About this project
THE BIG PICTURE
Fire & Bone is a new line of amazing, true-to-life jewelry and collectibles derived from real animal skulls.
These pieces look beautiful both as pendants or when displayed as collector's items.
We take full advantage of exciting new technologies, including 3D scanning and 3D printing, to create something that's not available anywhere else: miniature skulls that are highly detailed and faithful to nature's design.
Each skull is cast in bronze, silver, or gold with traditional techniques, so Fire & Bone is both cutting edge and ancient; a modern twist on a timeless fascination with the animal world.
We’ve worked very hard to get everything in place. We just need your help to put it in motion!
Each piece in our first collection is a replica of the original skull and can be worn as a pendant (18" chain included) or displayed on a base. The display base is made of white birch wood with a beautiful walnut stain, lacquered for protection. The display base is optional and not included with every reward tier.
The pieces retain incredible detail to let you appreciate the animal’s teeth, antlers, cranial structure, etc. As a result, when you’re wearing a Fire & Bone piece, you are able to carry the spirit of the animal around with you. It’s an ancient fascination updated for the modern collector.
3D Scanning & Miniaturization
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 we haven't been able to achieve with consumer-level 3D scanners.
We scale the piece down to a size suitable for jewelry. Because we do this digitally and not manually, we retain an unprecedented amount of detail from the original skull.
3D Printing and Metal Casting
To make the final pieces, we first use a 3D printer to reproduce the miniature model. We print this out in wax with a professional level 3D printer.
With our high resolution wax model we make a master mold which allows us to cast the skulls in any metal using traditional lost-wax casting. For our Kickstarter, we are offering casts in white bronze, yellow bronze, silver, or gold.
We've partnered with two family-owned foundries in the U.S. with decades of experience producing large production runs of small delicate pieces.
The response from the Kickstarter community has been overwhelming so far! All of the tiers below now have an estimated delivery date of March for all NEW pledges. This does not affect any of our backers who selected a reward for estimated February delivery.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We’ll be using this money to complete our first large production run and to fulfill all Kickstarter orders.
Most importantly we’ll be able to locate, acquire, and scan more skulls. Our goal is to build specimen collections e.g. Early Hominids, Big Cats of North America, Dinosaurs of the Cretaceous, etc.
Pendants are just the first step! A successful campaign will allow us to prototype and produce a wider range of products including rings, earrings, men’s accessories, such as cufflinks, and more.
It will also allow us to build an online store-front and launch a campaign to bring Fire & Bone to Natural History and Science Museum gift shops all over the world.
Risks and challenges
We know there can be production challenges associated with any manufacturing project (delays, equipment failure, etc.), so we have built relationships with two separate foundries to fulfill orders. We have contingency plans in other locations, just in case.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter