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I want to produce a set of flaming dinosaur skull enamel pins. Because they would be awesome.
Dinosaurs sported some of the most distinctive, beautiful, and imposing skulls in all of the animal kingdom. So I lit them on fire and turned them into enamel pins!
Dinosaurs sported some of the most distinctive, beautiful, and imposing skulls in all of the animal kingdom. So I lit them on fire and turned them into enamel pins!
120 backers pledged $3,810 to help bring this project to life.

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I want to produce a set of flaming dinosaur skull enamel pins. Because they would be awesome.

Flaming Dinosaur Skull Enamel Pins!

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All four Flaming Dinosaur Skull designs
All four Flaming Dinosaur Skull designs

Hi. I'm David and I love dinosaurs. For years, I've been creating designs for scientists and science enthusiasts - especially the paleontology community. I enjoy creating this work for the fun of it, but I also love the way garments and accessories can be little hooks to spur conversation. I always hope that my customers find that my designs help them connect with fellow lovers of prehistory and maybe even share some knowledge with a curious mind or two.

The idea to do a set of pins based on dinosaur skulls came about after a recent trip to Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where I obsessively photographed and sketched a number of beautiful fossil mounts. I was particularly happy with an illustration I created of Torosaurus, and felt it would look amazing as a little pin.  Since I like doing series of designs, I pored through my library of fossil photos, picked some more favorites (around a theme of iconic dinosaurs from Cretaceous North America), and began rendering them in a similar style. 

Then I had the idea to turn them into badass fireballs of prehistoric fury, and I knew I had to create this campaign. The world needs flaming dinosaur skulls.

Mockup of a finished soft enamel pin
Mockup of a finished soft enamel pin
Mockups of the pins mounted on their branded cards.
Mockups of the pins mounted on their branded cards.

I chose a 38mm/ 1.5" width as it is large enough to do a nice amount of detail but not so large as to be overwhelming. The pins will each have two posts to provide stability. The filled color areas will be just a bit recessed (that's what is called a "soft enamel" process), and the line work will be in a cool matte black metal. They're going to look great!

I've been selling nature-inspired stickers for about a year at the Blue Aster Studio Etsy shop, and I've got a manufacturer I love working with. The flaming dinosaur skull vinyl decals will have a nice glossy coating and be weatherproof and durable. They will measure 4" or 102mm wide.

To see what else I've done, please check out my natural history illustration portfolio, my shops at Redbubble and Etsymy work for Studio 252MYA, and my long-running dinosaur blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.

I'm happy with the flaming dinosaur skulls artwork, I've found a manufacturer I like and I'm stoked to see these produced. So now I'm going to do that, with your help!

Risks and challenges

I've never made enamel pins before! So it's a new process. That said, I have had discussions with manufacturers about how to optimize my designs for the manufacturing process, and have revised the art accordingly. There's still the chance that I'll need to make small tweaks to the designs to ensure the best quality product.

This is my second crowdfunding campaign and I have extensive professional experience in seeing projects through conception to production, so I am confident that I can deliver these pins as promised. And if there are any hiccups that delay delivery, I'll be sure to keep you informed via updates!

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    One Sticker

    Your pledge of $4 earns your choice of any of the four pin designs, in durable glossy vinyl decal form! Each sticker will measure 4 inches/ 102mm.

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    You get one pin of your choice! Pick Deinonychus, Torosaurus, Parasaurolophus, or Gorgosaurus.

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    You get two pins from the set, your choice! You could go all herbivore, all carnivore, or mix it up. You pick!

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    Flaming Dinosaur Skull + Stickers Set

    You get four pins of your choice and all four of the vinyl decals!

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    Five pins + five stickers full set

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    Six pins + six stickers full set

    Another great deal! A full set of the original four dinosaur skulls plus the two stretch goal designs. Six enamel pins and six stickers.

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