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Coming together

It’s officially official.

We’ve filed our DBA, gotten our taxes set up, and made all kinds of important arrangements for the business (boring) side of things.

Alchemias Art will be open for business very soon.

What kind of trouble are we getting into specifically?  I’m glad you asked!

Alchemy is the magical art of turning something into something else of greater value.  We take aluminum, plastic, and other discarded things and turn them into art, nerd supplies, and more.  We partner with some awesome people to bring you even more great stuff like jewelry and nerd bags and accessories, because why hog all the fun?

To get started, though, we’re raising capital.  Being the weirdos that we are, we’re going to avoid loans and go straight to you, our amazing audience, to get the ball rolling.

Stay tuned because starting next week, we’re going to have an entire store full of rare (and not-so-rare) comics.  We’re liquidating our coveted collection for the greater good of our business, and we encourage you as comic fans and generally nerdy people to take advantage.

In case you missed it, take a gander at one of our prototype dragons:

Remember, these are only prototypes, but they’re coming along.

You’ll be able to find our stuff here, and we’ll keep a robust convention and festival schedule.  Our calendar here will be updated regularly, and you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Progress!

It took some time around having to finish homework and kid things and then the stupid rain… but finally, we got the foundry finished and cured, and today we did our first test batch of aluminum!

This is a very basic, inexpensive foundry, mainly so that we can test our preferences.  It’s a simple steel bucket with plaster of Paris and sand for the refractory, and that’s just normal household charcoal.  The steel pipe is connected to a longer PVC pipe with a blow dryer at the end, acting as the bellows.

All told, we did about ten cans to start with.  I have some excellent video footage of a few interim points (pulling the dross, pouring the molten aluminum), but those will have to wait until later.  This is what we got out of them:

So, those ten cans came out to about 110 grams, which is about 11 grams per can.  That’s not bad, considering most of my initial designs wouldn’t weigh more than 30 grams on the outside.

Now I need to run out and get lighter fluid so we can do it again tomorrow.

Things are happening!  The polymer clay gets here tomorrow as well, so the proper sculpting can begin!

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What’s going on here?

As usual, I have been up to absolutely no good.

This is the future home a slightly different kind of art store.  I’m going to feature the works of a few close and amazing artists.  What does it take to be included?  Be amazing can help, and tell me what kinds of world-saving, superhero antics go into your art, lifestyle, or general attitude.

Seriously.

For instance, I’m working on some knots and jewelry, kind like this:

This is obviously VERY far from its finished form, but you can kinda see where it’s going.  What’s really incredible isn’t so much that it’s a hand-sculpted 3D Celtic knot; it’s that it will ultimately be cast in reclaimed aluminum.  In fact, my personal goal for all of my wearable pieces is to use zero raw materials, only reclaimed and recycled.

I have all kinds of nefarious plans for these tokens and more.  I have a bunch of old electronics begging to be art, plus a number of prints and paintings.  Everything is as eco-conscious as possible.

But, it’s not just me in this.  I may be a ringleader, but I’m also kind of lazy sometimes.  That’s why I have other people to throw in their stuff.

Now, there aren’t any contracts or hard commitments at this time, but I can tell you that some of the projects we’re looking to include are:

  • Hand-thrown yarn bowls (for holding yarn, not made of yarn)
  • Handmade silver jewelry with semi-precious stones
  • Knitted and crocheted goodies (animals, bags, lace shawls)
  • Beaded jewelry (the kind that knocks your socks off)
  • Various other things that we just think are goddamned cool

I’m not going to tell you to check back regularly because that’s just silly.  How about if we call you?  Can we call you?  Drop your email address in the subscription field over there on the right (is it on the right? I should check that…) and you’ll get a message whenever something exciting happens.

It won’t be very often – not for a while anyway.

A big part of the nefarious plan is to ultimately have a significant presence at festivals, conventions, and faires.  Once that happens, we’ll have an ongoing calendar of our appearances and whose work will be on display for each event.

More questions?  Wondering where you can get some sweet Celtic knotwork?  Email me and I’ll see what I can do.  Prints, posters, and tattoo designs are not out of the question.