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.

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