Status of the Site and Commissions

So, anyone who has tried to access the site in the last couple of weeks probably saw a very nasty warning page from google stating that the site was likely an attack site. This has been fixed! It seems my site was the target of a nasty bit of malicious code insert that tried to install malware whenever anyone visited it. I’ve been working with my hosting provider and the site is now clean again. If you have visited the site in the last 2-3 weeks and ignored the warning page, it wouldn’t hurt to run your favorite malware/virus checker just in case.
On brighter news, I have a few commissions slots open over the summer, but only for things which I already have the molds for. These items include:

I just won’t have time this summer to take on any new, custom commissions with my current workload and preparation for DragonCon. I will have time to prepare things I have already created molds for, however, and may also be able to provide any of the above listed items in kit form. Use the commission inquiry form to inquire.

Thank you Polygon! Holiday Gift ideas!

I want to thank Alexa Ray Corriea at Polygon for featuring my work in their Gift Guide: Crafts article!

I’m booked to the brim until the start of the new year on larger props and armor commissions, but I can still fit in a few jewelry commissions for which I still have the molds and materials on hand. If you’re looking for a gift for that game loving geek on your list, I have several pieces that I could whip up in time for the Holidays!

The list of pieces I can create in time for the holidays are as follows:

  • Serah and Snow’s Engagement Pendant from FFXIII
  • Snow’s NORA Necklace from FFXIII
  • Lightning’s Necklace from FFXIII
  • Serah’s Earrings from FFXIII
  • Rosalina’s Earrings from Super Mario Galaxy
  • Terra’s Necklace from FFXI/Dissidia

Interested? Just shoot me a line via my Commissions page, or directly at joy (at) joysutton.com! I can only guarantee shipping by Dec. 24th on orders placed before Dec. 16th, and there are only a handful of slots, so act early!

Commission status and more client photos!

This is a post to explain the status of my commissions in the coming months. I am currently all booked up until August or September for custom commissions. My time will be taken up making gear for Megaman, Edward Elric, Felix Faust, Rosalina and Adam Warlock costumes; quite an eclectic mix, no?

However! I do still have some spare time in my schedule I can devote to filling some additional orders, so long as they require no sculpting, patternmaking and initial fabrication. This means that I can create anything that I already have molds for; jewelry, pauldrons, knives and staves! I have put together a list of what pieces I still have molds in good condition to make, with prices for the simpler things. For the larger pieces, just contact me with all of your particulars and I’ll get you a quote. For certain items, like Lightning’s Pauldron, I would be willing to sell resin kits. You’d get the raw resin casts from me and do the sanding, painting and assembling yourself. This is a good deal for folks with the time and skill to spare to do the finishing work and who’d like to save some money.

Here’s the list!

Quick turnaround pieces (2-3weeks maximum work time):

Final Fantasy 13

Snow’s NORA necklace: $45.00 Image
Snow and Serah’s Engagement Necklace: $45.00 Image
Serah’s Earrings: $15.00 Image
Lightning’s Necklace: $20.00 Image
Lightning’s Coat Hardware: $85.00 Image Image 2(One D buckle, One large slide buckle, four slide buckles, three three point buckles, four square fasteners, four silver “grommets”, six gold disks) I can create just parts of the set as well, contact me for individual prices.
Lightning’s Bullet Holders: $20.00/pair Image

Final Fantasy 6
Terra’s Earrings and Necklace: $50.00 Image

Gems

I can also cast colored, foil backed clear gems, including special effects such as opalescence, pearlescence, embedded items and create custom clay settings. Examples Here and Here

Moderate turnaround pieces (2-3 weeks turnaround):
Contact me for prices, as options affect the price.
Lightning’s Pauldron Image
Lightning’s Survival Knife Image
Snow’s Badge/Amband Image
Light Staff from FFXI Image Image

I already have a large stock of small parts, including many necklaces needing only a few days to assemble and complete, a large stockpile of jacket hardware and several cast resin gems which can be sold as-is or foil backed:

Just shoot me an E-mail at joy (at)joysutton.com or use the commissions form!

