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Replica of Gehn's Crest by rivenwanderer Replica of Gehn's Crest by rivenwanderer
This is my entry for the Myst-fanclub [link] Make One, Share One contest (I got an extension ^_^;; )

I'm so excited to have finally combined my absolute love of the Myst series and my obsession with making stuff out of metal. The games have shaped my aesthetic immensely, and I'm driven always by the desire to make an object that feels as real as Riven felt to me. Here, I think I've succeeded.

When I started this project, I thought I'd be able to etch some parts of the design--but my workshop lacks the needed image transfer tools/supplies, and the makeshift transfer technique I was planning didn't work. Sawing out every facet of the design was crazy, a foolish and awesome notion that wormed its way into my head and wouldn't let go. So on Saturday, I settled down, put the Riven soundtrack on repeat, and sawed. And sawed. And sawed. And sawed. I think I may have slept and ate in there somewhere. On Monday, I was out of town all day supporting my partner at her grandmother's funeral. Today I came home from work and textured the copper disc, polished the brass seal, and riveted the layers together. (This was also my first project with rivets!)

Saw blades broken: 10
Repetitions of the Riven soundtrack: I lost count
Injuries sustained: 1 (the saw blade slipped)
Rivets made: 14

(I didn't freehand this! I pasted on an enlarged printout from Myst and Riven Illustrated [link] and used that as my guide.)

This is a bit under 6" in diameter--could be a coaster, inkwell stand, or wall decoration. I may enlarge the holes around the edge so it could more easily hang on a wall. I've also applied a thin layer of renaissance wax (a museum-type substance to prevent fingerprints and tarnish).

Closeup shots: [link]
View of the back and with a prop for scale: [link]
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:iconameliageika:
ameliageika Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool! So cool! So cool! I feel like I lived in Riven, spent so much time playing. :) Beautiful
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blackdahlia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thought I recognized this from the thumbnail! Very cool, I love Myst! ^_^
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MystLover Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can i have it?
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MystLover Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh...you should design jewelry like this. I'd buy it:)
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Ryoun-Atsumi Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
This is amazing, absolutely amazing. I have a basic image of the work done (I'd love to get into metal working) so the effort and techniques that went into this... I'm just awed. I love it.
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Thank you :)
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
You're goood. You're reeeally good. :=O
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thanks :D
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:iconmystriven:
mystriven Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is like mentioned above...one great original art work....Great job , love it !
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R-H-MacLanahan Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!

I waaaaaaannnnnnttttt iiiiiiitttt!
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thanks! :)
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:iconhylianjean:
HylianJean Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
:iconconstipationplz: WAAAAAAAAAANT.
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Your mini-inkstand would look grand on this, don't you think? :D
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:iconhylianjean:
HylianJean Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Yes it would! Though it's so tiny, it'd be lost against the details!
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Artoveli Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I love it when people do Riven work.:D It's by far my favorite in the series.

This was one of the ideas I was bouncing around for an entry actually, but I'm glad you did it because it's so much cooler than anything I would have been able to make.:XD: Seriously, this looks like a prop from the game itself!
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Aww, your art is amazing! Thank you for your kind words :)
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:iconartoveli:
Artoveli Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant every word, and more! This is a truly fantastic piece.:nod:
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CassiopeiaArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OH my.. :faint: I'm speechelss, this is fantastic!!! :wow: Wow, I really, really really want this on my wall :omg: Wonderful work, fantastic!! :love:
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thank you! :)
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, as said on MC! ^^
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks! :)
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool! This is definately my favorite entry so far.
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thank you :)
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larkinheather Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
omg. this is awesome!! I really love it! I want one 0____0
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks! :D
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lintila Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
I think I might be most impressed that with all of the piercing involved, you only broke 10 saw blades, and hurt yourself once.
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Heh. Practice makes... better!
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:iconlintila:
lintila Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Amen to that!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The cutwork is exquisite! It's obvious that hours of love and labor went into this beautiful piece. Between the gorgeous texturing on the copper and the contrasting polished brass, it's a genuine work of art. You've done an excellent job capturing the crest, too!
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thank you!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure.
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:iconkapera:
kapera Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
This is so much more fantastic than even the previews on Twitter were. How amazing.
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks! :D
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:iconjerle:
Jerle Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Holy cow, that's BEAUTIFUL! Someone needs to link that to someone at Cyan, good job, rivvie!
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks ^_^
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Riven artwork is always awesome. XD
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Hee. Yay Riven :)
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laughingpineapple Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Oh my. Great idea and... so beautiful... so very beautiful.

the desire to make an object that feels as real as Riven felt to me
Amen to that.
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:iconhylianjean:
HylianJean Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Amen again!
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thank you :)
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:iconsandyfortune:
SandyFortune Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Quite possibly the neatest Myst-related creation I've seen. Glad to see someone make some epic Riven stuff for a change! :D
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:iconrivenwanderer:
rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks!
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