I'm making a video to show how I create Dreams of the Dead Sugar Skulls. The trailer above is a sample. The actual skulls (large and mini) are my rewards. Backers will get their skulls before Halloween and Days of the Dead.
Inspired by Mexico's Days of the Dead, my artworks are like tiny theaters. I cast large skulls in sugar, hollow them out, fill them with tiny scenes, and add LED lights. The 30 steps include: sculpting sugar paste, making headdresses, airbrushing and painting with professional food color. Finally, I seal them to last indefinitely.
I'm asking for a few bucks for some special camera lenses, for a making-of video. In return, backers choose from large or mini- skulls (great gifts). AND: I'll add your name to the [Sweet Thanks, I'm Eternally Grateful to] credits on the video. But there's no waiting for the skulls: I'll start shipping the day the campaign ends!
Each skull tells a story. It's like looking into a tiny theater, complete with actors, stage sets, and lighting. Like real dreams, they're open to interpretation.
Gift them, hang them or post a note in the round clip. I hand make these silly little skulls from real sugar and sugar paste, and seal them to last.
Little Devils Mini-Skulls ($19 pledge)
Fiesta Skulls Set of 4 ($40 pledge)
Custom Skulls and Glass Domes
Want your very own custom skull? I make them for businesses, as remembrances, and for holiday gifts. It's a $525 pledge; contact me for info. Also, glass domes add a Victorian look; they really make the large skulls pop, and protect them from dust. If you're pledging for a large skull, let me know if you're interested in a dome (it fits the stand that comes with most large skulls).
My Project: A Making-Of Video
I've found that still shots aren't enough: I need videos to present to gallery owners and clients. My Dreams of the Dead skulls aren't just 3D, the interior scenes make them almost 4D, and truly unique. A video helps show this and the craftsmanship that goes into them.
To capture the interior details, I need special lenses, which cost about $400. Any extra pledges will go to a rotating turntable, tabletop tripod, and special lighting equipment (other items I really need). But I'll be eternally grateful just to meet my goal! Some Kickstarter projects do exceed their goals, and that would be swell: these skulls are especially challenging to shoot, and good photo equipment helps a lot.
My main "making-of" video captures the overall process. After that, each new skull I make deserves its own short video, showing the skull from inside and out, lit and unlit, with and without a glass dome.
I'll credit my backers with huge thanks in the main video, on a screen entitled "Eternally Grateful to..." The video is free and will be viewable online (I'll notify you when it's up). But right off the bat, every backer gets a real sugar skull of some kind: a physical art piece you can hold, walk around, and share with friends.
Risks and challenges
Good news: The rewards are ready to ship, so there's no problem with fulfillment. The main video should be completed by March 2014 or sooner, and I'll notify backers as soon as the thank-you credits are rolling; it will be available online, so there's no shipping for the video. I'm allowing 2 weeks for Kickstarter's credit card processing and the skulls to arrive at your door; they should be in your hands several days before Halloween. It's possible a large skull could break during shipping, but I pack them better than an Egyptian mummy, and I also insure the packages during shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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