New Waxes, some bands, and a Jupiter-King comparison

I’ve been working like an insane man on the new sugar cat for a special client.   This one is going to be based on a Mystery Cave frame.

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Step 1 – get rid of that nose.  We’re going to go with an inverted triangle to get us closer to that cat-nose look.

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Then we start the new nose – slightly recessed with a cleft down the center-line of the teeth.  We’re also going to go with a yingyang on the forehead – recessed with contours.  I like this look on the Mystery Cave because it repeats the circular shape of the eye-sockets.

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Then we put fangs on her.  Big, blocky fangs to keep that Mystery Cave look.

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Then the classic sunburst sugar treatment of each eye-socket.  We’ll be setting stones in these holes, so this pattern has got to pop against the bright orange or yellow cab we end up going with.

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Then the ears.  It’s a cat after all.  I’ve done a few cat rings so I’ve gotten fairly adept at keeping these suckers away from the fingers of the wearer.   They protrude from the ring and make a major statement, but they don’t interfere with daily wear as much as you’d think.

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I’m going to stop for today.  After a while I start to work sloppy and I have to stop.

I’ve also gotten started on Desmond’s custom skull ring loosely based on a Little Voodoo, but with a completely different head shape.  Another sugar skull with turquoise eyes (getting to be my bread and butter.)   I like working on a custom frame like this.  It gives me more space to play than a standard Little Voodoo.

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I’ve also finished up a pair of awesome sterling silver wedding bands.  I’m glad I get to do stuff like this in addition to my big clunky jewelry.  These are nice, thick bands with that raw hand-made charm.


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Last but not least, I’ve had a bunch of questions about the new Jupiter.  How big is it compared to the King Skull?

Well, here’s a shot of the two together.

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