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praying mantis stake

by Catherine Murphy $58.00
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Coppery Crawlies

Captivated by copper's warm, autumnal color and its malleable qualities, Catherine Murphy and her team have transformed this ubiquitous metal--used to create American's smallest coinage, the penny--into one-of-a-kind artworks. Using a hammer, vise, anvil, and oxy-acetylene torch, they fold, forge, and anneal copper transforming it into a three-dimensional interpretation of a playful praying mantis. Propped on an extra tall garden stake, this rare critter will be easy to spot as he peers over your yard or garden, greeting visitors with his enchanting, hand-crafted character. Handmade in North Carolina.

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Handmade
Item ID
21592
Made from
copper
Measurements
8.5" L x 6" W x 9" H; Stake: 36" H
Notes
Finished with a clear coat, designed for year-round outdoor use.
  • the maker
Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy

Growing up in a military family, Catherine Murphy spent her childhood traveling around the world and experiencing every locale's characteristic outdoor sites. Eventually, she settled in North Carolina and started a career working with metal and helping to create impressive high-rise construction projects, but Catherine never lost her fascination with the natural world and she longed to fuse her passion for nature with her talent for metalworking. Her outlet for this irresistible desire finally came in the form of one, especially intriguing metal: copper. collection

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PRAYING MANTIS STAKE
 
4.7

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (94)
  • Easy to secure (56)
  • Visible at A distance (53)
  • Weather proof (45)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

  • Bends/blows away (4)

Best Uses

  • Garden (80)
  • Back yard (61)
  • Front yard (55)
  • Porch (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (78), Budget shopper (9), High-end shopper (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (79), No (18)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (35), Mother (22), Self (16), Wife (9), Child (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (59), Other (15), Birthday (14), Mother’s day (6)

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5.0

Just as promised

By 

from Greenville, SC

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Front Yard
    • Garden
    • Porch

    Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

    Gave as a gift - recipient loved the look and design.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Made my mom smile

    By 

    from NM

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Front Yard

      Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

      Mom loved it

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Mother
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Mother’s Day

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      coolest cooper ever!

      By 

      from naples, florida

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Secure
      • Visible At A Distance
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back Yard
        • Front Yard
        • Garden
        • Porch

        Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

        My husband and I give each other traditional anniversary gifts. Year seven is cooper, not so easy to find. Things made of cooper are really expensive or cheesy, but not at uncommon goods. The praying mantis was the perfect gift.
        Not to big and neat to look at. My husband loved it to. Also my package was delivered on time as promised.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Husband
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Anniversary

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice, but with caveats

        By 

        from on the coast

        About Me High-end Shopper

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

        • Horrible Packaging
        • Inadequate Stake

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

        I like the look of this fellow, and I like that he is big enough to see easily when placed in the border. The leaf has a nice patina applied to it. However, I cannot give the product full marks for two reasons. First, the very thin stake provided is flimsy and has no anchoring "foot" (that double prong at the bottom that you often see on bird-feeder or hose stands), so in my sandy soil I have to push it in quite deep to get any hold. That means the ornament stands much lower than I would like. Second, the way it was packaged for shipping is ridiculously bad. The decorative section was wrapped in one sheet of bubble wrap, while the stake was not padded and was loosely secured to the inside of the box with clear packing tape. The flimsy box arrived crushed on one end (fortunately the empty end) and falling apart. It took me ages to get the packing tape off of the stake (imagine removing super-sticky packing tape that had been wrapped around and around a wire clothes hanger, and you will get the idea). The feelers and other bits of the mantis were bent up and needed to be straightened out. How hard would it be to add some balled-up newspaper or something to the package?

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good value

        By 

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Budget Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Secure
        • Visible At A Distance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard
          • Front Yard
          • Garden
          • Porch

          Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

          Good product, parents really enjoyed it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Mother
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          It's nice

          By 

          from washington dc

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

            Product was a little bigger than I expected, but nice nonetheless. Seems like a high quality item.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Mother
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Nice Piece

            By 

            from West Chester, OH

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Secure
            • Real Copper
            • Very attractive
            • Visible At A Distance
            • Weather Resistant
            • Well Crafted

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Back Yard
            • Front Yard
            • Garden

            Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

            Good buy. I recommend it. Big enough, but not too big. Arrived quickly and un-damaged.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Wife
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The cutest garden accessory EVER!

            By 

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back Yard
              • Front Yard
              • Garden
              • Porch

              Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

              I bought this as a gift and had such a hard time parting with it! It's designed very well. I'm ordering one for my yard now.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              poor packaging, poor quality

              By 

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Pros

              • Attractive Design

              Cons

              • Bends/Blows Away

              Best Uses

                Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

                Packaged poorly. Bubble wrap barely covered the grasshopper, and this was the ONLY packaging. Stake was loose and banging around in the box. Grasshopper bent immediately upon trying to insert stake. Thin copper sheet metal. Will be returning. Definitely NOT worth the price. Too bad; it's cute.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Mother
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Mother’s Day

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Cute and beautiful

                By 

                from Illinois

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Secure
                • Visible At A Distance
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Yard
                  • Front Yard
                  • Garden
                  • Porch

                  Comments about PRAYING MANTIS STAKE:

                  Used in landscaping in front of the house.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Wife
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Other

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