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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Human Skull Projects

I've finished two new human skull projects. I really like this museum or curiosity look.
This sliced skull opens and closes. 
The center piece is stationary, the other two have a wide range of movement. 
This hinged skull also opens and is hollow inside. Perfect for storing tiny treasures!
I have some new wand designs and a few commissions I'm working on now. It will probably be a couple of weeks before my next post.
Have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Dragon Skull Finished

Got back home and finished the Dragon Skull. I really like how it came out but next one I make, I'll have to make some adjustments to so that it opens easier.

I definitely see the potential and want to make more dragon skulls, but I'm working on two other human skull projects at the moment.

I also have some wand sets from old designs. I'll post these on Etsy.

Let me know what you think! :-)

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Well, I'm traveling for about 10 days. I have to travel quite a bit for work now. It's fun but inconvenient sometimes. I won't be able to post the completed dragon skull or anything else until I get back.

And thank you everyone for the comments on the dragon skull! It's not a commission piece. A few people had asked me for dragon skulls a while back and I figured it was about time to take a crack at it. I might make a few more when I get back, we'll have to wait and see.

.... :-)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dragon Skull: Work in progress...

I've been traveling and finishing up some old designs that I had laying around. Here's one of those old designs I never got around to:

I still have to make the bottom jaw and do some of the finishing details.

I have some other skulls I'm working on and some old half finished wand designs as well. I'll try to put some pictures of those out this weekend.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Wand and Stand

It's really great to hear from everyone! So glad to be back.

As promised, here is one of my new ideas that I just finished up. I made the wand a while back, it's design is very simple, so I decided to make an elaborate wand stand to go with it. I added a few accessories to give it that extra something.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I'm Back!

Hi everyone, I've been away for a while taking a much needed break. I'm back now and ready to get going again. I worked on a few things while I was gone, here is one item that took me a while:

A customer provided the shelving and I filled it with wand boxes. It's for a wand shop. The shelving covers a back wall behind the checkout counter. That's over 100 boxes! All painted and shaded, each one it's own masterpiece.
I have lots of new ideas and some old favorites that I'll be working on over the next few weeks. I posted some left over inventory on Etsy today to make room for new work. Be sure to check it out and grab your favorite before it's gone! I'm also reconstructing my website. It's been down for a while and I'm almost ready to publish the new site, probably in the next couple of weeks as well.
I'm really excited to be back and can't wait to get some of my new ideas out for you to see! Stay tuned! :-)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Wand Stand...

So here is my whimsical creation I have been working on. A new forest-like, vine strewn, wand stand. Complete with flowers, flower buds, leaves, and mushrooms :).
I have not created the wand for it yet, I'm thinking of a very light colored wood for it though. Maybe something vine themed like Hermione's wand in the 3rd movie. But sometimes I'm a little ambitious, we shall see what I can actually come up with :).

I have also made some more wands for Etsy, some of my tried and trusty rustic wands. I have also listed a bunch of other items that I had left over from previous listing periods.

Well, let me know what you think of the new stand!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Last Chance for Free Shipping!

Just a quick reminder that I am offering free shipping in my Etsy store until the end of today, 04/01/2011.

Just use coupon code DHMBD04012011 when you checkout.

I am also applying free shipping to any emailed orders, either custom orders or recreation requests from my website.


I'm working on something fun and whimsical right now that I will put out in the next few days, I'm deciding on coloring for it right now. Sometimes I get stumped on color :).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Beauchene Skull Finished...

I finished the stand, it's on its way to a happy home!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Beauchene Skull...

I have a new creation for you. This is just a sneak peak, I'm not done with it yet.

It's called a Beauchene Skull, sometimes also referred to as an Exploded Skull. I saw it on TV twice in one week on two totally unrelated shows and just new it was a sign that I had to make one :). It's just my meager attempt though...
I think most beauchene skulls are dis-articulated into 14-22 pieces, mine is only 9 pieces since it's so small. I made it in 1:12th scale. It's made from polymer clay and the stand is brass. I'm still working on the base, so maybe I'll have it out in a few days or a week.


On another note... Not much has been moving in my Etsy store and I've been feeling like my prices are too high lately. I want to make sure my items are affordable so I'm lowering prices. I am also offering free shipping until 04/01/2011. Just use coupon code DHMBD04012011 when you checkout. I hope that can make a few people out there happy :).

Thanks for following my blog!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wand Box Stacks & Wand Stands

I've been on a sort of break from things, spent some time with the family. And I've had these wand boxes half done for weeks and weeks, maybe even a month or two. I finally put the finishing touches on them and made some wands to go with them. The idea for these came from a custom order request I got a while back and from the Harry Potter 2 movie, the Flourish and Blotts scene with all the wonky and twisty stacked books.
I'll be listing them on Etsy right away, I made two of each kind. I'm also contemplating making some similar stacks without the open/display box and wand (it would cut the cost by $15.00). If you are interested in some of those, please let me know, I might not make them right away unless someone wants them.

