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Riven Spheres

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Riven is my favorite of the Myst games. I love the world (and was upset that it had to die!) I love the story and the people. The puzzles...well, I can't exactly say I loved the puzzles...but that's only because I couldn't solve them. :XD:

So when a contest came up for the =Myst-fanclub to create a character or element from the Myst universe, Riven was the obvious choice.

I wanted to try and make a dagger of some kind to match the ones from the game, but I couldn't figure any way to do it, and thought it might not be a good idea to send sharp objects like that through the mail. So...the next obvious choice was the spheres you have to locate on the islands.

So, here is a set of five replica spheres from Riven, including a hand-made pouch, five 1-inch, brass-colored rings to display them if desired, and a little laminated certificate that's signed and dated by the artist. (Me, obviously. :XD:)

The spheres are wood, 2 inches in diameter, and are decorated with Prismacolor pencils--I was pleasantly surprised at how it kept the wood grain, but didn't run like stain did. (My first attempts used stain, and it didn't look very good.)

They are sealed with decopage and coated with varnish. The pouch is handmade with dark green fabric and has a braided twine drawstring. (Yep, I braided the thing myself, too.) The rings aren't handmade of course; I got those from Hobby Lobby. :D

The insert on the left shows some in-progress shots of the orbs, and the one on the right shows what the backs of the orbs look like.
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ArtoveliHobbyist General Artist
Since the opening of the new Myst Gallery group here on DA I've been seeing a lot of Myst art coming around again, and I just wanted to say that I still love these things so much! :aww: They're hidden all over our apartment. When people notice one of them we say there are four more and challenge them to find them all. :D
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
That is awesome...  I love that you are enjoying these so much and use them Riven style.  C: C: C:
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ArtoveliHobbyist General Artist
How can I not? :XD:
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
C:  C:  C:  I have not done any Myst stuff lately..  I shoud.  As soon as I find my pen stylus heh.  I lost it.
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ArtoveliHobbyist General Artist
I have to say that seeing all this Myst stuff again is really rekindling my love for this fandom!
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
:hug: Glad to hear that.  c:
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EXCELLENT - I need some of those... :D
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
Thanks--I worked hard on those.  XD  
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
C:   Hey thanks for the watch!
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TimscorpionHobbyist General Artist
Excellent work.
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
Thank you C:
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Bat-SnakeHobbyist General Artist
R--Riven spheres?
Excuse me, nostalgia just knocked my glasses off.

MAKERS, MAKE AN UPDATE LIKE YOU DID THE FIRST GAME!!! I can't play it on my laptop!
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
I hope they didn't break! XD Glad you like! : D
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Bat-SnakeHobbyist General Artist
No, I just know that they're so fargen' old, they won't work on my computer
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
Well they did re-resealse the first three games in DVD format...those might work.
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Bat-SnakeHobbyist General Artist
Wait, so there IS a re-release of Riven? How did I not know this?
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
I think it's the 25 anniversary version...try looking it up?
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Bat-SnakeHobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it looks like they are...FINALLY :D ! I get a little nostalgic for it from time to time...
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
I still loving playing that game. C: C:
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forcefield3dProfessional General Artist
Heres my version... ;)

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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
Ah very nice carving!
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forcefield3dProfessional General Artist
Thanks;)!
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