A more morbid xmas idea: SKULL CANDLE!

First, I’ll be replying to all the emails I’ve gotten about the ModCon book sales tomorrow (Monday) morning, so if you haven’t heard from me by noon EST, please feel free to double check my email address and write me back.

Yesterday I made my biggest mold so far, a full-scale copy of a human skull. It’s got an interesting history as well, because after being in my collection — and I think being featured in a few shots when I was interviewed for some TLC documentary — it ended up with Shane of King of Fools, so it’s been used as an art model for quite a number of tattoos as well as other graphic design like album covers. It was quite tricky to cast as the skull is damaged and missing most of its teeth and so on, but all-in-all it turned out well and only needs minor touch up after coming out of the mold. That hasn’t been done fully in the photos in this entry, so you can still see the mold lines and so on. But those are easy to clean up.

There is a bit over four pounds of beeswax in this. I haven’t put any wicks in this one because it was a test casting, but my plan is to mount three wicks in them. I’m willing to make these for $60 in beeswax or $30 in soy wax. By default they’re unscented but in theory that’s possible. If you’d like one just email me. Shipping is about $20 in Canada, $30 to the USA, or — yikes — at least $70 overseas. There’s a couple days of turn-around assuming I’m not swamped so I can get these out for Christmas in theory. They’re a pretty cool gift I think. I have time to make only a few of them before the holidays do don’t delay in contacting me if you’re interested.

Above on the left is a real medical skull (not the one that mastered the wax), and the one on the right is the candle skull of course. For a more detailed view, check out the photos below.

4 Comments

  1. peteD3 wrote:

    skull candles RULE!!
    i remember having one as a kid and i loved watching it burn and slowly melt away! like i was facing mortality in wax as a child.
    creepy but great.

    Health and happiness to you and yours!
    C/S

    Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink
  2. Ryan wrote:

    Nice candle! I remember seeing the skull in the background on the TLC doc…heck I remember when you had a website selling skulls!

    I stopped by to post a link to a new Jalopnik story on the 8-wheeled car you linked to awhile back…a couple of new photos, including an interior shot:

    http://jalopnik.com/5707420/the-cockpit+like-interior-of-the-mysterious-8+wheeled-car

    Monday, December 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink
  3. Nick wrote:

    Hey Shannon, unrelated question but how do you set up your photos to enlarge like that in your posts? Do you use a specific program or something for it?

    Also, skull candles are awesome.

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink
  4. HighlyRefinedPirate wrote:

    When I first read you were getting into soap/candle making, I wondered when you would make something with a skull. That thing definitely looks awesome. Just an FYI also – the UFC just announced their first event in Toronto for April 2011. I’m not sure if that news had gotten to you yet. I just recently attended my fist event in November and it was a great experience.

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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