Cleaning out my jewelry box

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I’m a jade guy.  I wear a lot of it.  But I USED to be a turquoise guy and I have to say it’s still my favorite stone to set in a skull ring.  But I have too many pieces I don’t wear anymore and something’s gotta go.

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So I’m going to sell these two puppies.  Polish ‘em up, clean ‘em up, and sell them.  The Big Voodoo is a size 11.5 and that Little Voodoo is a size 9.  Solid sterling, of course.

Email me at matt@mtmaloney.com or message me on twitter @MT_Maloney and let me know if you want to buy one or both.  $125 for the big one and $100 for the little guy. Call it $210 for both. Shipping on the house.  I used to wear the big one on my ring finger and the little guy as a pinky ring.  

Pinky rings are badass anyway and a skull ring pinky ring is almost drop-the-mike time.

Apologies to my international clients, but I can’t send these overseas with shipping costs.  

Loon Official Trailer

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Most of my clients know I’m also a digital media artist.  I spent December and January in Hong Kong shooting a 1o minute stop-motion short in the streets.  (Checkout http://www.angry-animation.com for more details on THAT)

But I wanted to share the trailer I’ve just finished.

NOTE: You really need headphones to hear the low-end sound.  This is about image and music together, so take a minute and get plugged in so you don’t miss out on that moogtastic low-end noise.

I’ll be updating angry-animation.com soon with release information for those who want to check it out once it begins its theatrical run.  I don’t have anything solid yet, but stay tuned and I’ll update when I can.  In the meantime, please share this around and spread the word.  It’s on like Hong Kong.

More rings coming right up.

Cigar smoker

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Finished up this evil-eyed cigar smoking Big Voodoo this morning and was doing some email, invoicing, all that stuff.  Happy to say, I think I’ve got some cool new projects coming up.  A few full-custom pieces that I’ve been working on for the better part of a month are about finished and as much as I’ve enjoyed working on them, I’m really ready to get them off my bench and to move on to some more classic skull rings like this.

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She’s built on a Big Voodoo frame with a custom jaw, cigar, and ruby eyes which were reshaped to look pissed off.  Or stern, let’s say.

I’ve done a number of these rings recently with the bottom jaws.  They’re all custom carved, so no two are alike.

Gotta run for now.  I’ll be back with more updates in a week or so.  Stay tuned.

The Shield.

Took me about two months to finish this one.  Had a hell of a lot of detail to work out and I wanted to make it exactly perfect or Patrick, my awesome client. Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 10.10.45 AM This was all about the badge.  We worked a design together that would be definitively NEW YORK for the shank and wouldn’t compete with the shape of the badge.  It’s a big ring, like I like ‘em. Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 10.11.15 AM I’ve been toying with the idea of offering a shield line of rings for cops and other law enforcement agencies, but the problem has always been that for the most part you can by cheaper, mass-prodcued rings depicting simple agency shields and insignia.  But Patrick’s idea was so personal and his emphasis on the badge looking substantial was such that I couldn’t pass on this project. Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 10.10.57 AM We also worked in his service years onto the side and his initials on the back.  The result is a super heavy piece unlike any other cop rings I’ve been able to find out there.  Solid sterling too. Gonna please, I can tell you that.

Back in action

 

 

Yes, I’m back on the bench.  Happy to be back, too.  Got a lot of projects wait-listed from motorcycle club rings to wedding bands to full custom jobs to the good old fashioned custom skull rings.

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A couple of things will be changing in 2015.  I’m going to pace myself a bit better, not rush multiple jobs or take on more clients at one time than I should.  I got into this business to focus on individual clients and when I’m knocking out 20 or 25 rings at a time, that just isn’t happening.  So don’t be disheartened if you contact me to place an order and I ask you to hang tight for a few weeks.  I’ll get to you.  I just think your project deserves my full attention.  If you doubt my intentions, know that I was invited to create rings for the Sons of Anarchy season finale event and I declined because I wanted to deal with individuals like you guys.  Yes, I’m Jerry Maguire.

