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Last Year Selling at Conventions

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 15, 2017, 4:22 PM


Title pretty much says it all.  After this year, I will be retiring from the convention scene. 

I've got a few reasons behind this decision, some more heartbreaking and aggravating than others, but I'll spare you that nonsense and just let you know the following:

BABSCon will be my last West Coast convention,

I'll be vending at Trotcon, but mostly so I can see many of my good friends in person one last time. (Pending their approval)

and BronyCon will be my final convention. (Pending approval)

Commissions are still closed, and probably will remain closed.  And my online shop will be open as long as the sales are still coming.  If I ever decide to close it, I'm sure I'll give everyone a decent amount notice time.

I'm going to try my absolute best to finish the convention year with some of my best merchandise ever!  I'll be posting pictures of most of it on my twitter: twitter.com/Silver_Slinger
so perhaps give me a follow on there.

Here's to the next 6 months!

SilverSlingers Commissions Closed

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 8, 2017, 1:51 PM


All Commissions and special orders are closed until further notice.  Nothing is wrong; I just need a break from it. Please do not press the matter.

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SilverSlinger's 2017 Convention Year

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2017, 10:14 PM


Hey everyone!

I've finally decided which conventions I want to attend and vend at this year.  Normally I do about 4 conventions, however due to a few circumstances this year is throwing my way, I've narrowed it down to just 3.  I have picked the 3 I plan to attend, and have already applied for the vending hall of each.

So, pending each conventions approval, this year I will be attending:

BabsCon --
www.babscon.com/2017/

Trotcon -- trotcon.net/

BronyCon -- bronycon.org/

I'm pretty pleased, and excited for the conventions I chose this year.  If I get accepted, it'll be my third year vending at BabsCon,  My third year at TrotCon (After a 2 year hiatus)  and my fifth year at BronyCon!

As for merchandise, I have many things in store!  As always, I will have a nice, wide variety of pony merch; but in addition I will have many designs based off other popular animations, videogames, and fandoms!  You will see many familiar trinkets with new designs and many of which have been improved!  You will also find a nice assortment of handcrafted pieces, and new items as well!

I will keep everyone updated on convention related news as I start to hear back from them!  Hope to see many of you in person this year!

2016 Outlook and My Future

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 10, 2016, 10:33 PM


I've been going over my books, and it's not looking good...Compared to last year, my sales are down more than 35%. And compared to the year before, down around 30%. It's a pretty significant drop; especially considering I've made many more new designs this year than I did last year or the year before.

I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty discouraging. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy doing this stuff a lot. I always said I'd quit making fandom jewelry if it ever stopped being fun..., and that's just never happened. But putting so much time and effort into something that's giving so little in return is not economically feasible. This is time I could be spending perfecting skills of the trade that could help me do my day job at my dad's jewelry store (which will someday be mine) even better.

There comes a time in everyone's life when they have to face the reality of a situation and make some choices that they may not want to make, but should.

But as SilverSlinger I've come a long way. I've accomplished a lot, and I would hate to see all this end abruptly just because of one bad year. So, I've decided to give this crazy ride one more year! If my sales do not improve by January 1st, 2018, I will retire as SilverSlinger, and focus my time and talents elsewhere. I will give it my all and then some between now and then. That way, I can at the very least say I did my best from start to finish.

So fingers crossed for the upcoming year!



SilverSlinger's Commissions

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 16, 2016, 7:35 PM


:iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:

 I'm taking custom orders for everything from hand crafted pieces, to engraved jewelry, to engagement / wedding rings!

And better yet: There will not be any limitations to the amounts of commissions I will accept!  This means my commissions will always be open, and with no quantity limitations!

So, let's get started!  If you're interested in a commission with me, please read the following information:

Commission Rules

-- At least 1/2 the order must be paid for before you get a spot!

-- Commission requests must be sent to me in a note,
e-mail (SilverSlinger25@yahoo.com),
through my etsy shop(www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…)
or twitter (twitter.com/Silver_Slinger)

-- No Crowns, No Tiaras, No  Scepters , No exceptions!

-- I guarantee every commission price to be as reasonable as possible.  Remember: The more complex the piece, the more it may cost. Price will also vary depending on materials used.

