Brown paper packages tied up with string…..

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Whew.  Last of my Christmas orders are TOAST.   I’m the kind of guy who’d love getting a skull ring for Christmas, so it doesn’t seem weird to me.  What better gift can you give somebody?

For whatever reason I had a number of really interesting projects as well.  I got to work with cool people on some cool ideas.

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This is a King Skull for David with some badass shank carving.  He had great ideas for placement of a peace sign and an anarchy symbol on either side.  He also designed this great minimal feature for the centerline of the forehead.

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Can’t go wrong with the gunmetal finish either.  Just a great way to finish off a skull ring.  Gotta say, I’m a big fan of this and the brushed metal look.  High polish is always a great classic look (all my personal wear is hi-polish) but more and more I’m drawn towards these other finishes that let the sculptural planes of the ring show through.

Now we’ve got some cool sets coming up.  Mike ordered a custom Big Voodoo for himself and an awesome Little Voodoo / Pendant set for his lady.  He’s got a samurai theme going on with jade eyes and a Musashi forehead emblem.  She’s got a heart and cross motif with turquoise eyes.  I can’t talk much about what Mike does for a living, but let’s just say he lives up to the warrior theme.

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Screen shot 2013-12-16 at 4.52.21 PMI realized after the fact that I didn’t get any pictures of the back of his ring before I shipped it which is a shame.  I did a braided samurai sword pattern across the shank and it looks great.  These have already shipped out.  Hope they please.

I had another set underway for Ron.  The Wonder Twins thing, remember?  Well they turned out great.

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That’s a jawless jupiter with a full sugar treatment and a full-custom companion band I made for the lady.

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Awww.  Couples rings.  They can be the coolest freak’n thing in the world or they can be lame as hell.  This set falls into the former category.  I can tell how cool a couple is by the silver they want made and this is a cool couple.

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A little hard to tell, but those are faceted black onyx in the eyes.  I had to set them super-deep so they wouldn’t chip.

Her ring?  Just as cool.

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It might not look like it, but that’s still cast as entirely one piece.  No solder.  It has a raw energy that I really dig.  Not too delicate, not too sharp.  It’s still a hand-carved piece with substantial mass and a comfortable band.  I put some sugar carving and flowers around the shank.

So what’s next?  More on the Lucky 13 ring after the Holidays and a new ring for Jason that I’ll show you a sketch of….

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Yeah, that’s gonna be fun.  Lock and load.  Stay tuned.

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David’s Snail Meat, a secret, and Elvis.

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Sounds like the name of a grunge band.

David’s custom Big Voodoo has finished and shipped out to Singapore.  Bon Voyage.

Good for David.  Put the text right there on the outside of the shank like a champ.  Nothing more chicken-shit then doing your engraving INSIDE the fucking band where nobody can see it.  If it’s important enough to say, say it where people can actually SEE it.

Now that isn’t to say I’m totally against carving inside the shank.  Especially if there’s a little hidden gem reserved just for you, but this works best in addition to something on the outside.  Example of this would be that Ladybug ring I made for that badass Marine and his wife.

David got some of that going on too.  See below.

That’s not Free the Whales.  Love that.   Hope you dig it, David.

I’ve been working on some other projects as well.  I’ve got kind of a super secret thing going on that I’ll likely be able to announce later.  For now, all I can show you is a wax in progress for said mystery project.

Also put a dent in an Elvis tribute ring I’ve been dying to do for a while.  Kind of a take on the great Lowell Hays TCB ring.

That’s obviously not my style, but I love the concept and the overall shaping of this piece.  So I’m taking a different approach to this design.  I wouldn’t want to copy it anyway.  I’m just paying  tribute to the king and his jeweler.

So far this is all I got:

Doesn’t look like much yet, does it?  Screw.  That F’ing thing took me all goddamned morning.  Can’t really tell from the photograph, but I’ve tapered and sized the ring.  The top is still flat and square, but now I have to shape it to match the massive turquoise stone.   Stay tuned for more on this and my mystery project.