It’s so great to finally see the Gentleman in all of its glory.
I wanted to make a city ring. Something you could wear on a pinky or ring finger in the board room that JUST walked that line between safe and dangerous. (Isn’t that what a pinky ring is all about?) Of course, they’re really big enough to go on ANY finger.
I’m working my way through the first order of 5 right now and they’re just about ready to go online. Once I get a few more variations done, I’ll ask my web wizard to throw them up for sale. I have all kinds of stones for these.
The ring is well-balanced and solid, not hollow backed.
And yes, it still features a small pair of skulls for those who want to look. I have so many projects that I’m behind on but this thing just HAD to finally see the light of day. It’s been a long time in the making.
Also, check out the Leonids with the red stone. Client-provided that and it looks great. I wish I had a better shot of it. Oh well.
I’m really digging this recent pair of custom orders. Skull rings with gemstones? I’ve got two unique takes here: one a Jupiter and one a Big Voodoo.
Both are fully sugared up – the Jupiter with jadeite eyes and a full sugar aztec theme around the rest of the ring. The other has a central image of an owl and then yellow and black stones for the eyes. I’ll be putting more shots of both of them up on my Instagram page. If you dont follow me there, you should. It’s where I put most of my special sale announcements and show a lot of progress.
I’ve done a few custom Jupiter skull rings recently. The form is so classic that we can really go nuts with the surface and still get something with a lot of structure to it. Setting gemstones in it is a bit of a war.
But this one turned out great. See a few more shots below.
I’m very proud of this ring, obviously. Weird to make a piece of art that I’m actually happy with, but the last few rings I’ve done have just turned out so f’king well. I DID fuck up a Tiki that I’m currently re-making for a client. Sorry about that. This one and the Tiki are my toughest sculpts so the chance of me totally laying an egg is a bit higher.
I set out (like seven years ago or something) to make the best skull ring you could get. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Courts and Hackett, Tony Creed, CrazyPig, and Ruby Crush, I wanted to make the largest, solid-but-wearable skull ring on the market – at least in the United States. Like the man said, “If your’e going to try, go all the way. All the way.”
So did I do it? Honestly, I’m not sure. I think what I realized when I made the Jupiter was that there is no “best” ring. There are simply levels and at the top of the levels is this little bar. And leaning on the bar are these badass skullsmiths like Julian Lamb, Tony Creed, Courts and Hackett, the Deadringers maniacs, and Armand at Crazy Pig and a few other guys like John Mettier at JM Customs Skull Rings and Demitri Bakogiorgis who makes so much freakin’ product I don’t know how he has time to eat. The ghost of Dave at Dave’s Custom Skullrings is there who probably wins the award for craziest website. Josh Warner is there, but but good luck getting one of his skullrings nowadays. (He designed this amazing Club Ring which is taking the world by storm, and rightly so.) Every day, more people make it to this bar and they all have the same realization: it doesn’t stop.
Because the guys sitting next to you are still learning and you’re still learning and everyone still feels like there’s so much more to do. Everyone is inspiring too. Somebody drops a new piece and everyone says “damn, I have to up my game.” When I see Into the Fire Jewelry put out these badass blackened skull that look like they were carved out of obsidian or Ruby Crush drops this fucking amazing gemstone ring…….
I’m going to design a new jawless skull ring that will replace the King Skull as THE fucking jawless ring on the market. Just sit tight and you’ll see progress throughout the year. I hope to have it live for Xmas, but you know me. I’m slow as shit. I’m going to retire the current King model and redesign it. I love it too, but it’s time for a change.
If you’re the owner of my classic King Skull, hang onto that puppy tight because it will soon be ‘out of print’ so to speak. I love this fucking ring. I could keep making them, sure, but i kind of like the idea of the piece being completely retired out of respect and given over to the ages. Makes it more of a collector’s item and preserves the purity of the design.
It’s also with a heavy heart that I announce that the Gentleman ring is officially out of pre-orders and will be going live on the site in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more of that as well. Look at that freakin’ master wax:
So I’ll leave you with an inspirational video. What?
Well, folks, the Gentleman ring is finally ready for pre-order. It took a lot of time to get her ready but here she is, complete with a massive 30mm x 22mm oval gemstone.
The goal was to make a REAL gemstone ring for clients who want a good, custom made, solid backed, hi-quality piece. As usual, I set out to make this ring after discovering that there were very few quality gemstone rings for men or women who want a significant stone in a substantial ring.
Which gemstones are available?
