Squidhead Rises



He’s done.  It took a LONG time bu this full-custom ring called Squidhead is finished and finally getting ready to ship to its owner.  Cool project.  It’s rocking a brushed metal finish with some blackened silver around the fleshy parts.
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That gemstone is black onyx.  The rest, sterling as usual.

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So it’s off to Michael once he’s approved the finish.  Wear with pride, brother.

Also finishing up a sugar skull with a cool sacred heart symbol on the forehead.

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and a big old Jupiter Ring for Joe.  All of these goodies shipping this week.  And more to come.  Stay tuned.

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Finally, finally, finally done with the tentacle ring.

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THis bad boy took a while because it was done completely from scratch .  THat’s right, a raw block of wax.  Now we’re nearly finished.  Just a bit o’ wax polishing and then its time to cast in sterling silver.  Stay tuned!

Squidly Beast

I’ve just about finished the wax for Michael’s tentacle ring.  This has taken a good amount of time since the entire thing has been carved from scratch and there is a good amount of detail to worry about.

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We haven’t set the spot int he mask where the gemstone “eye” will be yet.  That’s going to go down after I confirm the size of the stone.

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“Mask” you say?  Yeah, the idea is that this Lovecraftian creature is wearing a gas mask.  I’ve put some texturing on the mask and the skin of the creature itself.

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So Michael….the back of this ring is still wide open.  Thinking you want any detail back there or should we keep it smooth?  Also, blax onyx okay for the ‘eye?’

Bands and tentacles

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Think I’ve finished Ron and Michelle’s waxes for the wedding band set.  This was another one of those projects that is hard to part with now that they’re done.  I really dig how the scroll work turned out.

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These are big, thick, satisfying bands with comfort shaping in the inside.  I was able to work in the heart and cross imagery from the previous pair of custom pieces that I had designed for them.

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So now I have to just clean and polish these waxes up and get ready for casting.  We’re on a clock BIG TIME on these two.  Can’t miss the wedding.  Why more people don’t do full custom wedding bands is beyond me.  I’ve made a bunch of them and to me, a wedding ring is the BEST opportunity to splurge.  Screw the stupid cake.  That thing is toast before the night is over and you probably won’t remember eating it anyway.  The rings will last your entire life and likely be passed down to family after you’re gone.  With that said, why go for standard bands?

These are going to be sterling silver, which means the won’t hold up as well as gold, but that’s cool.  In fact, my own wedding ring is silver.  I actually like that it ages WITH the client.  It’ll get dinged and dented as you go along.  After 50 years, you’ve got yourself a vintage ring with authentic aging.  It’s like a piece of bone.  Totally awesome.

But meanwhile I’ve got other projects in the fire.  I’m working on a very, very cool custom piece for Michael D.  This was originally going to be built on the frame of a Big Voodoo to save costs, but like an idiot I scrapped that idea to go for an absolute full-custom piece.

It’s not a skull ring.  It’s more of a HP Lovecraft creature wearing a gas mask.

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So congrats, Michael, your idea was too fucking cool and now I’m doing a full custom ring from raw wax.

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This is going to take a lot longer, but it will be worth the extra time.  Plus, my client gets a full custom piece for about 70% of the cost.

Stay tuned for more action on America’s number one skull ring network.

Go Denver.