--I'm only accepting jewelry related commissions. There are plenty of artists out there who can do better fanart and comic commissions than me, so I'd highly recommend going through someone else.

--No NSFW requests!

-- Requests to remake any of my jewelry that's noted as 'One of a Kind' will be automatically denied.

-- Requests to remake any of my jewelry that's noted 'Discontinued' will be accepted, though prices may be higher than they were previously.

-- Artwork for engraving must be supplied by you, and must be clean and legible.

--If you wish to use another artists' art in your commission, be sure to get their permission first.  Any fees they may charge to use their work must be paid by you.

-- Engraving commissions can only be done on metal surfaces that are 6 x 6 inch in diameter, and less then 2 inches in height.

-- Please do not spam me with e-mails or notes about your commission. I'm a very busy person and sometimes it may take a few days to get to your inquiry. Have patience.

-- I have the right to deny any commission request.

-- Know your budget, and be ready to share with me what you're willing to spend.

--Please include 'Chaotic' with your commission note/inquiry/e-mail so that I will know you read my rules. Anyone who fails to read my rules may be ignored.


Hand Crafted Jewelry 

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If you can think of it, I can make it.

I hand fabricate with the following materials: Sterling silver, Gold, Copper, Brass, and nickel silver.

All casting work can be done in sterling silver or gold.

If you want gemstones added to your design, I can use them too.  Remember, price does vary depending on whether you want rhinestones, synthetics, or natural gemstones, and the method of setting the gemstones into the jewelry affects the price as well.


Cast Jewelry


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Cast jewelry is also available.  This allows me to do designs that are too detailed and intricate to do by hand.  It also allows me to make designs that are much more 3 deminsional.  If you're interested in engagement rings, they will also more than likely be cast.

A cast design is first made in a 3D designing program.  Once the model is finished and approved by you, I send the informatmion to a 3D printer that make a wax replica of the piece.  That wax repilca is then put through the lost wax casting process that'll turn it into metal.

I only cast in the following metals: Sterling silver; 18k yellow, white and rose gold; 14k yellow, white and rose gold; and 10k yellow, white and rose gold.

Casting, however, is a much more involved process of making jewelry hand hand fabrication or engraving, so it's also the most expensive option.  Be sure to keep that in mind as you set your budget for a commission.

I can also combine Casting and Hand Crafting

A Queen's Feast by SilverSlinger

Engraving

Just about any image or artwork can be engraved onto metal! In order to do this, however, the image must first be converted into a simple black and white picture with no grayscale. (The simpler the better) The less work I have to do to the image, the less time I'll have involved in your commission, and the less money it'll cost you. If you use artwork that belongs to another artist, please be sure to get their permission before commissioning me to use it! If the artist wants payment for using their work, it is up to you to pay them.

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What Can Be Engraved?

I can engrave many things metal!  Pendants, earrings, flat top rings, pocket watches, money clips, drinking flasks, belt buckles, tie bars, metal bookmarks, card holders, etcetera! I've learned that if it's made of metal and has a fairly flat surface, I can put an image on it!

Samples:

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Sometimes multiple characters can be added to a single project, depending on the size of the piece. Also keep in mind, however, that the more characters added, the smaller they have to be, and that sometimes means sacrificing quality and detail in the artwork.

Mane Six Pendant by SilverSlinger

Handwritten Messages

Do you want to go a step further in customizing that unique piece for that special someone?  If so, then I would suggest having me engrave a handwritten message onto your commission piece!



All you have to do is send me an image of your message written legibly in black ink on white paper.  I can then take that message and have my CNC engraver engrave it onto a metal surface word for word in your penmanship!

FAQ

Q: Does the commission have to be pony related? A: Nope! It can be anything you want! It doesn't have to be related to ponies or have any particular theme.

Q: Can you cut a gemstone? A: No. Gemstone cutting and jewelry designing are two completely different professions.  If you need a custom cut gemstone for your commission, you'll have to look elsewhere for that.  Afterwards, I'll be happy to set the gemstone into any design you want.

Q: Can you change the color of the silver & other metals you use? No. I use the raw beauty of the metals themselves to create my works of art.  Though enameling and gemstones are a great way to add color to any design!

