THE SIXTH COLLECTION!
MINIATURE SKULLS & FOSSILS DIRECT FROM NATURE
Fire & Bone makes tiny, true-to-life, natural history jewelry and collectibles derived from high-resolution scans of original specimens, carefully miniaturized in a digital process, then cast in metal using traditional techniques. Each pendant can be worn or displayed on an optional wood collectors base.
This is our sixth Kickstarter collection and this campaign is all about fossils, dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals! We’re adding three amazing dinosaurs including a T-Rex, plus, we’ve added to our popular line of skull earrings, and we’re very excited to introduce a brand new line of fossils pendants including a Trilobite and Archaeopteryx!
Like us, our incredible backers are passionate naturalists, miniature collectors, animal lovers, and dinosaur enthusiasts and we hope you get as big a kick from wearing, examining, and displaying these tiny new pieces as we do.
THE NEW COLLECTION
NEW DINOSAUR SKULLS!
Our sixth collect starts with three iconic dinos: The Archaeopteryx, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus Rex with a "Must go faster" hinged jaw! ;-)
Since founding Fire & Bone we’ve wanted to add more dinos to our collection. Obtaining suitable specimens to scan proved incredibly difficult and cost prohibitive so we decided to put our 3D-modeling expertise to good use and digitally sculpt our own.
Drawing from detailed photographs, drawings, and available data we created incredibly detailed and accurate sculptures and then used our process to miniaturize and cast them in metal.
BRAND NEW “EXCAVATED” FOSSILS!
We have always been fascinated by fossils. They are snapshots of the past that let us travel back in time. Using a 3D depth mapping process, we’ve created a brand new series of framed relief fossil pendants including the famed Berlin Specimen Archaeopteryx discovered in 1875.
Each pendant features a different iconic fossil as it appeared when it was unearthed and carefully excavated by its discoverers. They make incredible pedants, and with the optional display bases we think they’ll look great in your mini museum (next to your tiny skulls!).
We’ve also added to our popular line of skull earrings. You can now adorn your lobes with the Dire Wolf, Saber-Toothed Cat, or Velociraptor.
At about 10-15mm long, they're tiny tiny versions of our already tiny skulls, and they still manage to retain that amazing Fire & Bone detail. Each has a pendant counterpart that is available on our web store.
Our process begins by digitally scanning real animal skulls. We work with a company that uses a proprietary 3D scanning process to digitally capture animal skulls in very high detail. We are thrilled with the level of detail we get from this method, which isn't possible with consumer-level 3D scanners.
To work with fossils and dinosaurs, our process is slightly different. To create the fossil relief pendants, we have developed a new scanning method that uses depth map technology to generate a 3D model. With this process, we are able to faithfully recreate and miniaturize fossil images and maintain the form and shape that has lain dormant for sometimes hundreds of millions of years!
Also, note that as fossils and dinosaur skull specimens are hard to access, these pieces incorporate our own artistry derived from paleontological research, imagery, and other data to remain true to our mission.
We then scale the pieces down to a size suitable for collection or jewelry. Our entire process is designed to retain an unprecedented amount of detail from the original specimen.
To make the final pieces, we reproduce the miniature model in wax with a professional level high-resolution 3D printer. With our wax model we make a master mold which allows us to cast the skulls in any metal using traditional lost-wax casting. We work with a family owned foundry in the U.S. with decades of experience producing large production runs of small delicate pieces.
PLEDGING FOR MULTIPLE TIERS
If you'd like to pledge for multiple reward tiers, simply add up the total amount to cover each reward that you would like (but just select one reward at checkout). After the campaign, we will send you a survey where you can tell us exactly which items you would like.
For example, if you would like 1 skull pendant and 1 pair of skull earrings, pledge $68 ($35 + $33), but select just the "1 SKULL or FOSSIL of YOUR CHOICE + CHAIN" reward at checkout, and then add the cost of shipping when prompted based on your location. We'll get your skull/fossil species and metal choices and shipping information after the campaign.
You will also have the opportunity to add items to your order after the campaign through BackerKit, including pieces from our previous campaigns!
