My name is Maddy and I run Magweno Art Dolls! I have been stitching, casting, glueing, painting and blogging for nearly five years now, and have a successful business creating and selling fantasy art dolls. You can find my shop here, complete with over 350 customer reviews!
The Crystal Kitten Story
Recently I finished a commission for a client who wanted a saber toothed cat with crystals coming out from its back. Bizarre? Yes. Totally awesome? Also yes. This sparked a whole world of experimentation, research and borderline obsession with crystals and... kittens!
One day on my break I sculpted a wee kitten head complete with crystal mohawk... The response from social media was astounding and so the idea for a kickstarter was born.
The materials I use to cast fake crystals are three and sometimes four or five times more expensive than the materials I use to make normal casts. Fake crystal casting also requires the use of a pressure pot to ensure a bubble free cast so I will need to buy a small pressure pot so I can make these!
I have a large pressure pot I use to do mass-pours for the jackalopes, fox dragons and kirins I produce, but the clear resin for the kittens can take up to 24 hours to cure and will need to be under pressure for that amount of time. I can't afford to take my large pressure pot out of use for that length of time, so I will need to buy a second one.
The target is set to cover the cost of a small pressure pot, four crystal kitten moulds and four abdab moulds. This way I can produce them faster which means I can lower the cost for you!
I'll need orders for kittens to cover the start-up cost of creating them and it's also good fun to make stickers, keyrings and other goodies that I don't usually produce. I've collaborated with two other artists to produce the goodies, Sophira-Lou and Cargorabbit! You should check out their sites, they're awesome gals. :)
What's Up For Grabs!
Stickers: Four adorable stickers designed by Cargorabbit! (http://cargoart.tumblr.com) These stickers are high quality vinyl and 3"x3" big.
Button badges: 1" button badges featuring crystal kitten and abdab artwork. Artwork by Sophira-Lou!
Keyring: 1.5" acrylic glow in the dark keyring featuring the crystal kitten!
Postcards featuring artwork by Sophira Lou, Cargorabbit and the crystal kitten collection. 350gsm gloss.
Sticker sheet featuring Sophira Lou's crystal kitten artwork. Sized A6 and kiss-cut around the artwork for easy sticking!
Cast crystals are my test pours for various crystal mixes, they are cast in high quality resin. You will get a random one from my collection to use however you like! Display it, turn it into a necklace or keyring or give it to your friend, whatever you like.
3" Abdab stickers designed by Kat Weston, one of the Kickstarter backers - isn't that cool! The Abdab stickers were the first stretch goal, so every backer will get one free sticker! if you would like to add the rest of the collection to your pledge please add £4 or £1 per additional sticker.
Crystal Stag sticker designed by Brogan Coral Illustration! These are a stretch goal reward and every Crystal Stag will come with one. If you would like to add a Crystal Stag sticker to your pledge then please add £2.50!
The Crystal Kittens
I've designed three different kittens to offer during the kickstarter!
Crystal Kittens measure 14cm tall (around 5.5") and weigh 125g. They are sewn from cuddlesoft fake fur, stuffed with toy stuffing and weighted so they sit up. Their manes are 100% polyester fake fur. Their paws and heads are cast in resin and painted in acrylics.
They will come in a special embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpressed certificate of authenticity!
Once the kickstarter is over the colours will be limited to 32! So the number backed during the kickstarter will be deducted from 32 and the remaining amount added to my etsy shop. That means all crystal kitten colours are essentially Limited Edition! Their CoAs will have which number they are written on them.
Fairy Quartz Kitten
These kittens have pink crystals with opalescent flecks in them, soft white manes and tails and pastel blue bodies. Lilac details add a touch of whimsy to the design!
Fairy Quartz kittens bring a very soothing feeling to your home and it's said they help you to sleep. The ones I have met are always very playful and love fresh cream.
Aqua Quartz Kitten:
These guys have rich blue crystals with fine aqua micro-glitter in them. They have magenta manes and tails, cute white tummies and purple stripes and details.
Aqua aura quartz kittens are said to make you feel more confident and are good at collecting your favourite things. They are known as the lucky kittens as occasionally they will go rummaging down the back of the sofa and bring you all the loose change!
Bengal Quartz Kitten
These guys have clear crystals designed to look like real quartz! They have silver bodies with charcoal manes and tails and some black bengal cat markings to complement their design.
