This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Can you make me one? I've been looking for an AllSpark shard pendant for several weeks now. I don't really care what symbols are on it... is it possible for you to make me a shard that's lightning shaped, about an inch and a half or two inches long and 3d-ish? You know, not flat? I don't care which of the symbols are on it. Of course, I'll be happy with any shard I get, but the one I described is the one I've been seeing in my dreams, so I've been hoping to get my hands on one that looks like it...
The back of the piece? I had the wax really thick. First I carved the outside of the piece so I had the shape I wanted. They wanted to look like it broke off so I used an exacto knife to cut highs and lows in a random broken up fashion. then I just smoothed it all out with the x-acto and sanded it really nice with sanding discs did the pre-polish with the rubber wheels and then the final polish. I reccomend being very carefull cutting large amounts of wax of with an x-acto I have cut myself badly many times. Easy to slip.
This is just beautiful, really. Even if people aren't familiar with the fandom, it's definitely a unique and attractive piece. ^_^
I'm quite confident well worth the cost for the labor, material, etc that the customer will pay.
I've seen your other works too. Have you ever done the craft conventions or shows? I've gone to a few, latest one where my parents live, and sadly on a fraction of the stalls have quality of work that I'd pay for. Of course, I may pay more than a penny or two, but based on the quality and workmanship, it's a well worthy investment.
Thank you for the wonderful comment. Was a custom for someone to remember their grandma, they said she loved transformers (awesome grandma!).
I have done shows in the past but not for many years. I have a steady load of work and not much time for them.. Would like to do some conventions though.. there's a horror convention that comes through here every year, crypticon. Would be neat.
That would be AWESOME! Cause I'm sure if you showed off your works at those specialized conventions, you would probably quite easily get commision requests!
But of course, like you said, you have a steady workload (and I saw your journal statement about someone ripping you off. Jerks!!) Working things out one at a time are very important.
Sadly there are not too too many conventions where I'm at in Southern Oregon, but I know Reno, Nevada, when I lived near there, had a HUGE convention. They had to move the convention to a bigger facility to house everybody...I believe twice a year...and my gosh, the amount of stalls with jewelry, metalwork, etc. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I could have spent a day or two there.
My parents adore this artist who comes to where they live in Oregon not too far from me...she does natural stone with only the barest of paint work to it....the cuts of stone have natural glaze and colors that she'll highlight certain features to make a picture..like a mountain landscape with a cowboy on horseback in the front...and her parents do spectacular work with various semi-precious and precious stones throughout the world, and their metal work is gorgeous too. Sadly the rest of the stalls were pretty sad imitations and half-handed work...BUT it's always nice to find the gems amongst the batch. ^_^
Anyway!! Besides all my babble! LOL You have the right idea about that horror convention should it fit into your schedule. Show off your work, maybe a new piece or so orientated towards that crowd that they may buy directly from you there, and I'm sure you'll get a lot of people showing further interest. XD
oooo i'm curious... did you use lost wax casting? Also do you set your own stones or outsource? (i know there's no stone sin this but i thought i'd ask ) Very nice work, damn i wished i had the money to work in more silver
Yes this was done with lost wax, all my work is. I also do all my stone setting, casting, torching, the whole show. Do it in my shop here at home.
You could always buy small portions of casting grain at a time. An ounce here and there. Some people use antique flatware (can find it at flea markets or may even have some in your home) I dont do it unless someone gives it to me to use in their piece because you dont know the quality of the silver. Could have other crud in it or a high copper content which will give you a pink tinged silver.
mmm good idea with the flatware. I dont have a setup to do my own lost wax casting though, i have to outsource (my uni's casting facilities aren't great) through a firm that provides the metal and are very snitty about us providing our own :/ but thanks for the tips, i might make use of that later
some jewelry stores do it. I work as a manufacturer from my home and when the store gets a casting job in, Im the one that does it usually. Then I machine it for them or just send back the raw casting for the owner to finish.