Black Lace Agate
Mother of Pearl
Dark Green Jade (for an extra $20)
How much does it weigh? I have no idea. I’ll get that figured out by the time in lands on the website for general sale. Right now, i’m taking 5 preorders. That’s right, 5 preorders based on my digital renderings here. This beauty is going to retail for $475 when she’s done and the first five will run at $425 each for sterling silver. I don’t have a price for gold yet, but if you’re interested, just shoot me a message at email@example.com
I’ve had a few requests for skull rings with gemstone eyes recently and I have a pair that I wanted to show off because the results were just so cool.
This bad boy is a fully customized Little Voodoo with a pentagram centered on the forehead and a little bit of sugar around the shank. Yet another example of how the Little Voodoo can be customized despite the small surface area.
This is a small skull ring, dig? Or at least it’s small for my line. It does best with one central image and then some minor ornamentation to support it. Sometimes i get clients who request a smaller ring but have a ton of imagery they want to include. If this is YOU, then you should really spring for the Big Voodoo. Don’t worry about being able to ‘pull off’ a bigger ring. It’s all about how you wear it.
Speaking of bigger rings.
Another red-eyed demon – this one a Jupiter with the stones set DEEP in the socket. Fangs as well. Pretty slick, right? This was a tough one to build.
And then there’s this:
This is a Jupiter Skull ring with blue sapphire eyes. Kinda hard to see in the photos, but there’s even a starburst specular highlight in the stones. This is another example of the Jupiter ‘sugared up.’ Yeah, its a big ring, but we can fit a lot more imagery on the surface too.
I’ve also had a few requests for a smaller, more understated ‘realistic’ skull like the King Skull or the Jupiter….something about the size of the Voodoo, but with the classic lines of the realistic series. I’m eventually going to do something like that, but I haven’t finished the Gentleman yet either and I have to take one thing at a time.
Still on the waitlist right now, but I’m taking new orders in late August so hang tight and stay tuned.
I had a client put in an order for an amazing project many weeks ago and I’m happy/relieved/and a little self-impressed to report that she came out beautifully.
This is a claspless full-custom silver necklace using my Gotham links, a special toggle I came up with in a dream after eating a bunch of Chinese food, and a custom hand-carved cross based on the client’s designs.
She’s heavy and might be the all-time crowned champion of “pieces I’d rather not send to the client because it looks mighty good on me instead.” But no, she’s off to a happy home.
Making a Gotham is hard work when it’s only a bracelet. A necklace like this is a real ball-buster. Each link is individually cast. The chain takes a while to build and solder closed.
Getting the thing cast and built takes time and a lot of elbow grease. But to me, this is what is so f’king cool about wearing a custom chain. It represents a lot of time and labor and there’s really no comparison. All those shitty machine-assembled pieces just don’t feel the same.
The necklace before final polish.
I have a few more rings coming up soon, so stay tuned, but I’m also done taking orders for the Summer. Yours truly is skipping town for a bit to get some R&R and I won’t be taking any new projects until August. I’ll do one more big post before then of a couple of AMAZING custom skull rings I’ve been working on.
A client pointed out to me that I never put a nice finished shot of this bad boy on the blog. So here it is. Follow me on Instagram at @mt_maloney_ or twitter at @MT_Maloney for more shots of this kind of thing.
Sugar treatment on the jupiter skull with a mess of jade.
I’m happy to announce that after about a year of development, I’m finally able to offer the Leonids on my online shop. I’m very proud of these bad boys. I’ve talked about them at length on earlier posts so I won’t go into another frenzied rant about how badass this ring is. In fact, I think the word is out considering I’ve sold a lot of preorders and its been hard to keep up.
Check out the website for more details and ordering information. Thanks to all of you for being so patient as this one was put together.
Back to custom skull ring land. Had two projects I wanted to share. The first was for Joe, a marine and all-around badass pirate based out of Florida who wanted an aged, darkened, tribute to Keith Richards.
That’s a King Skull frame with a lot of custom features around the brow and mouth. I’ve also added some custom script. In many ways, the King Skull is already a tribute to Keith Richard’s skull ring (his original done by Courts and Hackett) since the profile lines were inspired by their original design. They don’t look much alike, but what my design borrows most is the philosophy that the skull ring should look its best from the 3/4 or even side angle and the rings lines should all be driven by the shape made by the crest from the temple up to the top of the skull. This is how the King Skull was designed.
The Voodoo rings are a different story altogether and I just recently completed a customized Big Voodoo for a graduating high school senior.
