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Riddle of Valyrian Steel part 2 – Damascus

A little while ago I joined the American Chemical Society in making a video about Valyrian steel with and overlong companion piece here on the blog. There was some complaint that I had ignored an obvious contender when discussing possible materials, though: Damascus steel. It was a conscious decision to skip …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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! …………. …

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