Fiberglass bird skull headress

Fiberglass bird skull headress

After two months in the boatyard and countless hours working on Tie Fighter, I counted myself among the fiberglass pros. It only took a week back in the water before I was ready for my next fiberglass project – something a little less structural this time around.

Burning Man was just around the corner so my brainstorming immediately gravitated to something along those lines. What I finally came up with was a bird skull headdress ringed with flowers.

My main goals were to flex my fiberglass skills while making something beautiful and comfortable.

I started out by making a mold in the shape of a bird’s head to lay the fiberglass over. I’m sure there are better ways to do it, but I made it with tin foil and masking tape since that’s what I had on hand. I made sure the final foil mold sat comfortably on my head, then I went straight to laying out the fiberglass and epoxy. I did several coats, letting each thoroughly dry in between. Next I pulled the fiberglass off the mold, used a dremel to cut off the sharp edges, and finally sanded the whole thing down. I had originally planned to wire the flowers to the fiberglass but found that I was not able to get the look I wanted so ultimately ended up just hot gluing them in to place.

I love the way it turned out!

Trying the fiberglass bird skull on for fit

Positioning the flowers

The final product with flowers, on location at Burning Man

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