At present in the Adamant Studio, there are two brand new designs in the works. A short sword by the name of Ouriel and a matching dagger called Remiel. Both are to be fitted with LED lighting and equipped with leather hilts.
Today I got the cutting all finished and the slots for the LEDs milled out.
The tiny and flat size of the LED devices I was able to get means that I was able to cut down on the handles’ width by a whole centimetre. This gives the blades a much more sleek look.
They still look rather rough and chunky but that won’t be the case for long. Nibbles the bandsaw is powerful but doesn’t have the ability to make curves.
Chewie the belt sander however, is much more adept at shaping and it will soon be its time to shine.
Fits perfectly! The next step is drilling a hole so the Shadowhunter wielding it can activate the light.
Then it will be time for Chewie and me to make it snow! Yaaaay acrylic dust!
That’s all from me for now. Have a great weekend and safe hunting!
Here’s a sneak peak at the latest designs I’m working on.
What are you looking at? Well my friends, that is a custom short sword and matching dagger with leather-wrapped hilts and LED lighting. We’re going all-out here at the Studio and constructing a drill-press specifically designed to work with acrylic swords. Woo!
The lovely Gabriel style sword you see on the table is also for sale. It has been re-shaped and buffed to my new and more exacting standards of quality. If you’re interested, in purchasing it, send me a shout at ekincaidwrites (at) gmail (dot) com. First come, first served.
I’d also like to remind all my Shadowhunter readers that the deadline for ordering a blade for the holidays is THIS FRIDAY November 27th. So if you want to receive your Seraph Blade by the 21st – 25th of December, now is the time to make your decision!
That’s all from me for now. Back to work!
Hi all! As I look over the re-finished show blade beside one of the untouched originals, I realize how much I’ve learned since I first began crafting Seraph Blades. I have better tools, better techniques, and a better understanding of just what the medium of acrylic is capable of.
The difference is rather shocking.
Continue reading “Better Quality Swords”
As promised, there is a new Buying Guide for my Shadowhunter swords up for you to peruse.
In other news, I’m a couple days away from completing a re-finished Gabriel and a brand new Jahoel.
I love the jump from 360 grit to the 600 grit polish. Such a change in clarity and smoothness.
Anywho, the Adamant Studio is now taking commissions. If you’re thinking of grabbing a blade in time for the winter holidays, now is a good time to get your foot in the door before the rush.
So! What have I been up to lately? Working hard. As you can see, Jahoel has been completed and is on its way to Norway. This is the first blade to be made from start to finish in the new Adamant Studio in Finland. I’m rather pleased with it. I think I’ve managed to hit a good balance between transparency and opacity so that they are both true to the description in the books, and photograph well.
What’s next? Well, I have ordered leather to begin crafting the new TV series style blades for those who desire them.
Also, my original show blades arrived from Canada! Remember these?
Continue reading “Latest News From the Studio”
Hi guys! I watched the trailer for the upcoming Shadowhunters TV series and I’m really excited to watch it. January can’t come soon enough!
I noticed that the prop designers for this incarnation of Cassandra Clare’s creation decided to put opaque, metallic or wooden hilts on the Seraph Blades. There are also runes engraved into the handles.
The blades in the TV series also spring from the hilt when engaged, much like a lightsaber. That would be far beyond my crafting capabilities. (I’m creative but I’m not a freaking warlock.) However, making opaque handles is well within the scope of possibility. Another nice thing about an opaque hilt is that it’s possible to install a light inside to make the blade glow. In a perfectly clear blade, there’s nowhere to hide such a thing except in the palm of a glove.
My questions are: Would you be interested in seeing me craft some TV series style Seraph Blades? Which do you prefer: the movie style or the TV style? Also, for those who like cosplaying Alec Lightwood, would you be interested in adamas arrow-heads?
Feel free to answer in the comments and let me know what you’d like to see next from the Adamant Studio. Safe hunting. 😉
Just a wee update to let you all take a peek at what I’m working on right now.
Acrylic is a hardy, robust material and for this reason, the Shadowhunter blades I make rarely suffer any kind of damage. I have actually kicked one of my show blades to show a disbelieving ComicCon security guard that it was not, in fact, glass.
That said, the swords sometimes get surface scratches and bits of paint from dinging into walls and being pulled in and out of their sheaths at the convention hall. Fortunately, it is quite easy to fix these.
I’ll show you how with one of my favourite blades: Azrael.
This blade is the first of its design. My good friend Sister Verbena brought it to me in her suitcase when she visited this past weekend. As expected, it had a few surface scuffs. I suspect baggage handlers amuse themselves by playing kickball with luggage when no one is looking.
Continue reading “Care and Maintenance of Your Seraph Blade”
Yeaaaaaah! That feels good. First cut done on a couple new short swords. I had to use a hack-saw to shorten the long piece of plastic because it wouldn’t fit on the bandsaw’s table. Mo’ plastic mo’ problems? Meh.
These are my new babies. Belt sander and band saw respectively. They still need to be bolted to the table. And I’d REALLY like to get some sound proofing in the workshop before I fire these things up because they’re quite loud. I have some contoured foam incoming to attach to the wall so my neighbours will hate me a little less. Hopefully.
To give you an idea of how hard acrylic plastic is, this was a brand new hack saw. Was. So, for those of you wondering “could I possibly do this project without a band saw?” Yes. Yes you can. But you will need plenty of blades to switch in when they wear out.
I’m not kidding. This one is for cutting metal. So if you’re making one or two Seraph Blades for yourself, a hack saw will do for the rough cuts provided you have enough sheer stubbornness and elbow grease to get through it.
For those of you waiting on orders thank you for your patience. If my health will just continue to improve and my machines cooperate nicely, I should be back in the shop regularly soon.
Woo! It arrived!
Inside this violently yellow package is a tightly-wrapped bundle of ten acrylic slabs. Yes, it’s heavy. About 50lbs. The delivery fella wasn’t sure I could carry it but luckily I lift weights. All that exercise has gotta be good for something!
Will it be 10 longswords? Will it be 20 short swords? Or perhaps 30 daggers? It could be a mix of all three!
Stay tuned to find out what’s coming next from the Adamant Studio…