Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dice Cup, Keymaster

This was part of an order for multiple dice cups and the client was looking to mimic another cover of an early edition DMG.  It's the one with the creepy guy holding open the grand doors with all these demons and a volcano-y thing behind him.  It wasn't the easiest image to convert into a carving but I'm fairly happy with the result.  It's hard to see in the pictures but there's a nice gradient over the keymaster's head that kind of mimics the volcano-y bit.

I have a few tweaks in mind I could do regarding the shading and coloring and I'm hoping to get another chance at the design.  So of course there's a listing for it on the shop. =)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Straps, Double Trouble

Two totally separate clients from two separate countries contacted me around the same time to commission essentially the same thing: double 1" black straps at a custom length.  The orders themselves might not be that interesting but the symmetry was amusing.  I had to be really careful not to mix them up and I'm pretty sure the right straps got to the right client.  I hope...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Map, World Checklist

As I understand it this map will be an anniversary gift to mark where the happy couple's traveled, and possibly where they still mean to go.  The best world map I could find to start with was a bit outdated (and Mercator, bleh) but it still turned out to be a nice little map when it was  all done.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New & Improved D&D 5e Coins

It's taken me waaaaaaaaaay too long to get these up on the store.  I was already starting to tinker with a new line of coins months ago when my old printer burned out.  Now I have a new printer that's working much better than the old one did and my selection of filaments has changed a bit.  Technically it's broader than it was before but a couple of the filaments I used to make the old line of coins weren't really available.  That's more or less put the kaboosh on my original line of coins.

On the upside, this new printer has a much larger build volume and a bevy of features that basically means it prints really good.  I can print more coins at once with more detail than I ever could before.  So after a few weeks of tinkering I was able to make five models based on the art released by Wizards of the Coast for the currency used in 5e.  There's a few points I'd've liked to come out cleaner (like the stars on the CP and SP) but overall I'm really happy with how these are coming out.  Especially the GP!  I have some new finishes that put a nice shine on most of the coins too.

I've put these coins on the shop here with an allotment that's a little smaller than the original one.  That's both because I sell more custom allotments than the standard set and because I'd like to add another listing for "campaign level" currency (basically, one set that could provide coins for 5 players across a campaign.  That's been a goal for a long time but it turns out it's pretty hard to come up with an average wealth for campaigns, much less what any particular table will need.  I'll probably wind up settling for a ratio first.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Coasters, D&D

A long time ago someone suggested I develop some D&D themed coasters (Thanks Runkle!) and it's been sitting on my To Prototype list for a least a year.  With the new printer I realized I could finally crank out a product worth adding to the store and before I'd technically finished the prototype it had already sold.

The coasters are sold as a set of five, each with a different bit of art.  There's the ever popular Yawning Portal, the head of the demon on the cover of the original DMG, Bahamut's emblem, the D&D ampersand, and WotC's Wizard logo.  And each coaster has a tray just large enough to hold a standard set of dice.  They have a little extra finish on them to repel condensation and the plastic's thick enough to be pretty sturdy.  So now they have a permanent listing up here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dice Cup, Vintage DMG

This started as a custom dice cup but didn't take long to decide to make it a regular listing.  The client wanted art from three of the class AD&D books so the trick was figuring out how to translate that art into a carvable design, especially at the scale of a dice cup.  I had to sacrifice some of the detail on the fiend and dragon but I'm pretty happy with how much I managed to cram in there.  I'll probably make some tweaks as I make more cups with this design but it's a great start.  The listing is up here.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Cosplay, Evil Dead Holster

I can't remember if this is the second or third of these I've sold but if it comes up again I might just cut to the chase and make it a regular listing.  The client this time wanted to be able to carry an actual shotgun (as opposed to a plastic prop) so I made a few material substitutions to the original pattern.  The fitting is still enough to turn my brain inside out and rub it wrong-ways down a washboard but it's a sturdy construction and the belt gives it some adjustment.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Belt, Land Rover Pair

These belts are a gift for a fellow in the UK.  The story goes that they'd gotten a Land Rover printed belt years ago but it had worn out over the years.  The client ordered the tan belt as a replacement first and before it shipped decided to add the black belt to the same order.  The size of the belt was a bit larger than normal so I had to build in a splice but I found a nice way to work it in without being obvious.  Since these belts were made with actual leather I'm pretty sure they'll last a bit longer than the printed belt.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Journal, Legends of Sword Coast

I just added the journals to the shop about a month or two ago so I think this is the first one I've made for a client.  I wound up having to make the cover twice since it wound up warping too much the first time.  If that continues being an issue I might try switching to a milled veg for the cover so it stays nice and flexible.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Guitar Strap, Spider

The late guitarist for WHO, John Entwistle, had a pair of guitar straps that were fairly unique.  One had a skeleton arm stretching along its length and the other a white spider web on a black background. 

The client was hoping I could mimic either of those guitar straps.  It was hard finding photo references for either of them but I could see enough of the skeletal strap to determine that I probably couldn't practically replicate it.  I'd have to sculpt the bones, probably out of EVA, and that isn't a material I have enough experience with yet.  So we went with the spider strap. 

I didn't notice until late in the drafting that the original spider strap has a little spider sitting in the middle of its web.  It's hard to see as anything but a red dot in any of the photos so I made my own from scratch.  The bodies are 3D printed and then I sculted a little bit of latigo to give them some depth and color.  The lines were a bit trickier.  I'd go over them once and they'd look white then the paint would cure and they'd be grey.  It took 2-3 coats to get them to stay white.  It's a pretty neat effect though and one I hope I get to practice again sometime!