What’s on Ethan’s table this week?

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The Studio is crazy busy this week and all crafting slots are currently full! There’s only one person waiting in the queue though, so don’t get too discouraged. It won’t be long.

This week I’m working on the behemoth that is Michael. This is a new model that is based on the Shadowhunters TV series. It’ll be equipped with an LED, a faux-leather wrapped hilt, and runes.

The Azrael sitting beside it is destined for an LED, a genuine leather wrap and engraved runes.

The two new models you can see there have a very exciting future ahead of them. The dagger is a leaf-blade. Tricky to make but very easy on the eyes. The curvy sword beside it is an extra special project that I’ve always wanted to try my hand at. Bet you can’t guess what it is! I’ll give you a hint: the design is from the Far East. 😉

There is one additional item on my work table and that is visiting Nibbles the Band-Saw today! It is sure to surprise you because it has nothing to do with The Mortal Instruments. *Gasp* I know. I do other stuff? When did this happen?

Stay tuned for breaking (hopefully not literally) news on my latest arts and crafts her on This IS my Job. Catch ya later!

Azrael gets SHINY

Awwwww yes look at what just came out of the studio today!

Azrael Shiny

This Azrael is equipped with a genuine leather grip done in silver and black, colours inspired by the TV show. Of course, it has my own little twist.

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Lookin’ super srs as I concentrate on taking a good photo. As you can see, the glow is noticeable even in a brightly lit room. But let’s take it in the dark shall we?

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All bathroom selfies should have a sword. As you can see, because I left the pommel uncovered by the leather, you get a nice little crescent of light there where it reflects off the fan-shaped crest.

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Unintentionally Silent Brother kind of shot going on here… Azrael provides its own dramatic lighting.

How about the mechanics behind the magic?

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Here we have my go-to illuminator: the Flatlight (TM). I’ve removed the keychain that comes with it and put in a small length of  elastic cord for easy retrieval. Without this aid, it’s a bit of a pain to extract the light since it fits so snugly. The flap shuts with a simple Velcro closure. Now you see it …

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… now you don’t!

As this beauty wings its way toward the USA, a new project gets shifted up to my worktable. I now have all crafting slots full and one project in the queue. Stay tuned for more crafting adventures! Coming up, we have rune engraving, the longest of longswords, two never-before-seen new designs, and a long awaited secret project…

Chewie Bit Me!

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Owie! For some reason, the Azrael model likes to take blood sacrifices from me when I’m working on the hilt. I’d best change the way I do that unless I want Chewie the belt sander on a high-protein diet. Who knows what it will do if it gets a taste for human flesh! Dooooooom!

Yeah, Chewie pretty much just took a layer or two of skin off my finger when I looked at the clock for a second. Remember guys: never look away from your machine! It waits for you to let your guard down and then … chomp!

Anywho, I’m a big boy. I’ll be fine. I just have to wear gloves for a bit to keep the plastic particles out.

In other news, I have filled my last crafting slot so we are currently at capacity in the Studio at the moment. All the same, feel free to send inquiries. You can still nab the first spot in line. I should have a slot open next week when I finish up this looooovely LED equipped Azrael. Pics coming soon. 😉

New Blade for Nibbles

Hurrah! My bandsaw is up and running again! Not precisely my choice of blade but it was all that was available. Hopefully, they will get the wood/metal bi-metal blades in stock soon.

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We’ve got a brand new Azrael just off the saw and ready for first shaping.

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We’ve got a fully polished Azrael in a … ugly sweater? Hehe, nope! It’s an old pair of fuzzy socks I bind around the blade to protect it while I fit the leather grip on the handle.

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This is just in the initial stages of shaping but I think the diagonal lines really accentuate the sword’s shape.

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We also have a HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING! What’s it called? How long is it? Will it be lit? Engraved?

Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more swordy goodness. 😉

Nibbles has a Boo-Boo

So, this is a quick note to let you all know that the blade of my band-saw snapped yesterday while I was cutting out an Azrael. Sadly, the store that sells the replacement blades currently has none in stock. I have ordered some, but I’m afraid any new orders will have to wait until I receive my order. I’ll tell you when they arrive.

Introducing: Sarathiel

 

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Sarathiel is a short sword that I shipped out just this morning. It is about two feet in length and quite practical. I was very pleased with how it came together. Totally fuss-free. It comes in a very close second to my all-time favourite: Jahoel. This beauty makes for a budget friendly choice at just $145.

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Now that I’ve completed this particular order, I have one free crafting slot. Hurrah! If you’re looking to grab it for yourself, feel free to send me a message.

 

I’d also like to take this moment to let you all know that I’m no longer using bubble-wrap to package my swords. Instead, I’ve decided to use only bio-degradable materials in an effort to make my studio more eco friendly. My workshop may be a tiny operation, but I think it’s important to run it responsibly all the same.

Stay tuned for more news. I have a brand new longsword design on the table and two never-before-seen LED equipped Azrael blades.

 

Ouriel and Remiel

A short sword and matching dagger. The first of the LED-equipped blades that I have released. I’m proud to present to you Ouriel and Remiel!

Ouriel and Remiel

Hidden under the leather is a button that sits just under the middle fingers of the left and right hand. With a little pressure in the right spot, the blades light up as though by the wielder’s will alone.

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Magic! Yeah, yeah, I know. “Show us more pictures Ethan!”

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And this is why Shadowhunters wear black. The rest of me is there. Promise.

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Alright, let’s get to the machinery behind the magic.

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The interior of the hilt is hollow. To access the light, you simply open the pommel, push it back, and grasp the small handle of the fitting and pull it out. The white fitting holds the light in place and prevents it from rattling around inside the sword.

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Here I’ve tugged the handle up a bit for you to see how it fits in.

Let’s roll back in time a little so you can see what the guts look like without the leather cover. I drilled a hole where the flashlight button sits when it’s inside the sword. Then I formed the fitting around it and created a button of a firm polymer clay. The white button bridges the gap between the leather under your fingers, and the switch on the flashlight so you can turn it on without needing to move or open anything.

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I enjoyed working on these blades and I have to admit, they challenged me at every turn. I’d like to do some more playing with the orientation of the lights in the future and see if I can work out an easier installation method.

If you’d like an illuminated Seraph Blade of your own, feel free to stop by my Buyer’s Guide and browse the options!

Almost done!

I can’t wait to show you the forging of Ouriel and Remiel, but until then, have a teaser.

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A gentle squeeze on the handle brings Ouriel to life and lights up the room. Not only is it clear enough to read through but you can read in the dark!

Stay tuned for more pretty things coming up next.

News from the Adamant Studio!

Here’s a sneak peak at the latest designs I’m working on.

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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!

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