Life happened. I had some major stuff going on at the end of last week, then I was moving slower than a snail over the weekend, and that major stuff leaked into this week. It's good business stuff, but stressful. I'll let you know more if it all turns out the way I hope.
So where is the skull wand stand? Right where I left it... a little more along, but not much. I made one skull stand but it didn't turn out like I hoped, I think I'll still finish it up and list it at a reduced cost (it still looks good but it feels like it's missing something). I did however make some really cool skulls, bones, and a jaw last night for the next stand. Just haven't figured out the placement... maybe I'll illicit some help from everyone. I'll just paint it up so it shows better (I used black clay again) and then snap some pictures of everything so you all can help me figure it out.
And the steampunk wand and box? The wand has been finished for a while now, and I finished part of the box. I worked out the electronics... yes, the box lights up! I'm just waiting for the right light bulbs to come in the mail. I have 12v but I need 1.5v or 3v for it to be battery operated. I think I'm going to demo it with the 12v bulb and some carefully concealed wires leading from the side or bottom to a power source. I did figure out that the difference between battery operated and plug-in is just switching between 2 designs in the lower box, pretty easy since the top box has all the sculpting and cool components. I've rigged it so that it only lights up when the two box halves are together, when the box is open the circuit is broken and the bulb turns off. I thought it was a cool way to portray a sort of recharging station for the wand. Also, with the placement of a small, almost invisible, piece of plastic, the circuit can be broken while the two box halves are engaged so as to preserve the bulb and battery life when you want it closed but not necessarily lit up. Pretty cool! It may sound confusing, but once you see it you'll understand :).
Okay, need to get back to that stressful bit of life for today so you won't hear anything from me for a day or two. Except emails, I've been able to somewhat keep up on those. And an occasional comment on a blog :).