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Fox/Canine Music Box - Profound Decisions’ “Empire”

An in-character commission! This is the prototype for a music box style that I intend to put together and sell as the character I am currently playing. 

The out-of-character materials costs are an OPTIONAL payment if I am selling you an item in-character. If you wish to directly commission a custom item, I’d appreciate money towards the materials as the music box movements aren’t cheap.

This box has a hand-wound movement that plays ‘Castle in the Sky’. It has three sections inside for placing trinkets or small items, and the movement is boxed in for protection. The outer is decorated with a pyrographed and painted canine creature, and the base has a wool felt pad added to it for protection.

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Etsy back online!

Oh good grief they’ve changed the bloody layout again… So that’s both Etsy and Facebook on new layouts, do excuse me whilst I get used to these. The Etsy store is now open again, though surprisingly empty thanks to Sunnycon! I am making more tails and ears to add this week.

Click me for the Etsy shop!

I will be away from the 7th-15th of July, any orders placed during this time will ship out after this point. I will still be able to answer emails and messages.

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Home from Sunnycon 2014!

Phew, what a trip! I left on Friday morning and only got home at 11pm on Monday night. Thank you to all who dropped by the stall at Sunnycon, I hope you had a great time.

I’ll be unpacking and stock-taking for a few days in order to bring the Etsy back online. I am very glad that the new Cat Ears worked so well, and I will be making many more sets of those - and tails! - for the Etsy shop in the coming weeks. 

Ark! Ark!

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Winged Serpent Mage Armour  - …And a lot of MUD. Personal Kit, 2014
Photography by Tom Garnett ( @tomgarnett ) - find his Tumblr here: Click me!
The Mage Armour in it’s full and extremely muddy glory! This was taken on the last day of Profound Decisions’ “Empire” event 2 2014, when I had already been in one fight and suffered the damage to the shoulder of the armour (closest to camera). It being the last day also explains my sleep-deprived expression..
Mage armour sets start from £200 for shoulders, greaves and vambraces, a set like the one pictured would be priced on a case by case basis. 
Other makers in this photo: Greaves and A5 pouch by Darkblade Ltd, purple star pouch by Evenlode Studios, staff by Medlock.

Winged Serpent Mage Armour …And a lot of MUD. Personal Kit, 2014

Photography by Tom Garnett ( @tomgarnett ) - find his Tumblr here: Click me!

The Mage Armour in it’s full and extremely muddy glory! This was taken on the last day of Profound Decisions’ “Empire” event 2 2014, when I had already been in one fight and suffered the damage to the shoulder of the armour (closest to camera). It being the last day also explains my sleep-deprived expression..

Mage armour sets start from £200 for shoulders, greaves and vambraces, a set like the one pictured would be priced on a case by case basis. 

Other makers in this photo: Greaves and A5 pouch by Darkblade Ltd, purple star pouch by Evenlode Studios, staff by Medlock.

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Cat Tails and Clip-in EarsStock, 2014

The finished cat ears! I’m happy with how they’re working out and they’re sturdy when worn as they’re on silver-tone grips instead of bobby pins. The set shown here have a white outer and black inner. The tail is a smaller version of my usual pattern that was made for people who aren’t nearly 6ft tall in heels, so I can offer more sizes as stock items.

The cat ears will be £15 per pair on the stall at Sunnycon, whilst the cat tails are £20 basic, or as priced for any complex designs (stripes, spots, etc). Everything will be on my Etsy Store after this weekend and I should be available to take custom orders.

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Trapeze Boots - Jade Green - Commission, 2014
I have recently had a lot of enquiries about trapeze boots! This was a commission from earlier this year for a pair in as ‘neon’ a green that I could find, with contrasting stitching. The boots ended up being this gorgeous jade colour with deep purple stitching, and nickel plated eyelets. If these boots look smaller than normal then that’s because they were made for an adolescent lady, and were custom sized to her measurements as appropriate.
I make boots like this to order and usually they take about a month to pattern, size, create and ship. I am looking in to making some ‘standard’ size boots to add to my Etsy Shop as stock as well.
Plain colour boots cost £60 including laces and an optional modesty panel, other colours/designs are quoted on a case by case basis.

Trapeze Boots - Jade Green Commission, 2014

I have recently had a lot of enquiries about trapeze boots! This was a commission from earlier this year for a pair in as ‘neon’ a green that I could find, with contrasting stitching. The boots ended up being this gorgeous jade colour with deep purple stitching, and nickel plated eyelets. If these boots look smaller than normal then that’s because they were made for an adolescent lady, and were custom sized to her measurements as appropriate.

I make boots like this to order and usually they take about a month to pattern, size, create and ship. I am looking in to making some ‘standard’ size boots to add to my Etsy Shop as stock as well.

Plain colour boots cost £60 including laces and an optional modesty panel, other colours/designs are quoted on a case by case basis.

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Caius / Coriolanus Inspired Leather Lorica - Personal Kit, Profound Decisions’ ‘Odyssey’, 2014

This armour is based heavily on the armour worn by Caius Martius Coriolanus (played by Tom Hiddleston) in the Donmar Warehouse production of “Coriolanus”. I loved the flowing shapes and close fit of the armour they did, and wanted to mimic that in my own lorica. This was equally fitting as I had named my character ‘Caius’ with no prior knowledge of the play at that point.

Trying to find reference images for this armour and NOT the later version worn in the play was a nightmare. Thank you to those who pitched in to help! I was lucky enough to see the play in person, as well as the NTL Live showing. 

What I modified was the fastening: in the play, Caius-Martius has buckles along the side of his armour, and no visible front/back lacing. This is so that the actor could get in and out of costume quickly. I swapped the buckles for lacing because I use a bow, and I didn’t want the buckles to snag on anything. I also added buckles/lacing to the front panel instead of leaving it solid, so that I could shrug into and out of the armour by myself.

I used heavy veg-tan for this set, which was triple dyed red-oxblood-mahogany, and edged with mahogany. Also shown here are the quiver, bracer and cingulum-esque belt that I made, along with a tunic and custom arrows by Twisted Flax LARP Kit

All photography is by Charlotte Moss!

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Caius / Coriolanus Inspired Leather Lorica WIPPersonal Kit, Profound Decisions’ ‘Odyssey’, 2014

Also known as: ‘When personal projects keep you awake until 5am trying to find the reference images.’

This armour is based heavily on the armour worn by Caius Martius Coriolanus (played by Tom Hiddleston) in the Donmar Warehouse production of “Coriolanus”. I loved the flowing shapes and close fit of the armour they did, and wanted to mimic that in my own lorica. This was equally fitting as I had named my character ‘Caius’ with no prior knowledge of the play at that point.

Trying to find reference images for this armour and NOT the later version worn in the play was a nightmare. Thank you to those who pitched in to help! I was lucky enough to see the play in person, as well as the NTL Live showing. 

What I modified was the fastening: in the play, Caius-Martius has buckles along the side of his armour, and no visible front/back lacing. This is so that the actor could get in and out of costume quickly. I swapped the buckles for lacing because I use a bow, and I didn’t want the buckles to snag on anything. I also added buckles/lacing to the front panel instead of leaving it solid, so that I could shrug into and out of the armour by myself.

I used heavy veg-tan for this set, which was triple dyed red-oxblood-mahogany, and edged with mahogany.

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