Twisted Copper is creating Badass Copper Wire Monsters
3

patrons

$20
per month
~I live for making the world a stranger place... from more whimsical and odd, to more creepy and disturbing.~
Greetings, fellow internet traveler!

If you like original art that is not made anywhere else in the world, then you've come to the right place! My name is Daniel Muir and I make monsters out of copper wire and other recycled/repurposed materials. As a self-taught wire sculptor, I am constantly challenging myself to learn new techniques in order to make my creations more badass over time. I've been making strange creatures out of copper wire and recycled/repurposed materials for over a decade now. Each one of them are unique and designed to bend and pose, arms, legs, fingers, toes, tentacles, and tails. I have spent literally thousands of hours honing my craft and I'm not about to stop now - I can't stop now. I'm in too deep!

I have no shortage of imagination or materials. The major hurdle in sculpting these creatures is time. I never have enough of it. Sometimes at when I'm at a vending gig, people will be looking at my tables covered in dozens of wire monsters and comment that I have too much time on my hands. This couldn't be further from the truth. There are very few things I create that take "just a few hours," especially when I only have a few hours per day (and only on some days), to work on anything at all. A simple piece can take 4-6 hours during any given week, while larger, more complex pieces can take weeks or even months to complete. And sometimes I'll decide I'm unhappy with a piece and unwrap it completely and re-work it into something even better, adding yet more time to an already time-consuming process.

Also, it's just me. I don't have any partners or helpers to lighten my work load. Procuring materials, doing prep work, sculpting the creatures, taking photos for posterity, listing pieces on Etsy, marketing on social media, and everything that comes with vending at events (travel, set up, talking to people all day, tear down, repeat )... it's a lot of work that I mostly don't get paid for. Which kinda sucks.

Creating these creatures is my passion and I would love to do it for a living, but I live in the real world and understand that I need financial help in order to make this a reality.


Here's Where You Come In

As a patron, you'll be helping me create more wire creatures. These can take a long time to make, and not everybody can afford to pay for them. Your contribution would help me focus more on making art and eventually quitting the ol' day job, getting my own studio, and cranking out monsters until my hands are gnarled and useless and I die of old age surrounded by scrap wire and doll parts. Well, that's one long term goal anyway.

In addition to helping me create new and better monsters more often, you're also helping me with basic living expenses my day job doesn't always cover and my art rarely does. Artists have eat and pay for shelter too, and unfortunately we can't always do it by selling our art. I have bills and student loans that won't stop anytime soon. My car is old and falling apart. My cats have vet bills. I like fine scotch and the world is nuts. I need new shoes. Did I mention I have bills and student loans that won't stop anytime soon? I did? Well, that's because these things weigh heavily on my mind, as I'm sure most people understand.

You can help make my dream a reality, get some bonus content, behind the scenes access, and even be part of the creative process along the way!


What You Get

You will get stuff in return as well! Including, but not limited to:

  • A monster with a tiny sign will tell everyone on social media how awesome you are!
  • Bonus behind the scenes content!
  • The ability to vote on what I might create next!
  • In depth artist commentary
  • Discount codes for my Etsy shop!
  • Early access to new sculptures!
  • Maybe even a mystery sculpture in the mail once I figure out logistics...
  • Other content/stuff I haven't thought of yet!
  • More and better content/stuff once I can afford it!
That's it for now... I'm sure the rewards will change over time, but until then, I'm out of ideas.

To see more examples of my work, check out some of the following links:

Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwistedCopper
Website - https://twisted-copper.squarespace.com/
Instagram - https://instagram.com/twisted_copper



How I Got Started (a somewhat brief history)


Technically, my interest in wire as a medium started in my high school art class where I found I had a knack for assemblage after raiding the metal scrap bin. It was then that I discovered how versatile wire could be and used to piece together some cool creatures. However, this was high school and at that time, I wanted to be a writer, so I only focused on art for school projects and rarely on my own.

I didn't get too serious about wire sculpture until my mid 20s. It was an accident. I started dabbling in assemblage again because I needed a hobby. I had been living in a southern Oregon town with little to do, I didn't have much spare time outside of work and at one point I lived in a house way out in the country with bad television reception and no internet for a full year. So yeah, I needed a hobby.

But the kicker was when I started playing with scrap copper wire as a way to pass the time during my break time at work. One day I made a little scorpion out of a couple strands of wire and thought to myself, what else can I make with this stuff? I worked at an electric motor repair shop at the time. There was no shortage of scrap wire. I got permission from my boss to take some home for art projects and that's when my obsession truly began.

