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Tiny animal skull jewellery crafted with 3D scanning

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Using a combination of 3D scanning, 3D printing and lost-wax casting, Fire & Bone is creating miniature animal skulls to wear around your neck.

Search on Etsy for "bird skull" and you'll find all manner of precious-metal bird skulls turned into necklaces, rings and bolo ties. But one company is doing it a bit differently. Fire & Bone, currently seeking Kickstarter funding, is using real animal skulls for tiny animal skull jewellery that goes beyond the avian.

Taking an animal skull, the team creates a high-resolution digital scan, which is then scaled down, converted into a model and sent to a high-resolution 3D wax printer. "Because we do this digitally and not manually, we retain an unprecedented amount of detail from the original skull," the team said on Kickstarter. Details retained include the shape of the skull, cranial detailing, teeth, antlers and even jaws.

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The Kickstarter is just the first of many planned collections and allows you to choose from nine different skulls in white or yellow bronze, silver or 14K gold: snowshoe hare, red fox, American black bear, roe deer, lion, bobcat, walrus, giraffe and beaver. Each skull comes with either a chain or chain and display stand. With the Kickstarter successful — so far the team has made over US$35,000 of its US$8000 goal — Fire & Bone plans to expand its product listing with further skulls and more jewellery types, including rings, earrings and cufflinks.

A minimum pledge of US$35 plus US$10 shipping will reserve you one skull in bronze with a chain, and US$40 will reserve a bronze skull with a chain and stand. Silver skulls start at US$150, and the 14K gold skull is US$600. Head on over to the Kickstarter page for more info.

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