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These turtles started life as a trio of fine art bronzes: Now they're usefully adapted for opening beers. All for one, one for all!

Thanks for checking out my bronze turtle bottle openers.

Athos, Porthos and Aramis - The Three Drinking Buddies
Athos, Porthos and Aramis - The Three Drinking Buddies

At first glance they are designed to be simply three of the finest bronze turtles you will ever see.

But pick one up in the vicinity of a bottle of beer, and 'psst!'. The stealthy secret purpose is revealed...

These turtles have skills!

A little background...

These three turtles began life as decorative fine art bronzes. It was my plan to make the finest set of three turtles of this size, ever to be cast in bronze.

Anti-Clockwise from top: Athos, Porthos, Aramis
Anti-Clockwise from top: Athos, Porthos, Aramis

I was inspired by nature of course, but also by Antoine Louis Barye (the great French Animalier sculptor). And by the Japanese Meiji period.

Aramis
Aramis

Any turtle aficionados will notice that the species is a hybrid of both red eared sliders, and map turtles. I liked elements of both, so I invented my own new species for the purpose of satisfying my taste in turtle shapeliness.

Porthos backing up
Porthos backing up
Porthos in profile
Porthos in profile

So why beer openers...?

I like beer. And Bond. And I get a kick out of gadgets. So the idea of giving my bronzes a stealthy secret purpose was simply irresistible as soon as it dawned on me that the recess in the bottom after casting could be adapted to pop off beer tops.

After all, I'd already done it with one of my bronze toads...

...so why not invite my turtles to the party?

Why call them Athos, Porthos and Aramis?

When I made the original turtles they were to be welded up underneath after casting, and then finished out with sculpted plastrons (that's turtle-speak for the underside of the shell). I made a set of three distinct turtles, with their own personalities. One quite adventurously heading off, the other two interacting with each other. I couldn't decide on names so I made a contest out of it on my blog, and the winner suggested Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The Three Musketeers.

It seemed perfect then. It seems even more perfect now. After all, they are inseparable drinking buddies!

Athos with concealed stealth bottle opening capabilities
Athos with concealed stealth bottle opening capabilities
Porthos with concealed stealth bottle opening capabilities
Porthos with concealed stealth bottle opening capabilities
Porthos with bottle opening capabilities deployed
Porthos with bottle opening capabilities deployed
Aramis with concealed stealth bottle opening capabilities
Aramis with concealed stealth bottle opening capabilities

All for one, one for all!

What's next?

So far, with the help of my friend Lee who wields welder and grinding tools with remarkable skill (I sculpt in clay, from which molds are made), I've arrived at a design for the underside which neatly pops the tops off bottles.

I wouldn't recommend it for a barman who has to pop hundreds, I'd suggest a more hand comfy model from the store!

But for a few brews at a time I enjoy the added sense of style!

Anyhow, the models are tweaked and ready for molding, and from the molds I'll begin producing the waxes which are then invested and cast in bronze. Which is where you, dear Kickstarter backers, come in. Because getting molds made and an initial casting run is expensive, and that's where I need your help. And so with no further ado, it's on to...

The Pledges...

I will probably be retailing these through galleries and on my Etsy Store for at least $125 each once they are up and running, so not only do you get to help an artist get them off the ground,  you also get to grab yours first, and you get a special Kickstarter only starting price for helping me out with my up front costs.

For $100 you get any ONE turtle bottle opener. Pick your poison, from Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

For $180 you get any TWO turtle bottle openers. Choose your preferences, again from Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

For $270 you get ALL THREE turtle bottle openers.

So there you have it.

If that appeals, jump aboard!

Thanks again for checking my project out, I hope it pops your cork!

Cheers,

Steve.

Stealthy turtles with secret beer opening capabilities
Stealthy turtles with secret beer opening capabilities

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are no real risks and challenges since I regularly make sculptures, have them molded, and have bronze castings made from the molds using the lost wax bronze casting method. And I've made a toad which also functions as a bottle opener.
The finished bronzes are sold through galleries and online.

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    For a $100 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive any ONE bronze turtle bottle opener (either Athos, Porthos or Aramis). Free shipping within the continental United States.

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    For a $180 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive your pick of any TWO of the three bronze turtle bottle openers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Free shipping within the continental United States.

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    For a $270 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive ALL THREE bronze turtle bottle openers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Free shipping within the continental United States.

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