I recently got a phone call from Catherine Ortiz and Layla Rushing at Feeling Frameous, a custom picture framing shop in Studio City, California. They had been asked by the production people at the television show CSI to create an original folded dollar bill skull for an episode of the program. And for reference they gave them...my own Skullar Bill image! So Catherine and Layla tracked me down to ask if they could have permission to just fold their own version of my design and if I could give them a pattern. I was happy to give them permission, but sad to tell them that no pattern existed! We discussed how I believe it had been made and they said they'd give it a try, but in the end they decided to create their own unique skull dollar...
I love the end result and I'm glad a new skull design was created in the process. And even though my work won't end up in an episode of CSI it was fun getting to have a random conversation with some interesting folks I would have probably never met otherwise.
The episode of CSI, with their skull bill is scheduled to air on May 26th, so keep an eye out!
[UPDATE] Since a few people asked, I got Catherine to describe how they made it and here's what she said: "We took a piece of paper the size & shape of $ and mashed it around a champagne cork. The jaw line sticks out a little more than the top of the head. Stuff the skull with crumbled up paper. take a strip of paper about 1/2 " wide and accordian fold the teeth. Take another 2 strips of paper and roll them around a pencil to make the eyes. Glue them together and cram them into the skull. The crumpled up paper in the skull give the other stuff something to stick to. That's it roughly. As the day went on we resorted to my new favorite folding term "pushing & mashing". There is no pattern. Good luck."