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About this project

Thanks to enthusiastic collectors the world over, my mice have spread right across the globe!

Hi, I'm Steve Worthington, sculptor of mice and other critters. About 10 years ago I set out to create the finest bronze mice and bring them into the world, and now, since mice do have a tendency to proliferate, I've just added another one.

Meet Lively Mouse, the newest member of the family...

Say hello to Lively, who is always curious, and always trying to get somewhere.

Lively Mouse googling 'cheese'
Lively Mouse googling 'cheese'

 

Lively Mouse exploring outside
Lively Mouse exploring outside

 

Lively, Pugnacious, Nosey and Sprightly all want what Chubby has.
Lively, Pugnacious, Nosey and Sprightly all want what Chubby has.

 

Did I hear some rustling up there?
Did I hear some rustling up there?

 

Can Lively get up a table leg?
Can Lively get up a table leg?

 

I wonder if this box is open?
I wonder if this box is open?

 

With nothing to lean on, Lively Mouse is free-standing.
With nothing to lean on, Lively Mouse is free-standing.

 

 Meet the rest of the gang...

Clockwise from top left: Chubby, Nosey, Tidy, Natty, Pugnacious, Tiny, Rumpy & Pumpy, and Sprightly (standing)
Clockwise from top left: Chubby, Nosey, Tidy, Natty, Pugnacious, Tiny, Rumpy & Pumpy, and Sprightly (standing)

 

Where I am now, and how I need your help

So far I have sculpted Lively Mouse, and got a metal master made of it. That is a prototype the foundry will use to create its own mold for casting multiples. I need to place a minimum order to get started so your pledge will help me out enormously.

Rewards

Lively Mouse can be yours before going into my Etsy shop, Critterville, and before going into galleries. And at this special Kickstarter-only price of $200 (instead of $250). That's 20 percent less than it will be afterwards.

Also, in addition to at least one Lively Mouse, you can add any other mice you want, also at 20 percent less than they would be outside of this Kickstarter project. That even includes my Winged Angel Mice. Simply work out your total amount (see the group shots below for each mouse's cost) and make that your pledge amount. You can do that as you complete your pledge. You can also adjust your total up or down at any time before the project ends.

When the project ends and I send you your survey there will be a question asking what mice you pledged for, so if it was more than just one Lively you can let me know in your response.

Shipping

Just $15 will cover whatever you pledged for, if you are in the continental USA.

If you are outside of the continental USA, it's $25 to ship one Lively Mouse. If you want multiple mice, add $20 per additional mouse for shipping.

Prices are special Kickstarter only, at 20 percent off
Prices are special Kickstarter only, at 20 percent off

 

Prices are special Kickstarter only, at 20 percent off. The dollar bill under Angel Sprightly is to show scale.
Prices are special Kickstarter only, at 20 percent off. The dollar bill under Angel Sprightly is to show scale.

 What about customs charges for international bids?

Your country will charge customs duty on your mice. They may also hold up delivery at customs. I have no control over any of that, so be aware that you may be charged extra by your government, and have to wait longer for them to release them to your mail carrier, than people in the USA.

When will they be ready?

The project will run until mid June. By the end of June I should have got everyone's information for placing my order. Then it will take a couple of months to get your mice, so I would say end of September would be about right for them to be arriving on your doorsteps. Nicely in time for the holidays!

I'm new to Kickstarter, how do I get my mouse/mice?

Select your reward.

Choose your country.

Adjust your pledge amount if you want extras.

(click the green CONTINUE bar)

Sign up, or log in.

Add your card details

(click the green PLEDGE bar)

Done!

Once the project ends I'll send you a survey for your mouse choices etc if you chose the multiple mice reward tier.

How can I change my pledge amount / reward selection?

On the project page, click MANAGE

Click CHANGE YOUR PLEDGE

Change your reward selection, and/or amount

Click CONFIRM

Done!

Sprightly Mouse checking out the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Sprightly Mouse checking out the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

 

Sir Ranulph Sprightly Mouse beginning his ill fated Antarctic adventure
Sir Ranulph Sprightly Mouse beginning his ill fated Antarctic adventure

 

Global mouse takeover!
Global mouse takeover!

