Been a while, eh? I’ve been busy!

So, Dragon*Con has come and gone, and it was a sad year for us. A few hours Saturday meandering the halls was nowhere near enough! Ah well, there’s always next year.

 

The bench has been pretty full the last month or so, filling orders for the fall convention scene. Here’s what’s been keeping me busy lately:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arika’s Blue Sky Sapphire from My-Otome. Used a new technique on the gem in this, added a layer of some color shifting nail enamel to the back, the gem has the super cool aqua to sapphire opalescence. Sculpey, metal findings and a cast resin gem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, old school. These little earrings are for none other than the Dark Lady from Sailor Moon. Snagged some really awesome AB jet prism drops from an etsy seller, they have a very cool gold to rich purple metallic rainbow finish to them. Those caps were quite a feat to sculpt as well, they’re only 1cm tall! The full earring is about 3.5 cm in length. Sculpey with Swarovski prisms and metal findings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here we have Himeno’s tiara from Pretear. Started making my own molds to use with clear resin, and I’m very pleased with the results so far. This piece is attached to a wire headband for ease of wear. Photo taken on top of my Lightning wig, I don’t think she’d be caught dead wearing something so cute and girly! Sculpey, Resin, clear resin and a wire headband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A seemingly simple commission, The artwork version of Eclair’s earrings from La Pucelle Tactics. The problem? South Georgia’s summers are pretty much constantly 50% humidity or higher, so the paints I was using on this threw some hissy-fits. A little patience and some time with a heat gun eventually gave me a nice, even, pearly coat. Plastic, faux pearls and metal findings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yet another NORA necklace, I wasn’t happy with my old photos of this necklace, so I took a few new shots of my latest commission for one.

 

Now, I swear I took better photos of these next two commissions before I sent them out, but for the life of me I cannot find them, so a few phone photos will have to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Todd’s (The Red Hood) dagger from Batman. This was a learning experience for sure, and I shamelessly pilfered a technique from one of Volpin’s step-by-step posts to create beveled edges without pulling your hair out. A ton of gap filling and wet sanding was also required, but the results were well worth it. The blade is super smooth and very shiny and the whole piece just -feels- right. I tell you, every time I held this thing I couldn’t resist the urge to make dagger fighting poses and slash it around. The dagger is 100% cast in resin, with a central metal post for support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the final finish on the handle. The comic goes back and forth on color a lot, but the client and I eventually went with a dark wood grain. Been a while since I drybrushed a wood texture, but I’m exceedingly pleased with the result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now..the strangest request I have gotten yet! A nearly life-sized plush sheep! Now, it all makes sense when you know the character this prop will accompany, this sheep is the base for Deadpool’s meadowlands sniper sheep cannon! I don’t normally do sewn commissions, but I have a fair amount of experience sewing plush, and I felt confident I could give my client a quality sheep. The problem? You try finding a realistic sheep pattern. I ended up completely drafting this pattern from scratch, and certainly took some editing, but I’m truly pleased with the results. Hey, maybe I could market these to all the Catherine costumers, what do you think? Faux sheepskin, polyfill, poly-suede, buttons, galvanized steel wire in legs for support.

 

So! That’s it from me today, but expect more soon, the bench is still inundated with work and I’d like to put up another tutorial soon, so keep an eye out!

 

 

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3 Responses to Been a while, eh? I’ve been busy!

  1. Brenda says:

    Hey, the pretear tiara is realy wonderful !!

    Maybe a stupid question but do you also sell them ??

  2. Mike Iverson says:

    Beautiful job on the jewelry! Can I ask what you use for the resin gems? Getting a bubble free gem has proven next to impossible for me!

    • joy says:

      Thank you! I’ve been using EasyCast for these small gems. It degasses fairly well in small, open backed molds. It doesn’t work so well in a two part box mold though, as I tried to make a large pear shaped gem and it bubbled like mad. Larger molds seem to have some trouble degassing as well, I was working with a 60mm half sphere and it had some bubbling on the back and along the mold edges. I found hitting it with a heat gun on low before the epoxy cures really helped (mind the fumes!) to get the bubbles to pop, but that had an unintended effect of making the resin cure with a swirly effect. Fortunately it works for he piece it’s for. One of these days I’ll be investing in a pressure pot to deal with the bubbling.

      BTW, I absolutely adore your work, and it helped inspire me to get into propmaking!

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