about skullery

Hello! 

HISTORY

Skullery is a one-woman operation, run by me, Marisa Rand. Established in 2010. 
After graduating with a BFA from MICA during the recession, I could not find a job. During my last semester I made a mold of a red fox skull for one of my workshop classes, and to my surprise, people on the internet wanted to buy the colorful casts I was making from it. Five years later, Skullery is my full time job and continues to expand all the time. 
In 2013 I held a Kickstarter campaign to fund my own metal shop where I could cast silver and bronze jewelry, expanding the Skullery line past only cast resin items.
 

PROCESS

My skulls start as the real genuine artifact, collected from a wide variety of sources. Some I find myself in the woods I live in, some I buy from other small collectors, some are gifted to me, some are sourced from responsible sellers like Skulls Unlimited. No animals are killed for the purpose of my work.
The skulls are then altered to make them suitable for casting and I make a silicone mold of them. From these molds I can make many duplicates in a wide variety of finishes by pouring in liquid resin compounds. The resulting skulls are solid, durable, and highly detailed. Pigments are mixed into the resin so the color becomes an integral part of the cast, not a coating that will come off. 
For metalwork, I use the lost wax casting process and do every step from making a wax skull, casting, and polishing myself. 
Thanks for stopping by!
-Marisa Rand / skullery