A couple new designs

I made a tiny little itsy-bitsy squirrel elf that’s about half an inch tall as a necklace or charm just for fun. It’s cast in metal and is very cute. This one I made a mold for but in the next couple of days I’ll post some pictures of similar pieces that I’m doing in lost-wax so they’re one offs, made as presents for friends most likely. But I think I’ll toss a couple of these in the Etsy stores in a few days as a cheapo. My crummy picture doesn’t do justice how cute this is.

I made a new design of skull ring as well and cast a couple test pieces today. I also got a new patina agent so the blackening that on the rings is a little different, almost like blueing on a gun barrel I think. I’m actually doing something pretty neat with this ring though. My plan now is to create a second stage that is the musculature and some of the skin, which I’ll cast as a top layer in translucent silicone. So kind of a two-layer ring. I’m not sure if it will work, but if it does, it should be quite unique.

Other than that I spent the morning at the hospital getting depressed about another day of being told that I’m out of options, but after that I headed down to Lacy’s and picked up a range of gemstones so I have a broad range of colours, including a couple of pink gems in a heart cut that I’ll maybe make Nefarious something cute out of for a Christmas gift…


  1. dresden wrote:

    Hey Shannon, I’m finally getting around to doing some serious research into casting. I was wondering if you used a vacuum chamber to degas when you pour a mold?

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  2. Shannon wrote:

    Yes, I do degas, and the investment in the vacuum chamber was worth every cent. The quality difference is obvious. That said, if you’re careful you can get pretty good results by brushing on the first layer of silicone and then pouring the rest on. But if you can afford a vacuum chamber it is DEFINITELY worth it.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink
  3. dresden wrote:

    Cool, thanks for getting back to me. I will look into it. :)

    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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