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Miniature animal skulls cast in bronze, silver and gold, created in exquisite detail using CT scans and 3D printing
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About the Project

In my previous Kickstarter project, I created a digital menagerie of dozens of finely-detailed animal skulls, each derived from a CT scan of an actual specimen.  The digital files were used to make a 3D prints in various sizes and materials.

These skulls were intended primarily as desktop sculptures to highlight the incredible beauty of nature's designs.

I now present Skulptures, a collection of miniatures in exquisite detail, cast in bronze, brass, silver and gold. They can be worn as pendants and earrings, or exhibited as collectibles in tiny glass bell jar displays.

Spider Monkey in Bronze with Bell Jar Display
Spider Monkey in Bronze with Bell Jar Display
Alligator pendant in brass
Alligator pendant in brass
Chimpanzee Keyring
Chimpanzee Keyring
Skulptures in brass as bracelet charms
Skulptures in brass as bracelet charms
Impala earrings in brass
Impala earrings in brass

WHY?

As a biologist and passionate lover of our natural world, I wanted to capture the details of the structure and essence of each animal in the collection.  With its highly accurate rendering of skeletal structure, a CT scan is an ideal tool for peering into the structures and souls of these animals.  

Skulptures display the minute details of an actual individual animal as a representative of its species.  Each sculpture is in effect a “memento mori” or remembrance of the life and death of the individual and of the species.

A collection of skeletal memorabilia is something I have always wanted to create.  Finally, the perfect convergence of CT scanning, software development, 3D printing, and lost wax casting allows the creation of these Skulptures.

The Skulptures Collection

For this project, I have prepared a set of 18 tiny skulls, cast in white bronze, yellow bronze, brass, sterling silver and gold. They will be available at low promotional prices exclusively for this Kickstarter project.

Each skull comes with an 18 inch chain, and a postcard "biography" showing the animal skull in comparison to the size of the  pendant, and a brief discussion of the salient features of the animal.

Information card showing the size of the animal skull compared to the pendant
Information card showing the size of the animal skull compared to the pendant
Back side of the card giving details of the habits, anatomical feature, species relationship, and cultural references
Back side of the card giving details of the habits, anatomical feature, species relationship, and cultural references

At some of the reward tiers, Skulptures come with a glass bell jar on a stand.  Each replica is cast with a tiny hollow collar on the underside allowing you to mount the skull on the stand.

New SKULPTURES!

Let's not forget the primate, Homo sapiens
Let's not forget the primate, Homo sapiens
For the cowboys among us:  A bull with horns
For the cowboys among us: A bull with horns

Process and Production

I start with a high resolution CT scan of each animal skull.  Then, using radiology and 3D modeling software, I create a detailed digital model of the skull optimized for 3D printing.  With the detail of the original CT scan retained throughout the modeling process, each model is scaled down to a standard size suitable for a pendant.

The final model is sent to a 3D printer where a master is created in high resolution.  From there, the master is sent to a foundry that specializes in casting, fabrication and production services for the jewelry industry.  The tiny skull is molded in silicone, and used to make wax models for casting in precious metals.

High resolution acrylic prototype print of the Ram skull pendant - See $15 Reward Tier
High resolution acrylic prototype print of the Ram skull pendant - See $15 Reward Tier
Metal master print in silicone mold
Metal master print in silicone mold
Wax model ready for casting in precious metal
Wax model ready for casting in precious metal

The REWARDS

Each Skulpture in the collection is cast with both a loop and a collar.  The loop at the back of the skull allows the piece to be worn as a pendant on an 18" chain that is included in every reward. In addition, each piece has a tiny collar at the base of the skull so that it can be mounted on a brass rod within a tiny glass bell jar on a stand.

The Metal Castings

To fulfill the rewards for this Kickstarter project, the Skulptures for this production run will be cast in white bronze, yellow bronze, brass, sterling silver and 14K gold.

Why I Need Your Support

I will be using money from this project to fund a casting production run in bronze, silver and gold.

Based on the suggestions and interests of supporters, I plan to create additional designs such as earrings and bracelet charms and to develop specialized animal collections such as endangered species, large cats, fossil animals, and others.

Funding will also go towards an online presence as well as efforts to offer Skulptures to nature enthusiasts and collectors through gift shops at natural history and science museums.

In addition, as I learned from my previous Kickstarter project, supporters are an enthusiastic and valuable resource for providing suggestions and assistance in focusing and shaping my project efforts.  I THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

Having gained experience from my previous Kickstarter project, I have already encountered and worked out the software and technical problems involved in going from skull to CT scan, to 3D printing, to lost wax casting. That said, there are always new challenges that arise. For one, this project utilizes lost wax casting which is being done by a company in Philadelphia. To assure that this aspect of the project will function smoothly, I have visited the company and spent time with the owner, discussing all the details of producing the pieces and delivering them on schedule.

Another challenge in starting this project now is to make sure that I fulfill all of the rewards of my previous Kickstarter project which the same skulls which I have miniaturized for my current project. There are only about a dozen rewards pending, and these are already being printed. They will be sent to my backers within 10 days.

With your support, I am prepared to take on the challenges of my second Kickstarter project.

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    One acrylic plastic prototype skull as described in more detail in Update #5. These are the test models described in the project description. They can be worn as a necklace or kept as a souvenir of the Skulptures Collection on Kickstarter

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! - CROW SKULL in bronze. Take advantage of this early bird price and help me get the project off the ground and flying! Includes 18 inch chain.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! - BUCK SKULL in bronze. Take advantage of this early bird price and help me get the project off the ground and running! Includes 18 inch chain.

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    ONE SKULL OF YOUR CHOICE in bronze. Includes 18 inch chain.

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    TWO SKULLS OF YOUR CHOICE in brass, white bronze or yellow bronze. Includes two 18 inch chains OR Earring findings

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    1 SKULL OF YOUR CHOICE in STERLING SILVER. Includes 18 inch chain AND glass bell jar display.

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