Monday, May 13, 2013

[CONTEST] Win a Metal Skull with Brain Pendant from Anatomical Element

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED! Thanks for participating!

Rachel Stork Stoltz, of Anatomical Element, is a medical illustrator and obsessed with anatomy. She started metalworking as a way to rip herself away from the computer and get her hands dirty. Her very first piece was an anatomical heart and the anatomical skull with brain soon followed (and is one of her favorites!). Rachel made a skull pendant from old roofing copper that she found in her grandfather's barn. She is giving away this skull pendant to one lucky Skull-A-Day fan!

 Close up, so you can see the details.


A perspective view to show the layers of metal


Hanging on a neck, to give you a better idea of size


PRIZE INFO: One anatomical skull with brain pendant from Anatomical Element. The pendant is about 1 3/4 inches wide and 2 1/4 inches tall. It's hand cut and hammered, layered with steel rivets. Bottom layer is copper, skull layer is aluminum, and the brain is copper with a fire scale patina.

HOW TO ENTER: A fancy skull like this deserves to be worn somewhere special. To enter this contest, comment below telling me what special place you would wear this pendant to, if you won it. For example, I'd likely wear it to the International Museum of Surgical Sciences in Chicago, IL, on May 31st, for our Skull Appreciation Day show opening.

CONTACT INFO: The winner, chosen at random, will be contacted via email by one of the Skull-A-Day editors within 7 days of the end of the contest. If that winner doesn't respond, another winner will be chosen. With your comment, please INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!! Entries are only valid with this information.

WHERE TO ENTER: All entries must be made on this blog post, on Skull-A-Day.com. You CANNOT enter this contest by commenting on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

CONTEST CLOSES: 11:59:59 PM Eastern USA Time Friday, May 17, 2013.

NUMBER OF WINNERS: One

PRIZE SHIPS: This contest is open to all skull lovers around the world.

IF YOU DON'T WIN: Don't fret, her jewelry is available in her Etsy shop, Anatomical Element. Rachel is offering a 10% discount on your entire purchase, if you enter the promo code skulladay13 at checkout. The discount is good from Monday, May 13, 2013 until Saturday, May 25, 2013. You can find out what Rachel is making on her Facebook page.

68 comments:

Ashley said...

Special day? I'd wear this every day! Such a beautiful peace of workmanship! Maybe to a trip to the Medical Museum in Iowa City?

Dr. M said...

I'd wear this to every job interview ever, because if they can't accept this they don't want me. <3

lynne said...

I would wear this fantastic pendant to my next check up appointment with my oral and maxillofacial surgeon, so he can make sure all the screws in my skull are still where they are supposed to be :)

Lynnewalter@hotmail.com

khaoticbliss said...

What a beautiful piece. My friends and I are having a lovely picnic in beautiful Oakland Cemetery here very soon, and I would love to wear this pendant for the picnic! khaoticbliss (at) gmail (dot) com

Sprinklemonkey said...

I would wear it to any IEP meeting I have for my son. Freak them out a bit haha!

Julie Labate said...

I would wear this to work.. I am an archaeologist so it would be very fitting. :)

lilibralith@aol.com

Tammy Shank said...

I would proudly wear this on my wedding day this fall. I love all things skull/skelton.

Dina Phelps said...

I love this necklace! I would wear it on an evening out so that I could meet lots of new people when they ask me about it! dpphelps7@gmail.com

rhoda karp said...

I would put on my skull earrings, skull t shirt and my new pendant to attend all the day of the dead celebrations in my home town of Albuquerque.

Brittany Spires said...

I'd wear this necklace to work, at family events, with my skull scarf, skull errings, skull bracelace and skull shirt. I'd wear it out with friends when we go to see cool bands play. I'd wear it everywhere and anywhere. I'd be my new favorite piece of jewerly

LBabroski said...

I would wear it to my kiddo's graduation in June. what better place to show off such a pendant! Then I'd wear it everywhere, thereafter. lindsaybabroski@aol.com

Cyndia at Black Water Siren Studio said...

I'd wear it when I work in my studio to remind myself to think more, as an inspiration to think outside the box. cyndiastudio (at) yahoo (dot) com

Shannon Rose said...

I'd love to say I'd wear this lovely necklace everyday but I work in a factory where everything nice gets ruined easily...so I could only wear it occasionally. I love skulls and bones so I'd wear this necklace whenever I could.

Theotherglove@gmail.com

athornamongstroses said...

I know this doesn't seem special, but I would wear this to every doctor's appointment and every therapy session. I would wear this every day that I could.