 

I also have the pleasure of postinga photo of a really lovely client from France with one of my Survival Knives!

This amazing costumer can be found at her site, HERE, or at her facebook site HERE.

Take care out there, and expect to see a new video documenting a really fantastic process I’ve started using soon!

More props and jewelry in action! And some WIPs!

I have some amazing photos of one of my favorite clients in her Lightning costume! She is sporting one of my pauldrons, bullet holsters, belt buckles, coat grommets and gold circle details. Her Snow is also sporting one of my NORA necklaces! Their group is quite fabulous, and you should definitely check out the rest of their set.

 

There are quite a few more shots of this amazing group HERE.

And the photographer’s work can be found HERE and HERE, and hey, a fellow prop maker!

 

And now, what has been keeping me busy:

Growing close to completion on this baby here, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s looking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here, from a super fun commission, I’ll leave it to you guys to figure out what it is for now!

Snow’s Armband, the Light Staff and changes coming

So, after several hiccups, Snow’s Armband/Badge has been complete!

The Badge and holster is cast in resin, with cast magic goldfinger and silver bullet powders, with black enamel paint. The white text reads “Paladin” in the game’s script, while the lower black strip says “Plautus” is the same script. The Paladin coat is purchased from Plautus’s Workshop in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The armband is sewn in heather gray jersey, with double interfacing, orange piping, eyelets, woven cord and metal cord caps.

 

Next, we have a WIP from the workbench, the Light Staff from Final Fantasy XI!

This piece is also being constantly updated in one of my imgur galleries, so please watch how it shapes up Over Here!

 

Now, for news. I hinted at this a month or so ago, but the site will be getting a name and domain change soon. I do this in an effort to differentiate my own personal web presence from this business. Jay and I will be working on the changes, which will include a site upgrade and some other ways to keep up with our work, so keep an eye out for the new site!

 

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!

 

 

Busy Workbench!

So, business is booming! I have a ton of great projects in, and repeat customers, which to me is the best sort of compliment. I’m cataloging the new pieces and will be putting up a small, basic beading tutorial in the furture.

Completed NORA necklace and others

This is a little late (as I sent this baby out over a week ago now), but here we go:

Closer:

Fun little project, and a great piece to work on my resin casting work, since it involved 13 identical bits.

Also:

Improved the engagement necklace a bit, made the in-game version of the chain and added rhinestones to the top ring (the one which holds it on the chain). Need to work on the ol’ photography though I’m afraid, these pieces all look so much better in person.

Now something just for fun! I’ve been doing so many jewelry commissions and have picked up quite a few little techniques, so I’ve decided to do a little something just for me. Still feeling around for what I want to do with the design, but pleased so far with all of the elements.

Closer:

Lovecraft inspired, going for something lovely but chaotic, with kinda an algae covered, just pulled from the depths sorta look. Going to pop out the clear rhinestones on the eyes and swap them with ones that are more amber colored.

That’s all from me for today, hoping to work on more costuming things over the weekend, so perhaps you’ll see some non-jewelry things here soon. Not sure whether I’ll be working on Lightning or Batgirl though..hrm..

On the Workbench – Whoopsie!

So, I was looking at that last pendant and thinking “Man..this is one tiny pendant for such a big guy..” Checked my dimensions and yes, I was working a centimeter too small on both dimensions, makes a huge difference at this size! No harm done, an hour or so of sculpting later, and I’ve got this larger, better looking version:

Slapped a coat of silver on to check for and fix imperfections, also put down some rhinestones to check their size.  Sculpted the bail and the base for the snowflakes. I am very very glad I checked the size of this pendant before trying to sculpt the snowflakes, I don’t think I could have made them any smaller than this and made it look right.

Molds have been made and now I can simply cast up the rest of the snowflakes.