Monday, October 25, 2010

Light Tent - It's A Tent For Light

I've been toying with the idea of making a light tent as an upgrade to taking my pictures in the backyard with the same patio and fence in the background.

It might be a rinky-dink box with a few cheap daylight lamps, but I'm actually surprised how some of the pictures are coming out.

and yet, I seem to be having trouble getting the lighting right for hanging pieces.
Looks AMAZING laying flat:

But it gets pretty dark when up in the air.

Then there's marbles.
Beautiful in a way, but the lighting makes it so I can't really see them well.

However, going outside works MUCH better for them!

Overall, it works well for things laying down, but not incredibly well for hanging items or marbles... or purple items... but thats my camera's fault.

New Items:

In other news, I remade the "D12" maille and marble sculpture with 'iridized' marbles and steel rings, which is pictured above. Its kinda hard to miss.
Here it is again for a size reference.

20 marble dodecahedron of pure awesome!!!

I've expanded the pattern (on paper) and I have a way to expand the ball out (maybe indefinitely), but thats for another post :D
I'd like to know the name of it... I believe it would have "truncated" in the name somewhere, but higher-geometry naming schemes are above me.

I have a few other new items I wanna show off, but I'll save that for a later post as well!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mantid Gibbets (working title)

I recently read an article about how telling a story is a more effective marketing strategy than just giving the bland description of things.
"Wicked Owl Pillbug Dressed In Brown" rather than "Chainmaille Wrapped Marble - Brown and Sea Green", and there's a story behind the name as well. It gives it a lot more personality, and is frankly funner to read about where a design came from, because its a brain child of the artist and it gives you a look into their mind.
I have back-stories and names for my computers, the hats I wear, and my stuff animals (manly men have stuffed animals), but for the most part my jewelry has been stuff like "aluminum bracelet"... So I'm trying to make amends.
Without further ado, here are my latest creations :D

New Items:
The Mantid Gibbets
Mantid Gibbets
"New" might be a bit of a misnomer, because I've sold "gibbets" in the past (called them "caged marbles". Imagine that...), but the weave method ended up giving me something a bit unstable, and I like the rings in my weaves to stay exactly where I put them.
Cage Gibbet
This is a picture of the older kind, and the tiny rings around the sides and bottom are free to flip back and forth as they please.

So, in trying to tidy up those rings I eventually found a way to run the bottom rings through the side ones. But, in order for it to fit without putting too much stress on the rings, I had to make the bottom ones larger.
The shape it made reminded me of a mantis face.
I think he's smiling at you
Or Mickey Mouse... but good God, I'm not going to call it that!!

When I first made that design it was for earrings, which I think turned out really awesome... but the first pair was made of bronze and came out to .5oz EACH! So, I made an aluminum set and they only weighed half of that.
Dang Heavy

Here's large versions of all of them. Clicked each image for larger ones.
Ain't they pretty?

The last one is a normal one (blue) next to a monstrosity (brown) which is made with only the next size of larger marble. 1/2" to 5/8" makes a huge difference.

I'll probably be harping on Christmas gifts and ornaments next time... after school is through beating me up.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tiptoe Through the Tulips With Me!

New Items:

Apparently even upside-down chainmaille tulips multiply >_>
Tiptooooe through the tulips with meee.

Of course I'm not limited to green stems and leaves, they certainly seem to fit the best.

I've made a couple finger rings, and recently someone asked if I could make wider ones. Dur.
So this is what I came up with.
Can you find the sneakily hidden ring sizer? Oooo, you're good!
The one on the left came first, and the right one is the "wide" version. 3 columns wide instead of 2.


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A special thanks once again goes to Cathain for her support :D


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