Jan. 11th, 2010

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For each major convention my roomie [livejournal.com profile] cooner does custom badges. The last few conventions I've been assisting him with my tools at the shop. While I'm no artist I can still be pretty helpful with figuring out cool things to do with his drawings. :)

This year, FurtherConfusion's theme is the California Gold Rush. So... why not make the badges into "Wanted" posters?

These are big-badge sized (about 4"x6") and are made of deer-skin leather and 1/8" thick alder wood. The wood is engraved on the back with the artist's logo and then cut to shape with the laser. The leather is burned with the laser at low power; just enough to make the mark very permanent without actually weakening the leather. It turns a rich, chocolatey black atop the lighter tan of the hide. It's then cut out at high power, leaving a charred edge, and permanently glued to the wood backing to keep it flat.

This one is just a prototype; the final versions will have a more natural, raggedy-edge look to the leather cut. I'm also trying out some other woods to get a more old-time or burly type of look.

If you want to make leather, wood (or both!) badges of your own art, please contact me here or drop a note to tugrik@gmail.com.

If, however, you want to buy one of [livejournal.com profile] cooner's most excellent badges -- get in line quick before he fills up! You can get all the info over in his LJ entry: http://cooner.livejournal.com/81248.html

(Additionally, you can see/comment on it on his FA page or on mine over here.)


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