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.
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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?
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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.
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That’s right folks, I’m at it again! Have a sneak peek at the latest Shadowhunter sword design:
I was contacted a few days ago with this reference photo:
And asked if I could do something similar as a Seraph Blade. Why yes! Yes I can.
So you wanna look like this? Well, bad news: there’s only one Jamie Bower in the world and chances are, you’re not him. But I can help you out with that sweet, sweet Seraph Blade.
You can commission a blade from me. Here’s my Etsy shop! Or you can email me at email@example.com to ask about custom orders. Each blade is made to order and is individually made by hand so please allow for a few weeks of crafting time.
But what if you want to make your own? Well, here’s a tutorial on how to carve one from solid acrylic. I make them out of liquid resin these days, but that is a huge expense for a single seraph blade which is probably what you want if you’re reading this.
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