Payment


I accept paypal to pay for commissions. I'll also take money orders, and run credit cards over the phone! At least half of the commission must be paid for before I'll start on your order!



Personalize Your Jewelry with Handwritten Messages

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 9, 2016, 5:51 PM


Hey everyone!  I've added a new option to many of the listings in my Etsy shop, as well as to engraved commissions!  You now have the option to add a handwritten message onto your metal piece!



Amazing right?  All you have to do is send me an image of your message written legibly in black ink on white paper.  I can then take that message and have my CNC engraver engrave it onto a metal surface word for word in your penmanship!

A special message doesn't get anymore personal then when it's in your own writing, am I right?  I'm very excited to offer this feature to the world!

It is a bit of extra work, which means additional fees to your order will apply.  Therefore, be sure to request this option before paying for your order / commission! 

My Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…

Thank you all for your constant support of my craft!  It keeps me going for sure!

Caring For and Cleaning Your Jewelry

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 12, 2016, 5:36 PM


Here are some cleaning instructions for any of my hand crafted goods made from sterling silver, gold, copper, or brass.

Removing Fingerprints, Smudges and Grime

The best way to clean fingerprints, smudges, and other minor surface grime off your jewelry and gemstones is with a soft, lint-free cloth like someone would use to clean their glasses. This is the safest, easiest way to clean your jewelry.

If you've got a quite a bit of dirt or grime on your jewelry, the best way to clean it yourself is with a soft toothbrush and dawn dish soap under running water. Be sure to plug your sink!!! Do not use toothpaste as a cleaning agent! Toothpaste is a mild abrasive and will put scratches on any metal surfaces! When you're done, damp it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

If you've purchased one of my high polish engraved pendants Pony Pendants (Series 3) Pt1 by SilverSlinger, the best way to clean them is with eye glass cleaner and a soft, lint free cloth. Scrubbing them with dawn dish soap under running water, as mentioned above, will be fine too.

Removing Minor Scratches

Over time, when wearing your jewelry, the finish will get scratched up a bit. It can't be helped. The best way to get rid of minor scratches is with a polish cloth. Polish cloths can usually be purchased at a local jewelry store, or some department stores, and are very affordable. With one of these cloths, and a little elbow grease, you can remove most minor scratches, and put a slight polish on your piece. Please note: Polish cloths over time will start to turn a black color, but it does not mean they're dirty. DO NOT WASH THEM!!! If you wash a polish cloth, you will wash the polishing compound out of them and they won't work right.

Removing Tarnish

Next, let me explain that sterling silver, copper, and brass will tarnish over a long period of time. It's nothing you can prevent, and it's nothing I can prevent. It's what these metals do.

However, tarnish can be easily removed.

A polish cloth will not only remove minor scratches, it's also a very good way to remove tarnish from a piece. In fact, it's the best way to remove tarnish from jewelry.

However, If the piece is badly tarnished, there is a tarnish remover dip that can be purchased at your local Wal-Mart or Target called "Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner for Sterling Silver Jewelry" It's in a dark red container located in the jewelry department. www.walmart.com/ip/Connoisseur… Just shake the solution well, submerge your piece in it for about 4 seconds, take out and rinse under running water. This will instantly remove any and all tarnish. Please note: This stuff will remove tarnish only! It won't remove dirt or grime, or polish your piece..

To help prevent tarnishing, I recommend storing your jewelry in a concealed bag or container. The tarnishing of metals happens when the sulfurs in the air from car emissions, and other pollution, attack the surface of the metal.
Storing your jewelry in concealed bags or containers helps to prevent this. A zip-lock bag will do the trick. But for the best results, go to your local jeweler and see if they have anti-tarnish bags or satchels you can store your jewelry in.

If you want to slow down the tarnishing process, I've discovered that "Renaissance Polishing Wax" works better than anything I've found so far:
www.riogrande.com/Product/rena…  After you clean all the dirt, grime and tarnish off your piece, buff the surface with a thin layer of this wax, then wipe it off.  As I said, this should slow down tarnishing significantly.  It'll also help prevent fingerprints and smudges from appearing on the surface of the piece.

