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Pics of the most recent custom boffer order I got through my shop.  A woman wanted a pair of weapons for her cosplay character “Raize Kor” and sent me a picture and drawing of her basic design. after working with her a bit to flesh out the dimensions, this is what I came up with! I really like the concept, I think it would make for some really interesting combat and maybe even a unique fighting style! I may have to adapt this into something larp-legal for myself!

Here’s a custom word tower I did as a gift for two of my favorite people. :-) It was an interesting challenge in that one name is longer than the other, as opposed to the majority of the towers I make that have words of the same length. This one worked out nicely as a 2 to 1 ratio, so I was able to keep the divisions between letters cleaner. Hope they like it!

Here’s a custom word tower I did as a gift for two of my favorite people. :-) It was an interesting challenge in that one name is longer than the other, as opposed to the majority of the towers I make that have words of the same length. This one worked out nicely as a 2 to 1 ratio, so I was able to keep the divisions between letters cleaner. Hope they like it!

A custom boffer weapon I got through my Etsy shop- a 40” boffer spade for a zombie larp. the split handle was an interesting challenge, i needed to make it sturdy but weilding enough to not be a safety issue. I used pvc for the small handle and the main shaft of it, padded with pipe insulation, and used some belt scraps with padding for the split itself, glued into a notch at the end of the pvc and duct taped in place to keep the form. Really pleased with how it turned out! and I love my wood grain duct tape!

New boffers! Made some wrenches (partially inspired by the A-Ha literal video) to fight with, hoping I can star exploring more steampunk themed boffers. PIPE WRENCH FIGHT!

Been working on new origami designs in my spare time at work. it’s a sad thing when the highlight of my shift is getting put on hold, but I have gotten to look forward to it! After spending days combing the internet for a good origami turtle design, I couldn’t find one I liked that was the right mix of free standing and simple to make. After a lot of trial and error, I think I got something I can be proud of! And I love being able to say I designed it myself!

finally got around to posting stuff more regularly again in my etsy store, and found the time to make up a new design!  Eventually, I think I’d like to make an origami version of the Chinese Zodiac, but I have yet to find/come up with an origami snake design I like.

Submitted for comparison: OMG/LOL word towers. one of pine in Arial font, the other of poplar in Bookman Old Style.  The serifs more than double the time it takes to make one of these, but the finished product is much better for it.  The poplar also has a much more interesting wood grain, which comes out better with the clear coat finish.

…and pixie dust!

By way of comparison with my previous post, a more advanced word tower with a better font. (also, a nod to Peter Pan)

More origami fairies.  This is another design that “cheats” slightly, in that it’s 2 pieces of paper and a little bit of cutting is involved. (one cut to separate the arms, and another to let the body fit between the wings, which holds the body together when glued) Trying to make a shape like this out of one piece, while possible, is honestly beyond my skills at the moment, and I doubt it would be as proportionally appealing as this.  I’ve tried using a variation of this and my dolphin models as the basis for a mermaid figure, but making convincing origami breasts is more difficult than one would think.

Word Tower “Heart&Soul”.

The fonts with serifs seem to look the cleanest, though I’ve played with a few other styles.  I’d really like to make a triple word tower, so I could have “mind, body, soul” all carved out of one block, but the hexagonal cross section that needs it problematic to work with.  Might skip it and try an octagonal cross section with 4 words, but good 4 word combinations are harder to come by.