You wouldnt happen to be selling a set of these runes in this specific design, would you? I'v always been a fan of runes, but the best I ever made were creek-pebbles hand collected with the rune markings sharpied on Made them when i was pretty young. I'd be so happy to have a real set of such beautiful stones
Not at this time, sorry. These designs aren't mine; they were created by *crystal-rex for one of her storylines and an OCT, so right now they're... 'restricted', for lack of a better word. There is a slight possibility sets might be up for sale at some indeterminate point in the future, but if it happens, it won't be for a long time. They'd also be pricey, since it takes me anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour to carve each one, depending on complexity, and all together they're rather heavy, which means shipping costs go up.
If you have your own fancy rune designs, I can give those a go when I reopen commission slots. Which right now looks to be not until summer.
BTW, do you have any suggestions as to keeping the glass in place while you use the foredom tool? I'm having a harder time keeping the 'bit' on the pattern (it tends to 'slip off'..). I find it especially difficult in the 'detailed areas'. If I screw up, I then have to re-fire the glass and 'heal it' and it becomes a huge PITA as the pieces sometimes 'change shape' after the additional heating.
When I was carving these, I moulded some thermoplastic around the bottom and edges, with a sort of flange sticking off to one side. The flange was then wedged under a C-clamp to secure it to my workbench. I can photograph the set-up I have going if this description is making no sense at all. Of course I don't think this arrangement would work too well with anything bigger than a shot-glass. I've also used a simple low-profile vise with padded jaws, albeit in those instances it was chunks of brass so I didn't have to worry about over-tightening things and cracking the glass. Maybe a jeweller's pin vise (something like [link] ) might work too, though I'm not sure how effective it would be at holding convex glass objects.
Hmm, a cheap metal dish full of some kind of wax or pitch in which to embed the item to be engraved might also work.
It's better to go with multiple light passes in lieu of one heavy one when engraving. That way the burr is less likely to slip and skip across the surface. This I have learned through much trial and error.
I was actually interested in the Elder Futhark runes you've done when I thought of asking about where you sell/trade. Those green pyramid runes are beautiful~ my favorite. I'd like to get a set sometime. Dunno when I'll be able to tho!
Yeah, I figured you meant the other ones, but mentioned it anyway since this comment thread is on the Zelian runes and I've had a few other people ask about them already. If/whenever you decide to get an Elder Futhark set, just Note me. If the pyramid set sells before then, I can make another one.
Because they're going to be applied onto a stone, and not a moving human who'd be bumping around and chipping it, you should be okay with this stuff and a top coat of clear nail polish! Let us see if it works!
In this case it's more constant handling wearing it away which concerns me. Nail polish, in my admittedly limited experience, likes to peel off in big chunks if it gets scratched at. (Also I kinda don't have a credit card right now, which makes buying stuff online problematic.)
That's a valid point. If you look around on Amazon some more though, you can also find reasonably priced paint that was meant for wood/ metal/ other non-human body type surfaces.
I wouldn't worry too much about the scratching...then again, I don't know how deeply you've carved the runes. However, it's been my experience that even nail polish, once it gets into a deeper surface, it's actually sort of hard to get out. The experience I'm drawing from is years of trying to get month-old nail polish off my toe nails and spending twenty extra minutes on each nail trying to acetone/toothpick/dental tool/needle the polish out from the cracks& ridges my nails get. All this is after a month (sometimes more) of showering, washing my feet, and walking extensively in closed toed shoes- so I'm pretty sure your runes would be safe. Give it a shot!
If you have a bank account, you can just get a debit card and use that. (I don't mean to be patronizing, but that was something that I personally didn't know for an oddly long time. If you already knew that...sorry! ) Credit cards suck anyway, why buy something with money you don't have, only to end up not only paying for that thing, but for the interest compounded on it?
One of the new age-y stores around here carries glowing nailpolish. Maybe. I think. I just never paid much attention because I don't use the stuff for its intended purpose. The local craft store has glow-in-the-dark paint, but it's that bubbly 3D-ish stuff for fabric, which doesn't help me much.
The larger lines go one or two millimetres into the glass, but the smaller details are only a fraction of that, which makes painting them with thick stuff - like nailpolish - really difficult, especially when I go to clean up the edges afterward. I had to redo some of these three or four times because I kept scratching it out while scraping off the excess.
Well, I think my debit card is also a credit card, but I'm still not too clear on how that whole thing works here in Norway. (I do have a credit card, it's just linked to my Canadian accounts. Interest-free if I pay it off within a certain timeframe, huzzah!)
Maybe...hmmm, try using a tooth-pick? Just do some shallow cuts in a rock or some glass for practice and see how it turns out. If nothing else, if you ever decide to make some broader deeper rune carvings, it'd be cool to make them glow.
Ask your bank, I suppose. I don't see why it wouldn't be the same principle, but Europe does things differently.
I've been making use of old dental picks along with a fine-tipped paintbrush for the details so far. The simpler designs, like Discovery, Essence, Fire, Earth and the AV swoosh, I could carve deeper, but those like Warrior and Fear have those scrawny details which prevent it, at least when working at this size.
I will figure out this glowing shit one day, because it's just too cool of a possibility to not test out, but right now I'm all with other crap to worry about first, so it'll have to wait in line.
I've been trying to figure out how to make it happen, but I'm not sure how well glowing varnish would stay on. I found this glowing powder which can be mixed with paints to make them glow, but as far as I can tell, it can only be purchased online and I really don't need a kilogram of the stuff.