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Miniature animal skull replicas, reproduced in high detail using 3D scanning, 3D printing, and traditional lost wax casting.
Miniature animal skull replicas, reproduced in high detail using 3D scanning, 3D printing, and traditional lost wax casting.
Miniature animal skull replicas, reproduced in high detail using 3D scanning, 3D printing, and traditional lost wax casting.
2,391 backers pledged $151,877 to help bring this project to life.

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FIRE & BONE: Tiny, Digitally Captured, Metal Animal Skulls

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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!

THE COLLECTION

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. 

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THE PROCESS

 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.

Here's what some fine people are saying about Fire & Bone:
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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.

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FAQ

  • When the Kickstarter wraps up in early January, we will send you a survey where you can tell us which skull you would like, what material you'd like it in, and you can provide us with a shipping address at that time.

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  • The American Black Bear is the only skull with a hinged jaw.

    The lion skull features a lower jaw but it does not move.

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  • For this campaign we are only offering these skulls in a single size (pendant size). But with our campaign fully funded we’ll be able to explore even more products in varying sizes so check back often and check out www.fireandbone.com for future products.

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  • Our KickStarter collection will be available in white bronze, yellow bronze, silver, and gold.

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  • For this campaign we are only offering these skulls in bronze, silver, and gold. But with our campaign fully funded we’ll be able to explore different materials so check back often and check out www.fireandbone.com for future products.

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  • We love getting your suggestions and requests. We are currently looking at available and interesting specimens for future scans and stretch goals. If we know what you want we’ll do our best to find it so check back and follow us on twitter at @fireandbone for updates.

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  • Natural Bronze may oxidize and darken over time. To maintain a bright finish, store your bronze in a dry place and never shower, swim, or bathe while wearing bronze.

    Do not keep bronze in a humid environment.

    Avoid contact with perfumes, hairsprays, lotions and household cleaners.

    You may use a soft dry cloth or a commercial bronze or brass cleaner if necessary.

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  • Sterling Silver tarnishes over time. To maintain a bright finish, store your silver in a dry place and never shower, swim, or bathe while wearing silver.

    Do not keep silver in a humid environment.

    Avoid contact with perfumes, hairsprays, lotions and household cleaners.

    You may use a soft dry cloth or a commercial silver cleaner to reduce heavier patina.

    Wear your silver often! Silver that is regularly worn requires less care.

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  • We get our skulls primarily from established skull resellers, though in a few cases, the beaver for example, we’ve found or collected them ourselves. (We love a good hike through the woods!) We are also working to establish relationships with museums and other reputable collectors to scan specimens from their collections. We use real skulls whenever possible. If a particular skull is not available, we use museum quality reproductions, cast directly from the real specimen, which for our purposes are indistinguishable from the original skull.

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  • We are proud to say our skulls and collector’s display bases are produced in the USA in New York City, Rhode Island, and Maine.

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    THE WHOLE COLLECTION - ALL 10 SKULLS WITH BASES in your choice of yellow or white bronze. Each skull Includes 18” chain AND display base. Includes NEW Gray Wolf skull! EST. DELIVERY IN MARCH, 2014

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