To give you an idea on the pricing...
-Closed non-opening wand boxes $8.00 each
-Open Box/Display Box $10.00 (lid is removable)
-Rustic Wand $5.00

Hope you all like them!

I've really been into wand displays lately. I've looked at pen stands and sword stands to get inspiration. Here is one of the pieces I made with a brand new wand design.
I'll also list this one on Etsy right away, I only made one stand, but I made two wands so I'll be selling one wand all by itself.
I've been working on a multi wand stand too, I have it all done and just need to make the wands to display. Hopefully I'll kick myself into gear and finish it next week.

Well I know I've been missing for a while but aside from spending time with the family, I've also been learning some metal smithing techniques that I hope to put to use in some new mini ideas I have. It might be a while before I can bring them into fruition though, I'm still taking my time getting started, I'm still kind of unsure of my skills with metal :).

Sunday, January 30, 2011

More Nightmare Before Christmas...

I can't seem to shake off the Nightmare Before Christmas theme. My daughter made me a sketch of a box that instantly reminded me of Sally's dress and I had to get to work right away. Of course when I was watching the movie again I decided to make a box resembling the Halloween Town tree and another Jack box. Here they are:
I'll be listing these in Etsy. Hope everyone likes them!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oak & Walnut Wand...

Here is another new wand I created. I kept a classic style to this one, I wanted to make sure that I provide more than just themed wands for those that want wands that can fit into any scene. I'm calling this one the Oak & Walnut wand. I guess I'm imaging the colors as a Golden Oak with a nice dark Walnut.

I also made a nice box for this wand, it's a wine colored top with a brown bottom and it's lined with a wine colored ribbon. It's got a silver fleur de lis embellishment on top.

Then I also made a simple stand to go with the wand. It's just brown and gold.

I will be listing this wand on Etsy in three different ways to keep it affordable. First just the wand on its own (I have two to list like this), then the wand plus the box as a set (I have two to list like this), then the wand plus the stand as a set (I only have one like this).

I hope everyone likes them!

Wands inspired by Tim Burton's The Nighmare Before Christmas...

I have been just so excited to show everyone these! Lovely Kate mentioned my skull wands reminded her of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and then asked if I could make one for her that's more Jack-ish. I set to the task last week and let me tell you, I am having to pry these from my own hands to give Kate hers and sell the other one. My family isn't helping either, my daughter just keeps saying that I can't sell them and that I need to keep them forever.

I imagined two different wands and so I needed two different stands for them so I made two whole sets. Here is what I made:

 This one is inspired by Jack's outfit and Tim Burton's style of trees. I incorporated those curly branch things to hold up the wand and painted the stand in Jack's classic black and white. I even added the bat bow tie. As with my skull wand stand I felt something was missing, so I added a couple of spider webs.

The other set is inspired by Jack's Coffin Sled.
 I wanted to make the lid open the way it does in the movie (with two sections opening in different directions), but my history with hinges made me too afraid that I would mess it up. This design has more display options anyway, and I was able to incorporate a lovely Nightmare Before Christmas plaque that really adds to the style.
 The inside is lined with a beautiful burgundy velvet and the inside of the lid is done in a quilting pattern and painted to match the lining.

The wands are both longer than my other wands, it kind of goes with Jack's long features.

Since Kate chose the set with the stand, I have listed the coffin set on Ebay. I figure it will be more fair since I only have one and don't plan on making another any time soon. If it doesn't sell on Ebay, I'll move it to Etsy.

Here is the listing for the Coffin Set on Ebay.

Steampunk Wands done and for sale!

I finally did it... Early last week I finished all 5 steampunk wand sets and sent three of them off to new homes around the world :). I also decided to keep one for myself. I realized I don't really have much of a collection, even of my own stuff, so I think I'm going to start making an extra one of each wand style just to keep. It's more work, but I think it will make me happier in the long run.

Well, that leaves one steampunk set available for sale. I just received the parts to make more, but that probably won't happen for quite some time. I did make some extra wands though, I'll list those in Etsy. The set with the box and electronics I have listed on Ebay.
I don't usually sell on Ebay but I have a hard time deciding if Etsy's "first come first serve" way is fair if I only have 1 of a rare or popular item. What do you guys think? I used to sell on Ebay just a little bit, but I wasn't very well known so it was difficult. Etsy has been great for me, I use it as my main selling point.

Oh well, I have many more things coming. I've been busy creating and haven't had time for photos or blog posts but I think I'll have time this weekend to list and post.

Here is the listing for this last Steampunk Set on Ebay.