Phoenix in Flames

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One for the ladies.  Yes, of course I have female clients.  In fact, I’d say about a third of the big, badass skull rings I sell go to women who appreciate big jewelry and want to rock something bold and beautiful.

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But I just finished a very, very cool smaller ring.  This one is custom-made for a client’s better half. Smaller, more elegant.  It’s a Phoenix wrapped around a split shank in sterling silver.

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Shipping today.  Enjoy!

Breaking Tiki

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Oh man, where to begin.  In the skull ring biz, this is a busy time of year.  Bike week, etc.  I’ve had my custom orders just about double, which is awesome and really a lot of fun.  I’ve also been working with a designer on a new look for the website, which should be going live with a few new products this Spring.

New products?

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Yeah, you got it.  I’ve made a Tiki ring for the line.  This isn’t the exact same one that I’ve made in the past.  It has different proportions.  Bigger teeth, lips, etc.  And you animals are going to love it.  It’s comfortable and actually sits fairly flush to the hand despite being a big ring.

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These are now available for order (not on the site yet, but email me and I’ll start carving one for you) and are running at $495.  Just had to do it.  It was too popular and I’ve had so many requests for a Tiki ring.

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There’s one with brushed metal.  All of ‘em are solid-backed.  Custom finishes are free with this one.  It’s big, right?  34mm tall.  But I’m telling you, you can wear this sucker every day.  I’ve balanced it like a freakin’ airplane.

Have you guys seen Wake in Fright?  Kick ass fuckin’ movie.

Anyway, I’ve also finished up a new pendant-type product that I’ll be calling the Doc Voodoo.

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The Doc is totally flexible.  He can be a pendant, he can be linked into a thick chain, he can be a ring.  He can be a freakin’ Zippo lighter:

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They don’t all come with the bolt on the forehead, but I’m really offering these as a great template for some custom carving.  I’ll probably work that into the asking price.  Cool addition to the Voodoo line for the non-ring crowd.

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I’ve also finished up a pretty cool sugar’d up Big Voodoo that I can’t help but post photos of.  Listen, when you latch onto something good, you gotta do it.  I’ll never get tired of carving sugar skulls like this.  It’s what the Big Voodoo was made for and I hope the orders for these keep coming in.  I’m sorry I can’t post photos of all of ‘em.  Sometimes you have to either get shit done or take pictures of shit that got done and I’ve been struggling to keep up with the season’s orders.

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That’s not a snowflake.

More soon, but for now I’m taking a break from the skull world and working on these class rings.

 

 

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That isn’t even all of them…

But I’ll balance my scholarly carving with some work on a nearly complete master wax for the War Pigs.  It’s not my first Motorcycle Club Ring, but it’s one of the largest and most badass.  We have a way to go on this one.  That pig’s head was hell to get done.  I did the base for that in the computer and then fused it by hand to the hand-carved shank.  It’s going to be a monster.

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Alright, enough.  Back to work.  Stay tuned!

 

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Burning Heart

 

 

Just finished Eric’s sugar skull with a set of starburst lab-grown rubies.  They’ve got a badass pinkish hue.  Fantastic look against the black.  Very Elvis.
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This is the Big Voodoo at its best.  When you carve up a custom skull ring, it’s always a dialogue.  The Big Voodoo has its own opinion about how it’s gonna look.  I planned for this to look great, but I didn’t expect it to come out THIS crazy once the stones were set.  Another hard one to give away.   But this is Eric’s baby and it is shipping today.

Stay tuned.

Animation Prototype

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Yeah, that’s an animation light table.

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I’ve done three class rings, and this one is for a graduating class of animators who approached me with this project some time ago.  I wanted to make a class ring that was extremely personal. Something that was unique to each wearer and not the standard shitty Belfour class ring that every graduate on the planet wears.

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This one’s just the prototype.  I have a ton of these to make and each ring will have the student’s graduation year on the back of the shank and their initials on that ^^^ shield there.

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That Game Design ring I’d made a few years ago was a badass class ring, but this one might be cooler . For those of you who dont’ know, animators use that light table and peg bar system for classical 2d animation.  It’s still the core of modern animation as well.  So this design is really the perfect choice.

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This one’s the prototype.  I’ll be knocking out about 20 in this first batch.  Each comes with that square pearl shell stone which is supposed to be the plexiglass surface you’d see on tables like that.

On another note, I’m getting closer to that website rebrand.  A few new products coming and a new ‘look’ for the Voodoo line.  Stay tuned.

Squidhead Rises

 

 

He’s done.  It took a LONG time bu this full-custom ring called Squidhead is finished and finally getting ready to ship to its owner.  Cool project.  It’s rocking a brushed metal finish with some blackened silver around the fleshy parts.
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That gemstone is black onyx.  The rest, sterling as usual.

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So it’s off to Michael once he’s approved the finish.  Wear with pride, brother.

Also finishing up a sugar skull with a cool sacred heart symbol on the forehead.

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and a big old Jupiter Ring for Joe.  All of these goodies shipping this week.  And more to come.  Stay tuned.

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Sugarskull me

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I’ve started a new sugar skull’d Little Voodoo for Will.  I still love working on these and they remain the core of my custom work.  So many sugar skull rings completed and each one is totally different.

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Each one is different because after I finish the base wax, the clients approve a markered-up version of the design based on their input.  So it really is a collaboration.

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Not much to look at yet, but I don’t want to start carving until we get this locked.  Big updates soon, so stay tuned.

 

Light my Fire

It’s finally about time to get started on this mythical Zippo lighter I’ve been talking about.  It’s been a while since I got my hands on a sterling silver zippo case and I’ve been thinking about exactly how I wanted to approach this project.

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It’s simple enough in principle.  I need to combine these two things.

What makes it difficult is that every asshole on the planet who makes skull rings (granted there aren’t THAT many of us) has some version or another of a skull zippo.  How could mine be a little different?

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Well, for starters I’m not going with a realistic skull.  I’m making the kind of skull that my clients are used to seeing from me:  big, heavy, and kinda stylized.

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We’re going to give it just enough dimension to get some serious light shaping on the outside.  I only have a few milimeters to play with, so we can’t go nuts.  Plus, nobody wants this thing wearing a hole in their jean pocket while they carry it around.  The form has to be flat enough for comfort.

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Yeah, that’s right.  My skull zippo is upside-down.  I’m going to put the break in the lighter at the skull’s teeth because that’s the freakin’ shape the lighter makes.  Seriously.  Why the hell are so many of those skull zippos out there putting the break right through the skull’s eyes?  I get it.  Maybe the first 150 times, it worked.  But that’s just about all I was able to find online.  So yep, mine’s upside-down.  You fish this fella out of your pocket to light up  and he opens his jaws and spits flame.

The carving isn’t even close to being finished and I have a lot of scroll work to put in once it is.  I still have to design the chain clasp and everything.

On another note here’s a shot of a Big Voodoo I’m working on for a client who wanted to see how raw the ring could look short of scarring it up with a file.  The way these are designed…well, they’re pretty f’king raw already.  Still, I’m throwing up some shots to see if this is enough or if we need to take this to the next level.

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