I just got back from a nice visit with my daughter. I was a little nervous because it was my first time crossing the US border in half a decade, and I was traveling with lots of liquid and both opiate and cannabinoid based controlled medications. Thankfully it was a complete non-issue and the entire travel and TSA process was as irritation free as possible. I did get scanned with one of those nudie-x-ray machines but it was the dumbed down version where the operators only see computer interpreted images (a generic humanoid with boxes drawn at “points-of-interest”, with no actual images from the scanner shown) so when I asked to see what the scanner could see they had nothing to show me.
Tomorrow being both my birthday and the promised release day for my online store, I have been and continue to be madly chugging along on getting everything posted. I was waiting for a battery charger to come in the mail for my nice-lensed SLR camera but to no avail, so I rushed through all the pictures today on my normal point-and-shoot. They leave something to be desired but there can not be any more delays. I don’t really know why I’m bothering with this… I just don’t see surviving long enough with a body that can keep making jewelry for long so pessimistically I worry that I’m putting a lot of effort into something that’s just going to become impossible soon. But it keeps me occupied with something fulfilling, and I think that is important even without the rewards that a business can bring.
Anyway, I wanted to take a brief break and post two of my newest designs. These will be in the shop tomorrow, but I’ve only had time to cast one copy of each so far — the Futurama Dr. Zoidberg skull ring is being done in a series of twelve (in a variety of mens sizes), and the Harry Potter glasses ring is being done in a series of just nine. The latter are all in size 7-3/4 since unfortunately there’s not much room to play in that design but if there was a demand I suppose I could make more (or just upload the design to a service bureau like Shapeways perhaps — if someone wants to knock off the design an post it to Thingiverse public domain — as PD as one can get with a character trademark — be my guest). The Dr. Zoidberg inspired skull ring is in a polished-like-crazy pewter that has been copper plated, and the glasses are done with a lightly blackened antique patina.
I’m very happy with how both of these turned out. I have a Nibbler ring on the go as well, and I’m also working on re-sculpting the series of Robocop jewelry, and of course I have a bunch of my own (as in 100% my not-inspired-by-fandom creation) on the go as well, including three more zombie rings to flush out that series.