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The Moon and The Sea by ThundersSilence The Moon and The Sea by ThundersSilence
my first time doing sepia (cuttlefish) cast. and for once i can seriously say i love one of my own works.
this came out much better than i expected. i love the pattern/texture and i will be experimenting a lot with this in the future. i also plan using this technique on my final exam's work.

sterling silver
the stone should be howlite, thanks to ~Isaskar and ~artsyjana for help with that! ^^

it's about 10grams if i remember right, and a little under 3,5cm (1,7inch)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
I love the design. So simple and elegant. Totally using nature to its best advantage :D

I'm hoping to do cuttlefish casts at some point, looking foward. (Though trying not to get my hopes up on the final results!)
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you ^^
good luck with the casting! a lot has to do with the quality of the cuttlefish shells, so try to get good ones ;)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Any tips? I'm not sure what constitutes 'good' when looking for a fish sort of skeleton!
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
mhh... try to get slightly bigger ones, so when pressing in the form you want to cast (or carving it or however you wanna do it) you are sure to have enough space left all around it to not have it burn through when casting. and then it shouldn't be too brittle. if the shells are old they get brittle and the texture won't come out cleanly. basically when you press your fingernail into it it should go in with a little pressure and there shouldn't be pieces of "chalk" breaking off on the sides. hope that makes any sense at all ^^'
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
It did. Of course around here the only ones i can get are sealed up, so I wasn't able to manhandle them. So we'll see how it goes when class gets to casting ;) Thanks for the info.
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
ahh. damn. but good luck with it! it's always very exciting to see what comes out when using this technique
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Thanks. Didn't go so well, first one is here: [link] the second one broke in half and didn't pour properly when I cheaply tried to salvage the half! I'm going to keep looking for ones not in plastic so I can feel them first like you'd suggested. The places here don't have any, but the ones they carry have been dead too long.

That kind of makes the whole thing sound creepy...
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
^^ i really don't think that first try looked bad at all... and the more you do the better they'll become in any case ;)

creepy :D yeah, a bit!!
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Ealury Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008   Writer
uh, i want this... -__-"
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
i do wear it a lot ;)
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