When Not to Wear Your Jewelry:

-- Don't wear your jewelry while you sleep

-- Don't wear your jewelry while you swim (Chlorine attacks some metals like nickel)

-- If you work with machinery with motors spinning at high RPMs, don't wear necklaces. Or at least keep them under your shirt while working.

 I hope I've answered any questions you might have about taking care of your jewelry. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me in the comment section or in a note!



BronyCon Vending, Charity and Panel

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 5, 2016, 4:50 PM


It's time to wrap up my convention season with the biggest Brony Convention in the world!  BronyCon!

Once again, I will be in the vending hall!  You can find me at end-cap booth #222 with :icontoxic-mario:



Here's a list of the merchandise you can find at my table:

-- Mechanical Pocket watches
-- MLP Wristwatches
(With new and improved nylon bands!)
-- Suitcase wallet / card holders
-- Pony feather bookmarks
-- "Best Pony" medals
-- Lighters
(With a 2016 exclusive Rainbow Dash spectrum lighter!)
-- Couples / Friendship / Sibling pendant sets
-- Compact brass compasses
-- Table Clocks featuring the Mane 6 or Princess Luna
-- Guitar Pick Pendants
-- Keepsake box featuring the Mane 6
-- Coaster sets featuring Royals, Pie Sisters or Reformed 

-- Adjustable cabochon cutie mark rings
-- Pony pun money clips

-- "Horse Famous" / "Not Horse Famous" medals
-- "Let's Talk" / "Do Not Disturb" medals
-- Solar Empire & Lunar Republic Badges
-- New and improved engraved pendant series!
-- Adjustable rings featuring the Mane 6, Luna & Derpy
-- 5 minute brass hourglasses
-- Judy / Nick dog tags
-- BronyCon exclusive round flasks
-- Collapsible shot glasses
-- 6 piece friendship pendant set featuring the Mane 6
-- Ember "Dragon Scale" bracelets
-- Slider charm bracelets
(With 20 different charms to choose from)
-- SilverSlinger grab bags

Now, let's talk Charity!  This year, for BronyCon's charity auction, I have 4 amazing items you can bid on!


Princess Celestia Table Clock


x3 Rainbow Dash "Swag" Pendants with art by Toxic-Mario


Princess Luna 5 Minute Hourglass with midnight blue sand


Rarity's cutie mark made from silver & gold with real diamonds!

And last, but not least, I will be on the BronyCon Artist Panel, with these amazing artists:
:iconassasinmonkey:, :icontsaoshin:, :iconearthsong9405:, :iconjadedjynx:, :icondennyvixen:, :icontsitra360: and :iconncmares:

This panel will take place Saturday, at 8:30pm in the Hall of the Sun!

Hope to see you at BronyCon!
 

5 Facts About SilverSlinger by WatchPony

Journal Entry: Thu May 19, 2016, 9:14 PM


Hey everyone!

Some of you may have already seen it...In fact I'm pretty sure a few of my new watchers have found me through this video; but WatchPony did a "5 Facts About SilverSlinger" about me! 

Here's the link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=47LHGZ…

Check it out if you have a few free minutes!  Also, I recommend watching some of their other videos too!  They do some pretty awesome countdown videos that can be pretty addicting to watch!

EFNW Table Number, Merch, and Charity

Journal Entry: Wed May 11, 2016, 6:47 PM


Everfree Northwest is just around the corner!  I'm very excited about this year! I've improved on lots of your favorite merchandise, and I've added many new and amazing things to my stock!

If you're heading to EFNW this year, you can find me at Table #53:



I'M RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE EXIT! You can't miss me!

Here's a list of what you can find at my table this year:

-- Mechanical Pocket watches
-- MLP Wristwatches
(With new and improved nylon bands!)
-- Suitcase wallet / card holders
-- Pony feather bookmarks
-- Slider charm bracelets
(With 20 different charms to choose from)
-- "Best Pony" badges
-- Lighters
(With a 2016 exclusive Rainbow Dash spectrum lighter!)
-- Couples / Friendship / Sibling pendant sets
-- 6 inch tall, 5 minute brass hourglasses
-- Compact brass compasses
-- Military style dog tags with silencers
-- Guitar Pick Pendants
-- Blue scale leather bracelet featuring Princess Ember
-- Royal Coaster set & Pie Sisters coaster set
-- Adjustable cabochon cutie mark rings
-- Pony pun money clips
(With 4 new designs!)
-- "Brony 4 Life" badge
-- Metal key chains
-- New and improved engraved pendant series!
-- Adjustable rings featuring the Mane 6, Luna, Celestia & Derpy
-- I.D. Bracelets
-- Rotatable "Horse Famous / Not Horse Famous" badges
-- 6 piece friendship pendant set featuring the Mane 6

Phew.  Excited yet? I sure am!  You can find all these at my table, that has a new and improved set up with lights!

