Busy Days at the Studio!

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Here’s a peek at what’s going on at the Adamant Studio. On the left sits a newly re-shaped Gabriel short sword. On the right is an Ouriel and its matching dagger, Remiel, both with slots cut and drilled for LEDs. These are the FIRST light-up blades to come out of the Studio and I’m super excited about the progress.

In the middle is a never-before-seen short sword that I’ve been keeping a secret for weeks now and code-named “Spinner”. The reason for the secrecy? It was a present for my wife’s birthday!

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You might say she was a little excited.

I’ve had a few inquiries recently about buying blades in time for Christmas. As each Seraph Blade is custom made, I begin the creation of your sword when you order one. From the time of placing the order to the time when I finish is about 1.5 to 2 weeks depending on the complexity of the design. If you live in the United States, the absolute fastest I can have a sword finished and in your hands is 3 weeks due to the time it takes to ship from Finland.

Since it’s less than 3 weeks until Christmas, I’m afraid that ship has (literally) sailed.  But, if you don’t mind getting your present a little later, you can have one in the new year.

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I usually craft up to four swords at a time. Any more than that and it really slows the work down. In the near future, I’m hoping to be able to invest in a polishing wheel which would reduce the amount of time it takes to create each blade.

Other future time-savers I’m looking at are a CNC machine to cut and shape the blades electronically which would, again, save time in shaping and buffing, and would be less risk of Nibbles (my band saw) taking a bite out of my hand while I’m working. Those are usually quite large and expensive though so that might be a bit out of budget for awhile.

There’s also the possibility of casting pre-made swords in a vacuum chamber. I need to look at the feasibility of doing that with acrylic. A lot of people use resin, which would be easier to get my hands on, but I’m really partial to acrylic because resin dust is toxic. I’m okay with getting acrylic dust in my nose while I’m sanding because it’s inert but resin ehhhh … not so much. Again, that’s some expensive equipment and some new skills I will have to spend time learning so that’s a bit farther into the future as well.

Casting a sword in the exact shape I want would radically reduce the amount of time it would take to finish it, however, these would have to be stock model swords that I could produce quickly. Taking the time to make a mould for an individual custom blade would be rather bonkers.

In slightly more boring news, I’m looking at incorporating my studio into an official business here in Finland. I won’t be able to call it the Adamant Studio for real because I don’t want to risk copyright infringement. My blades are something I make in homage to Cassandra Clare and I don’t want to step on her toes. I really just want to help other fans get into their shadowhunter persona and enjoy the fantasy of Clare’s creation.

I like calling my workshop the Adamant Studio when I’m working on Shadowhunter stuff just because it gets me in the mood to be all Iron Sister-y. It kind of sucks that I’m dude and can’t really cosplay one but I can have fun with the persona anyhow.

I’ve had a few requests for lightsabers recently and, yes, I can make something like that. I can’t call them lightsabers because Disney would sue me. So if you want a “laser sword” I can certainly sell you one of those. I’m sure you understand.

In 2-3 days, Ouriel and Remiel will be ready to be fitted with their lights and I will be snapping photos through the whole process for y’all to see, so stay tuned for some shiiiiiny things from the Adamant Studio!

Author: Ethan Kincaid

Ethan Kincaid was born in 1985 in Brockville, a sleepy little town on the St. Lawrence River. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a degree in Linguistics and a minor in Japanese Language. After finishing his education, he settled down there with his wife Kaitlyn and became a full-time writer. In 2011, he moved to Montreal and discovered its vibrant writing culture. In 2015, Ethan moved to Helsinki, Finland with his wife; he works as a props crafter and part time author. His first book, Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy is the first of a new fantasy trilogy. The greatest joy in his life lies in helping budding writers find their voices. In his words: "I like to shake people until cool stuff comes out!"

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