Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Evenstar & Lothlorien Ficcares for Custom Order!

I'll admit that I've been a little overwhelmed by the positive response to my latest Ficcare projects :)  I quoted a few prices yesterday, and I think I've contacted everyone with a correction, but if not, I hope you see this!

I was able to track down better pricing on some of the Lord of the Rings components while still maintaining the quality I wanted.  Some of the replicas of the Lothrlorien Leaves and the Evenstars are very poor, and I wanted something that would look beautiful and last a long time; something that would be classy and not look like bad costume jewelry :)

So for everyone that has asked, here are the prices: 
Lothlorien Leaf on Silver Ficcare:
  • Large $147
  • Medium $145

Evenstar on Silver Ficcare:

  • Large $160
  • Medium $158

These prices don't include shipping, of course :)  My wait time is a few weeks out, but I'm happy to order clips now for those that are interested!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lothlorien Leaf Ficcare

Sometimes, somehow, everything comes together, and when I'm done working I look down in total disbelief, wondering how that beautiful thing in front of me wound up there.  It doesn't feel like I made it, it feels like the universe handed me a gift.

I think this is the most beautiful thing I've ever made.

Monday, February 17, 2014

When a Ficcare is more than just a clip

I've tinkered in the past with customizing Ficcares.  My first foray was was antiquing my own Silver Primavara so that the recesses were black.  I've since done this for several people, layering primer, black enamel, and finally a clear coat in the recesses of the clip:

The scariest thing about doing work like this is how expensive the base clip is.  Messing it up is a constant fear and took me a long time to get over.

From there, I started applying designs and sealing them with clear enamel:

The Innocence of Death Black Lily Ficcare:

Elanor Lothlorien Flower Large Ficcare Hair Clip:

Foxglove Ficcare:

Butterfly Lover Ficcare:

Garden Sanctuary Ficcare:

These are a lot of fun, but obviously the application of the design is tricky and then there's the many enamel coats.  It's very important to do several thin coats to get an even finish.  The primary issue with any Ficcare modification is that the clip itself flexes.  This is why the teeth soldered to the underside tend to crack at the solder joint so often.  That bend of the clip is what flexes the most, and the teeth just don't flex with it.  An enamel coating, or any other modification, that can't flex, is going to crack and peel.  This is why some of the border collections have colors that will peel right off, the enamel isn't flexing as much as the clip is.

In the past I'd also done a few clips with epoxied gears, and while it held, I still wanted a better method of attaching three dimensional components:

Timelesness Silver Steampunk Ficcare:

Another Timelessness:

But now I think I've found the best way to add three-dimensional components to a Ficcare, rivets.  They're smooth on the back, subtle on the front, and let me do things like this:

The Evenstar Ficcare isn't perfect, at least not sale-quality.  It was a learning experience, but I'm excited and think I'll have a lot to be creative with in the future.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Don't Blink

Weeping angel hair sticks are coming soon to NightBlooming.  Are you brave enough to watch for them?