I’ve done a few class rings and I love making ’em. Why settle for one of those shitty looking dome rings? They’re expensive as hell and every asshole in the world from middle school on up through graduate study has the same exact look to their academic jewelry. Welp…happy to say that this bad boy is a one-of-a-kind.
Don’t forget, the skull ring is a symbol for intellect and our human ability to reason. Perfect for a scholar, right?
Anyway, I’m back into the wax dust for a few projects that promise to be pretty outstanding. Things are slow-going right now as I’m working on a number of long term projects that are eating into my time a bit, but shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas you want to bat around.
And one last thing….and please don’t take this the wrong way because I love every single one of my clients…but for fuckssake please leave your email address when you fill out the forms on my website. At least five times a week I get “Hey, let me know if I can get one of these rings in a size 12. Thanks!” No name. No contact information. So to answer THAT question, I guess I’d have to say “No, you can’t.”
Just leave your email, okay? I’m not going to spam you. I don’t have the time or energy to put together any kind of newsletter.
I didn’t design the Leonids to be used with a Black Onyx gemstone, but brother let me tell you this is why every piece is a collaboration. One of my clients wanted a dark stone and…well shit, it turned out great. So great, in fact, that by the time the Leonids hits the website (Very, very soon, I promise) it will be offered in either my classic turquoise stone or these new baby blacks that I love so much. I get it – turquoise isn’t for everyone.
I’ll finally be updating the website in the next week or so. These will be going live very soon. Feedback from the clients who’ve emailed me for a pre-order has been overwhelmingly positive. Please stay tuned.
I’ve been drying out in the South China Sea for a few weeks.
I know I haven’t been in touch and I’m down about 3 days worth of emails from clients but if I don’t get away from my bench every once and a while I get touchy. I came through Atlanta just long enough to put the finishing touches on some Xmas orders and get them off to FedEx before spinning up through DC to New York for a weekend of shutting down some of the finest bars in the world.
What’s most exciting – to me anyway- is the first batch of Leonids pre-orders are finished and rolling out. 8 in total. A few have already shipped and I have one or two waiting on some extra special touches.
I’m more proud of this ring than anything I’ve done before and it’s not even up for general sale yet. My web guy Mason just won a design award too so I know his rate’s going up. But hang tight because I have new stones on the way from the mine and I’ll be running these for 500 even on the website once I get up and running.
That’s a Full Right Hand set for Chef Robb.
It was great to get emails from clients over the Xmas break who’d received their rings and were already rocking them at booze-filled nog parties from the States to Singapore.
A client shot. That skull ain’t mine.
I’m not going to get started on the difference in quality between these rings and the standard men’s turquoise hardware you find elsewhere. Best word to describe the Leonids: “solid.” Solid backed, solid feel, balanced, bold, and featuring the biggest cold slab of straight-outta-the-mine turquoise you’ve ever seen.
I’ve also got a line on a few black onyx stones for these as well. I’ll be offering these on the site too once I can confirm that A: The stones are the right quality and B: They look badass.
In the meantime, I’m going to be wearing out Dead Rabbit, Death and Company, Pouring Ribbons, and a few other haunts in NYC. Stay tuned for a bit more on that score and some updates on the Leonids sale date.
It’s taken me months of design, carving, redesign, recarving, and redesigning yet again, but I’ve finally finished what I consider to be the ultimate square gemstone ring. The Leonids master cast is finally finished and set with kingman turquoise straight outta the mouth of the mine.
I’ve talked about the design in the previous post, so I’ll just get straight in to how proud I am of the final product.
She’s going to be for sale in January, though I have sold a few pre-orders that will be shipping in the next three or four weeks. Running at $495 a pop, she’s sporting a full 28mm in height and features two hand-carved skulls on either side of the shank. We can knock a tooth out or two if you want them to look banged up or we can round out the eyes for more of a sugar skull look. Room on the foreheads of each for initials or whatever else you want.
On the back of the shank, I’ve put in a single eye and a bone crossbar. Kind of morbid? Maybe, but this bad motherfucker is the sculptural embodiment of some of the themes of Blood Meridian (probably my favorite novel) and I wanted it to be as elegant as it is brutal.
Like I said before, I’m getting the stones direct from the mine, so turnaround time is a little slower than usual. I’ve sold 6 of my first batch of stones in pre-order and I’ll probably sell the next group just as quickly before these finally go up on the site in January. Color and inflection of the stones will vary and I’d caution you guys to be careful with these. They’re tough as hell, but turquoise is a more delicate stone and if punching things is a regular part of your routine, I might suggest ordering a Jupiter from me instead so you don’t crack and screw up these gorgeous baby-blues. Or at least take it off first.