Tara Raymo said...

I just started following this artist on Facebook, and just lover her work. I would wear this as a reminder that brain aneurysms are a serious injury. My mom suffered from a ruptured aneurysm a year and a half ago and is still suffering from it. I would wear this in honor of her and to remind myself that I need to take care of my health.

melody magpie said...

I would wear it to work, to burlesque shows, to a fancy restaurant.....basically, I would wear it everywhere!
Magpieglitters@gmail.com

Kyra Sandstrom said...

I'll wear it to the beach after a long day working on medieval skeletons here in Ibeza, Spain!

Mehnai said...

Oh my!!! I would love to wear it at work everyday (whenever I am not singing I am a bartender in Santander, Spain!!) I would be perfect with all of my v-neck t-shirts!!! mehnai@rocketmail.com

Michelina said...

Wow this is so awesome. I would wear it anywhere...especially places where I might get interesting reactions :)

J said...

If I won this I would wear it to ask my crush if she would go out with me. With something this awesome on my neck how could she say no? And if she does say no then this necklace and I will go to the library and check out american psyco or wayne's world to cheer me up.
dogforever46@yahoo.com

María Nikólskaya said...

I'd wear it to my job because it's the only thing allowed in my job that represents me (I have to wear a uniform).
and I LOVE IT!!! it's just perfect!

ma.del.mar@yandex.ru

Travis Brown said...

To the afterlife, of course. I would be the Envy of the Ethers.

PoeNevermore said...

I would wear it everyday to my forensic osteology class and lab. :)

dridlon said...

I must agree with a few people here, that everyday would be my choice. It is too beautiful and I love pieces like this

Ashraf El-Masry said...

like is like an awesome piece of artwork...

I wear my Good Art Hollywood Skull to work on the stage as well as my sterling skully bell....

it would be so wonderful to have a different skull piece just to be able to change it u!

Mufasa said...

I would where this everywhere. This is such an amazing piece. I've got a dance workshop coming up and would love to work a theme inspired by this piece into the process

Mufasa said...

I would where this everyday and everywhere. This is such an amazing piece. I have a dance workshop coming up and would love to work something inspired by this into the process

biorobotics said...

this is so awesome! i'd wear it to our weekly dungeons and dragons adventures, and claim it as a magic item.

neko_chan12@hotmail.com

Sheri B said...

So awesome, I would wear everyday !!! Skellymingo@gmail.com

Art History and Notes said...

Lending it to a friend so she could wear it as a good luck charm to her Mensa exam would seem fitting. As for me? Would wearing it accompanying my skull T - shirt, cap, leggings, and earrings be seen as a little over the top?

Pamela Kiner said...

So special!! I work in a high school...I would wear this to work to emphasize the importance of using your brain!!


interp44@yahoo.com

Nina Angelini said...

I'd wear it whilst giving birth to my second child (due July 1st!) nina@somaphony.com

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Me- I'd wear it everyday. I would want to show the world how awesome it is.
helencullum at hotmail dot co dot uk

Sam Jackson said...

I'd wear this pendent every damn day! I'd want to show it off to eveyone, everywhere I went.

sam.jackson0263@gmail.com

lisa rivera said...

Would wear this everywhere! Especially work, will look great with my skull apron.
leeleer71@comcast.net

Ann said...

i'd wear this every day....my grandkids live with me..they are 9,8 and almost 5....they think i'm fabulous,but this would really be cool!!! they'd love to see their Dawa(that's their kidspeak for grandma...i love it!!) in it..and i can imagine their friends faces when they tell them! if i win,i'm seeing it on my neck at their school open house!!!! the other kids have parents there..they will have a Dawa with a freaking awesome skull and brain necklace!!!

Chris H said...

I'd wear it to work every day - I'm an art teacher.
charkey@nc.rr.com

Zook said...

I would wear it... To my grave!

rosemary pugh said...

This great piece of art i would wear every day a a symbol of what i do.I'm a dental assistant who works with oral/facial cancer patients.We reconstruct patients faces after cancer.I have always been drawn to the system of the skull !!!! I think this awesome art work would be perfect on me!!!And i think my patients would think it was cool too!!
roseqpugh@gmail.com

Jessica Fuder said...

I would wear it here, I would wear it there, I would wear it EVERYWHERE!! -From a skull-loving x-ray tech :)

HeavySilver said...

I would wear it to Camp Quest Arizona! It's our first 'camp beyond belief' in Arizona and I will be leading many of the art activities with the campers.

hollyandfreddie@cox.net

Kelly Toro said...