FIRE & BONE AND KICKSTARTER
In sharing this new collection, we recognized what an amazing community Kickstarter has been for us. We launched our very first campaign nearly 5 years ago, and we’ve been incredibly grateful for the support to keep this project going.
With Kickstarter, we get to test demand for new skulls and products, and offer special pricing to our backers. We also have a great platform for communicating with our fans and collecting suggestions for future species. If this campaign is successful, we will be able to keep growing our collection and continue to build this project together with you.
If you missed our previous campaigns, those collections are now available on our site - www.fireandbone.com. We now have over 50 skull species, and we're excited to continue to add more! Even though we have made some great steps since we first launched – you may see Fire & Bone pieces sold at your favorite natural history museum or oddity shop :) – we are still primarily three guys who do this as a passion. Kickstarter lets us find people who share that passion.
Here are a few of the nice things people have said about our tiny animal skulls:
"Absolutely love my arctic fox pendant. Really well made, not too heavy around my neck, and exactly what I hoped for. The articulated jaw is my favorite part." - Katie H.
“I purchased a bronze horned owl and I love it!! Can't wait to wear it and when I'm not wearing it it will be in display in my home! I'm picking out my next piece to make a collection. Well made and wonderfully interesting.” - Amanda B.
“I got my jaguar skull necklace in the mail today. And I'm blown away at the detail! I'm so happy and I also love the stand! It's totally worth the extra $5” - Tegan C.
“As a massive lover of anything related to animals, these beautiful necklaces absolutely won my heart the moment I looked at them. The detail, hinged jaw, and overall quality of the skull when it arrived was outstanding.” - Elise M.
"Gorgeous jewelry created from life, perfect in detail and look. I have 3 of them, along with the stand and chain. Highly recommend Fire & Bone." - Deborah W.
"My bear skull with the cool articulated jaw just arrived! Exquisite! One of my favorite Kickstarter projects so far." - Nancy J.
"Just got my Roe Deer and Black Bear in the mail...you guys have absolutely outdone yourselves! They exceeded all of my expectations - I cannot wait to wear such an interesting piece of jewelry. Anyone who's looking around and thinking about buying any of Fire & Bone's pieces, go for it! You will not be disappointed!" - Jennifer C.
"I received my skulls and I just wanted to say that I'm still impressed every time I look at them. The quality is commendable - for something so small, the detail is incredible. They make a wonderful talking-piece displayed on the little stands I received with them." - Jake D.
"My sabertooth cat arrived today. Completely, absolutely unequivocally love love love it & the fact it's from a real skull just makes it incredibly special! Thank you so much!" - Rebecca M.
"Have it. Love it! I wear it all the time and always get compliments on it." - Acacia S.
"If anyone here doesn't have one of these. Get one! They are amazing. Thank you so much for the Dire Wolf. I can't wait to be able to order more." - Alex K.
"These are gorgeous and unique pieces. I got my girlfriend a bear's skull from the first run and she absolutely loved it. I highly recommend this great project." - Gian D.
"Just wanted to say how amazing my jaguar skull is! Thank you!" - Emma L.
"I’ve got their lion, grey wolf, and a gemsbok from their last KickStarter. They’re beautiful pieces." - @canisdemachina
"I have the croc and the jaguar and they are both incredibly beautiful! I'm in love!" - @fancyunicornparty
We couldn't do this without you. Let us know what you think in the comments, and keep those skull (and fossil!) suggestions coming!
-Jason, Chris, & Matt.
Risks and challenges
There can be production challenges associated with any manufacturing project (delays, equipment failure, theft, etc.), but we've been through this before and have a lot of confidence in our ability to fulfill this campaign in a timely fashion. We have built a strong working relationship with our foundry and are supremely confident in their ability to meet any level of demand.
Another unique challenge for us is that molds wear out over time. We have a lot of experience in jewelry design and metal casting, and we know how to plan for this. As many people have discovered, 3D scanning, design, and printing all require expertise. We are veteran users of these technologies and have worked in many high-stress situations to develop great products. Fire & Bone is not just a passion for us, it’s totally in our wheelhouse. Last, it's important to bear in mind the difficulty of getting access to more specimens for future castings - we definitely need your help to have a chance to scan more of these specimens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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