BB8 Full Scale Replica Project

I have decided to build a replica of BB8 from the newest Star Wars movie. I’m not exactly sure how far I will get, or how functional I can make it, but my goal is a full size, remote controlled BB8. I am starting by printing out the pieces for the construction, then those will be assembled and painted. I will then move on to the electronics that will provide the movement and lighting. Read More

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Phoenix Fan Fest 2015 news

November 9, 2015

Phoenix Fan Fest 2015 news

I am happy to say that I will be attending Phoenix Fan Fest from December 4-7 this year. Earlier, I stated that I would not be able to make it this year, circumstances and what not. It seems things have fallen into place and I will be there. Read More

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Leather Flask Cover process

I have been convinced (told) that I should present a breakdown of what goes into some of the work I do. Since the majority of what I do right now are flask covers, and that IS what I’m working on right now, I thought I would start with that. These pictures are of an item I am making for Nerdtacular, later this month. I will show the steps and give an idea of the time involved. I will have the grand total at the end of the post.  Read More

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One year anniversary!?

This same weekend, one year ago, I decided to take a hobby and see about making it a business. It was at Nerdtacular 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For those of you that don’t know the story, I will tell you. For those that do, here it is again. Read More

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Phoenix Comicon 2015 Wrap up


     I have mostly recovered from this years Phoenix Comicon, so it is time to present my thoughts and observations on the event.  As I said before, from the first time I attended this show, I was hooked.  It is a big convention, bringing big names and a large variety of attendees and groups.  My first year was as a general attendee, last year I showed up in some costumes and had a great time doing that.  This year I arrived as an exhibitor in Artist Alley. Read More

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Wrist Cuff for Jayne Cobb costume

I was able to get a version of “Vera” from Firefly and Serenity completed prior to Phoenix Comicon 2015. I then decided to try to get as much of the costume completed as I could for the show.  One of the iconic items, that can be made, not purchased, is the wrist cuff that Jayne wears on his right arm.  It is made of leather, so, of course, I decided to make one. Read More

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Phoenix Comicon 2015 Confirmed!

Just dropping a little information your way.  All the boxes have been checked, bribes paid, paperwork obtained and information submitted.  We will be having a table in the Artist Alley area of Phoenix Comicon this year.  Read More

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Time Lapse Video of a Leather Flask Cover

Here is my first go at making a video showing what goes on with my leather work. Read More

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