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WoW - Surrender Dorothy
lizzie_borden wrote in wow_ladies
Hello, All.

It's my first post here- and I specifically joined to share this little gem with the group.

(click if you want to see a perspective shot to get an idea of how big it is- it's beneath the image in the description- you can't miss it)

This is a hearthstone I made a few months back. I've had a lot of people ask to buy them, but I don't sell, because it's a direct copy of an item from Blizzard, blah blah blah- however, since it's fan art, I am happy to tell everyone how to make one of your own. It takes 5 minutes and less than $5. -And that'll get you enough materials to make 10-15 hearthstones.. at least.

Buy a bag of the glass drops (I've seen then called "game counters" by some) that you find in the home decorating section of your craft store- They're the little flat rounded bits of glass used to fill vases and such, come in a million colors, and usually cost around $2 for a bag of 50 or more. I prefer the small ones, but if you really want to swing your WoWbling, you could go for the really big ones.

Then, get yourself a brick of Fimo or Sculpey in whatever color you want.

Find a small piece of wire (for the hasp)

Annnnd, it's not shown in this pic- but I really REALLY can't recommend enough that you take a wee little dime sized piece of crumpled aluminum foil. What the foil does is catch the light behind the stone- Once it's all put together, it doesn't look like a crappy piece of foil- it grabs the light, and really makes the stone shimmer and gives it depth and constant movement. -- I've also made one that has a tiny amount of glow in the dark clay behind the stone, and, while it DID work, the effect was so pale that it really wasn't worth the effort.

Knead your sculpey/fimo/oven bake clay. Roll it into a small ball. Press it flat.
In the center of the circle, place the crumpled tinfoil.
Lay the glass drop on top of the foil.
Twist your bit of wire into a loop leaving the two ends sticking out (to anchor the loop in the clay).
Stick your bit of wire at the top edge of your glass bead.
Fold the clay in over everything leaving only the loop of the wire sticking out.

Grab a toothpick and scrape out your hearthstone swirl.

Bake it according to your fimo/sculpey/oven bake clay instructions.

After it's cooled, I like to take a nail file to mine and rough up the edges and give it some very angular flat parts to help it look more like chiseled stone.

If you want added durability- try coating the whole thing with some clear acrylic glaze, or even clear nail polish would do the trick. Note- since this is clay it isn't up for hardcore wear and tear- DON'T SHOWER IN IT, and I even suggest not sleeping while wearing it. I slept in my first one (admittedly, NOT clear coated for extra protection) and the middle point of the swirl broke off after 2 weeks.. fortunately, it's easy to make replacements, but why do the extra work if you don't have to?

Put it on a chain & be the envy of your pals.
I've even had people who had no idea what WoW was compliment me on it.

Click through to see it full sized if you want to read the text

Mostly, though, I'm a digital mixed media artist specializing in Fantasy, Pinups, and Erotica. Since I LIVE in WoW, I create a lot of WoW related work. Art is my hobby and escape, so I don't do commissions. Also, please respect my work. Private personal copies on your desktops are fine, but I don't allow my work to be turned into signatures, tubes, altered or reposted online or off without my permission.

The Deathknight

The Druidess

NSFW links due to exposed breasticles.
This is my WoW related Gallery
and This is my Entire Gallery/deviantArt page (obviously, if you click over and see a lot of blocked items, you'll have to create an account and or log in to see them, as I make use of the mature content filters so they're nudes- don't worry, no pornography, just a LOT of breasts.. A LOT)

P.S. -I'm brand new to the group, so I'm not entirely familiar with guidelines and what tags should be applied to this- sorry if I've missed something- I also ramble endlessly, so if I've gone on too long, sorry. If I need to edit/cut/shorten something, lemme know.

