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Making a Mold for the Throwback Fireman Fantasy Football Trophy

Today was spent prepping the Throwback Fireman fantasy football trophy so that it could receive a brush-on coat of silicone.   It’s somewhat a tedious process but one that needs to be done in order to insure every detail of the original sculpture is present in the final cast.  You can see in the photo that the brush-on coat is very thin.  We do this on purpose so that very few air bubbles appear on the surface of the sculpture and if they do we can easily pop them.  We’ll let this cure for 24 hours and then tomorrow the remainder of the silicone will be poured.

The brush-on coat of silicone goes on The Throwback Fireman
The brush-on coat of silicone goes on The Throwback Fireman
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Making a Mold for the Police Fantasy Football Trophy

Exciting times here at the shop as the Armchair Quarterback Policeman, fantasy football trophy, moves onto the mold making stage.  The sculpting process is completed and now a silicone mold is made so that multiple casts can be taken.  The first step, which you see in the photo below, is a brush on coat of silicone.  The brush on coat is to insure that no air bubbles form in the silicone that will come in direct contact with the sculpture. An air bubble would transfer to the mold and thus the final cast resulting in less detail.   Something that just wouldn’t be acceptable here at FantasyTrophies.com. 

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The brush on coat of silicone is applied
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Police Fantasy Football Trophy Moves Onto Mold Making Stage

I think the time has come for the fantasy football trophy I sculpted for the police to move onto the mold making stage.  It’s always tough to put the carving tools down and say a sculpture is finished, but I feel this trophy has reached that point.   The handcuffs are completed, the nightstick is done, and his glasses and hat are about as good as they’re going to get.  Not to mention the donut is perfectly perched on the edge of the armchair and his mustache  and shoulder holster looks right out of “Barney Miller”.  For all you police officers out there, please be patient. He’ll hopefully be ready for pictures  by the end of the week and then he just needs to go up on the site.  -Dave

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The fantasy football trophy for the police is ready for the mold making stage.
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Mulligan Golf Trophy Receiving Great Reviews

The Mulligan golf trophy was released about a month ago and, by the early response, he’s definitely going to make his mark on the golf world.  I’ve heard from a bunch of fans of FantasyTrophies.com that the Mulligan is the perfect trophy for their golf tournament, skins game, or to commemorate a hole in one.  I knew when I was sculpting the Mulligan that I had something pretty special on my hands.  One of the things that I do before I sculpt any trophy is to do some studying of the competition and research other trophies on the market.  What I realized was that there is a lot of crap out there when it comes to golf trophies.  Go ahead and look for yourself.  Google search golf trophy and you’ll be amazed with the amount of junk you’ll discover.   I knew I wanted something different and a trophy that would really speak to true golf fanatics and +10 handicappers everywhere.  The Mulligan I feel is just that.  And by what fans have been telling me, I’m not alone.

The Mulligan golf trophy
The Mulligan golf trophy
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Fantasy Football Trophy- The One That Started It All

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The original Fedele fantasy football trophy- circa 1994

As I sit in a campground in Moab, Utah, getting ready to skydive,  I, for some bizarre reason, started thinking about how FantasyTrophies.com came to be.  Fantasy Trophies started way back in 1993 when I was going to art school at Kent State University and decided I’d sculpt a trophy for my fantasy football league.  I was taking all kinds of classes that emphasized looking at naked people all day so that I could learn about human anatomy.  One of those classes was life sculpture.  Even though I was a painting major, life sculpture turned out to be one of my favorite classes.   Anyone that has ever taken a sculpture class knows the demands of trying to capture a likeness or the subtleties of the human form.  I thrived on this challenge.

It was in this class that the idea came to me to sculpt a figure that would become my fantasy football league’s crown jewel- The Fedele Trophy.   I grabbed some clay and went to work sculpting a figure based off of my cousin Johnny.  Talk about an uncomfortable phone conversation when I asked him to model.   My cousin was all in though and loved the idea.  After some preliminary sketches, I went to work.  The figure was probably completed in about a month or so and then I had to make a soft plaster mold and pour the trophy using a much harder casting plaster.  After it came out I painted it and then mounted it on a pine base.

Looking back now I realize what a piece of crap it was.  However, that fantasy football trophy turned out to be the impetus for what would later become a business run first out of my parent’s garage and now out of a shop in Brooklyn, NY.

You never know when a great idea will strike.  I’m just glad I had one while going to college.  One in 4 years isn’t so bad I guess.  I’m not sure the idea to skydive will go down as one of those great ideas.   We shall see.  Photos to come later.

Dave

My buddy Mario with the new Fedele fantasy football trophy
My buddy Mario with the new Fedele fantasy football trophy

 

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Making the Mold for the Golf Trophy

I’m always trying to improve the process by which each trophy is produced.  One of the ways to do this is to look at each mold and see if it can be made smaller to fit in the pressure pots.  Pressurizing the resin as it sets up ensures that few or no air bubbles will be present when we take the cast out.  This also lessons the time it takes to prep a trophy for the painting stage because air pockets need to be filled before a trophy is finished.   Another way to improve the casting process is to streamline it in any way we can.  This week my mold maker James tackled making the mold for casting the clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy.  Instead of doing one at a time, he’s building a mold that will capture 10 fiberglass rods that will become the shaft of the golf club.  The resin will flow down the 2 part mold into small cavities forming the club heads.  It’s a time consuming process building a production mold like this but in the end it will be one more example of how we’re always trying to improve upon things at FantasyTrophies.com. 

One half of the new mold for casting the golf clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy.
One half of the new mold for casting the golf clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy.
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Cheap Trophies for Fantasy Football

It happens all the time. I go on Twitter and see a guy post something about his league receiving his fantasy football trophy. It’s almost always accompanied by a twitpic or some instagram photo, so I can’t help but see if it’s one of my hand made trophies. After all, the excitement in the tweet is obvious and I’m confident that a trophy of mine would produce such a response. But when I click on the link I’m blown away by the piece of CRAP the guy is bragging about. It’s literally a pee-wee football trophy with some lame plaque on the front that says “fantasy football championship trophy.” If you don’t believe me, go to Twitter and search “fantasy football trophy”. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see one.
I guess what amazes me the most is that after spending hundreds of hours a season researching what players to draft, start, and trade– leagues then decide that they’ll have some cheap, lame trophy represent their fantasy football league. It really makes no sense to me.
The first trophy I sculpted, The Armchair Quarterback, was because I wanted something that truly represented fantasy football and the insane amount of time I was dedicating (my wife says wasting) to it. No pee-wee trophy or golden Lombardi knockoff was going to cut it.
So please guys, I beg of you– before you make that fatal mistake of so many other leagues out there, think for one second and realize your league deserves more. It deserves the best. Don’t those endless hours you obsess over fantasy football mean more to you than that “trophy” you can buy for $69.99?

And don’t even get me going on the fact they’re made in China.

-Dave

A true fantasy football trophy