Now, how about the charity auction?  As always, I will be donating to EFNW's charity.  I've got 3 amazing designs that you may have already seen if you're following my twitter:

twitter.com/Silver_Slinger

The first piece I call "Towards the Sun"


A hand crafted sterling silver, copper and brass pendant featuring Celestia.

The second piece is a Rainbow Dash cutie mark pendant:


Hand crafted from sterling silver, 14k solid yellow gold, with a genuine round brilliant diamond set in a 14k white gold bezel setting, this is one of my highest end designs to date!

My last charity piece is an hourglass called "Party Time Hourglass"

 

This solid brass hourglass was a collaboration between :icontsitra360:, :iconncmares: and myself! It features Tsitra's art engraved on one side and NCMare's art on the other side.  In addition, it has 5 minutes of pink and white speckled sand inside, and if you look closely at Pinkie's party canon, you can see the engraved autograph of none other than Andrea Libman!


I think that sums it up nicely! If you're heading to EFNW this weekend, I'll see you there!

BABSCon Table Number and Merch!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 18, 2016, 7:32 PM


BABSCon is just around the corner, and thus my new convention season begins!  I'm very excited about this year! I've improved on lots of your favorite merchandise, and I've added many new and amazing things to my stock!

If you're heading to BABSCon this year, you can find me at Table #E5:



So what do I have to offer this year?  Well, here's a few samples:



lol Too much at once?  Sorry.  Let me break it down for you:

-- Mechanical Pocket watches
-- MLP Wristwatches
(With new and improved nylon bands!)
-- Suitcase wallet / card holders
-- Pony feather bookmarks
-- "Best Pony" badges
-- Lighters
(With a 2016 exclusive Rainbow Dash spectrum lighter!)
-- Couples / Friendship / Sibling pendant sets
-- Compact brass compasses
-- Military style dog tags with silencers
-- Guitar Pick Pendants
-- Keepsake box featuring the Mane 6
-- Royal Coaster set & Pie Sisters coaster set
-- Adjustable cabochon cutie mark rings
-- Pony pun money clips
(With 4 new designs!)
-- "Brony 4 Life" badge
-- Metal key chains
-- New and improved engraved pendant series!
-- Adjustable rings featuring the Mane 6, Luna & Derpy
-- I.D. Bracelets
-- Light up pendants
-- 6 piece friendship pendant set featuring the Mane 6
-- SilverSlinger grab bags

Phew.  Excited yet? I sure am!  You can find all these at my table, that has a new and improved set up with lights!

Now, how about the charity auction?  As always, I will be donating to BABSCon's charity.  The first piece you've probably already seen, which was my amazing masterpiece "Scarred and Torn"

Scarred and Torn by SilverSlinger

In addition to that pendant, I will also be donating this 5 minute sand timer featuring all the villains from "Friendship is Magic" and "Equestria Girls"

  

I think that sums it up nicely!  If you're heading to BABSCon this weekend, I'll see you there! :D

Here are some cleaning instructions for any of my hand crafted goods made from sterling silver, gold, copper, or brass.

Removing Fingerprints, Smudges and Grime

The best way to clean fingerprints, smudges, and other minor surface grime off your jewelry and gemstones is with a soft, lint-free cloth like someone would use to clean their glasses. This is the safest, easiest way to clean your jewelry.

If you've got a quite a bit of dirt or grime on your jewelry, the best way to clean it yourself is with a soft toothbrush and dawn dish soap under running water. Be sure to plug your sink!!! Do not use toothpaste as a cleaning agent! Toothpaste is a mild abrasive and will put scratches on any metal surfaces! When you're done, damp it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

If you've purchased one of my high polish engraved pendants Best Pony Dog Tag Pendants by SilverSlinger, the best way to clean them is with eye glass cleaner and a soft, lint free cloth. Scrubbing them with dawn dish soap under running water, as mentioned above, will be fine too.

