Thursday, January 31, 2008

242. Skull Bruise

Makeup on Skin. A big thanks to my Nathan for being my model. This one is inspired by the bruises I've gotten in the karate class he teaches.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

241. Skull Bread A.K.A. Night of The Living Bread

Baked Bread. A huge thanks to my friend Carra for preparing the dough, letting me use her kitchen and helping with the process! Here's her recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix thoroughly:
1-1/8 Cup of Water
3 Cups Flour +1 Tablespoon
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1-1/2 teaspoon Yeast

After mixing knead, let rest and rise.
Then knead again, let rest and rise again.
(or use a bread machine if you have one)

Bake in bread pan at 350 degrees for 35-65 minutes (depending on thickness)

*For Dark bread, use same recipe, but
Subtract 1 Tablespoon Flour
Add 6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
Add 1/8 Cup of Water

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

240. Caricature Skull

Sculpted Clay (8in x 4.5in x 2.5in). I've been interested in moving beyond the standard realistic skull, so this was based on a loose sketch I made of a caricature of a skull. There's a bit of an optical illusion going on here as this is shot from the left side. Here's what is looks like from straight on...

And from the right side...

Here's the sketch I started with...

P.S. I am finally in the process of getting some of the previous clay pieces fired! Sadly the handle broke off the tea pot in the pre-fire, but I'll try to glue it back on.

T-Skull #3: Ornament(al) Skull...SOLD OUT!


Sorry this shirt is no longer available.

Monday, January 28, 2008

239. Wire Ball Skull

Balled 24 Gauge Metal Wire (2.5in x 2in x 2.25in). I had a whole spool of wire left over from making the 5 Golden Skulls and had balled some up when cleaning off my work table and realized its potential as a sculpting material.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

238. Laser Skull

Laser Pointer on Building (approx. 2m x 2m). This was the last of 60 attempts and by far the best. Exposure was between 20-30 seconds at f/5.0 ISO 200.

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Braincase XXVI

A healthy dose of submissions from places far and wide...
(received 12/10 - 12/16)

Nuno Luz created this fantastic flyswatter!

Griff did a fine job completing the paint by numbers created by Olaf Hansel.

Lex10 spotted a great Andy Warhol desktop download at Softonic.

Robot.Farmer was the first of a few folks to point out this nifty Threadless shirt. (Thanks to Brian and Arbyn for letting me know about it as well!)

Denise took this photo of a tough looking glass at B&J's Pizza in Corpus Christi, TX!

Jay from Ektopia showed off his excellent limited edition Skulb print (of which I am now the proud owner of one). The A3 sized prints are an edition of 20 on hand sandpapered gray card and cost £18 including UK shipping. Details HERE.

Nikki made this cute fellow after going to a poetry slam!

Liz Humpage of Cleveland, OH got this fun Christmas present from her former boss!

Helena was the first of many folks who pointed out this terrific (if not entirely safe) motorcycle helmet at Santiago Chopper via BoingBoing! (Thanks to Michael, Gene S., Ruth, Andrew, Damian, Moose, Frank, and Peter for letting me know about it as well!)

David showed off the nice DVS shoes that he recently bought.

Omar from Mexico sent this amazing image of an All Saint's Day altar!

Ellen Bloom made this wonderful "writsy" for an "open air" guitar player friend of hers!

Kitty was the first to point out the sneaky skull hiding in the movie Ratatouille. In her words, "last night while watching the movie Ratatouille, I noticed twice when the "bad guy" of the movie typed something on an old-fashioned mechanical typewriter, I could see a skull. My little brother couldn't, but then if it looked like a naked chick, he would have." (Thanks to Steven for letting me know about it as well).

B13 made several great desktop patterns out of my Ornament(al) Skull. Be sure to click on them for the full-size versions...

...and took this appropriate photo as well!

James Kay has put some nice vintage plates by Gerard Van der Gucht from the 1733 anatomy book Osteographia on a print on demand site.

Duygu pointed out a couple of cool stickers on the streets of Kuala Lumpur via Wooser Collective...

...and was the first to let me know about the Chris Jordan piece Skull With Cigarette (based on the Van Gogh painting) depicting 200,000 packs of cigarettes (equivalent to the number of Americans who die from smoking every six months). (Thanks to Renata for pointing this out as well!)

Josh was asked to make this lovely welded skull based on a painting!

Sherrell made this simply fantastic 10" tall needle felted skull with hinged jaw from natural wool roving.

Moose pointed out the beautiful work of Tina Anderson via BoingBoing...

 well as these fun holidays shoes that were on sale at Urban Outfitters...

...and this cool piece by Cycle via Wooster Collective

Sam Tanis, who attends the Otis college of Art and design in L.A. showed off his fabulous ceramic vase titled "Grave of the Fireflies" (after the animated film of the same name).

Tina and Randy made this cute breakfast art!

Dan Constien shared these keen pictures he took in New Orleans...

...and at his in-laws' farm.

Courteney pointed out the fantastic work of Alex Cherry!

Marthaberry shared this classic image by Andreas Vesalius.

Rob Jones got his skullicious looking item at Donut King in Civie, Canberra, ACT Australia!

Shawn at Make/Craft spotted this nifty pendant by Studio AMF on Etsy!

Gunter took this awesome pic of a creepy rock formation on the Oregon cost a couple of ears ago!

David took this cute photo of a gray gibon from Java/Borneo. In his words, "With those huge sockets it reminds me of Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing, but perhaps that’s just me." I agree!


My friend Ellie sent me this remarkably skull-like painting made by her daughter Margaret Ace at "nursery skull"!

And I had to share this paper bag I got with my breakfast the last day I was in New York City on my most recent trip there.

Thanks again everyone!


You are welcome to submit your own found/made skulls at the address in the upper right-hand corner of the site. But please read the following FIRST:

1. Be sure to include your name as you would like it to appear on the site.
2. Let me know if there is a website you would like YOUR name linked to.
3. I would prefer if you made or took the images yourself.
4. If you find the image online you MUST do the following or it will not be included:
  • Do NOT send just a direct link to an image file (jpeg, gif, png, etc.).
  • Attach the actual image in the e-mail.
  • Give the name of the original artist (and a link to that artists' work if available).
  • Provide a link to a web page where the art came from (if it wasn't directly from the artist's site)
5. If you are sending an image of your own tattoos be sure to include the artist's name, location, and website (if available) so I can give them proper credit.
6. I won't repost items I've received before so be sure to check previous Braincase posts.
7. Please be patient it will take around 5-6 weeks for new submissions to be posted.
8. Don't forget you can see your items in the sidebar right away if you post them to Flickr and include the tag "skulladay".