Monday, August 09, 2010

a tool so ugly

"It is quite possible to produce something slower, lamer, and weaker than what came before. It is possible to create a tool so ugly that it inspires nothing but shame."
-Jason Miller, Strategic Sorcery

In honor of this statement, I proudly present the RO Gallery of Ugly Tools!

Yeah, a sculpey Bune Seal... THAT was a great idea.

Gold Leafed Plaster Seals of the Goetic Kings... ANOTHER BRILLIANT IDEA!

Note the authentic Goetic monstrousness.
(These cleaned up pretty good though.)

Mercury... No really! Stop laughing!


And again. 

An Asrological Talisman of Something I Forgot.

Ok, now that you've had your laughs, I'd like to point out that yeah, they were ugly, and yeah, they are kinda shameful, but for reals? The spirits were freaking thrilled to have anyone paying even this much attention to doing the magic right.

Except for the Sculpey. That shit is right out.


  1. Good one RO. Thanks for sharing. That was GREAT :) I thought about using the plastic polymer clay but there is also a stone version of it

  2. I really quite like the last one, the astrological talisman. It's got a real primitive appeal to me.

  3. ...that sculptey PELE ring actually looks pretty damn good!

  4. Exquisite art compared to what my limited artistic abilities could produce. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Awwww, I wish I had some of my old wands for botched magical tools show and tell!

  6. Glad I'm not the only one who went the Sculpey route.

  7. Elegant work. Found this article through a back door from another site, even though I've been a reader for a few weeks.

    This is part of the reason I'm so glad to be a paper artist rather than a metal or sculptural artist... I get much better results from the perspective of creating art.

    Magically, I'm not sure I'm getting the same results.


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