A bronze necklace of a Great Blue Heron skull.
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Great Blue Heron Skull Pendant


A highly detailed miniature skull of a Great Blue Heron made using a combination of modern technology and traditional metalsmithing. 

Ardea herodias - The largest North American heron, the Great Blue Heron is superbly adapted to hunting fish. It nests in riverside trees in groups, called a "heronry," that can contain more than 500 nests. 

White Bronze skull includes matching 24 inch chain and wooden display base.
Skull Dimensions: 10mm x 60mm x 11mm


Each and every Fire & Bone skull began life as a real animal skull. Using cutting-edge 3D scanners an exact copy of that skull is brought into the digital realm. It is here that the skull is scaled down to size before bringing it back into the physical world. Using a high resolution 3D printer, a miniaturized version of the original skull is created in wax. From that wax, a mold is made and from that mold Fire & Bone is able to produce a perfect miniature replica of the original animal skull in solid metal using age-old lost wax casting techniques.

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A bronze necklace of a Great Blue Heron skull.
A Great Blue Heron skull, produced through 3D printing, 3D scanning, and lost wax metal casting displayed on a small, natural history museum style stand.
A Great blue Heron skull necklace shown for size on a person wearing a v neck t-shirt.
Photos of a skull in the process of being 3D scanned, digitally shrunk, and 3D printed in wax before being cast into solid bronze using traditional metal smithing techniques.
The final steps to create a solid metal bird skull from a 3D printed wax skull.

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FIRE & BONE presents a new line of amazing, true-to-life jewelry and collectibles derived from real animal skulls. Taking full advantage of exciting new technologies, like 3D scanning and 3D printing, they create incredibly accurate miniature skull replicas that are highly detailed and faithful to nature's design. Beautiful as pendants or collector's items for display, each skull is cast using traditional techniques. Both cutting edge and ancient, our skulls are a modern twist on a timeless fascination with the animal world.