.

This will include DVD specific stretch goals such as additional chapters and features and Kit specific stretch goals such as extra modelling materials, push moulds and wing sets.

I will add extra goals as soon as they have been verified so watch this space!

I hope to complete all aspects of the project by August 2014. This will enable me to personally deliver rewards to those attending my workshop at the Llangollen Fairy Festival on 9th & 10th August.

I’m a professional audio and video engineer to boot so I won’t be reliant on others to pull their weight and potentially miss deadlines. Once the DVD is produced the print run will take 2 weeks and the packaging and shipping can be achieved in as little as 2 days.

Any other stretch goal items will also be shipped with your order.

If successfully funded the project will mark the start of a series of prop design workshops.These will be available exclusively through Pyewackett & Pecke, my website dedicated to showcasing alternative artists and their work.

A site dedicated to showcasing alternative artists and their work.
A site dedicated to showcasing alternative artists and their work.

It is anticipated that the Workshop DVD will retail for £35 plus shipping (giving backers a saving of £10) and the Workshop DVD & Kit package will retail for £60 plus shipping (giving backers a £15 saving plus all exclusive stretch goals)

My previous Kickstarter successfully funded and I delivered on all aspects of the project on time and within budget. I am confident that with the same level of enthusiasm and support I can achieved the same, if not better.

The only risks involved are presented by external situations I have no control over such as printing problems and lack of stock at suppliers. As all of the printers and suppliers have been used before in previous projects I am confident that they can deliver within the same timeframe.

I'll post the questions and answers as they come in so before you ask please check here first.

Is everything included to make the fairy?

You will require matt black undercoat (available from any hobby or motor store), due to shipping of compressed cans I'm unable to supply this with the kit.

What tools do I need?

The main items are a craft knife and hot glue gun.  For more advanced chapters in the stretch goal section you could also benefit from a small hobby drill.

Do you need to be good at art & sculpting to make the fairy look as good as the original?

One thing the kit does not supply is talent!  If you're bad at art, you're more than likely to encounter some difficulties however, the kit is aimed at children and adults alike.

How long does the project take? 

A couple of days on and off.  Total hours would be about 3.

Are instructions provided to make live fairies?

If the stretch goals are reached then yes, I will cover dynamic posing and how to make your fairy look alive!

Risks and challenges

My previous Kickstarter successfully funded and I delivered on all aspects of the project on time and within budget. I am confident that with the same level of enthusiasm and support I can achieved the same, if not better.

The only risks involved are presented by external situations I have no control over such as printing problems and lack of stock at suppliers. As all of the printers and suppliers have been used before in previous projects I am confident that they can deliver within the same timeframe.

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    7 backers

    FAIRY RING LEVEL - A signed postcard of the original image and an ADDITIONAL SURPRISE as a heartfelt thank you!

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    0 backers

    A SHOCKING DISCOVERY LEVEL – A signed set of the 5 original Mummified Fairy photographs (8”x 6”) presented in a POLICE EVIDENCE BAG.

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    5 backers

    TWIGLING LEVEL – A Digital Download of ‘The Mummified Fairy OOAK Workshop’ + ALL DVD ASSOCIATED STRETCH GOALS.

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    4 backers

    REDCAP LEVEL - A DVD copy of ‘The Mummified Fairy OOAK Workshop’ + A signed Mummified Fairy photograph both presented in a Police Evidence Bag + ALL DVD ASSOCIATED STRETCH GOALS.

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    50 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD CHANGELING LEVEL - The Full Mummified Fairy Kit containing everything required to make your own fairy + A DVD copy of ‘The Mummified Fairy OOAK Workshop’ + A signed Mummified Fairy photograph both presented in a Police Evidence Bag + a recorded personal thank you on the DVD end credits + ALL DVD AND KIT ASSOCIATED STRETCH GOALS.

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    88 backers

    CHANGELING LEVEL - The Full Mummified Fairy Kit containing everything required to make your own fairy + A DVD copy of ‘The Mummified Fairy OOAK Workshop’ + A signed Mummified Fairy photograph both presented in a Police Evidence Bag + a recorded personal thank you on the DVD end credits + ALL DVD AND KIT ASSOCIATED STRETCH GOALS.

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    1 backer

    FROSTFANG LEVEL - a day long workshop at my studio in Kent and provide Kits, DVD and signed prints to all attending + all DVD and Kit associated stretch goals.

    I will host a couple of small workshops for up to 5 people and personally take your through all aspects of the fairy build as well as give you all a private lecture, discussion on the mummified fairy hoax and a tour of my 'exhibits'.

    The dates will be in September and November 2014 and will take place on Fridays (TBC). The price of the workshop does not include travel but does include lunch and refreshments throughout the day and materials.

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    3 backers All gone!

    DRYAD LEVEL - An Early Bird Privately Commissioned Fairy created around YOUR IDEA! + The Full Mummified Fairy Kit containing everything required to make your own fairy + A DVD copy of ‘The Mummified Fairy OOAK Workshop’ + A signed Mummified Fairy photograph both presented in a Police Evidence Bag + a recorded personal thank you on the DVD end credits + ALL DVD AND KIT ASSOCIATED STRETCH GOALS.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    SPRIGGAN LEVEL - Let your imagination run wild! A privately commissioned fairy created around your idea + The Full Mummified Fairy Kit containing everything required to make your own fairy + A DVD copy of ‘The Mummified Fairy OOAK Workshop’ + A signed Mummified Fairy photograph both presented in a Police Evidence Bag + a recorded personal thank you on the DVD end credits + ALL DVD AND KIT ASSOCIATED STRETCH GOALS.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    OBERON UK LEVEL - I will travel anywhere in the UK and give a 1 day Mummified Fairy Workshop and Lecture for up to 15 people and provide Kits, DVD and signed prints to all attending + all DVD and Kit associated stretch goals. Please contact me to discuss possible dates in advance before pledging this level. You will need to arrange a venue, I will cover my travel and accommodation costs.

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    OBERON EUROPE LEVEL - I will travel anywhere in the EU and give a 1 day Mummified Fairy Workshop and Lecture for up to 15 people and provide Kits, DVD and signed prints to all attending + all DVD and Kit associated stretch goals.

    Please contact me to discuss possible dates in advance before pledging this level. You will need to arrange a venue, I will cover my travel and accommodation costs.

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    OBERON USA LEVEL - I will travel to any major US city and give a 1 day Mummified Fairy Workshop and Lecture for up to 20 people and provide Kits, DVD and signed prints to all attending + all DVD and Kit associated stretch goals. Please contact me to discuss possible dates in advance before pledging this level. You will need to arrange a venue, I will cover my travel and accommodation costs.

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