Heavy Metal Nutcrackers, Death, Odds and Ends

Somerville, Massachusetts | 134 Sales


Heavy Metal Nutcrackers, Death, Odds and Ends

Somerville, Massachusetts 134 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (17)

Announcement   Currently on hiatus due to a family matter.
Check my instagram @samuraiwhite and for shows, new works, and art drops.


Last updated on Dec 22, 2018

Currently on hiatus due to a family matter.
Check my instagram @samuraiwhite and for shows, new works, and art drops.

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Made with love. And heavy metal.

I am Samurai White. Scientific Illustrator by day, art maniac at night.

Originally from Miami, I attended the Rhode Island School of Design and majored in Graphic Design. Due to my short attention span and desire to do ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, I dabbled in illustration, photography, mixed media painting, bookbinding, architecture and sculpture.

I started making Heavy Metal Nutcrackers after I made an Alice Cooper out of a stock nutcracker found at a Christmas Tree Shop. After that, I tried to get some carpenters to help me make parts since I am deathly afraid of mechanical saws. After a year of trying to form an alliance with several carpenters, I bought a few stock bodies to play with. Before I could do anything, my father was diagnosed with stage 3 Lymphoma and I promptly moved to Woodstock, GA. I brought the stock bodies with me as a distraction and made five during that time. After moving back to Somerville, MA, I built limited amounts for 2 years. I moved my studio back to Woodstock in April of 2015, to help my parents while my father went through his final course of treatment (he good, y'alls!). I will be permanently relocating my studio to Atlanta in early 2016.


For nutcrackers, I modify the stock bodies by cutting off unnecessary accessories with a coping saw (it’s manual, the blade is small, and it’s aptly named for my particular situation), sanding the existing paint off and applying various layers of acrylic paint. Sometimes, I use silver enamel for embellishments. Once I am satisfied, I clear coat the suckers and manually apply custom Kanekalon hair. You should see the looks I get at the weave shop. The whole process takes about 10 hours, whenever time allows--I still work a 9-5 job, which I love immensely. My cat, Beef, likes to help out by curling up next to me and swatting the paintbrush out of my hand.

All prints (unless digital) are made from hand-carved linoleum slabs.

I use real Venus Fly traps and locally sourced reindeer moss for my pendants. All fly traps are pressed and preserved using a multi-step process that keeps them green for about 8 months.

Any circuitboards used in my jewelry were designed for automotive ignition systems by my dad. These are real, functioning circuitboards that were off by 1/32" and didn't fit into the mounting bracket.

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    Samurai White is a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys translating all things science and heavy metal into works of art.

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Last updated on November 25, 2014
I am Samurai White. Step into my world of Heavy Metal and Science.

I currently specialize in Heavy Metal Nutcrackers, which have been enjoyed and cherished all over the world, from the brutal lands of Norway to the sunny shores of Miami. I also make Heavy Metal Bacteria, which combine my love and interest in science and my obsession with heavy metal. I use Liquitex Acrylic paint, Windsor-Newton brushes, Testors enamel, and Silky Braid Kanekalon hair. My favorite base materials are wood and masonite.

Items available for sale are priced according to demand, time and labor, materials cost, and complexity. For example: Heavy Metal Nutcrackers tend to take 10 hours chock full of blood, sweat, and tears to make from a variety of materials, so the more complicated or specialized a nutcracker is, the higher the price will be. Custom orders require a few hours of research in order to capture the very details that make them special. Paintings tend to be priced according to size and complexity; if they are framed, the price of the frame is included in the total price.

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If you wish to return your items for any reasons, please contact me within 5 days of receiving your item. After this period, your sale is final and no refunds will be issued. I will do my best to ensure you are satisfied with your product. However, if you wish to proceed with a return, then take these steps:

1. I will give you an address to ship the item back.

2. Once the item is sent, I will confirm receipt and issue a full refund via Paypal if the item is not damaged in any way. If the item is damaged, I will deduct the following amounts:

-$5 for light scratches
-$10 for heavy scratches and dents
-$20 for any parts broken off
-half the full price for water damage, or otherwise irreparable damage

I will document any damage and send a picture as justification for the deduction.

3. I advise you to get tracking and insurance on this shipment. If the item gets lost in the mail, I will not issue a full refund, but you can still claim the insurance for the value of the item.

IMPORTANT: You must agree to these terms in writing in order to get a refund. In agreeing to these terms, you waive the right to dispute any deductions made for damages. If the item is returned in the same condition that it was sent, this will not be a problem.
Payment must be received immediately. I will contact the buyer with a date for shipping the item, which will sometimes be sooner than the date on the Etsy listing. If you need to cancel the order, please do so before the item is set to be shipped.
The amount listed for shipping covers the cost of shipping plus supplies used to package your item. I try to keep this as reasonable as possible.