A local company gives anyone with a soft spot for longhorns, deer, elephants and other wild animals an unusual way to infuse nature into their homes and offices.
Chandler-based Wall Charmers sells faux animal heads, which are sculptures resembling furry and feathered creatures. No animals are hurt or used to create the pieces.
The environmentally friendly polyresin wall hangings painted with acrylic, eco-friendly paint come with a keyhole or hook on the back so they can be hung on a wall with a strong nail.
They come in 22 base colors, including mint green, rich gold, navy blue and bronze, and resemble more than 50 animals, including deer, longhorns, moose, giraffes, horses, bears, rhinoceroses, gorillas, wolves and zebras. Customers also can choose glow-in-the-dark colors.
Some animal faces look like magical creatures, unicorns and Tyrannosaurus rex.
Customers can also choose longhorns and some other animals in the design of a head, a skull or a mini-skull and a hand-carved skull.
“We try to have fun with it,” Wall Charmers co-owner Lance Robinson said. “We try to make sure the designs are really cool. The level of detail is really unique. The color customization is exactly what you want. Every piece you get is unique and custom to you. We’re trying to bring in fun, unique stuff you can’t find anywhere.”
Customers can tailor the lightweight whimsical and fierce-looking animal artwork to their tastes, adding gold and silver glitter if they like and asking for different parts of the faces to be painted different colors.
Red deer with gold antlers are popular choices around Christmas. Other color combinations customers buy sometimes are elephants with white heads and gold tusks and longhorns with black heads and bronze antlers.
Some are functional including faux deer tabletop jewelry holder racks. Wall Charmers also offers other types of creations including ceramic emoji coffee mugs and animal wine bottle holders.
The artists carve intricate details into the polyresin sculptures to bring out realistic animal features but still create a chic feel, Robinson said.
The other co-owner is Robinson’s friend Viktor Morozov. They and several other employees work out of a warehouse and a few offices on Boxelder Place, though the company hires some remote contract workers who are based in other cities and states.
Deer are among the most popular choices of animal heads at Wall Charmers, Robinson said. Lions, longhorns, elephants and rhinoceroses are also well-liked. Some customers really like the artwork that looks like human skulls, especially around Halloween.
“We’re not trying to mirror the exact size of the animal,” Robinson said. “We want to have some type of symmetry.”
The mini wall hangings are on average 10-by-8-by-4 inches, while the large wall-hanging sculptures are on average 21-by-17-by-15 inches. The minis weigh on average four pounds while large ones on average weigh 7 pounds and some are as heavy as 13 pounds.
Robinson said many of their customers are women ages 25 to 44, including some who buy the sculptures to hang in babies’ nurseries. Some people buy the large lion heads to hang above men’s beds. Others like to use the faux taxidermy to accentuate a gallery wall or collage of pictures.
Some fans of the show “Game of Thrones” have bought the black wolf sculptures.
Some of the mini animal heads cost $35 on sale, while some of the larger ones cost $125.
Wall Charmers draws many customers from Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, as well as some clients in Japan. Many customers also live in Chandler.
Since Wall Charmers opened about two years ago, the business has been busy, Robinson said.
“We’ve been growing really rapidly,” he said. “We’re profitable. It started slow and then it kind of quickly started ramping up.”
Wall Charmers gets hundreds of orders every week, Robinson added. The products are for sale online on Amazon, Etsy, eBay and Houzz. Wall Charmers items are also sold in HomeGoods brick-and-mortar stores in Canada.
Robinson said the concept for Wall Charmers grew partly out of his experience as a volunteer art teacher in college in South Phoenix. He helped elementary school children create art through The Salvation Army program.
“It was fun,” Robinson said. “I’m not a really good artist, but I kind of liked it. I’d make paper airplanes. I found the fun in not being super serious.”
He said as he “got more and more into decorating” at home, he “wanted to find more and more ways to bring nature” into décor.
Some new products Wall Charmers will start selling this year include improved unicorns and more moose, cow and steer skulls in more designs, stones and colors, as well as more natural-looking animal heads.