This was a project I started way back in 2009, as I wanted to do a skate charm that looked like my Riedell 265 skates.
You may recall that my initial attempts at sculpting the boot in silver clay were somewhat disastrous and looked like this:
Which is rubbish, obviously.
Attempting to sculpt the trucks and axles was even worse, as silver clay is far too brittle to do anything delicate with.
So, I decided to ignore it for a while instead. Obviously, this wasn’t helpful to the overall getting it finished plan.
Finally, defeat was admitted and a modelmaker specialising in sculpting tiny things was called in.
And so over to the very talented (and also terribly patient) James Freckingham of Robotic Industries, who deciphered my scribbly pictures and paragraphs of wittering about wings and delivered me an adorable little replica of my skate. Hurrah! Here it is.
I decided to shorten the wings a little, so it looked like this:
Then off to the caster! Who may have wanted to kill me... Apparently it was terribly difficult to cast, many moulds were made, but finally my little silver castings arrived. Tada!
And, after cleanup, soldering, polishing and attaching wheels, my little silver skate finally looked like so:
Which was exactly what I wanted, yay! A small silver roller derby skate charm, which looked just like my 265s. Except my skates sadly don’t have wings...
A few different angles:
It turned out much heavier than I had thought – the charm weighs around 15 grams, which is a big old chunk of silver!
I also did a couple of special ones with sparkly gemstone attachments to represent league and team colours.I think they look rather nice...