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It's here it's here it's here! The Ladybug comb! [Oct. 25th, 2008|02:14 pm]
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[jcortese]
*dances in a circle and makes fool of oneself*

A bit image-heavy and thus cut:


This was the original design sketched in pencil on my legal pad at work:


This was what happened when I got home and opened Illustrator:


This is what just came in the mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Once my hair dries (I just washed it) and I can put it up in a bun, I've got to take a picture of it in! It's brass, and the red stones are garnet cabochons that I bought online.
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[User Picture]From: lapetiteflower
2008-10-25 09:29 pm (UTC)
oh wow~ that is gorgeous!
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-25 09:31 pm (UTC)
I am so INSANELY happy with this! A while back, I found a place nearby that has jewelry-making classes; my schedule got nuts, so I wasn't able to register for one, but I need to MAKE the time. This designing stuff is just too fun!
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[User Picture]From: lapetiteflower
2008-10-26 09:35 pm (UTC)
*nods* that is what i majored in college...metal design. unfortunately i don't have the time or a setup to do it, and having a kid to support i have to have a dayjob ::le sigh:: definately something enjoyable to take classes in though!



i'm looking at the design and thinking a bat would be neat...sort of a chinese-styled bat? maybe done in nickle silver?
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-26 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely. I wish I'd gone into something more artistic and results-oriented. Physics was such a waste of time, fun and easy but a bit like doing crossword puzzles for a living, and I don't really use it much day-to-day. Metal design sounds so interesting.

The best thing about the classes is that they often have setups you can use or pay to use there, so I don't need the equipment or a machine shop myself. The time, though ... Yikes, that's the hard part. *sigh* I SO want to do this, though. I need to just buckle down and effing do it.
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2008-10-25 10:36 pm (UTC)
COOL!
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-25 11:18 pm (UTC)
*does Snoopy dance*
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[User Picture]From: eresh_cloudy
2008-10-25 10:49 pm (UTC)
WOOOOW that's amazing!!!
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-25 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm just SO happy with it! It's such a thrill to see something that was just an idea turn into a reality.
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[User Picture]From: taryldactyl
2008-10-25 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh it's GORGEOUS! So ornate and rich looking. And JUST like the sketch. I need an action shot badly :)
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-25 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am just over the moon with this thing. :-)
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[User Picture]From: katrina_splat
2008-10-26 12:03 am (UTC)
That's divine! :O
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-26 03:13 am (UTC)
Whee! Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: jackiesjottings
2008-10-26 10:06 am (UTC)
I love it :))
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-26 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thankya. :-) I've got a few more ideas ... they're coming fast and furious now that I have a way to make them reality. I've got one koi-related idea that I want to start on next, with pearl-white and orange enameling.
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[User Picture]From: meep
2008-10-26 10:47 am (UTC)
Who did you get to make it? I've got some designs of my own I'd like to try.
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-26 08:14 pm (UTC)
A fellow named Bill Dawson in Washington state. He's effing brilliant.
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[User Picture]From: red_voodoo
2008-10-27 08:56 am (UTC)
OMG, it's BEAUTIFUL!
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[User Picture]From: jcortese
2008-10-27 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It stunned the hell out of me when I got it. It's such a rush to think of something and see it actually come into existence like that. As much as I love mathematics and living a life of the abstract, there is an incredible joy and high in bringing a real object into being that one can drop on one's foot. :-)
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