Years ago, I designed a series of Tardis and Dalek rings as an experiment in SolidWorks modeling. I wanted to have a ring design that would support a sculptural element with a shank that would change proportionally to feel natural in a wide variety of ring sizes. I was also way into Dr. Who at the time. Continue reading
A year or so back my long time hacker friend Dichro made some lock pick earrings to wear in case of emergencies. Di asked me to give a go at some slim, elegant, sophisticated ones that pass as everyday jewelry. After some poking and testing and experiments, I believe I’ve come up with just that.
[code]An elegant accessory, perfect for quick escapes, late nights, and lost keys. These acid etched stainless steel earrings are lightweight and feature a selection of picks, rakes, and a tension bar. They’re decked out with silver plated rings and ear hooks.[/code] Continue reading
I have lots of updates to share. I recently got a laser, made a new series of Guy Fawkes bandanas in bright, beautiful color, and spoke at HOPE. Unfortunately I’m being pulled in a thousand different directions by projects, interesting potential new work, consulting gigs, and new adventures with Sleek and Destroy.
Stay tuned for those updates. In the meantime, take a look of this time lapse I took of a day packing orders, cutting new jewelry, and folding bandanas right after the fold. Continue reading
I really like candle making. Despite the mess, the cost of materials, the burns, and the constant fear of spilling hot wax over everything I hold dear, it’s completely worth it. If you remember, a long time ago I made a set of candles cast from impala horns. I’ve wanted to do more projects like this, especially as I ramp up to doing an absurd huge candle project based on much larger and more elaborate horns.
The process started with taking an antique apothecary bottle, cleaning it up, and cutting up some cardboard to form a mold box. I waxed the cardboard, made some clips to hold everything together, and marked out where I should build up the clay to form the first half of the mold. Continue reading
So, after some trial and error, I finally have some lovely TARDIS rings to show off. They’re cast from a high resolution 3d print generated in SolidWorks. One of the beautiful bits about using a CAD program to drive the design is that I can change the proportions of the ring, shank, and TARDIS independently while keeping it within some attractive, reasonable proportions.
After seeing protests erupt all over the world I wanted to make something that could change the game a little. I want people to be able to protest with OWS without the risk of being fired for showing solidarity. I wanted to make something useful, portable, something that could make the biggest difference to the most people. I came up with this mask.
It’s a foldable guy fawkes bandana that can be worn as a full or half face mask. It’s printed with safe sane protesting advice about dealing with police, sharing your location, who to call in the event of legal troubles, and more.
In just a few days I’ll be revealing the fruits of an effort that has lasted months. I’ve designed some adorably tiny TARDIS and Dalek rings for your wearing pleasure, and the final silver castings will be arriving before the ides of October.
I can’t wait to wear mine and reenact epic battles for time and space while wearing my best clever glasses. They’ll be available to purchase soon on Sleek and Destroy.
Oh, and you remember those laser cut leather goggles I made a while ago? They’re coming back with a vengeance.
I’ve put a series of brand new things up on the Sleek and Destroy Etsy page. I’ve got a series of T-Rex and human skull puzzles, some hyper gothic Petrine Cross earrings, and some chunky retro Paint Drip earrings. Everything’s black and white, laser cut, and gorgeous.
Having a memento mori on your desk used to be a sign of culture. It symbolized your dedication to your work, to publish, and to keep moving on because death spares no man. The subtle reminder that you have these swift, fleeting, precious few moments on this earth before the reaper claims you keeps the mind sharp, the pen on the page, and the next project swiftly on its heels.
Do you know what a cool story is? A cool story is the kind of story your effervescent neighbor at the bar slurs at your for ten minutes straight, sans consonants, while using his Molson as a crutch. At the conclusion of such a story, such a fine story with such depth and richness, it’s apt to stand up, bow slightly, and leave with the following bon mot : “Cool story, bro.”
This is for you, broski. This is for you, brodysseus . This is for you, tenderbroni. May all your collars be popped and all of your white Kangol hats fit at a rakish angle. Here’s to you champion of the one-hand-on-the-wall-the-other-hand-on-your-beer sidewalk peeing. Here’s to you poster boy for “Peaked in high school.”
So, I made these earrings in response to all the bro-ness I cherish so much, and also in homage to one of my favorite responses to all stories about sports, celebrities, and attempts at conversation about Ayn Rand. I’ll soon be coming out with necklaces and keychains based on the same themes because you’re my bro, and I love you.
Everybody loves T-Rex, though the mix of tender admiration and outright fear can get a bit muddy at times. If you prefer your Tyrannosaurus dead, as opposed to roaming free during a tropical storm on a dinosaur island, you may care for these little T-Rex Skull pendants, cufflinks, earrings, and rings. They’re fancy and completely immune to the effects of chaos theory.
Remember the days of the enormous terrible lizards.
Do you recall those heady days before the thousand tonne slab of roving space debris plowed into the earth like a wayward Ford Taurus, ending the reign of the terrible lizards as flatly as a period on the end of a sentence?
You might want to remind yourself of those heady days with some T-Rex skull swag.