Ravn Cortino of RavnCortinoCreations is "a professional SFX-Artist from Norway who's now living and freelancing in London."  He originally came to that busy city back in 2012 to study Technical Arts. (UPDATE : Ravn is away for most of September for surgery - please click on the notify when back button in Etsy to know when he is back.)

Why silicone molds and why resin? Ravn explained, "I’ve taken a huge liking to working with resin, a material that I first got introduced to through my university-course. And I’ve spent years testing and exploring different kinds of resin, their properties and capabilities! It’s ended up being my favorite material to work with due to it’s versatility, and I constantly get new ideas I want to test out!"

The designs are gothic inspired so there are moths, kitties with powers, bird skulls and so on.  Nominative determinism (where one's name fits what you do- like my name, Pearl) is definitely at play as Ravn reminds me of raven.  Indeed, when I looked it up, the name is derived from Old High German/Old Norse, meaning raven.  How appropriate! Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven certainly has Gothic elements.

Ravn starts off with an intricately carved clay sculpture which is then made into a silicone mold. Ravn's amazing Instagram account is where you can see the entire process of many of the designs.  I have shared a couple at the end. Also check out a lovely compilation in this Facebook video.  Well worth a look at this incredible artist's work!

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