In between itty-bitty-dino chess pieces, I’ve been working on a Triceratops door knocker. It’s one of the “larger” pieces I’ve done recently, measuring in at a whopping 3 1/2 inches across! All in all this knocker is a sporty little A-cup, but
a boob’s a boob it’s a Triceratops.
In the previous post I discovered all this information about a Triceratops head and what little information exists regarding the rest of its body. I sculpted this piece specifically for the opportunity to focus on just the Triceratops head. Also, working at a scale that is almost 20 times larger than the chess pieces head, was more conducive to “dickering with the minutia” (which is kind of my bag).
The horns were made to be detachable to make molding it easier. It was a simple matter of baking the head with wire wrapped toothpicks stuck in where the horns would go. After the head was baked, I built the horns right onto those toothpicks.
All that’s left now is the business end of the knocker: the ring that does the actual knock knocking. I assume I can get a “knocker ring” somewhere: at the Knocker Maker supply store… or a tattoo(piercing) parlor?
I really want to make a mold of it. In fact, I really want someone else to make a mold of it for me since it’s such a pain in the tucus, but alas, it is not cheap. Once I’ve got the money though, a few hundred dollars will get me a few of these cast in bronze at a local foundry in Palm Beach. The whole crew at Palm Beach Sculpture was very gracious giving me a tour of their facilities, some advice and a ballpark figure on cost. It’s really the ONLY foundry I’ve found down here in Florida and it’s 50 miles away, not that I’m complaining.