I'd wear this gorgeous necklace everywhere in CA! I love it lots! ^-^

theprojectgirl@yahoo.com

Nagzter said...

I would wear it touring local graveyards around the SF Bay Area and draggin cameras!

Leave a Legacy Not a Footprint said...

I would wear this on Halloween and everyday before and following it! It's a gorgeous piece if art that would be a pleasure to wear. Thank you for the chance to win this!

Leave a Legacy Not a Footprint @gmail.com

Kim said...

I'd wear it to Hayden Planetarium and Neil deGrasse Tyson would see it and be SO JEALOUS!!!
kimperial 1492 at gmail dot com

TeennerOtt said...

I'd have to wear this lovely piece to the Motor Cycle Club Father's Day meet, some hundred riders strong enjoying a huge pig roast in the woods.

I'd be wearing it as a token of my Father's presence. He died in 2000 and we never got a chance to attend this meet together.

I know everybody would comment or ask about it, and beaming with pride every time, I'd tell them about my Dad and how much this necklace brings his memory to me. (And of course where I got it from!) ;-)

Lynn Ell said...

A retired Anatomy teacher of 15 years, I'd proudly display this piece of jewelry in hopes of educating all who comment on my delightful adornment. The skull with it's intricate puzzle of bones that houses our brain, the most amazing network of circuts. I'd rock that skulll!!!

Jessica Fuder said...

Oops, forgot to add my email... jessicajfuder@gmail.com

Itsari said...

I think this would go perfectly with a night out at an opera.

rev.itsari@gmail.com

Federica Pantano said...

I would wear it at the archaeological digs I work at, to further increase my reputation as the "Archaeo-Punk" of the staff! :D

bambinauga@gmail.com

Magaly Guerrero said...

I would wear this sweet baby to NY Comic Con 2013, where it would be admired by many other skull lovers ;-)

magalyguerrero@live.com

Pirates life said...

Special day? Everyday is a special day...but MOST special? I would wear it to pick up my Mum who's been in the Uk for the last 4 years and finally coming home to NZ! k.palmernz@gmail.com

Peter Brunner said...

I would wear it to The Color Run NYC in September and MS Walk 2014 in NYC as a symbol of my struggle against Multiple Sclerosis.

TroubleAndStrumpet said...

Definitely a good choice for my next gallery opening in Bristol, England in August. Especially since I shall be fund-raising for the Frenchay neurosurgical unit which saved my son's life by removing 1/3 of his skull & replacing it with titanium.
troubleandstrumpet@gmail.com

Scott Schluter said...

My wife would wear it to the wedding we are going to on Memorial Day Weekend.

markymark said...

I'd wear it everyday - designing skull art,taking my children to school, shopping, walking my dog etc etc... !! everyday would be a special day wearing this awesome skull pendant..

Dzynmkr said...

I'd wear it to all my rock shows and pass along her name to everyone! This pendant is beautiful and repurposing elements from her grandparents barn is brillant! :)
dzynmkr@yahoo.com

Robyn Asselin said...

It would be a nice addition to my skull collection! robynmillwright@hotmail.ca

Aleasha Burbidge said...

Everywhere!! Definitely to the Mutter Museum so he could see some of his friends! aleasha.burbidge@gmail.com

Molly said...

I'd wear it to Burning Man, my home away from home.

Miss Phoebe said...

I will wear mine while I occupy public space.

Jay McCollum, LMT said...

This necklace is rad. I would love to give this to my gorgeous wife so I can admire both the beauty of her and this necklace.

genaphur said...

I would wear this any/every day! Not only is it a skull but anatomy, two of my favorites!!

haynes.jennifer.anne@gmail.com

Rebecca Halley said...

I'd wear this on my next epic adventure with my sister. We just got back from a trip to Connecticut and NYC

wassonpta(at)gmail.com

-Rantings of a Dego said...

OK...well knowing Stork (the creator of this amazing pendent) I would wear it to every art/craft fair in Omaha, NE and the surrounding area that I could find. And when people asked about it I'd had them her card and tell them where they could get one too ;p (or one of her other amazing anatomical jewelry pieces.)
~Toni G.

Erica said...

I would most definitely just wear this everyday! Which is, in fact, pretty special because I rarely end up wearing necklaces much anymore!

nitebyrd said...

I'd like to wear this to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando this year.
nitebyrds at gmail dot com

mark.madison75 said...

I would wear this beautiful example of skull jewelry always...why would one take it off?