Devil Cat

Ahhh, it’s October.  My favorite month.  My favorite time of year.  Summer and Spring blow.  Fall and Winter rule.  Leaves are changing, horror movies are getting carted out from my dusty closet, and the mosquitos are dying slow, painful deaths.  Me?  I’m carving wax and silver like a maniac.

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The work is getting increasingly diverse and customized, which is great because I’ve been contemplating whether or not to continue to accept orders for non-custom pieces.   More custom work means more time in the studio, though, which means less time blogging.

So let’s get to it.

I’ve just finished carving up a customized Mystery Cave for a special cat-whispering Animal Planet television host.  A very cool project and a lot of fun to work on.

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I’ve done a number of these sugar-cat skull rings for people and they’ve been catching on.  I used big, bulbous citrine gemstone eyes on this one and that’s a recessed ying-yang in the forehead.

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I hadn’t done anything with citrine and I freakin’ love the stone.  It’s hard as hell and has some amazing light play.  It might be seen on the new season, might not be.  Either way, like all my other stuff, it’s a one of a kind.  If you like this kind of thing, I’ll do a custom sugar cat for YOU with your own imagery, gemstones, etc.  No two are exactly alike.


Got another order for a Big Voodoo with the jaw also.

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If you want this variation, I’ll do it up for you.  You need to know, however, that it’s going to add a LOT of volume.  I like the way it looks.  Not angry, not evil…almost a smile, but in a very cynical way.

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Compare it to this massive brushed-finish Jupiter I’ve just completed.  Very different looks, but both bring a lot of size to the table.  Bottom line: bottom jaws make big rings.

Smaller rings?  I’ve made a few of those recently as well.  In fact, I’ve just done one of the cooler Heidi rings I’ve ever worked on.  It’s for Catherine, who funny enough doesn’t really seem that thrilled with it at the moment.  Me, I think it’s freakin’ great.

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We put these small little flowers and vines all over the shank and with the brushed metal finish it looks absolutely badass.  She has a Days of the Dead bracelet to match.

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She hasn’t said “hey, this sucks” but she also hasn’t quite flipped out as much as I have.   Maybe the photos don’t do it justice?  Or maybe it actually DOES suck and I’ve lost my mind.  Either way, if she doesn’t flip out when she gets it, I either try again or I buy it back from her.  I want my clients to be happy and I stand by my work.

Watching the Puppet Master series right now.  1 through 3 are so F’in great.  4 through 9 are total crap.





Been so long, so long, so loooooong…

..since I’ve done a blog post.

Been busy.  Skull rings.  Class rings.  Guru beads.  Etc.

A book about skull rings.

Another book about Hong Kong.

A short film.

And besides, I actually haven’t had a lot of custom work recently.  Sold a lot of classic models.  A few Jupiters, a few Kings, a mess of Voodoo.  Don’t get me wrong, I dig making classic models too, but how many pics of a classic skull ring can I put on the blog?  I was waiting for something different and man did I get it.

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This is my faceless Big Voodoo for artist Marx Myth.  I think I mentioned it before, but Marx is a goddamned genius and he needed something special.  He gave me absolute creative freedom on this so I was able to just GO and do something I really, really dig.

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The front faceplate has a brushed metal finish, but the nose, teeth, and carved sides are still high-polish.  Marx has been in the loop during the entire process and highly approves.

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In fact, he approves so much he got one for his wife.  A cool dimensional Little Voodoo with a sun motif and AWESOME turquoise eyes.

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Quite a pair.  I’m delivering these in person (gives me an excuse to visit Lilly’s Pizza in Raleigh for that fuckin’ goat cheese and sausage pizza of theirs.)

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I also got to make a full-custom skull ring for Desmond.  Some of the coolest stones I’ve ever been able to work with.  Desmond picked them out himself and I worked them into the design, which we also collaborated on.

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I didn’t blacken this one either.  Desmond wanted it in bright high polish, so that’s what he got.  The stones catch the light and glow at ya like a cat’s eye.

Speaking of cat’s eyes, I’m also still chipping away at my special client’s sugar cat ring.  I’m using citrine stones for the eyes and I’m in the process right now of setting them.  Still a few days away from finishing this one.  That’s a Mystery Cave frame, if you don’t recognize it.

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Not done.  I’ve also just finished a full-custom pendant for Benny.  This is a gift for his lady, so I put my back into it and ended up carving one of the better realistic skulls I’ve done.

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I’ve talked about this before, but I really, really like this slider pendant style.  If you hang a pendant like this BELOW, the chain, you look like freakin’ Frankie Valli.  If you put the chain THROUGH the pendant like the image above, it’s a very modern look.  Looks sleek on a dude and sexy on a chick.

Oh yeah, and I also finished a big order of guru skull beads for my pal over at the Custom Mala Shop.  I’d feel great about this, but he just ordered 5 more.  Hey, I can’t complain.  Jason’s work is amazing.

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Check him out at  The work is superb.  He’s on Facebook too.  You can see some of his work below using my skulls.

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I don’t do beads and one of the reasons is that guys like Jason do them freakin’ PERFECTLY.

He’s on Facebook, like me.  Speaking of which…

With all the visits I get on this blog every day, how in the hell do I have so few FACEBOOK likes at

I guess skull-ring clients aren’t social media people….. Still, I have a ton of custom images up there and it’s a great way to get informed on specials and sales, so check it out if you’re into….facebooking and stuff.

I’m still working on some waxes as well.  Below is a floral design I’m working over on a Heidi frame.

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Also you can see that I’ve got a zillion little silver skulls ready to be made into a Days of the Dead bracelet.

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Same client.  Knows how to treat herself, right?  Hell yeah.

Not done.  Also working on a great new Chinese style Little Voodoo for Kat.  With Jade eyes.

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More on this one later as it comes together.

For now, I’m having an old-fashioned and watching Beyond the Black Rainbow again.  More work soon(ish).  Stay tuned.

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