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« on: May 25, 2018 05:52:51 PM »

Deeeeeep breath, ya'll. I finally finished my first Vox Machina reliquary project - The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary. Cheesy

I'm a huge fan of Critical Role, so after campaign one ended I decided that I would make reliquaries for each member of the party. I started with Keyleth, ie The Voice of the Tempest.

I knew I wanted to feature tsumami craft (of course?) and do a portrait of each character with their relic, but it kind of grew into needing a case for transport, and then a scroll of authenticity. I'm going to start with the kanzashi comb.

With kanzashi projects, I occasionally do sketches to flesh out an idea - but more often than not I will make a kanzashi without any concrete concept. I pick a flower or theme and start making. I just take breaks and pick at things until it feels whole. While I did have a few sketches for this project to start with, they were more for the portrait than the kanzashi.

This portrait also took on a bit of a life of its own. I consider myself to be a much stronger with black and white than with color, so working in my comfort zone of crowquill with deleter black #3 ink was an easy choice. But, I went through several concept sketches before settling on this one. I joke that it looks more like The Raven ft. The Voice of the Tempest than a portrait of Keyleth, but I pumped Keyleth up a little with spot colors before giving the portrait and all its accoutrements to Matt Mercer at Otafest last weekend.

I also made a case for the comb so that it could be safely transported.

The case started life as a rather cheap balsa wood and plexiglass buy from Michaels, and after several hours of carefully scraping away excess glue, sanding, and staining it ended up not looking terrible. I also lined the back panel with vintage silk velvet, and added an embroidered strap to hold the comb upright. The embroidery is snow drops and an air symbol (center) from Avatar the Last Airbender, which inspired Keyleth's back story.

The back of the box features a goldfish and the phrase "It's fine, we're gods" which Keyleth uttered just before swan diving off a very high cliff, realizing she was going to land on rocks, and morphing into a goldfish instead of...something that can fly? Her friends brought her back, of course, but RIP goldfish.

I drew the goldfish as well, then cut it with my Curio from gold foil vinyl sticker sheet. I think it turned out well. Smiley

The last part is the Scroll of Authenticity. I aged a piece of deckle edged calligraphy parchment with coffee and salt, wrote out a letter with a crowquill pen (traced using my lightbox because my hand's not the steadiest at fancy calligraphy), and added a Seamstresses' Guild logo (aye, a Terry Pratchett reference) and wax seal that represents my personal D&D Character, Ellie Moon (it's a moon with the initials EM).

I also made a simple care card that explains how to keep the kanzashi safe and sound, but didn't photograph it. It's just text on card stock.

And I wrote an even longer (and possibly more boring) blog post about this project and all its details, which can be found here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects-by-discipline/tsumami-zaiku/the-voice-of-the-tempest-reliquary/

As a little bonus, here's a progress shot from the portrait:
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2018 04:00:20 AM »

Just WOW! I'm unfamiliar with the subject matter, but I've definitely just become a fan of your work. Beautiful!

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2018 08:45:06 AM »

Beautiful work appledainty!

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2018 10:26:12 AM »

I am also unfamiliar with the subject matter but that fails entirely to matter one bit. These are WONDERFUL! They must certainly have been received with awe. Amazing.

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2018 07:42:12 AM »

This is beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2018 07:54:14 AM »

Seriously gorgeous!

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2018 01:39:49 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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