Saturday, July 29, 2017

Testimonial: Sumo's Collar

Just heard from Sumo's human about his new collar.  Sounds like he's enjoying it!

"Just wanted to say thank you so much for making Sumo a new collar. It looks awesome and he no longer needs to feel like he's being choked by a collar that's too small!  It was hard to find something that fit a 200+ lb dog with a 28" neck. I am so impressed with this!  Thank you again so much. I will recommend you to everyone I know!"

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A book of my own

I've been wanting to make a book for more or less ever.  Writing a book (if not publishing) is something I have a bit of practice at but crafting it into a physical thing isn't something I've ever gotten to do before.

My wife's campaign is due to wrap up sometime this fall and when it does I'll be running a short campaign to introduce my own homebrew setting.  It struck me as a perfect opportunity to make my own worldbook.  Working my off hours or between projects I did all the writing, map drawing, and whipped up the art (with spousal assistance) between April and June.  Wound up with 25,000 words (not counting ~10,000 words copied from FATE Core to cover the mechanics) which makes about 100 pages.  It's slim even for a worldbook but that was intentional.  I was shooting for something our players could flip through in an evening.

We won't be starting this campaign for a few months yet but tonight's our usual game so I'll get to show off the book in a couple more hours.  I'm really excited to see what our players make of it all, not to mention finishing something I've spent so much time on.  I've learned a fair bit about binding books from scratch and expect I'll be doing more of that in the future.  I reckon this was just a prototype to get started.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Collar for Sumo the Mastiff

Sumo's a pretty big mastiff.  His 28" neck means my wife could wear his collar as a belt.  I laminated the collar so the arms of the studs wouldn't catch is Sumo's hair.  Might take a couple weeks for the leather to adjust to its new shape but I'll wager this'll be the comfiest collar Mr. Sumo's ever had.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Busy, busy, busy

I've been lucky to have lots of work to do this summer.  A lot of it is routine stuff I don't regularly post but I figured I'd make an exception this month and lump them all into one post.  In addition to other posts this month I've also made five dice cups and:

A shoulder strap color matched to an antique satchel

A custom belt pouch (fit to the client's camera)

A padded shoulder pad color-matched to the client's messenger bag

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Dice Cup, Runkle Plays Games

I've done work for Mr. Runkle before and was quite happy to send him one of the PHB dice cups for his blog.  I may have included a few coins too... >_>

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dice Cup, Cassini

I'm not quite sure what this client's campaign is all about but with this imagery and a name like Cassini I'm pretty sure it has something to do with Saturn...

Dice Cup, Spider-Man

Just in time for the new Spidey movie I've got a Spider-man themed dice cup!  I've been a spidey-fan since the cartoon in the 90s so I'll be using this as my personal dice cup until it sells. =P

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Large Map, Custom Homebrew

This was  a special, long-term commission.  The client's partner has been DMing in a homebrew setting for years and had drawn up some simple maps in MS Paint and the like.  The client wanted to take those maps and turn them into a full-blown leather map for their anniversary.

The first step was combining the two maps and drawing them by hand and I was pretty eager to take a crack at that.  It's pretty simple compared to some of the other maps I've drawn since taking that cartography course awhile back.  That's mostly because this map was only ever meant to become a draft for a carving.  All the fancy detail that makes it spiffy would be done on the leather.  To fill in some of the empty space between the regions we added some of the critters those areas were known for (most of which were traced right off the official 5e art).

As is typical for these longer term projects I took daily pictures to send progress updates once the carving started.  The transfer wasn't as clean as I'd hoped (argh) but by this point I'd drawn, sketched, or drafted the map more than a few times.  I was able to fill in the details free-hand.  Then I added some stain to the oceans.  That particular stain doesn't always apply smoothly with a brush (as evident here) or work happily with an overcoat but I used an interim coat to smooth it out and give it some shine.  This map has shiny waters, which is pretty cool.

This was the second map that I stitched together and since the glue was already starting to give before the stitching was complete I'm pretty glad I gave it that extra step.  It's a bit nerve-wracking to take a power drill to the leather knowing that one twitch or mistake will negate a week of work but the result is worth it.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pair of Coinpurses

Every so occasionally I get orders that seem unrelated at first glance but a second look implies a link.  In this case I received two separate orders from two separate clients within an hour going to the same address.  I'm not quite sure what's happening there but my best guess is roommates gaming with each other.  In either case, I figured they might appreciate some color coding to tell their pouches apart.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Map, Baltimore

I'm glad these maps are turning out to be popular anniversary gifts (especially for the third anniversary).  This client wanted to mark the spots they had met, proposed, and married their partner; all in the city of Baltimore!

I've been noticing that some of the maps I'd made for myself were starting to peel from the backings after a year or so.  That's not something I'm really happy about but the only way to step up the fastening was to stick something through the leather and the hardboard.  I could've used rivets for that and probably been alright but I thought stitching would look nicer.  This does mean drilling every single hole (until/unless I figure out something better) but it gets the job done!