We settled on a bison skull fabricated with hammered bronze and amber colored resin horns. The metal represented the plates of the skull well and polished beautifully to a chrome finish. I’d not cast in resin before and learned a lot in the process. There were some setbacks but I was pleased with how they turned out.
The coolest technique I learned involved a two-part rubberized epoxy for molding the teeth. My friend, Katherine Donnan, a jewelry artist, loaned me some tools and let me try the mold making material. You basically start out with two colors of silly putty, mix them together and then mold them around a form in under 30 seconds. The pieces cure in 17 minutes and you’re ready to pour in the resin. The flexible nature of the mold allows for easy extraction.
The skull is on display at the Q Roadhouse on Teton Village Road.