I spent what little spare time I had constantly experimenting with wire. I kept a Leatherman and some wire on me at all times, just in case I had the opportunity to twist something up. I started filling up my home with bigger scorpions, giant spiders, bizarre creatures twisted out of copper.
Eventually, people began telling me I was an artist. Until then, I hadn't thought of myself that way. I was just a guy with an unusual hobby.

In 2009 I ended up moving to Portland. Having bought over 50 lbs of scrap wire from my old job for super cheap, I had plenty to continue honing my craft. Plus, there was a decent art market in Portland, and I felt I was finally ready to try to sell some of my creations. Naturally, it was slow going at first. I'd try to sell at local street fairs and art markets that were either free or inexpensive to vend. I'd rarely sell much, and I'd get lots of compliments, but it was enough to keep me from giving up.

My art evolved, of course. I look back at some of my older work now and cringe. And then I marvel at the progress I've made. My sculptures became more colorful, more detailed, more... badass. I began implementing different materials like beads, yarn, nails, and doll parts. I began to actually sell pieces on a semi regular basis. Some people would to ask me to make custom pieces just for them in exchange for cash. That is a good feeling. I've even sold some pieces to people who live in different states, and different countries like Canada and the U.K. I've even shipped pieces to on the other side of the world to Australia and the Philippines! I'm an international sensation, baby!


Tiers
Twisted Patron
$2 or more per month 1 patron
You can't buy a lot for a dollar these days, but every little bit helps. For people who want to help support my wire creature obsession, but don't have a lot of extra cash. 


 This tier gets you:

 

  • Patreon exclusive shout out -  You'll get a shout out from a monster or two, saying how awesome you are, which will also be immortalized on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). All your friends/family/enemies/frenemies/followers will know how awesome you are and it'll make you feel good!


  • Patreon exclusive behind the scenes photos/videos -  You'll get to see my process and other random things that won't be posted on Instagram, only on Patreon. These could be anything from older sculptures and scrapped pieces to random photos from my journey through life.


  • Patreon exclusive community creature creation - sometimes I have a difficult time deciding what to make next... do I want to make a new cyclops or do I want to make something completely different? Should it have tentacles or a tail? Both? Do I want to add fur? What type/color fur? Do I want to rework an older sculpture and make it more badass? There are countless options that I have to choose from and that can be quite difficult for me sometimes. Maybe you can help me decide! When working on certain sculptures, I'll let y'all cast a vote and you can be part of the creative process! 


*Every tier gets this stuff!* 

Twisted Subscriber
$5 or more per month 1 patron
For people who want to help support my wire creature obsession but also want a little more in return. 


In addition to a monster shout out and behind the scenes posts and community creature creations like the lower tier, you also get bonus Patreon content exclusively for paid subscribers! 


This tier gets you:  

  • Patreon exclusive art in depth  - I'll have some (live?) Q & A sessions about my work where talk about the inspiration/creative process behind specific pieces. Learn more about the methods of my madness!


  • Patreon exclusive photos/videos of works in progress - You'll get to see even more photos and videos of me creating creatures, starting from spools of wire and evolving into badass monsters! See how the magic happens! 


Twisted Customer
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For people who want to support my wire creature obsession and think they might want to buy a creature or two in the future.


You'll still get everything in the lower tiers, but you'll also get early access to new Etsy listings, sales, and discount codes!


This tier gets you:  

 

  • Patreon exclusive Etsy early access - whenever I add a new creature to my Etsy shop or have a sale, I'll post the listing here first before advertising on social media. Be the first to purchase a new creature before the general public and get a discount too! What a deal! 


  • Patreon exclusive Etsy discount code - every month you'll get a discount code for 10% off on most items in my Etsy shop, plus  free domestic shipping! 
Twisted Benefactor
$15 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
For people who want to help support my wire creature obsession and don't mind paying a little extra to get a little extra.


You'll get everything in the lower tiers, plus 15% off all orders in my Etsy shop, and to top it all off, I'll ship you a small wire sculpture as a token of gratitude.


This tier gets you:  


  • Patreon exclusive Etsy discount code - every month you'll get a discount code for 15% off on most items in my Etsy shop, plus free domestic shipping !


  • Patreon exclusive awesome wire hand key ring - as a token of my gratitude, I'll send you a wire hand key ring, designed and made by yours truly so you can keep your keys handy!  



