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Sunshine Box - finished by fairyfrog Sunshine Box - finished by fairyfrog
This project has indeed been strange!



It was one of those things I really needed to get out of my hands and finish, and when it was done I wasn't even shure I liked the design, what it was for or if I'd even purchase it myself if I found it in a second-hand shop.

I can't quite wrap my head around it, but oh boy, do the fae people like it! It was -gone- for several hours yesterday. I set it down, left the room, and when I came back into the room I didn't manage to find it untill I loudly stated "Hey, guys.. com'on! Return it! I want at last take pictures of it before it's gone!".. (Yes. I do believe in fairies, and traditionally a smithy always has.. other inhabitants than those people working there.) ;)


I tried taking photographs outdoors, but the very light that makes me long for the sunlight prevented me from any good shots. I went into the hallway and noted we have vanilla-tinted walls, thinking I'd give it a try..and my camera was all fogged up!

These photos is not photoshopped what so ever, I only cropped them and adjusted the brightness/contrast in the top left one, that's it!


This project has been weird and magical from start to finish, and I think it looks like some kind of fae lantern / relic box / free mason's ordaining sign / catholic church insence vial or something!


Also, I tried gilding only the inside but didn't manage to get the stop-out to work properly, so I gilded the whle thing. My forge-master was awestruck I managed to get that smooth surface from a gilding bath being pretty much as old as the forge.. I had to re-hydrate the dried old chrystals before using it and cramming on the highest electricity setting. ZORB!

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Given 2011-01-31
Akai-Ink says: "Sunshine Box - finished by *fairyfrog is a beautifully constructed box that has a wealth of fascinating details, from carefully constructed hinges and a tiny latch to elegant piercework and tiny exquisite etching details on the inside of the lid. Set with a pretty yellow quartz, and gilded for extra luminosity, this unusual locket seems to glow from within. Whether you want to think of it as a tiny box of sunlight, a fairy lantern, or just a pretty pendant, there's no mistake that this piece has an artist's true touch in its crafting. "

suggested by *Bonecarverpm and ~Akai-Ink ( Featured by MyntKat )
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Luna-the-Nightblade Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
oh my this is indeed a treasure! Its pleasant on the eyes and amazing! You indeed have an eye for jewelry.
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RoseNyght Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you aren't wanting to sell the original, would it be possible to commission something similar to this one?
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013Darkpuppet Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
OH MY I WANT ONE. 
I know the post is old, but are you selling ones like it any more? This is amazing! 
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NORANIAN Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
BTW, it reminds me of Yugi's ( anime character + has a pyramid necklace )..
Nuu
 :squee: 
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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shirlimatatia Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
stunning
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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MirielDesign Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderfull work.
Did yo know you can use regular nailpolish to keep certain areas from getting gilded? It works very well, and you just wipe it off with acetone when you're done.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the tip!
I use that when doing rings with red and white gold details. Nail polish is the shit!

I use white to let it dry fast and so I see where I painted. And it looks less messy when you paint on yourself, than red. ;)
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Cailface Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous. I love the idea - certainly something I couldn't have thought up myself!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:bow: thank you!
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love-fate Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
that's gorgeous . I love the way the box is designed.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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love-fate Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
you're welcome
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Oh wow... maybe not fairy-related but something like this would make a very awesome Sith Holocron from Star Wars. :3 I can definitely see why this one is called Sunshine Box though! Very bright and warm.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, wow.. ! Thank you! :D
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industrialized-hippy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I'm not one for gold or anything, but this is gorgeous!
It's weird, that's for sure... But it works, you know?

Is the rock real?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, it is a -real- rock. It isn't natural, however, but lab-created and thus a lot less expensive than if it was created by nature instead of man. ;)
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industrialized-hippy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhh... Kk.
Is there a way to tell apart man-made and nature-made? Would it have something to do with the flaws or something?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, making them in a lab gives an opportunity to give the stone the trait we people see as desirable: clarity, size and colour.

A stone like this in natural quartz would cost over 100$ in it's own right, like this it's more like 10$.

There are giveaways, but usually you need a spectrometer if it's a good replica. This stone is a giveaway with the tint, it's a bit too "sun yellow".
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xionroxas4eva Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty!!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly!
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xionroxas4eva Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
no prob anytime!
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EmilynnQuinn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
... Whoa. That is an amazing pendant!! I would definitely buy something like that if I found it in a second-hand store... or on etsy. ;P
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug:
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EmilynnQuinn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome. ^-^
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I4everlove Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The box from Scooby Doo!! My gosh people!! That's awesome!!
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Gleasonator Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it time to duel already?
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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
lovely design
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
I use it as magician's prop at Larp's :)
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Anarrakinson Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Fantastic! Do you have something else under label "WEIRD"? I have no words to tell you, how it grab me.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
Some of my projects just tend to "happen". I can't think of any other really special one right now, but there is always something weird and magical going one once I get to create freely from the heart.

Thank you so much for your kind comment!
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Anarrakinson Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Tend to "happen" is cool! I'd like this approach :)
You must have a heart, full of magic ;)
Your works really wonderfull and beauty.
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june121995 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
is this for sale??? how much ???
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This particular item is not for sale.

I can however make something similar if anyone would be interested.

The price starting around 500 US dollars.
It's in sterling silver, very heavy and layered with 23 k. gold.
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industrialized-hippy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Now the matter of having $500 to spend on this is a completely different matter. XP
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heh.. I'm aware it's a lot of money. ;)
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industrialized-hippy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
XP Yeah, but for love and effort you put in, I reckon it'd be worth it.
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industrialized-hippy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Are you kidding me? Wow! That's a great price.
People pay a lot more for a lot less.

Plain, cheap diamond rings from major retailers can be $1000 up, and don't even have half of the love and attention put into them.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw. Thank you so much! :hug:

I am aware of this, I work at a purveyor of fine jewelry and make things (in a lot less hours than this) with price tags I could never afford myself, really.

Thank you SO much for noticing!
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industrialized-hippy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's okay. :)
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june121995 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
500 US DOLLARS ??? wow
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madowee11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
where your art is available for buying?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you want metalwork it can be found here:


[link]

And glass craft here:

[link]
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madowee11 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
extremely stunning!
u're a great designer!
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ChieuMua Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful !!!!! I really love it
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is awesome! BEAUTIFUL!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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marsvar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's lovely!
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