Artist credentials:

Sculpture-wise I'm an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, having shown in several of their annual shows in NYC.

I've also shown in several MPSGS (Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC) annual shows, winning awards on a couple of occasions. They are the oldest active organization of miniaturists in the United States.

I've participated in several of the prestigious National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson Hole, WY) shows.

My sculpture sells in over a dozen galleries from California to Massachusetts, as well as on my Etsy store, Critterville.

My work can be found in a couple of parks here in the U.S, and a large turtle in a park in Canada.

Click these links for a more complete listing of other museum shows, as well as galleries and public installations.

Non-sculpting-wise I've made my living with a pencil for longer than I care to remember, drawing storyboards for advertising agencies while living in London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and now Santa Fe (although these days I work at home for folks in numerous states across the U.S, just about everywhere except where I live it seems!).

Making sculpture is a way I can express my love of nature.

Another reason I enjoy creating bronzes is because they'll stick around for a while.

No matter how good I try to make my storyboard work, once used for its intended purpose it is destined for the trash!

My sculpture on the other hand could be enjoyed for hundreds or even thousands of years! So I'd better make sure it's good!

Sculpture testimonials:

Click this link to read the reviews from collectors who've acquired my work through my Etsy store, CritterVille.

Here's just a few:

LOVE this little mouse! Have purchased from this artist before and will do so again!

As an artist myself, with a strong affinity for rabbits, I am very fussy about the rabbits I add to my collection. Tiny Bianca is an absolutely perfect little bronze. I would recommend Steve's work to anyone. Also, arrived quickly. I am thoroughly delighted.

This is a lovely frog - very happy with him and his "bottle opener" feature! Gave him to my husband for Christmas - great gift! Thanks for shipping this to me so quickly. I am looking forward to purchasing one of your mice in the future!

beautiful sculpture. Cannot wait to give it for Christmas. Thank you so much.

One of my favourite artists, another hassle free transaction from this amazing store! A+++

The moment I saw Pugnacious, it was love at first sight. what an adorable little character! CritterVille is my favourite Etsy store; it's full of such outstanding creations. They take my breath away.

Once again Love at first sight! Better than pictured! Thank you again

Sprightly has so much character. Every time I look at her I just have to smile. What a talented fellow her creator is. She's so real... I expect her to rush off looking for something to nibble!

Extraordinary work of art. Feels lovely in the hand, an exquisite piece.

THE BEST gift for a beer drinking guy!! Beautiful work.

Chubby mouse makes me happy. He sits there, nibbling away, with his fat body and perky little ears, and then i find myself smiling. What more could you ever ask of art?

One more mouse is in my house, and he is quite a character. I adore these little guys. They make me smile.

beyond gorgous; he sits on my desk at work and brightens my day

I've placed Steve's work on my dining room table. My new additon to the home does double duty as a beautiful piece of art to be admired and a conversation piece for visiting guests. The perfect blend of whimsical pose and detailed, life - like art.

Gorgeous and full of character. Definitely the big hit of dad's stocking! Thank you so much, Steve - you're the best!

Love him! He now resides in my pocket.

Awww, he really is a cutie, even more so than in the photo! Adorable little mouse looking right at ya! He has a place of honor on my night table where he makes me smile.

Thanks Steve for getting her to me quickly! She was a birthday gift and my friend thought she was wonderful. Thanks again.

Sprightly is great! and amazingly life-like. He really brings a smile. I've got him on the credenza by the desk: he sits next to a display piece of pyrite that he can duck behind if he gets shy. Thanks for the quick delivery, the decorative magnets and my new friend.

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It's always a thrill to learn how much collectors enjoy my work, and to find out what it means to them. Nothing fuels the ego of an artist like a healthy dose of positive feedback from all kinds of fine folks with impeccably great taste!

More of my sculpture:

Here's links to my website and blog if you would like to see more of my work. My facebook artist page, and I tweet now and then as SteveArtist2D3D

 

Risks and challenges

I've been getting sculptures cast for over ten years, and have fulfilled several Kickstarter bronze sculpture projects without any issues.
If anything does come up, I'll keep you posted, but I'm not expecting anything unusual happening.

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