Bengal Quartz Kittens are one of the most common crystal kittens. They help you concentrate and see things clearly. Some people say if you look through their crystals you can see your future, although I've never managed to get one to sit still for long enough.
Golden Tiger Kitten
Golden Tiger Kittens have clear quartz crystals with gold leaf suspended in them. They have pale white tummies, yellow manes and tails and ochre tiger markings. Their pawpads and noses are also gold.
These crystal kittens help you focus on creativity and positive thoughts, they are very cheerful and love to lie in sunny spots!
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Opal Quartz Kitten
The Opal Quartz Kittens have clear crystals with iridescent flecks of opal shimmer and gold leaf in them. They look utterly magical in person. They have snow white bodies with soft fluffy manes and tails and shimmering blue eyes.
Opal Quartz Kittens have an incredibly playful nature and will come up with very inventive ways to create new games with you. They are loyal and affectionate and if you sleep with one by your bed you will always have good dreams.
Opal Quartx Kittens are Kickstarter Exclusive which means they will not be available after the Kickstarter is over!
Abdabs are my special Halloween creatures that have skull heads and cute cuddly bodies. They love to cause mischief, scurrying through the walls and chewing your socks. They are cursed spirits which will bond to their chosen person, so make sure you are well prepared to take on one of these creatures as they make exhausting pets.
Their heads, hands, feet and tails are cast from resin and their tails are ever so slightly flexible so are more robust than they look! They are painted with acrylics and varnished for durability. The bodies are sewn from cuddlesoft (seriously, it's so soft) and they have fake fur manes. They are stuffed with polyfill and have weighting so they are balanced correctly.
Peridot Crystal Abdab
The peridot crystal abdab has juicy looking crystals growing from its head. These abdabs seem to have a strange unearthly aura glowing about them during the full moon.
Amethyst Crystal Abdab
The amethyst crystal abdab has deep purple crystals growing from its head that shine mysteriously with a light behind them. These abdabs seem to be able to summon other abdabs to cause extra mischief..
Carnelian Crystal Abdab
The carnelian crystal abdab has orange crystals growing from its head. It's said that this abdab makes your mouth feel spicy when you are close to it and it is always hot to the touch. Don't leave this abdab unattended.
Smokey Abdabs have dark brown crystals on their head that are translucent in the right like and glow mysteriously. These abdabs absorb negative energy and get completely hyper off it, so try not to get angry around them.
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Golden Abdab
Golden abdabs are Kickstarter Exclusive and have shimmering golden crystals coming from their skulls. Golden abdabs are incredibly smart which makes them a little dangerous. They will go to great lengths to get what they want and in the most nefarious of ways...Keep sharp objects away from this abdab.
The crystal stags are a kickstarter stretch goal that was unlocked when we reached £6000!
You can get a crystal stag by either adding £100 to your pledge or back the new £100 tier! You will get one crystal stag, a postcard and a badge.
Stags are priced at £100 but will be considerably more once the Kickstarter is over.
The Crystal Stags are about 5" from bum to chest. They have minky bodies, fake fur manes and cast resin heads and feet. Their hooves and antlers are cast in clear resin, and they have a few gems studded on their backs like stars. They have armatures so they are posable!
They will come with black bodies and manes and a choice of colours for the crystals. You can choose from:
- Ruby (red)
- Aqua (blue)
- Smoky (black)
- Peridot (green)
- Amethyst (purple) or
- Carnelian (orange)
I will send out a survey when the kickstarter is over to find out your selection.
I will be making stags with other body colours like white and natural in the future but for now black is the only body colour available.
£1 - Vote of confidence!
For one quid I thank you! You will get a shout-out on my social media pages and a link to download the two desktop wallpapers!
Reward #2 - £5 - Small goodie pack
You will get one badge, one postcard and one sticker picked at random from the selection! (Although you can message me your preference if you like.) You also get the two desktop wallpapers and FREE shipping! Woohoo!
Reward #3 - £10 - Medium goodie pack
You'll get one badge, an A6 sticker sheet, one postcard, the glow in the dark keyring and one 3" sticker picked at random from the selection (although you can message me your preference if you like!). You'll also get two desktop wallpapers and FREE shipping!
Reward #4 - £20 - All the goodies!
You will get 2 postcards, all the badges, all the 3" stickers, the A6 sticker sheet, the glow in the dark keyring, one cast crystal, the two desktop wallpapers and FREE international shipping! What a bundle!