Removing Minor Scratches

Over time, when wearing your jewelry, the finish will get scratched up a bit. It can't be helped. The best way to get rid of minor scratches is with a polish cloth. Polish cloths can usually be purchased at a local jewelry store, or some department stores, and are very affordable. With one of these cloths, and a little elbow grease, you can remove most minor scratches, and put a slight polish on your piece. Please note: Polish cloths over time will start to turn a black color, but it does not mean they're dirty. DO NOT WASH THEM!!! If you wash a polish cloth, you will wash the polishing compound out of them and they won't work right.

Removing Tarnish

Next, let me explain that sterling silver, copper, and brass will tarnish over a long period of time. It's nothing you can prevent, and it's nothing I can prevent. It's what these metals do.

However, tarnish can be easily removed.

A polish cloth will not only remove minor scratches, it's also a very good way to remove tarnish from a piece. In fact, it's the best way to remove tarnish from jewelry.

However, If the piece is badly tarnished, there is a tarnish remover dip that can be purchased at your local Wal-Mart or Target called "Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner for Sterling Silver Jewelry" It's in a dark red container located in the jewelry department. www.walmart.com/ip/Connoisseur… Just shake the solution well, submerge your piece in it for about 4 seconds, take out and rinse under running water. This will instantly remove any and all tarnish. Please note: This stuff will remove tarnish only! It won't remove dirt or grime, or polish your piece..

To help prevent tarnishing, I recommend storing your jewelry in a concealed bag or container. The tarnishing of metals happens when the sulfurs in the air from car emissions, and other pollution, attack the surface of the metal.
Storing your jewelry in concealed bags or containers helps to prevent this. A zip-lock bag will do the trick. But for the best results, go to your local jeweler and see if they have anti-tarnish bags or satchels you can store your jewelry in.

If you want to slow down the tarnishing process, I've discovered that "Renaissance Polishing Wax" works better than anything I've found so far:
www.riogrande.com/Product/rena…  After you clean all the dirt, grime and tarnish off your piece, buff the surface with a thin layer of this wax, then wipe it off.  As I said, this should slow down tarnishing significantly.  It'll also help prevent fingerprints and smudges from appearing on the surface of the piece.

When Not to Wear Your Jewelry:

-- Don't wear your jewelry while you sleep

-- Don't wear your jewelry while you swim (Chlorine attacks some metals like nickel)

-- If you work with machinery with motors spinning at high RPMs, don't wear necklaces. Or at least keep them under your shirt while working.

 I hope I've answered any questions you might have about taking care of your jewelry. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me in the comment section or in a note!

Commissions Closed Until July

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 14, 2016, 8:45 PM


:iconcommissionsclosed: :iconcommissionsclosed: :iconcommissionsclosed: :iconcommissionsclosed: :iconcommissionsclosed:

Commissions are now closed until after my convention season ends in July!  I will post a journal letting everyone know when that is.

In the meantime, my etsy shop is still open for business: www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…

Plus you can still look forward to many new updates! 


Out of the Blue Convention Update!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 8, 2016, 9:00 PM


Hello!

So a while back, I mentioned to all of you that I was attending these 4 conventions:

-- BABSCon:
www.babscon.com/

-- Everfree Northwest: everfreenw.com/

-- Midwest Brony Fest: mwbfkc.net/

-- BronyCon: bronycon.org/

Well, out of the blue, for some crazy reason I can't explain, I decided to add a FIFTH convention to that schedule!  Which one?
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MLP-MSP!!!
(mlp-msp.com/)

That's right! In addition to the 4 conventions mentioned above, I'll also be selling my ponified goods in Minneapolis this year! This will be my first time vending at this convention, and offering my jewelry in this part of the US!  If you're attending MLP-MSP I'm looking forward to seeing you!

SilverSlinger Commissions

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 26, 2016, 8:17 AM


:iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  My commissions will be open until March 15th.  Afterwards, they will be closed until my convention season is over!
:iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:  :iconcommissionsopen:

 I'm taking custom orders for everything from hand crafted pieces, to engraved jewelry, to engagement / wedding rings!

