(Credit: Primordial Profiles)
The latest miniaturised precious metal skulls to hit Kickstarter are two apex predator dinosaur skulls that you can wear or display.
Between Skulptures, a new market has sprung up: tiny, accurately scaled skulls cast in precious metals. New player Primordial Profiles, though, is bringing something different to the table.and
Creator Ralph Roberts — formerly a CG artist and character designer for Dreamworks and Disney — wants to add dinosaurs to the menagerie. More specifically, two therapods — Madagascan predator Majungasaurus and the king of dinosaurs itself: Tyrannosaurus Rex.
"I am just a guy who loves art, science, and dinosaurs," Roberts wrote of his inspiration. "Before I could write my name I was drawing dinosaurs on restaurant placemats. I remember sometimes pushing my food away as it was being served so that it would not ruin my latest masterpiece. My last gig was a dinosaur animation project for a SFX shop in Toronto. I had so much fun modelling, rigging, and animating several species of dinosaurs. I was taken back to my childhood years when all I wanted to do was draw dinosaurs. Now I want to begin doing my own work focused on the anatomy of real and imagined creatures."
Each skull will be available in two versions and three different metals: the full skull (mandible included, although not articulated), and a profile half-skull, both of which can be displayed or worn, in yellow or white bronze, sterling silver, or gold.
Roberts has already modelled the skulls in detail. Working with a paleontologist, he obtained CAT scans of the skulls in question. Using this data, he digitally sculpted the models. This 3D file is then 3D printed in wax, which produces a particularly smooth, high-resolution model. This wax model is then used to cast a master model, which is encased in ceramic to produce a mould for mass production.
This process is already underway, and Roberts estimates that skulls will be delivered to backers in July 2014. They're available with pledges starting at an early bird US$20 (Majungasaurus profile skull). Head on over to the Kickstarter page to check it out for yourself.