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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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ameliageika Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  New member 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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rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Thank you :)
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Crawling-meower Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
You're goood. You're reeeally good. :=O
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rivenwanderer Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thanks :D
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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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