And better yet: There will not be any limitations to the amounts of commissions I will accept!  This means my commissions will always be open, and with no quantity limitations!

So, let's get started!  If you're interested in a commission with me, please read the following information:

Commission Rules

-- At least 1/2 the order must be paid for before you get a spot!

-- Commission requests must be sent to me in a note,
e-mail (SilverSlinger25@yahoo.com),
through my etsy shop(www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…)
or twitter (twitter.com/Silver_Slinger)

-- No Crowns, No Tiaras, No  Scepters , No exceptions!

-- I guarantee every commission price to be as reasonable as possible.  Remember: The more complex the piece, the more it may cost. Price will also vary depending on materials used.

--I'm only accepting jewelry related commissions. There are plenty of artists out there who can do better fanart and comic commissions than me, so I'd highly recommend going through someone else.

--No NSFW requests!

-- Requests to remake any of my jewelry that's noted as 'One of a Kind' will be automatically denied.

-- Requests to remake any of my jewelry that's noted 'Discontinued' will be accepted, though prices may be higher than they were previously.

-- Artwork for engraving must be supplied by you, and must be clean and legible.

--If you wish to use another artists' art in your commission, be sure to get their permission first.  Any fees they may charge to use their work must be paid by you.

-- Engraving commissions can only be done on metal surfaces that are 6 x 6 inch in diameter, and less then 2 inches in height.

-- Please do not spam me with e-mails or notes about your commission. I'm a very busy person and sometimes it may take a few days to get to your inquiry. Have patience.

-- I have the right to deny any commission request.


Hand Crafted Jewelry 

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If you can think of it, I can make it.

I hand fabricate with the following materials: Sterling silver, Gold, Copper, Brass, and nickel silver.

All casting work can be done in sterling silver or gold.

If you want gemstones added to your design, I can use them too.  Remember, price does vary depending on whether you want rhinestones, synthetics, or natural gemstones, and the method of setting the gemstones into the jewelry affects the price as well.


Cast Jewelry


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Cast jewelry is also available.  This allows me to do designs that are too detailed and intricate to do by hand.  It also allows me to make designs that are much more 3 deminsional.  If you're interested in engagement rings, they will also more than likely be cast.

A cast design is first made in a 3D designing program.  Once the model is finished and approved by you, I send the informatmion to a 3D printer that make a wax replica of the piece.  That wax repilca is then put through the lost wax casting process that'll turn it into metal.

I only cast in the following metals: Sterling silver; 18k yellow, white and rose gold; 14k yellow, white and rose gold; and 10k yellow, white and rose gold.

Casting, however, is a much more involved process of making jewelry hand hand fabrication or engraving, so it's also the most expensive option.  Be sure to keep that in mind as you set your budget for a commission.

I can also combine Casting and Hand Crafting

A Queen's Feast by SilverSlinger

Engraving

Just about any image or artwork can be engraved onto metal! In order to do this, however, the image must first be converted into a simple black and white picture with no grayscale. (The simpler the better) The less work I have to do to the image, the less time I'll have involved in your commission, and the less money it'll cost you. If you use artwork that belongs to another artist, please be sure to get their permission before commissioning me to use it! If the artist wants payment for using their work, it is up to you to pay them.

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What Can Be Engraved?

I can engrave many things metal!  Pendants, earrings, flat top rings, pocket watches, money clips, drinking flasks, belt buckles, tie bars, metal bookmarks, card holders, etcetera! I've learned that if it's made of metal and has a fairly flat surface, I can put an image on it!

Samples:

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Sometimes multiple characters can be added to a single project, depending on the size of the piece. Also keep in mind, however, that the more characters added, the smaller they have to be, and that sometimes means sacrificing quality and detail in the artwork.

Mane Six Pendant by SilverSlinger

FAQ

Q: Does the commission have to be pony related? A: Nope! It can be anything you want! It doesn't have to be related to ponies or have any particular theme.

Q: Can you cut a gemstone? A: No. Gemstone cutting and jewelry designing are two completely different professions.  If you need a custom cut gemstone for your commission, you'll have to look elsewhere for that.  Afterwards, I'll be happy to set the gemstone into any design you want.