Reward 5 - £50 - CRYSTAL ABDAB
Onto the proper stuff! You will get to choose either a Peridot, Amethyst or Carnelian crystal abdab, one badge, one postcard and one 3" sticker! Your abdab will come in the special embossed abdab box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity.
Reward #6 - £60 - LIMITED EDITION Abdab
You will get the LIMITED EDITION Golden abdab! You'll also get 2 badges, two postcards, two 3" stickers, a cast crystal and the glow in the dark keyring! Your abdab will come in the special embossed abdab box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity.
NEW! - £63 - Abdab and All the goodies!
You get to choose one abdab in either Peridot, Carnelian or Amethyst and you get ALL the goodies! You will get 2 postcards, all the badges, all the 3" stickers, the A6 sticker sheet, the glow in the dark keyring, one cast crystal and the two desktop wallpapers!
Reward #7, #8 & #9 - £70 - Crystal Kitten
You will get to choose either a Fairy Quartz, Aqua Quartz or Bengal Quartz kitten, one badge, one sticker, one postcard and a cast crystal! Your kitten will come in the special embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity.
NEW! - £83 - One Crystal Kitten and ALL the goodies!
You get to choose a crystal kitten in either Bengal Quartz, Fairy Quartz or Aqua Quartz packaged in the special embossed crystal kitten box with a certificate of authenticity. You will get 2 postcards, all the badges, all the 3" stickers, the A6 sticker sheet, the glow in the dark keyring, one cast crystal and the two desktop wallpapers!
Reward #10 - £85 - Limited edition Opal Quartz Kitten
You will get one opal quartz kitten, your choice of 2 badges, 2 postcards and 2 3" stickers, a cast crystal and the glow in the dark keychain! Your kitten will come in the special embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity.
Reward #11 - £95 - TWO abdabs
You get to choose TWO of the crystal abdabs, from Peridot, Carnelian and Amethyst! You will also get two postcards, two 3" stickers, four badges, desktop wallpapers, a glow in the dark keyring and a cast crystals. Each abdab will have it's special embossed crystal kitten box and letterpress certificate of authenticity.
NEW! - £105 - Limited edition GOLDEN Abdab and a crystal abdab!
You will get the Kickstarter Exclusive GOLDEN Abdab and one crystal abdab of your choice! Either Peridot, Amethyst or Carnelian. You will also get two badges, two postcards, two stickers, a cast crystal and the desktop wallpapers!
Reward #12 - £120 - Crystal Abdab and Crystal Kitten Combo
You get to choose one abdab from Peridot, Carnelian and Amethyst and one kitten from Fairy Quartz, Aqua Quartz or Bengal Quartz!
You will also get two postcards, all the badges, one 3" sticker, the glow in the dark keyring and a cast crystal. The kittens and abdabs are packaged in an embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity!
Reward #13 - £130 - Abdab and a Limited Edition Kitten
You will get to choose one abdab from Peridot, Carnelian and Amethyst and you will also get the LIMITED EDITION Opal Quartz Kitten! The kittens and abdabs are packaged in an embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity!
Added to that you get a goodie bag of two postcards, all the badges, one 3" sticker, the glow in the dark keyring and a cast crystal!
Reward #14 - £130 - Limited edition abdab and a crystal kitten
You will get to choose a crystal kitten from Fairy Quartz, Bengal Quartz or Aqua Quartz and you will ALSO get the limited edition GOLDEN abdab! The kittens and abdabs are packaged in an embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity!
You will also get two postcards, all the button badges, one 3" sticker, the glow in the dark keyring and a cast crystal!
Reward #15 - £140 - Opal Quartz Kitten & Golden Abdab
You will get BOTH the LIMITED EDITION abdab and kitten! One Opal Quartz Kitten and one Golden Abdab! The kittens and abdabs are packaged in an embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity.
You will also get a goodie pack containing two postcards, all the button badges, a glow in the dark keyring, a cast crystal and a 3" sticker.
Reward #16 - £140 - TWO crystal kittens!
You get to choose TWO kittens! Will you pick Fairy Quartz, Aqua Quartz or Bengal Quartz to take home? The kittens are packaged in an embossed crystal kitten box with a letterpress certificate of authenticity.
You will also get a goodie pack containing two postcards, all the button badges, a 3" sticker, a glow in the dark keyring and a cast crystal!
