Okay, I’m back and once again covered in powdered wax, polishing compound and silver.

Made a big dent in the Austro – you can see the anatomy starting to materialize.

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I’ve got the eye holes drilled in along with the nose.  Next step was defining the jaw and the connective bones.

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It looks like we’re close, but we actually still have a long way to go.  Setting up the teeth is next.  We’ll block in some big gnarly caveman teeth and then use the scale of the choppers to finish up the jaw and cheekbones.  Most of my skull rings are so forehead dominant….it’s been crazy to work on one that has so much “jaw” to it.

Speaking of foreheads, I’ve finished up our guitar pick for James’ Big Voodoo complete with treble clef.

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So that leaves the sides of the ring.  We’re going to try using the mic texture as planned.  This is just the marker, which looks a little funny in silver.  You have to try to imagine these lines clean and recessed.

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I gotta say both of these rings are going to be hard to part with.  This austro skull might be something I have to offer on my site.  The original ring you see here is just for Marty, but I might do a smaller, slightly different version for sale as well.

So stay tuned through the new year.  I’ve got all kinds of projects on the burner – maybe too many.

Valentine’s Day ordering ends on January 15th, so make sure you get your orders in ahead of time!








5 thoughts on “Austra-logy

  1. Reminds me of the gorilla theme of ROLLING STONES latest tour ” Grrrr 50 ” lol great!

  2. Hey Matt,
    Is it too late to tinker a little bit with the treble clef? Without sounding critical, maybe a straighter center line with a bigger ball at the end and a little more curl around it. It’s cool as is, but I don’t want it mistaken for an “&” sign. The sides are looking neat with the microphone treatment. Maybe a musical note here and there. Looking great. – James.

  3. Matt,
    As I re-read my post, I felt sort of like a critical a-hole. That wasn’t my intent. The thing looks fantastic. My little suggestions certainly aren’t worth any kind of re-work if it’s a pain in your balls. – James.

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