I’ve more or less gotten the hang of this venue and way of producing designs, and am still developing more pieces. There are a lot of ancient Egyptian divinities and amulet types out there for me to create, but I’ve feel like I’ve got a good start now! I used to offer various reproduction Egyptian amulets which I made by hand with bronze metal clay, but had to stop when I started having issues with my little kiln. I’d really been wanting to start doing them again and now I can with this much easier and more accessible alternative.
Edits are pretty easy for me to do, so if you want any of the Netjeru in my Gods and Goddesses series to be holding something different (or nothing at all), just ask! I can also do any of them as a “votive” (i.e., with no suspension loop), which would look great propped up on a small coin easel (see the listing for my “Offering of Ma’at” votive for an example of what I mean.)
I make custom cartouches! And I can do the full range of hieroglyphs, so there is no need to be limited to single consonant glyphs and overly simplistic alphabetic spellings anymore. Send me the glyphs for your ancient Egyptian/kemetic name and I’ll make a private listing for you when it’s ready.
As mentioned, I used to make amulets very much like these by hand with bronze metal clay back in 2014 after my spouse surprised me with a kit. I loved making them, but hit a point where I really needed a better kiln. However it just wasn’t financially feasible at that time to have a decent quality one imported to where we live. It turned out to be a good thing I didn’t invest in one as it was discovered in 2016 that I have brain cancer. This is still a serious ongoing health concern and the most recent development has been the considerable loss of motor control and function on my left side. (And to make matters worse I’m left-handed.) So even if I had a good kiln, I wouldn’t physically be able to make any amulets at the moment. Then I discovered Shapeways! I can still happily control a mouse with my right hand and develop my product models. I also love that this venue allows me to offer my items in different materials and finishes - something I couldn’t really do when I was working exclusively with bronze metal clay. The price point is lower for my buyers too, and since I’m not making and baking each one by hand, it’s much faster and easier for all involved. Designing these has proven to be a wonderful way to keep myself occupied and it allows me to be genuinely productive again. (Receiving a little payday every now and then is quite nice too. :P) It’s very satisfying and I’m delighted with what I’m able to offer thanks to Shapeways.
Anyways, that’s my “shop story”! I hope you enjoy my products as much as I enjoy making them.
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