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Damon L. Wakes
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United Kingdom
Damon L. Wakes writes just about anything that springs to mind, producing both novels and short stories. As well as promoting his own books, he makes an effort to share the work of those who are under-read, under-appreciated, or just plain awesome.

Author of OCR is Not the Only Font, Red Herring and Face of Glass.

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Lots of course stuff to take care of, so my messages here are piling up again. I'm also not too likely to post new things all that regularly, though I've got another craft sale this weekend and I'll (despite last year's parody of A Christmas Carol) be starting to do Christmas tree ornaments by then. I'm also aware that my last few journals have basically been plugs for Beyond the Black Throne, but it's pretty much my only ongoing story just now so if you want to see new things, head over here!

Thumping Goblins

Bink! Bonk! Bink! Bonk! Bink! Bonk...

It's an unusual high point for the Dungeon Lord! Unfortunately, in real life a cat drooled on his face today, so I may need some replacement paper pieces to produce before Thursday's update. I'll also need some suggestions, as currently there are none whatsoever. I've just added a "follow via email" box to the bottom of the page, though, so hopefully that should make it easier for people to keep up with the story.

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Lots of course stuff to take care of, so my messages here are piling up again. I'm also not too likely to post new things all that regularly, though I've got another craft sale this weekend and I'll (despite last year's parody of A Christmas Carol) be starting to do Christmas tree ornaments by then. I'm also aware that my last few journals have basically been plugs for Beyond the Black Throne, but it's pretty much my only ongoing story just now so if you want to see new things, head over here!

Thumping Goblins

Bink! Bonk! Bink! Bonk! Bink! Bonk...

It's an unusual high point for the Dungeon Lord! Unfortunately, in real life a cat drooled on his face today, so I may need some replacement paper pieces to produce before Thursday's update. I'll also need some suggestions, as currently there are none whatsoever. I've just added a "follow via email" box to the bottom of the page, though, so hopefully that should make it easier for people to keep up with the story.
Blue Bicone Earrings by DamonWakes
Blue Bicone Earrings
Short, Full Persian Earrings made with a mix of silver plated copper, silver anodised aluminium and large bicone crystals.

I originally bought these crystals to match with the teal anodised niobium and titanium, but they don't go as well as I thought they would. However, blue and silver is always a great combination so there's no shortage of other ways to use them.

I can't remember if I mentioned before, but I've now got a big, USB-powered LED light. I hook it up to a backup battery charger at sales, and it does wonders for anything faceted: cubic zirconia in particular really sparkles under it. It's also a huge help for these photos, though: without it I'm not sure how well these dark blue crystals would show up against this black background.
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Titanium Ring by DamonWakes
Titanium Ring
A chain ring of non-anodised titanium. The weave is European 4-in-1.

This is actually just a test piece--I'm hoping to use more of these links (and possibly even the same weave) to make a watch band at some point--but despite that, this is actually the only bit of jewellery I personally wear. Since this is the first time I've ever used titanium (it was started before Niobe's Tears, but completed after) I don't know how it'll react to extended wear, washing, etc. and it made sense to make and wear a small item before buying five times as much and then shopping around for a watch to match.
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I know I said I wouldn't be announcing every single Beyond the Black Throne update, but I figure it's worth it this time around. Partly that's because I think this chapter has some particularly amusing animation in it, partly because I'm considering posting some choice illustrations to dA and wonder how people would respond to that. I'm aware the style I'm using is not particularly ambitious, but the more I work on it the more I'm really starting to enjoy seeing how this is coming together. It's less about getting the pieces together to get "something" done and more about working on a couple of choice elements that will really add something. Case in point: this week's naked wizard piñata:

beardy pinata

I hope that doesn't need a mature content warning or anything, because it's probably my favourite thing I've come up with for this series. It's hardly professional animation, but I think it's just plain funny enough to be noteworthy in its own right. I'm also hoping this kind of thing will introduce new readers to the series, which brings me to my next point.

The response to this so far has been fantastic. I haven't even really had to think about the wider plot because with the suggestions that have been coming in, it pretty much writes itself. However, I'm slightly concerned the volume of responses may not be enough to sustain it forever. If you've been following the story so far but haven't made a suggestion, don't be afraid to have your say! You don't need to have an account there or even leave an email address, so it's actually easier than commenting here on dA. Also, anything you can do to spread the word would be a huge help in making sure I can keep telling this story.
'Goldfish Bowl' Bracelet and Earrings by DamonWakes
'Goldfish Bowl' Bracelet and Earrings
A silver plated bracelet and earring set featuring hand-cut square wire links and large glass beads. Full Persian weave.

There's actually a somewhat sad story behind this set. Years ago, back when I had just started making jewellery, the first shopkeeper I approached about stocking it was keen on the chains but not the (admittedly cheap and fiddly) clasps I was using for them. She pointed me towards another shop just a few streets away that sold much nicer, more practical ones. When I got there, I found that they also did a huge variety of beads--many significantly more impressive than I'd seen anywhere else. Well, I popped in a couple of weeks ago and discovered that they're dropping that side of the business entirely (though it looks as though they'll be selling vintage furniture from now on). The only jewellery materials left were in a basket by the door, and these were the last noteworthy beads amongst them.

On the bright side, being end-of-line these came at a significantly reduced price, which is pretty much the only reason I have them now. The silver and orange patches remind me of the markings on goldfish, hence the name. They're not easy to work with, though: the sheer size of these beads meant I had to do try something new when it came to adding the clasp, and I had to go with a dangling chain for the earrings.

PS. Yes, I'm aware that this arrangement makes the set look like a smily face.
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kaito124 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama!
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shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know you're busy, but I'd appreciate it if you could give me some feedback on this: fav.me/d7zmovk you're much better than i am at these things.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Writer
I don't think I've ever asked you - what is that creature in your icon?
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014   Writer
The creature is a yellow mongoose named either Ricky or Bianca (both are pictured in my current Twitter header, but I'm not sure which is which). It was originally just a stopgap image until I could find something more appropriate, but through a combination of laziness and a lack of better ideas it's since become permanent.

I am the mongoose, goo goo goo joob.
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Mata4NuiStudios Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :llama:!
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Thanks for llama :) !
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry to be so slack in saying this, but I just dropped by to say thank you very much for the watch! :heart: I really appreciate your support!
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   Writer
No problem! :-) I'm terrible at getting back to people quickly so there's really no need to apologise.
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CubanCracker62 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ty for the llama :D
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Saiyanpelt-and-Co Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the llama badge.  You make very beautiful bracelets and such!
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