ello, my name is Dan Kijak. For many years my sculpture and design business in the quiet suburbs of Pennsylvania has been supplying sculpted models and prototypes to some of the most respected names in industry. Now the knowledge I have gained over those years can be yours! Turning the imaginations of others into products that exist in the real world is my business. I have created over one thousand models of one of a kind prototypes so far. All I need is a drawing or a description of your idea and I can make your dream come true.
Barely scratching the surface.
These are a few of the projects I have worked on.
At the right are miniature clay models 5 inches high. They are the models for an advertising gift program. They represent merchants, a jewler and a dress store owner.
Perhaps you had an idea that you knew was a winner. Then years later you saw that someone else had come out with it. That could have been you!
Now you do not have to put off making your dream a reality. It's easy. After an initial consultation about your goals, I can sculpt, carve and otherwise hand shape raw materials into one of a kind originals. You will have input and communication all the way through the creation process. I can provide information on mold making, model making manufacturing process, and services for you to do as much or little as you would desire. My information articles and YouTube videos are at you disposal by clicking on the links in the sidebars.
Dinosaur toy model
Some of the companies that have used my product models over the last 40 years are:Johnson and Johnson, The Stanley tool Company, RCA, The Franklin Mint, Trumps Castle Casino, The Lost World (merchandising), Veggie Tales, Yogi Bear campgrounds, Goebel (porcelain figurines), The Kentucky Lottery, Good Housekeeping, Philadelphia Mummers associations,
Chicago Bulls (merchandising),
Mardi Gras clubs
A forty inch wheel turned soccer ball model. I am applying facial features. I have the capacity to turn shapes up to 60 inches high and 48 inches in diameter. I have also turned such things as a 38 inch lemon, 5 foot high lamp bases and many pedestals.
This piece is called a bunny parade. It was made for Holland Mold, Inc. in Trenton, New Jersey. They have been purchasing models from me for 27 years.
This 12 inch plastilina merchandising model was created for the movie The Lost World. This was the first stage of the modeling process. The second step was making the mold of the plastelina model.
Here I am sculpting a humpback whale. After the mold is made a plaster model was cast in the mold. The plaster model is then reworked to a high degree of detail.
This is one of a pair of 4 foot high planters, installed at Trumps Castle. It also started as a plasteline model. A rubber mold was made. Then fiberglass and resin were used to make the finished piece. I started it from a sketch drawn from discussions with the client.
This butterfly and wild flowers napkin ring was made for the Franklin Mint. It is one of a set of six. The finished pieces were made in porcelain and beautifully hand painted.
This piece, which sits atop a man's jewelry box, was created fifteen years ago. The duck and lid are made of ceramic. It was a very successful item in the ceramic hobby mold industry.
This lamp base was also made for the ceramic hobby mold industry. It was designed 20 years ago as part of a set. The mate had a bear and cub upon the same tree.
Bye for now. Are you waving?
This is an eight foot tall mascot figure of a Sasquatch. (the tall brown one) The one in white is my daughter. Can you find Angus?
There are many many more pictures of projects that I can post pictures on. At this time it is more important to post information to help others on their journey than to show work of mine.
You will see bits and segments of other jobs in my videos as things progress along.
There is only just so much time and so much to do.
Thank you for looking through this page of my portfolio.