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The Riddle of Valyrian Steel

The Riddle of Valyrian Steel

In the Song of Ice and Fire series, a Valyrian steel sword is the finest blade any warrior could hope to carry. Said to be “Stronger than any common steel, lighter, harder, sharper,” with dark, visible ripples running through it showing the thousand foldings needed to craft such a blade. It is nearly indestructible and impervious to ordinary fire. They say that the blades were spell-forged in drag... »

March comes in like a lion and goes out…like Pac-Man?

March comes in like a lion and goes out…like Pac-Man?

Happy April Fools’ Day! I got ya’ something nice to celebrate the occasion! What I have for you on this first day of April is no mean prank, though. If you haven’t already heard, Google has gifted the world with the chance to relive the glory that is Pac-Man by offering the game as an option on Google Maps. Open up the Google Maps page and you’ll see a Pac-Man block in the ... »

Design Diary – Sweet-Asgardian Breastplate

Design Diary – Sweet-Asgardian Breastplate

A delightful astrophysicist friend of mine is aiming to make a Jane Foster dress from Thor 2 for con season this year. I helped her out with the metal bits. Below is a video of the exciting and sludge producing process. Enjoy! »

Design Diary – Cloud Strife Fenrir Emblem

Design Diary – Cloud Strife Fenrir Emblem

I hammered out a wolf head based on Cloud Strife’s from Final Fantasy VII and Advent Children. Below is a video detailing the production in convenient time-lapse fashion. »

Material Science for Cosplay 2: Copper and its Alloys

Material Science for Cosplay 2: Copper and its Alloys

Steampunks and other cosplayers spend a lot of time in the company of copper and its alloys, brass and bronze. Here I hope to throw a little of the science of the stuff your way to make it easier and more rewarding to work with. History Copper was one of the first metals to ever be used by humans. Chunks of it could be found in a workable state lying about on the surface, requiring no mining or sm... »

On Failure: Nanowrimo Update 4

On Failure: Nanowrimo Update 4

In which, two months later, a novel is still not written, most of my planning fell to the wayside, and I do not feel much at all like a hero. So…. basically, that went as well as could have been expected. »

The Official Skepchick & Mad Art Lab Gift Guide

The Official Skepchick & Mad Art Lab Gift Guide

Here’s something so incredibly cool — a Gift Guide that has been sourced and curated and compiled and coded by the fabulous Courtney Caldwell. She’s done a ton of work on this so you don’t have to. And, best of all, this seasonal listy-ness will actually make shopping fun! …………. Are you a holiday procrastinator (like me)? Never fear, the Official Skepchick... »

Design Diaries – Cthulu Hat Rack

Design Diaries – Cthulu Hat Rack

It’s been too long since I had a video to post, but this week, I finally filmed my hitting of things again. This is my first attempt at combining blacksmithing techniques into my work. This may seem confusing as most of my previous videos included hitting steel with a hammer, but allow me to clarify. Blacksmithing really does involve a burly man swinging a hammer at glowing hot metal on an a... »

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