NEW! - £155 - Opal Quartz Kitten & Crystal Kitten
You will get one Kickstarter Exclusive Opal Quartz Kitten AND a crystal kitten of your choosing! Either Fairy Quartz, Aqua Quartz or Bengal Quartz! You will also get four button badges, the glow in the dark keychain, four stickers, two postcards, two cast crystals and the desktop wallpapers!
Reward #17 - COLLECTORS PACK!
EVERYTHING I have to offer!
You will get one of EACH:
Fairy Quartz kitten
Aqua Quartz kitten
Bengal Quartz kitten
LIMITED EDITION Opal Quartz Kitten
LIMITED EDITION Golden Abdab
Each crystal kitten and crystal abdab comes in its own embossed box with a certificate of authenticity.
You will also get a large goodie pack containing four postcards, four button badges, four 3" stickers, the A6 sticker sheet, a glow in the dark keyring, four cast crystals and you will be emailed the desktop wallpapers! Phew!
It will be posted to you Tracked and Signed For special delivery!
New! Stretch Goals!
Stretch goal #1 - £4000
Vinyl abdab stickers! Designed by one of the backers, isn't that cool? Thank you Kat!
All backers over £20 get one free abdab sticker!
There will be a set of five which you can increase your pledge to include, £4 for the full set or £1 per additional sticker.
Stretch goal #2 - £4500
A new crystal abdab colour and a new crystal kitten colour!
The new abdab colour is Smokey, a play on Smokey quartz! This colour is included in the basic abdab reward tiers.
The new Kitten Colour is "Golden Tiger", a yellow themed kitten with ochre tiger stripes and clear crystals with 24ct gold leaf suspended in them. This kitten colour is included in the package rewards!
Stretch goal #3 - £5000
A new crystal creature - the crystal stag!
This stretch goal will allow you to either back or increase your pledge to include an incredible crystal stag creature, with cast crystal antlers, a super soft posable body and crystal hooves.
Add £100 to your pledge by clicking on the blue "manage your pledge" button or back one of the three new crystal stag tiers.
You can choose which colour crystal you would like on your stag from
Stretch Goal #4 - £6000
Beautiful packaging for the Crystal Stags!
£6000 will allow me to place an order for some lidded boxes with hot-foil stamps on them for the crystal stags. I can also get some letterpress Certificates of Authenticity and foam liners so they are safe and secure when they are in the post!
Stretch Goal # 5 - £7000
£7000 is a personal goal for me as it will mark exactly 200% funding! I will be able to invest the extra time and money into working on a personal project of mine I have dreamed of for years - casting real life-size antlers in clear resin, and use them to make a life-size taxidermy crystal stag mount.
Risks and challenges
The fulfillment dates are a rough guide to when I hope to have the kittens completed, but there is always the possibility of a delay. This could be due to a number of things.
Supplier delays are outwith my control although I do maintain a close relationship with my suppliers so I should have a tight idea of when materials will be available to me again. Also, the intention of this kickstarter is to raise enough capital to buy a very large amount of the materials I need! The more I buy in one go the bigger the discount and the longer it lasts.
I also run a croft, which is a small agricultural unit in the highlands of Scotland a bit like a smallholding! I have a small herd of cows, a large flock of mixed poultry and near-on 60 sheep - these guys need constant work and they have a fantastic knack for causing trouble when you least expect it! Animal welfare emergencies will take precedent over deadlines. However, these sorts of emergencies are usually taken care of within a day or two so shouldn't have too much of a knock-on effect. Of course all backers will be kept fully up to date if there are any delays brought on by the croft.
Finally, casting crystals is HARD! It's a really tricky process that requires precise measurements in 0.01g increments. Sometimes I'll spend hours mixing, pouring, degassing and waiting for the cure just to find when I demould it that I measured the catalyst every so slightly wrong or there was a little too much humidity in the air and the crystals haven't cured properly. For every successful crystal kitten and crystal abdab head there are probably up to three failures. Until I get better at casting (which I should do quickly as I'm a fast learner) and because I work entirely on my own, it may take me a few attempts to get my technique right, which could delay fulfillment a bit. You should remember though that it could potentially be late because I care so much! I don't want to send out a half-assed piece of art, so I will squeeze deadlines to get you the absolute best I can produce. Of course you will be kept totally up to date on my progress and of any delays should they occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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