Ya Gotta Fang dem Teef!
Every body is different. So is every mouth. Not all teeth are going to be straight and narrow with enough room between them to form a tight fit on the cap. This is one reason why each custom fang set is unique. It's owner is unique, so it just makes sense. But very now and then, I come across a mouth that is just a bit more unique than another, offering a new set of challenges that I undoubtedly have to overcome, if I want to get a decent pair of fangs crafted for them.
And I do. I always want to create a unique and wonderful pair of fangs for my clients (Agents of Kaos in smithy-speak). But I have to admit that some times I have to first create a wonky set so that I can get to that pristine set. In other words, I have to go through making a pair of fang training wheels to help me figure out how to fang a particular set of unique teeth. These particular training wheel teeth can be seen in the first photo.
So, in this expose' Ithink it's best to keep my client anonymous, so we'll just call this set "Agent Incisor Hell & No Canine". As you can see from the picture of the mold (photo #2), both incisors are bent outward, creating a wide girth across the front, and there are basically no canines to speak of. So...how do you make vampire fangs for someone who does not have enough canines to grip a cap?
That was my first question. My second question was, how do I make incisors without them looking too bulky? The second question was easier than the first, and when I made my training-wheel set I created both the canine and incisor fangs separately and then fused them together in the back, so as to give the canines purchase. In photo #1, they look good on the mold. And this appeared to work, at first, but upon closer inspection, it didn't. The canines set crooked, and when I tried to fix them, I wound up grinding them down to where they looked snaggle-toothed. Not something I'd want any Agent of Kaos wearing!
Also with this beginner set I made the canines first, which is what I usually do when making doubles. This way I get the length down that the client wants and can work on the shorter pair from there, getting a nice arc and curve to the fang sets. But needless to say, I wasn't happy with them, and immediately promised the client a brand new set. So, the next day, at home, I took "Agent Incisor Hell & No Canine's" mold out and started working on a new pair of fangs, made to the clients specifications given when I made the first set. But instead of starting with the canines I began with the incisors. This proved to be a better way to go.
As you can see by the picture #3, the incisors are small and tight. They are also slim, giving them a sleek appearance. I liked these better. It had more of the shape that the client was imagining. So after making the incisors, I started work on crafting the canines - again, I had to make them with almost nothing for them to hold onto. Whereas with my training-wheel set I began with an extension on the back of the tooth and shaved it off once I fused them together, this new set would retain the extension on the back of the tooth. (Photo #4) I had the distinct intention to NOT fuse the two front teeth together ever again!
The goal now is to keep both fangs independent, giving the client more options in how they wear their prosthetics. (Vampire Chronicle, True Blood, or Klassic Vamp) As you can see by pic, #5 the double fang set looks pretty awesome now. Sleek and sexy. The back extentions on the canines are not even visible. The plan, when the client comes to pick up their teeth, is to set them in and tighten them so they wont wiggle. If the canines are still requiring more security than what the client's orignal little toothy nubs can offer, than I am going to make a short, almost imperceptable, set for the bicuspids and fuse the canines to them. It should all come out hunky dory, but I'll let you how it works out in the end.
Thanks for listening!
All pictures are of raw, unpolished fangs on the mold in their natural habitat. No vampires were hurt by flashbulb photography!