Goals
$20 of $500 per month
When I reach $500 per month, I'll start offering more tier rewards. I think it would be fun to have pictures of my monsters (or other art) printed on T-shirts, coffee mugs, or tote bags for mid-tier members; or offer some limited edition prints for higher tier members. Obviously, this is not set in stone, but it's a starting point.
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~I live for making the world a stranger place... from more whimsical and odd, to more creepy and disturbing.~
Greetings, fellow internet traveler!

If you like original art that is not made anywhere else in the world, then you've come to the right place! My name is Daniel Muir and I make monsters out of copper wire and other recycled/repurposed materials. As a self-taught wire sculptor, I am constantly challenging myself to learn new techniques in order to make my creations more badass over time. I've been making strange creatures out of copper wire and recycled/repurposed materials for over a decade now. Each one of them are unique and designed to bend and pose, arms, legs, fingers, toes, tentacles, and tails. I have spent literally thousands of hours honing my craft and I'm not about to stop now - I can't stop now. I'm in too deep!

I have no shortage of imagination or materials. The major hurdle in sculpting these creatures is time. I never have enough of it. Sometimes at when I'm at a vending gig, people will be looking at my tables covered in dozens of wire monsters and comment that I have too much time on my hands. This couldn't be further from the truth. There are very few things I create that take "just a few hours," especially when I only have a few hours per day (and only on some days), to work on anything at all. A simple piece can take 4-6 hours during any given week, while larger, more complex pieces can take weeks or even months to complete. And sometimes I'll decide I'm unhappy with a piece and unwrap it completely and re-work it into something even better, adding yet more time to an already time-consuming process.

Also, it's just me. I don't have any partners or helpers to lighten my work load. Procuring materials, doing prep work, sculpting the creatures, taking photos for posterity, listing pieces on Etsy, marketing on social media, and everything that comes with vending at events (travel, set up, talking to people all day, tear down, repeat )... it's a lot of work that I mostly don't get paid for. Which kinda sucks.

Creating these creatures is my passion and I would love to do it for a living, but I live in the real world and understand that I need financial help in order to make this a reality.


Here's Where You Come In

As a patron, you'll be helping me create more wire creatures. These can take a long time to make, and not everybody can afford to pay for them. Your contribution would help me focus more on making art and eventually quitting the ol' day job, getting my own studio, and cranking out monsters until my hands are gnarled and useless and I die of old age surrounded by scrap wire and doll parts. Well, that's one long term goal anyway.

In addition to helping me create new and better monsters more often, you're also helping me with basic living expenses my day job doesn't always cover and my art rarely does. Artists have eat and pay for shelter too, and unfortunately we can't always do it by selling our art. I have bills and student loans that won't stop anytime soon. My car is old and falling apart. My cats have vet bills. I like fine scotch and the world is nuts. I need new shoes. Did I mention I have bills and student loans that won't stop anytime soon? I did? Well, that's because these things weigh heavily on my mind, as I'm sure most people understand.

You can help make my dream a reality, get some bonus content, behind the scenes access, and even be part of the creative process along the way!


What You Get

You will get stuff in return as well! Including, but not limited to:

  • A monster with a tiny sign will tell everyone on social media how awesome you are!
  • Bonus behind the scenes content!
  • The ability to vote on what I might create next!
  • In depth artist commentary
  • Discount codes for my Etsy shop!
  • Early access to new sculptures!
  • Maybe even a mystery sculpture in the mail once I figure out logistics...
  • Other content/stuff I haven't thought of yet!
  • More and better content/stuff once I can afford it!
That's it for now... I'm sure the rewards will change over time, but until then, I'm out of ideas.

To see more examples of my work, check out some of the following links:

Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwistedCopper
Website - https://twisted-copper.squarespace.com/
Instagram - https://instagram.com/twisted_copper



How I Got Started (a somewhat brief history)


Technically, my interest in wire as a medium started in my high school art class where I found I had a knack for assemblage after raiding the metal scrap bin. It was then that I discovered how versatile wire could be and used to piece together some cool creatures. However, this was high school and at that time, I wanted to be a writer, so I only focused on art for school projects and rarely on my own.

I didn't get too serious about wire sculpture until my mid 20s. It was an accident. I started dabbling in assemblage again because I needed a hobby. I had been living in a southern Oregon town with little to do, I didn't have much spare time outside of work and at one point I lived in a house way out in the country with bad television reception and no internet for a full year. So yeah, I needed a hobby.

But the kicker was when I started playing with scrap copper wire as a way to pass the time during my break time at work. One day I made a little scorpion out of a couple strands of wire and thought to myself, what else can I make with this stuff? I worked at an electric motor repair shop at the time. There was no shortage of scrap wire. I got permission from my boss to take some home for art projects and that's when my obsession truly began.

