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These shiny new bastards do.

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I’ve had a killer run on custom orders with gemstone eyes recently.  This is it, man.  The kind of work that I live for.  I didn’t invent putting gemstones in a Skull Ring, but I’d like to think I offer an ideal frame for it with this voodoo line.

I finished up a Little Voodoo for Al as well.  Those are natural ruby eyes.

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The rest of the work’s been put in on a classic Big Voodoo with smooth black onyx….

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Oval this time.  Usually I prefer going round with cabochon gemstones like this…gives the ring a very Day of the Dead or Punk Rock feel.  But sometimes I dig keeping the original Voodoo look.

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I’ve also really been into doing bolts on the foreheads of these rings recently.  Very Elvis.

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As you can see, this one’s got some sugar treatment as well.  Freakin’ A.

All of these bad boys are shipping out now to their new homes.  See ya in a few.

Quickie

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Just a quick update with some random shots of a few projects.  I’ve got more on the way, but I had to share Pierce’s badass cigar smoking, purple-eyed, bottom-jawed Big Voodoo and a pair of Hellions ready for shipping.

I’ve had a bunch of gemstone rings coming through, which is awesome.  Also working on a massive order of MC rings that will likely put me on a waitlist for the rest of the summer.  If you’ve been thinking about ordering, better drop me a line quickly because once these guys start ordering their club rings, we’re likely going to be OUT for a while.

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Lit Up Again

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Just finished a sterling silver zippo with a beltloop chain.  This was kind of an experiment with the Doc Voodoo pendant being used on a zippo case.

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I don’t really have much to say about it – just think I’ll let the shots speak for themselves.  I’ve got a lot of travel lined up for the next month so I’ll be in and out of the shop quite a bit.  I have a number of new projects I’m finishing up, so if your’e waiting for a piece, I expect to have a big batch ready to roll very shortly.

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End of the Warpath

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It’s been a long road, but I’ve finally finished the first ten rings for the WarPigs motorcycle group.  These guys were awesome, patient, and had great feedback for me along the way.  I wish I could say it was an easy road, but the final rings are hella-great.

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I’ve done these with a brushed metal finish.  They’re heavy, solid, and comfort-fit of course.  Again, another departure from skull rings.  Screen shot 2014-06-04 at 4.21.37 PM

 

Some hack jeweler had made a ring for this club and it was a real piece of garbage…the kind of thing I rail on on all the time.  The club sent me this ring and another pewter model that they actually liked.  It was just enough information to go buck-wild on a new club ring and right the wrongs of the previous jeweler.

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I’ve got more work going live soon, but I’m still tinkering on some details so you’ll have to stay tuned.  Meanwhile, for those of you on the digital side of things, I can’t help but plug my appearance at Webvisions this year in Barcelona and Chicago.

http://www.webvisionsevent.com/2014/06/story-tellers-must-understand-transmedia-narratives/

Yes, that’s me – 5 years younger and with a beard.  I do digital work too.

 

 

Big Bird

I’ve finished MIke’s Phoenix ring – a big, badass companion to his lady’s smaller, more elegant design.  Big?  Yeah.  Mike told me I should make this ring like I was making it for myself.  You asked for it.

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It’s two birds facing each other set against a super-thick comfort-fit shank with a Japanese cloud pattern behind it.

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It’s one of the larger bands I’ve made.  Definitely wide enough to know you’re wearing it, but it’s comfortable and won’t wear out the finger.  Might take some getting used to, though.  In my opinion, every great ring does.

Speaking of great rings, i’ve had a number of projects stacking up on my bench.  Things are crazy.

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I’ve finished up a number of new waxes and I need some client eyes on ‘em, so here goes nothing.

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This one is going to rock a sterling or gold cigar.  A classic Big Voodoo with a brand new bottom jaw and the eyes cleaned out for gemstones.

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Client wanted a real detailed cigar too, so I’ve even sculpted wrapper leaf and a ring label on it.

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These two shots are of a Little Voodoo job with a Swiss cross on the forehead.  Also prepping for some red gemstones.

Finally, I’m working on another Masonic skull vaguely similar to a past project.  Lots of dimensional carving on this one:

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More to come too.  I’m hoping to have the Warpig line finished in another week or two.  Stay tuned.

 

This means War.

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Warpig waxes are rolling out.  Each one has a custom bottom rocker with personalized artwork on either side of the ring ranging from lettering to…yep, you guessed it: SKULLS.

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It’s been a busy season and I have to say I’ll be glad when things slow down again this Summer.  I’ve finished another round of Animation Table rings and a few Zen enso pendants for the Custom Mala Shop.

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I’ve got a new Phoenix ring in the works that I’ll update later, so stay tuned.  Also the fabled ZIPPO is getting closer to completion.   I’ll leave you with a great video review from a client of mine on the Big Voodoo ring with custom eyes.