About a year ago I hit on the idea of the skull mug. I wanted to create a mug that really looked like a skull, something that was true to form and with lots of details. The light bulb moment was realising I could be a different by applying new technology and my modelling and mould making skills. It took both a traditional hands-on modelling, mixed with 3D CAD and 3D printing, to achieve the desired result.
The mug is an accurate take of a real human skull because I started with real skull scans and worked to retain as much of the form and detail when creating the mug shape. I repeatedly tested the shapes modelled in CAD software, 3D printing the results, again and again until I eventually got the elegant shape and form I sought. It took many prototype prints.
The mug is made from the best English white fine bone china and manufactured in the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
The oval top diameters are 80mm (3.1inch) and 90mm (3.5inch). It has a height of 113mm (4.4inch). The mug comfortably holds 16 oz (1 Pint USA) of liquid. At 500ml, the mug is full to the brim.
This picture below shows why this mug is a bit special. All it takes to get this effect is to hold a bright hand torch behind the mug so that the beam of light shines through the whole body of the mug. This may make a fun ''BOO'' event at Halloween.
As fine white bone china is translucent, any light in the mug can be used to make the mug light up and glow, this emphasizes the detail in all its spookiness, it is also very strong material for its weight.
You can take a hot drink of coffee or tea or just fill with an ice cold drink. There is room for the head from a can of beer.
It makes a great gift and owning this Skull Mug will gain some attention on Halloween.
Risks and challenges
The mug can be manufactured in large numbers.
I have been careful in securing the services of a quality specialist casting company in Stoke-on-Trent, known in the UK as the Potteries. A small test production run has been completed successfully.
So what can go wrong? Hopefully not production. The casting company are used to producing this kind of product. Production should scale even to a really resounding successful project and with reasonable delivery dates for everyone.
I have researched packaging and shipping and have decided on box manufacturers and shippers.
So what is next? I will manage and quality assure the production runs, pack and ship and keep you informed, with updates. I have access to good help and I am determined to meet the challenge.
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