Etsy Shop Featurette: Identity Metals

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Who loves jewelry? I know I do, especially fandom-inspired things. I have a TARDIS necklace that is just the best. So when I stumbled across this little Etsy shop, my eyes just about popped out of my head.

Identity Metals is run by Katie Hroncich and is all about hand stamped metals. Every piece is unique in the smallest way. Katie explains in her Etsy bio that hand stamping means that no two pieces will ever be aligned or straight and that the pressure of the stamp gives a different depth and alignment to all the characters. These pieces are truly original and best of all, they go with everything.

There are bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Fandoms featured include Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Game of Thrones (I personally adore the Game of Thrones Inspired – Moon of my Life, Sun and Stars Keychains), The Walking Dead and more. The best part of Katie’s shop is that she does customized pieces as well.

I highly recommend this shop to anyone who loves to wear their fandom heart on their sleeve…or neck…or ears. You can browse through the wonderful items at Identity Metals here.


Amazing Sign Replicas

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I love me a good sign. And I also love accurate detail, so it will come as no shock that I am in love with Quest Design Canada. They make incredibly accurate recreation signs for the proud nerd in your life to display and use at home. My personal fav are all the Disney park ones (as seen above) which my husband doesn’t know we will one day be getting, lol.

Most of their signs are cast in resin and then bronze coated to keep costs down while still maintaining the desired look, though a few like the Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror) are made from cut metal.

Besides signs, they also make some prop holders for displaying your geeky based weapons (lightsabers and laser guns for example) but if you’ve been looking for something truly unique for you SO/Family/Friend that will likely cause their jaw to drop, then I definitely recommend giving this shop a look through. 🙂


Naturally Found

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Found art has always been an intriguing medium to me. The ability to take normal or broken everyday things and turn them into something else entirely definitely requires an eye that I do not have. British artist Dean Patman, however, obviously has it in spades.

Living in Bristol, he maintains a small studio space in his garden (aka backyard for us Americans) where he stores his found objects and does all his sculpture work. His passion began with his fascination of the natural world as a child, but didn’t start until much later in his life.

My passion for the natural world was equaled by my love of art.  It was a natural progression for me to study scientific illustration however feeling the need for a more creatively challenging course, I moved to Central St Martin’s. It was during my time there that I started working with found materials forming the sculptural method that characterizes my work today.  In found items I see the forms of the natural world; silverware, shoe-trees and teapots are married together to describe an animal’s appearance and character, making creatures both life-like and humorous .

His sculptures are decently sized as well, most of them starting right around 1-2′ in height or length. If you are fascinated by this medium as well I highly recommend giving his gallery a look through. Perhaps it could even inspire you. 🙂


Scrap Metal Sculpture

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Artist JK Brown is more proof that you don’t need fancy base materials to make something beautiful as he work only with, you guessed it, scrap metal.

With a love of nature to fuel him, John enjoys the calming peace that taking random scraps and making them lay neatly to form new shapes can provide. His work if just beautiful and even if you don’t have the money to purchase one, his store is definitely worth a look thru just to marvel at his creativity.


Jewelry Box Collection

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As I’ve mention my love for jewelry designs before, I’ve decided it’s just a jewelry kind of week for me and to share a collect of artisans’ works that I’ve been admiring over the last few months. 🙂

Starry NIght TARDIS by Monster Brand Jewelry

This lovely piece of metal work is by a Chicago based studio called Monster Brand. Jewelry making is a small portion of what they so, with photography and design taking up the bulk of their art. The quality of their finished metal work is just lovely though and I high recommend checking out their shop if you enjoy fantasy based jewelry.

FF7 Inspired Set by thingamajik

Besides having a wonderfully quirky name, thingamajik specializes in minimalist designs for their fan inspired art. While their beautiful FF7 set is what brought them to my attention, they jewelry inspired by characters and items from shows like Star Trek and Doctor Who, and even this very minimalistic Portal zipper bracelet that I absolutely adore.

Seal of Rassilon Necklace by Pia-CZ

While Pia-CZ works mostly with resin to create their jewelry pieces, this technique stood out to me instead. It’s a silk screened on clay pendent. Perhaps not as sturdy as resin, but I love the end result it gives and I hope to see them do more with this type of medium. Sadly they do not seem to be running a shop at this time, so you’d having to bug them through their DA account.

Cheshire Cat Necklace by Little Breezes Crafts

The last artist I’m going to feature also works with clay, and what I like about these designs is the added backing. It harkens back to Victorian era pendents while adding durability to the clay designs. All of Little Breezes Craft works are largely fan based, covering mostly anime and cartoon characters. Each one is beautifully handcrafted though and her shop is certainly worth a look through. 🙂

~Nicole