Speaking of individual clients, this post is largely for Dylan who has asked me to make a custom Tiki ring with a gemstone.  I’m feeling the amber.

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I picked up these stones on Lamma Island a while ago, but I only have a few left.  I still have one of the bright yellow ones from the far left and the four transparent stones on the right.  This isn’t cheap amber.  Not that resin, assembled shit you get in the states all the time.

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This is Lamma.  I get off the ferry here after about a 45 minute ride from Hong Kong island.  It’s a tiny little fishing island and I hike right over the mountain to Yung Shue Wan to visit the Lamma Island Amber Shop.

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Cool right?  This shop is tiny and set into a dark corner of this tiny little road called “Main street.”  I’ll usually swing by this great joint called Lamma Grill for a whiskey and the closest thing to a great American cheeseburger you’re gonna find and then find this shop which is practically GLOWING like a gemstone.

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The place is run by Udo and his wife.  That’s Udo below selling amber in Tibet in ’92.

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I freakin’ love this place.  I spend a lot of time looking through their stock and their finished jewelry.  I’ve made a few skull rings with their amber set into the eyes.  Just a great place.  I wish I could just import from these guys regularly, but the demand for amber just hasn’t quite caught-on in the US yet.  So what I usually end up doing is swinging by to pick up gifts for family and friends.

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So yeah, if you’re ever in HK, catch the ferry at pier 4 to Lamma and visit them.

So Dylan – let me know what wer’e gonna do.  Drop me a line.  And I’ll catch the rest of you cats in the next week.  Stay tuned.

Stones > Beatles

D has been waiting and waiting for me to finish his full-custom silver turquoise gemstone ring and I’ve finally been able to deliver.  He had a specific design in mind and was inspired by my latest jade ring that I hacked up a few months ago with some Hong Kong jade.

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D’s not a jade guy, but we set out to use a massive oval-shaped turquoise stone as the centerpiece.  We designed the shank together and the result is badass.

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Doing a ring like this is always a dialogue between the stone and the silver.  We want the stone to be the star, but without a big gob of silver behind it, it isn’t a ring worth wearing.  You can buy all kinds of shitty gemstone rings with turquoise or whatever else in craft fairs all over the country.  The one thing they have in common: they suck.  Hollow-backed, shitty metal, etc.  Many of them are made with SILVER WIRE for the love of god.

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Just like my skull rings, this all goes out the window.  Solid backed, cast as one piece, and heavy, this is a grown-up’s ring.

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D was super patient and also contributed more than half of the design process.  Symbols and the bezel cup treatment were all him.  Very cool product.  I’ve had about a half-dozen emails since posting the facebook photos of this sucker asking about cost.  This is full-custom and takes a lot of work to create at this detail level.  The stones are individually selected by me based on the client.  So yeah, they’re expensive.  As I’ve made more of these, I’ve been getting better at balancing my time and production costs with the price.  I’ve finally figured out that these should be  $1000 with shipping included to your door.  I’ve made ‘em for less in the past, but I’m shuffling priorities and these take SO much attention, I have to make some changes if I’m going to continue doing pieces like this.

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I’ve had a few more pieces flying out of here.  A few class rings, actually.  Who wants a custom skull ring for a highschool ring?  Cool people.  That’s who.

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That’s Jessica’s custom Big Voodoo.  Did a little voodoo in simliar form around the same time.

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The skull rings I wear typically don’t have gemstones, but that’s my own thing.  I have a huge-ass piece of jade around my neck and another on my left hand, so I don’t need anymore stone bling.  But there’s no doubt – it looks awesome on the right design.

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Last two projects I wanted to mention:

First was another Janis Joplin themed ring for Chris.  Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 3.10.16 PM

Then a Mystery Cave combo.  I put this up because I don’t actually sell a ton of Mystery Cave rings.  Which is a shame.  It’s one of my favorite designs.  The people who want them and wear them are fanatical about them and I love that.  It’s a special ring for a very specific type of style.  I dig it with the men’s torque because it makes a similar shape to the balls on either end of the bracelet.

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