I spent what little spare time I had constantly experimenting with wire. I kept a Leatherman and some wire on me at all times, just in case I had the opportunity to twist something up. I started filling up my home with bigger scorpions, giant spiders, bizarre creatures twisted out of copper.
Eventually, people began telling me I was an artist. Until then, I hadn't thought of myself that way. I was just a guy with an unusual hobby.

In 2009 I ended up moving to Portland. Having bought over 50 lbs of scrap wire from my old job for super cheap, I had plenty to continue honing my craft. Plus, there was a decent art market in Portland, and I felt I was finally ready to try to sell some of my creations. Naturally, it was slow going at first. I'd try to sell at local street fairs and art markets that were either free or inexpensive to vend. I'd rarely sell much, and I'd get lots of compliments, but it was enough to keep me from giving up.

My art evolved, of course. I look back at some of my older work now and cringe. And then I marvel at the progress I've made. My sculptures became more colorful, more detailed, more... badass. I began implementing different materials like beads, yarn, nails, and doll parts. I began to actually sell pieces on a semi regular basis. Some people would to ask me to make custom pieces just for them in exchange for cash. That is a good feeling. I've even sold some pieces to people who live in different states, and different countries like Canada and the U.K. I've even shipped pieces to on the other side of the world to Australia and the Philippines! I'm an international sensation, baby!


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Tiers
Twisted Patron
$2 or more per month 1 patron
You can't buy a lot for a dollar these days, but every little bit helps. For people who want to help support my wire creature obsession, but don't have a lot of extra cash. 


 This tier gets you:

 

  • Patreon exclusive shout out -  You'll get a shout out from a monster or two, saying how awesome you are, which will also be immortalized on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). All your friends/family/enemies/frenemies/followers will know how awesome you are and it'll make you feel good!


  • Patreon exclusive behind the scenes photos/videos -  You'll get to see my process and other random things that won't be posted on Instagram, only on Patreon. These could be anything from older sculptures and scrapped pieces to random photos from my journey through life.


  • Patreon exclusive community creature creation - sometimes I have a difficult time deciding what to make next... do I want to make a new cyclops or do I want to make something completely different? Should it have tentacles or a tail? Both? Do I want to add fur? What type/color fur? Do I want to rework an older sculpture and make it more badass? There are countless options that I have to choose from and that can be quite difficult for me sometimes. Maybe you can help me decide! When working on certain sculptures, I'll let y'all cast a vote and you can be part of the creative process! 


*Every tier gets this stuff!* 

Twisted Subscriber
$5 or more per month 1 patron
For people who want to help support my wire creature obsession but also want a little more in return. 


In addition to a monster shout out and behind the scenes posts and community creature creations like the lower tier, you also get bonus Patreon content exclusively for paid subscribers! 


This tier gets you:  

  • Patreon exclusive art in depth  - I'll have some (live?) Q & A sessions about my work where talk about the inspiration/creative process behind specific pieces. Learn more about the methods of my madness!


  • Patreon exclusive photos/videos of works in progress - You'll get to see even more photos and videos of me creating creatures, starting from spools of wire and evolving into badass monsters! See how the magic happens! 


Twisted Customer
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For people who want to support my wire creature obsession and think they might want to buy a creature or two in the future.


You'll still get everything in the lower tiers, but you'll also get early access to new Etsy listings, sales, and discount codes!


This tier gets you:  

 

  • Patreon exclusive Etsy early access - whenever I add a new creature to my Etsy shop or have a sale, I'll post the listing here first before advertising on social media. Be the first to purchase a new creature before the general public and get a discount too! What a deal! 


  • Patreon exclusive Etsy discount code - every month you'll get a discount code for 10% off on most items in my Etsy shop, plus  free domestic shipping! 
Twisted Benefactor
$15 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
For people who want to help support my wire creature obsession and don't mind paying a little extra to get a little extra.


You'll get everything in the lower tiers, plus 15% off all orders in my Etsy shop, and to top it all off, I'll ship you a small wire sculpture as a token of gratitude.


This tier gets you:  


  • Patreon exclusive Etsy discount code - every month you'll get a discount code for 15% off on most items in my Etsy shop, plus free domestic shipping !


  • Patreon exclusive awesome wire hand key ring - as a token of my gratitude, I'll send you a wire hand key ring, designed and made by yours truly so you can keep your keys handy!