Q: Can you change the color of the silver & other metals you use? No. I use the raw beauty of the metals themselves to create my works of art.  Though enameling and gemstones are a great way to add color to any design!

Payment


I accept paypal to pay for commissions. I'll also take money orders, and run credit cards over the phone! At least half of the commission must be paid for before I'll start on your order!



2016 Convention Schedule (BC Update)

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 20, 2016, 7:26 PM


Hey everyone!

We're heading straight into another brony convention season!  My original plan was to just do 2....Then I decided to do a 3rd as a test market....Then circumstances within my personal life granted me the opportunity to do a full blown 4 convention season! 

So, here are the 4 conventions I've chosen to vend at this year in chronological order:

-- BABSCon:
www.babscon.com/

-- Everfree Northwest: everfreenw.com/

-- Midwest Brony Fest: mwbfkc.net/

-- BronyCon: bronycon.org/

(UPDATE: I've just been notified that I was accepted into the BronyCon vending hall!)

4 Amazing, super fun brony conventions that have been around for years now!  This will be my 2nd time returning to BabsCon, 4th time returning to EFNW, my debut in the Midwest Brony Fest vending hall, and if I'm accepted into BronyCon, it'll be my 4th year there!

I've been working almost nonstop since the start of the new year coming up with new merchandise ideas!



In addition, I've been coming up with new concepts and ideas for returning merchandise!



A huge process that I've been keeping bronies updated on using my twitter:  twitter.com/Silver_Slinger

Be sure to give me a follow if you want to keep an eye on the progress I'm making with convention merchandise!

If you can't wait until convention season, or if you can't attend any cons this year, I've still got a lot of amazing items available for purchase in my etsy shop:

www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…

Doctor Whooves Pocket Watch Sale

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 25, 2016, 6:21 PM


Hey everyone! 

I haven't done a sale in my etsy shop in a while, so I decided to give one a go!

This one is for all you Doctor Whooves fans out there!  I'm selling 3 Doctor Whooves pocket watches at $10 below retail price!

www.etsy.com/listing/265588974…



You can get yours here:
www.etsy.com/listing/265588974…

Not a Doctor Whooves fan?  That's okay!  Feel free to check out the rest of my etsy shop:
www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…

I've got a nice assortment of merchandise ranging from hand crafted jewelry, to amazing engraved goods!

Etsy Shop and Commissions Open!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 5, 2016, 8:38 AM


The title says it all! My vacation is done, and my etsy shop is once again open for business:

www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…

Commissions are open again as well!  You can read more about them here:

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Let's make 2016 an awesome year!!!

Etsy Orders and Commissions on Hold

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 26, 2015, 8:15 PM


Hey everyone!

Well, another year come and gone; and an awesome one if I do say so myself! =D  Conventions, online orders, and the holiday season were all very successful this year, and I'm ready to spend a few days relaxing.

Therefore my etsy shop will be closed, and commissions are on hold, until January 5th, 2016!

So just 10 days is all. That'll give me some time to celebrate a late Christmas, and enjoy a happy New Year, with my family!

When I return, my shop and commissions will be going up in full swing, and I will also start planning and prepping for the 2016 convention season.

Thank you all for your support of my craft this last year!  You've made the experience both enjoyable and fulfilling for me! 2015 was awesome, and will be a hard year to outdo, but I'm looking forward to the challenge this upcoming 2016!

Happy New Year!!!

Children's Arts Umbrella Charity

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 30, 2015, 9:42 PM


Hey everyone!

I tuned into "Stay Brony My Friends" tonight, and heard about a charity that Jim Miller (the director of MLP: Friendship is Magic) was promoting called the Children's Arts Umbrella Charity.

This charity helps get the means and art supply to children, to help expand their minds creatively.  I for one can't even imagine where I'd be today without my artistic talents, which I've been learning since I was just a child.  So I thought it'd be awesome to contribute to this charity!

For the next 2 weeks, 10% of my gross income from etsy sales will go towards Jim Miller's charity!

You can find my etsy shop here:
www.etsy.com/shop/SilverSlinge…

So in addition to getting that holiday gift for someone special, or just treating yourself, you'll also be contributing to an amazing charity!  How about that?