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Custom Painted Focalinks; Directory of work and prices
Topic Started: 19 Oct 2008, 11:07 AM (36,660 Views)
DeepRed
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Okay, this is where people can submit their pics of custom-painted or -glazed focalink ocarinas. All new photos will be added to this first post to make a directory. Also if you can, submit the extra cost of each custom job.

This thread is intended as a reference source for anyone wanting a custom Focalink.

Here people can also discuss their designs, ideas, ask questions, anything!
Okay! Who wants to be the first into the files of the Glamorous Ocs Club? :)

PHOTOS:

SWEET POTATO/ TRANSVERSE:

:ocarina: Matte-black glazed 12H AC-A From Penumbra
Cost: +10 US$
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:ocarina: Ant design 12SG-A From OcJaeger
Cost: +7 US$
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:ocarina: Special Sand Clay 12H AC-A from Zipcat
Cost: $74(standard painted price) +$10 for special clay
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(prototype)
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:ocarina: Wolf design 12 AC from DeepRed
Cost: $67, +$20 (due to high accuaracy of image replication requested)
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PENDANTS:

:pendant:Pendants (not custom but a nice indicator of painting skills) From Moonsyne
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:pendant:Ying/Yang Pendant: from Goatmon:
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Edited by DeepRed, 18 Jan 2009, 11:38 AM.
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OcJaeger
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Ok here is my Ant-Ocarina. Its an 12SG-A and cost 7 USD more.


The Link:
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I also have ordered a few hand-painted pendants, and I have pics of them, but only how they SHOULD look like. Since every one is unique, i want to make my own pics when they arrive.

(Maybe when we have multiple paintings from one type of ocarina, you could put them in one Spoiler. I think that would be more clearly arranged)
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While my pendants are not custom ordered, they are hand painted.
I think they would make a nice reference for future custom orders.

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DeepRed
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Nice pendants, Moonsyne! Submissions added to first post.
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Myung
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I think this topic deserves a pin^^

Let's hope we get a nice and big directory going :D
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DeepRed
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Yay! Pinned! I hope we get lots of fab pics :)
I can't wait to add my wolfie one when it's done :)
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Penumbra
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Here's my custom Focalink 12AC-A model. It was custom glazed in matte black for USD 10.00 added to the original price of USD 67.00. The total cost with shipping was USD 101.00

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DeepRed
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Thanks! Adding now. I can't seem to add more spoilers, so I'll re-do the list as a list of links.
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shadowyi
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Wonderful idea! Deepred you rock. :D I really like Moonsyne's pendants.. hmm. Now I've got the desire to pick up a few pendants..
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MuteCivilian
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OcJaeger, your ant ocarina still creeps me out every time I see it. The thought of touching it send shivers up my arm. :rofl:
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DeepRed
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Zipcat's special clay 12H now added, plus prototype :)
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Sylpharios
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I'm not sure where this go, but this seems like the right place to ask:

How long does it take Focalink to complete a custom paint job? 7 days? 2 weeks? 1 month?
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DeepRed
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I emailed my design to Mr Shih about a week ago, he wrote write back to say his painting team were going to apply it to a few ocs, then he'd email me when they'd finished one to a satisfactory degree. Maybe another week or two to go. It might be faster for some folks, doing a design they're used to, like flowers or somesuch...but since my design is very different and I asked for a high degree of accuracy in it's replication, it might take a little longer.
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SecretTacoNinja
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Do you think they could put a little design on a Triple? Maybe a wolf or something...
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Graustein
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Possibly stupid question: How do I go about actually getting custom patterns on them? Do I email them and request it or is there some form on their website that I haven't been able to find?
I'm looking for my first ocarina and I decided on getting a 12hole alto, and I want to get a Mr. Saturn print on it, given how much of a massive EarthBound nerd I am.
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You contact through e-mail.
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DeepRed
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Email Mr Shih with a description, preferably a clear drawing or picture, of the design you want. They hand paint the pictures, I'm not sure if they can print pictures onto the glaze but it doesn't hurt to ask :)

I created a picture of my oc design in photoshop- using a pic from his website with my own design added, so the order was as clear as possible. I also added a detailed close-up of the wolf.
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He says his team are still working on prototypes. :)
Edited by DeepRed, 1 Nov 2008, 11:16 PM.
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DeepRed
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Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!! Zach just emailed me a photo of the finished wolf ocarina for my sis! It's awesome! I can't wait until it arrives!!! He also told me there's a special offer on the new book & CD- buy it with and Alto ocarina and you get it for $9.50! So I've ordered that too, along with my *long awaited* Double Alto C!!

The estra cost for the painted Alto was $20 instead of $10, as he said they had to paint several ocarinas to get one that came out right. I wonder what happens to those other ones...?Maybe he can sell them locally, would be a shame to waste them!

Here's the pic he sent me, the design (for comparison) is in my post above this one.
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Howl-a-rific!
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DeepRed
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"fangs' for the comment! :P Hehe cheesy puns ahoy! :D
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Wow Deepred, your sister's going to love that! It's almost indistinguishable from the photoshop design you sent them.

