Look up golf trophies on the web and you’re going to find exactly what you’d expect. Gaudy, plastic, piece of junk golf trophies with tiny gold painted figures on top that are made in China. Until now. I was out to change that when I sculpted the Mulligan golf trophy. The Mulligan was different than my other trophies because I wasn’t sculpting it with solely fantasy sports in mind. Even though there are fantasy golf fans, I knew that this golf trophy needed to cross over into the world of real sports leagues and golf tournaments. Guys would email me saying that they wanted a cool golf trophy to represent their family outing or a yearly tournament at work or with friends. Keeping that in mind, I grabbed some clay and got to work. With every design I first start by asking myself, “What would I want to play for?” From there I feel it’s a lot easier to achieve something that other sports fans would be thrilled to have. After several weeks the Mulligan was finished and I introduced it to the public. He’s gotten rave reviews from fans of FantasyTrophies.com and I can’t tell you how exciting it is when a guy says it’s the perfect trophy to represent his golf tournament, league, or even a hole in one.
See for yourself and tell me what you think.
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.
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.
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
The Armchair Quarterback Policeman fantasy football trophy is almost completed. Recently i’ve been working on sculpting his gun that rests in a shoulder holster. As you can see in the photo, it will will be tucked under his left armpit and peak out just above the armrest of the recliner and the top of his belly. I have just a few more details to add, like the handcuffs, bullets, and nightstick, and he should be ready to move onto the mold making stage. I know the cops here in Brooklyn are waiting for me to finish this guy and I don’t want to get on the NYPD’s bad side.
I’ll keep you all posted on his progress. – Dave
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.
I just wanted to again mention that I’ll soon be taking a much needed family vacation and won’t be in the shop to fill any fantasy football trophy orders that come in. Try not to panic though, I should still have plenty of time to get any orders that come in during that period out before you have you have your draft. I realize how important it is to have your trophy for the big day and you have my word that I’ll do my very best to get it out to you by then. It’s always best to get your order in sooner rather than later though to ensure your trophy will get out my doors in a timely manner. It gets really crazy around here in late August, early September.
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.
A golf trophy that has been months in the making is finally here. I’m proud to announce the Mulligan trophy is finally up on FantasyTrophies.com and ready for golf fans everywhere to check out. When I started FantasyTrophies.com in the mid 90’s I always thought about doing a golf trophy that would be similar in style to the Armchair series and the Throwback. I just wasn’t sure if I would sculpt a trophy that would be primarily fantasy golf based or something golf enthusiast everywhere could relate to. I eventually chose the latter. The Mulligan trophy, with the large base, stands 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ x 17 5/8″ H and is 11 pounds. Like all of my trophies, it’s made from a cast resin and given a hand painted bronze finish. All of the bases are made out of solid oak and given a hand rubbed polyurethane finish. Each large base can hold a total of 24 smaller plates along with the larger trophy title plate. It even has a nice sized divot that can double as a holder for that miracle hole in one ball.
What do you think?
One of the biggest challenges with the new Mulligan golf trophy has been how to sculpt, cast, and attach the club. Most golf trophies you see have the golf club running down the back of the figure with it ultimately being attached to the backside of a leg. I really didn’t want to go this route and instead wanted a look and feel that was authentic and true to a golf swing. The challenge though would be that the club head would stick out away from the body and be susceptible to breaking. This dilemma would never fully be resolved because that point of the golf trophy will always be it’s weakest point. However, one way to help prevent the rod from snapping is to make the golf club out of 1/8″ fiberglass rod. This way it will allow some flex in the rod if it happens to be hit or bumped. Hopefully this small detail will prevent a number of unwanted breakages from happening. One thing I’ve come to realize is that no matter what you do, breakages will always happen.