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The hearthstone is adorable! I wonder if the flat "marbles" work the same as round and you could try to "fry" them (heat them super hot and drop in ice water so they shatter inside) to add the depth instead of the foil.... *wheels start churning*
Your artwork is

I've been told that they are really easy to crackle by doing just that- although, having once blown up a 13 inch pyrex casserole dish by accident, I'm pretty scared of anything that makes glass explode even if it is on purpose. Have you actually done it? is it safe? Do you still have all your eyes?

Even if you did crackle it, I'd still recommend the foil (although it would be much more masked with the crackle) just because the light clay doesn't really bounce light back all that much and the silver of the foil really does.. but maybe you could find some tiny little mirrored sequins or something instead

If you make one, or make improvements, I'd LOVE to see it.

And thanks!

I haven't tried it myself yet but I want to! Maybe I'll do it the next time the kids are visiting grandma. If I'm going to play with exploding (potentially) glass better have them out of the house.

Good idea. Tiny eye patches are hard to find.

I want to like this comment...
stupid lj not having fb like options

I love the hearthstone idea but my son picked up a problem with the time to make it - it should take 30 mins unless your guild has the perk to cut it down to 15 mins :p

Gawds, your art is gorgeous. Just added you to my watch list. <3

Thank you- I hope I don't disappoint.

I did as well! I'm not generally a fan of Poser but your work has so much texture that it's really beautiful.

When I started out I couldn't afford props/hair/sets/clothes so I had to learn how to paint it all if I wanted anything other than a bald nude model in the image, and for the most part, I still do it because I can't stand how stiff most straight renders are.

I'm glad you like it- and thanks for the add.

LOVE the necklace, LOVE the earrings, LOVE your art.

thank you for detailed instructions on how to make the crafts! i love these and want to make them!! :D

LOL thanks!

They're super simple to do- I've been giving them out to everyone I know that plays

Your work is gorgeous. I'm going to have to make a deviant account just to view the rest. :) I've been meaning to!

Also, the craft is adorable. And it's great because where I live there aren't a lot of good craft stores, so I can't do a lot of the projects I'd like to do. This, however, is so simple I think I can scrounge up the stuff to do it here! :) Thank you for sharing it.

Also, welcome to wow_ladies. Stick around. We're awesome. :)

Thank you! -I hope you have an enjoyable time in dA. Remember, just like WoW, you have to wade through a sea of jackasses to get to the good stuff. The ban button is your friend.

They are super easy and I'm sure there are 15 bazillion ways to improve/change them to make them even better. You can buy bags of multicolored stones in case you want to do the same thing in other colors or with other symbols-- although, I tried a Horde emblem with black clay and a red stone, and it was just so dark you couldn't see it, unfortunately..

And thanks for the welcome- I'm already enjoying being here.

OMG I want a Hearthstone necklace! Your instructions are straight-forward enough this is certain, but I'm lazy my artistic skills aren't up to snuff to scraping out a swirl and adding chiseling effects.

If only I could find someone to make me one I'd totally be willing to pay for supplies and shipping too...


5 minutes! 5 minutes is all it takes, you can do eeeet! And with the left overs you can make them for all of your friends and they'll thing you're a genius!

I am totally gonna make this as soon as I get my hands on the mats.
OH I'm gonna see the long distance boyfriend in a couple of weeks and this would make a GREAT gift.
Thank you SO much for the instructions!
I could just get a leather band or something for the ~manliness~ since he wouldn't wear a silver chain haha

Good luck with the boyfriend! I started out long distance with mine, and 13 years later we're still together (and haven't been long distance for 8 years). It's a tough thing to do, but it can work out brilliantly.

I'm sure your craft store'll have leather strips or even black nylon cord, or something interesting to hang it from. You could find a clip and turn it into a cell phone charm, or hang it off of his authenticator if he's got one.

hearthstone is win! ive had some gray sculpey hanging around for a few years that has just been waiting to be turned into little hearthstones as well as a decorative thingy full of blue glass stones. they came out awesome!


caps intended :D

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