They probably messed up the moon on the other ones. If you don't paint it round enough the wolf turns back into a human.
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Sylpharios
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Mr. Zack also e-mailed me my custom orders this morning. I'm very happy with two out of three, but the Alto C could have been better if the stem was longer. It felt lacking, somehow otherwise. I think they did a phenomenal job on the cherry blossom Soprano C 6 hole rain drop though.

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Sylpharios, that pendant is really pretty. The butterflies on all three is a nice touch.
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Tye Possum
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Cool. Those hand painted ones sure are pretty, especially the pendant. And that wolf one is wicked. I'm sure your sister with be really surprised! :excited:
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I'm a big fan of the cherry blossoms on the pendant.
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@Deepred, That Oc looks AWESOME! And I'm sure your sis will love it (and you will love your Double AC!)

@Sylpharios, Those all look great! I can appreciate your comment about the stem. But it is still gorgeous IMO.
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Sylpharios
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@Moonsyne I agree. I think that was the prettiest hand-painted cheery blossoms I've ever seen.
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You need to add your finished custom to the list, Red.
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DeepRed
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Oh yeah... whoops!
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Angelodeath
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Would Mr. Shih make me an alto c replica of the original Ocarina of Time? you know with a gray band and Triforce symbol?
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DeepRed
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Well that's a different kettle of fish entirely from just glazing or painting, since it actually involves modifying the ocarina itself. It would probably be a lot more expensive too.
A minor mod would be just adding the collar to the mouthpiece, major would involve remodelling the whole oc so it would have the 'torpedo' shape of the OoT....
If Focalink ever made a Zelda oc, they'd make a killing though :D

All you can do is email Zack Shih and see what he says! Best of luck!
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Tye Possum
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Hey DeepRed I was just wondering, that wolf ocarina was a christmas present for your sister right? So did she like it or what? I'd imagine she did but just askin anyways.
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DeepRed
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Oh yeah she did! She absolutely loved it to bits :) She said she'll be joining TON soon and wants me to teach her to play :)
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Tye Possum
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Well that's good to hear. And another member joining TON can't hurt either!
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Ocarinadiva
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Wow, I love the cherry blossom pendant. I've been thinking about having a custom pendant with my cat painted on it. He hangs out with me when I play ocarina, so it seems appropriate. Can the Focalink artists use a photograph to replicate a design, or would I need to draw a picture of him?
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kashu_okami
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When I placed my order, I gave Mr. Shih a picture I found on the web and asked if he could paint it onto my ocarina. Mr. Shih warned me that he couldn't make it as vivid or detailed as the photo, but I think it came out quite well. I don't have a file hosting account, and I don't know the code to put the pictures into a spoiler tag, so I attached the photo of my ocarina and the picture the design is based on to the post. And yes, I did ask him to change the color.
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Edited by kashu_okami, 12 Feb 2009, 09:20 AM.
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Armisis
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Wow Thats quite nice!!!
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Tye Possum
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I've been thinking about having a custom pendant with my cat painted on it. He hangs out with me when I play ocarina, so it seems appropriate.
Is it the cat on your avatar? That would be pretty cool if it was lol. That flower oc looks pretty nice, I was thinking about getting a custom painted oc but I think I'd prefer some sort of basic oc instead, much like the one I already have, which saves my some cash eh? lol
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kashu_okami
11 Feb 2009, 12:35 PM
I don't have a file hosting account, and I don't know the code to put the pictures into a spoiler tag, so I attached the photo of my ocarina and the picture the design is based on to the post.
Where is the photo of your ocarina? I'd love to see it, but I only see the photo of the flower attached to your post.
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Sorry, I think the photo was too large. I played with the image a bit, so it should be within the size limit now.
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Ocarinadiva
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Thanks, kashu_okami - that's exactly what I needed to know!
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Toshi
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This was brought up before, but...
Do you think that Focalink would do custom doubles or triples?
I notice that all the 12-holes that were custom-ordered had the same "basic" look, and someone painted and glazed over it.
The doubles and triples they have are all that brownish color (Which is fine), but I always wanted something with a little more personality. :shrug:
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This was brought up before, but...
Do you think that Focalink would do custom doubles or triples?
I notice that all the 12-holes that were custom-ordered had the same "basic" look, and someone painted and glazed over it.
The doubles and triples they have are all that brownish color (Which is fine), but I always wanted something with a little more personality. :shrug:
Simple answer. Yes they will.

Remember that it will take longer since they need to do many samples and depending on how complicated the design is the longer you will have to wait. There will be an extra cost involved most likely as well but not always depending also what you are asking.

I have asked in email to them about doing a Chinese Print design on a Forte Triple and they would but the wait is very long. I finally decided on just matte white which also has a wait. I didn't realize how much work is involved in them making sure it is just perfect and how many samples they will make to make sure it is perfect before selling and shipping. You must respect their work as a craftsman.
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Armisis
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Ok, Just ordered my Focalink Forte Triple in Matte Black, should have it in about a week or so. Cant wait!

Dave
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not sure if this already came up, but what kind of paint do you use for this.
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