Still Healing …

Yep … I’m still recovering from surgery. I desperately want to be back in the workshop creating things and the boredom is driving me bonkers. I was able to visit the workshop on the weekend to bring some small crafting stuff home with me; paints and such.

The trip was really painful. I needed to stop partway there and take some painkillers. Thankfully my wife was there to help me. It made me happy to at least see the place just as I left it. All my tools waiting for me to come back. Right now, it’s pretty much all I can do to get there and get home. It’s progress.

There’s some good news in the mix though and I want to share it with you. 🙂 I’m just about ready to place my order for a big batch of silicone and liquid resin from a Swedish distributor. They’re quite close to Finland so the shipping won’t be ridiculous and they sell the kind of resin that I want to work with. They’ve been really helpful in assisting me to choose the right kind of resin for the job.

Casting things that are as large as a seraph blade can be tricky! There are so many things that can go wrong. Overheating during curing (which leads to cracks). Bubbles trapped in the resin (usually we would use a pressure pot to prevent this but there’s none big enough for a sword!). Resin in the thick parts not hardening all the way through. All these things can be overcome with the right ratio of hardener, careful mixing, patience, and practice. My Iron Sister (… Brother?) skills are about to be put to the test once again. Wish me luck!

In response to the many email inquiries I’ve gotten:

While I’m not taking orders right now, you absolutely CAN send me messages to tell me what kind of sword you want to buy! This is super helpful to me so I know which style of blade to make first when I get back in the shop and how many of them I need to make.

I will bookmark each and every email I get about swords, steles, and witchlights and do my absolute best to get back to all of you as soon as I have something for you. I will be sure to make lots of noise and fanfare here on my site when I’m back to producing Seraph Blades.

Until then, send me iratze’s guys. I need ’em! Heal faster dangit!

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!"

2 thoughts on “Still Healing …”

  1. Do you ever plan on doing a youtube video on how to make the Seraph Blades? I was gonna try and make a pair of daggers. But I don’t want to mess anything up (I’m a visual learner).

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    1. Possibly! I’ve got a camera but I haven’t got a mic at the moment. Not sure how to work video or audio software either. XD Maybe I’ll have to hire someone to do that for me. I’ll have to earn a bit more money before I can afford to do that. (Most of what I earn from selling swords I put right back into the workshop in the form of better tools and more materials.)

      The other pickle I have to deal with is that I have the process for carving swords from solid acrylic blocks pretty much down to a science. However, I’m in the process of setting up a resin casting operation so people who just want a Clariel, or Gabriel, basically any of the most popular models that people usually order, I’ll be able to make them more quickly. Casting something as large and awkwardly shaped as a Seraph Blade and having it be perfectly clear without bubbles inside is going to be a challenge. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to watch a video of me making fifty-six mistakes and yelling at my crafting table. XD

      I can show people how to carve stuff from acrylic with power tools, for sure, it’s just that um … it’s really easy to hurt yourself while doing it if you’re inexperienced. I’m really worried about the younger Shadowhunters accidentally jamming a plunge cutter into their leg and having to be rushed to the hospital. So, if I do a video like that, it’s probably going to have a bajillion safety warnings on it. There aren’t really any tools specifically made for this kind of art. That’s why it’s so dicey. There are tools for carving wood and tools for carving stone and plastic falls somewhere in the middle. I’ve broken about 1/3 of my power tools doing this job because they couldn’t handle the strain. So, long story short, I’d be advising people to use power tools for purposes that they weren’t designed for. I have to think long and hard about whether I want to do that.

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