May 24th, 2013

WordPress updated & Twitter sidebar fixed.
Also note it contains links to my YouTube channel where I’ve started doing video work-blogs. Will try to get them crossposting to the main blog here automatically if I can.
http://www.youtube.com/user/StarborneWorks
https://twitter.com/StarborneWorks

November 11th, 2012

Just a heads-up for anyone trying to contact me; I’ll be away from the computer until thursday.

Plugin test

October 19th, 2012

I acknowledge I’ve seriously fallen behind in using this site for updates. Trying to fix that. Excuse me while I fiddle with the plugins a momment..

Progress report

February 16th, 2012

Maybe I should do these weekly? What do you think?

Anyway it’s warmed up a little. Workshop’s averaging about 10c when I get down there. Done a couple of test-casts and they look alright.

Will be casting up some from the still-intact moulds tomorrow with a view to ship on Saturday. Others are in progress.
The first couple of layers of filler have gone down to get the new moulds sorted. Another couple of days of that and they should be built up and finished enough to start laying on fresh silicone. After that I make up the new fibreglass jackets. So all being well, should able to cast the full range again by the end of next week.
Only potential delay I’m aware of will be if I run short on silicone or fibreglass resin. Should have enough of all regular resins and foam to fill current orders.

That said I know I’ll need more silicone to account for some more new items, but I don’t want to do piecemeal orders and get charged a tonne on separate shipping. Since TOMPS can get it to you in 2 days, it’s not worth it. I can just find other things to do in the meantime.

Webshop prep has stalled a bit again, but I’m aware we may be loosing internet here for a short while near the end of the month as our phoneline has to be physically dug up and replaced. Launching only to be unable to receive orders would not be good, so it’s not a huge concern. I would still like it to tie in nicely with a complete set of new moulds though, plus some stock on hand.

New soldering station also arrived on Monday, so with the donated oscilloscope and a repaired multimeter, I’m good to start work on the mecha-ears project again, as well as a few other ideas people may be interested in.

Also a complete fluke-find has gifted me with a LOT of leather in a texture that’s almost identical to vinyl leather I’ve previously used for texturing paw-pads. There’s enough I should be able to revamp the whole range and keep the distinctive look as well as push the foam-filled prototypes to a standard item.

The horns update!

November 8th, 2011

Finally as promised, an entry about the horns!

Okay, so some of you will have seen these at MCM Expo, surface-finished, mounted up to headbands and listed in three price bands. Since then I’ve got the final blank horn prices sorted. They’re all individually priced now, along with their various options.

These horns are made for costume use, so are designed to be lightweight. They have a thin outer layer of polyurethane resin to preserve surface detail, which is then reinforced within with a rigid polyurethane foam. This provides a good balance between light weight, excellent detail reproduction and good damage resistance. The horns however can still be trimmed to length with a serrated knife or junior hacksaw.

Use of a double-density reinforcing foam is available as an option, but will increase item weight. Integral resin colouring is also available.
Foam-rubber is sadly not yet available due to poor surface reproduction, and issues getting them out of the moulds fully intact.

Please see this image for examples of surface detailing effects: EXAMPLE

Here’s the group-shot:

 

Basic pigments (Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White, Green, Orange): £1.00
Custom pigments (each, per order*): £5.00

(* Per order means a single £5 charge whether the custom colour mix is used on just the horns or a match set of horns, claws and paw-pads, etc)

Type #1
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 230g (pictured examples 190g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 210 x 175 x 55mm
Base price (GBP): £30.00

Double-density foam: £3.00

Type #2
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 160g (pictured examples 106g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 275 x 160 x 40mm
Base price (GBP): £22.50

Double-density foam: £3.00

Type #3
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 130g (pictured examples 100g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 220 x 140 x 30mm
Base price (GBP): £17.50

Double-density foam: £2.00

Type #4
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 90g (pictured examples 54g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 185 x 135 x 27mm
Base price (GBP): £12.50

Double-density foam: £2.00

Type #5
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 280g (pictured examples 240g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 190 x 170 x 120mm
Base price (GBP): £35.00

Double-density foam: £4.00

Type #6
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 70g (pictured examples 64g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 185 x 115 x 25mm
Base price (GBP): £10.00

Double-density foam: £1.50

Type #7
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 70g (pictured examples 56g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 135 x 185 x 35mm
Base price (GBP): £12.50

Double-density foam: £1.00

Type #8
Maximum weight (pair, untrimmed): 50g (pictured examples 41g)
Approx dimensions (outer): 95 x 145 x 25mm
Base price (GBP): £10.00

Double-density foam: £1.00

Postage
Will be sent 1st Class Recorded within the UK and Airsure internationally. Please ask for a shipping quote.

EDIT: Prices adjusted. Used old formulae sheet. Oops.

Expo’s over..

November 2nd, 2011

..and I took 24hrs out to rest up.

I’ll have some pics up in the next day or so of the new horns, but in all the rush to get things ready in time for Expo I let some existing orders slip behind. Most of them should be taken care of shortly however.

Someone give me a kick up the bum if I don’t get pics up soon.

Boy, I’ve really got to sort out these post categories too.

But anyway, Expo went okay and I got to meet up with some great people, new and old. Next time I hope there won’t be such a mad preparation-rush though.

Expo’s a week away!

October 22nd, 2011

If you follow my personal twitter you’ll know the last few weeks have been hectic. Family crisis, deadlines, financial issues and a whole bunch more. The final deadline is now MCM Expo in a weeks time, where I’ll be manning a dealers table for Fatkraken while she costumes. In repayment, I get to sell some of my own items on the table.

It’s Halloween, so I’m selling horns.

Presuming the roto-caster I’ve built in the last week starts working again, I should have a number of each. Some of the first final tests came out today.

Yes, there’s a lot of black there. I was testing some calculations for bulk-casting. Meant mixing up a lot of resin in one colour and black shows any defects better. The two “beige” unicorns horns though actually contain UV and GlowInTheDark powder.

The unicorn horns are cast from a hand-made master. These long ones are 8.5″ long and the shorter ones are 3.5″ long. I’ll be making them up in a host of *co-pony-ough* colours, with the fleece at the bottom either black, white or grey as it’s all I have to hand. They’re a shell casting that’s infilled with rigid PU foam. Will likely be putting them on simple elasticated headbands.

These horns are made in the same way but the moulds are taken from real animal horns. These ones are some breed of goat I believe (of the 8 I got, only 6 had a specific species noted). There’s more coming from Jacob, Heriden and Dalesbred breeds of sheep, but the fibreglass mould-jackets are being tricky. This variety will mostly be mounted on headbands and barrettes, though I may also make a few up in foam rubber.

Once Expo’s over I’ll be selling them directly as loose castings for people to use as they will.

Well after after-Expo, when I wake up from the coma.

New resin storage (at last)

June 21st, 2011

I’ve been holding off buying more casting supplies, because I was in dire need of a better way of storing them. The old fridge-freezer I’d been using was simply too small, and particularly in this damp weather I want somewhere dry and warm to be able to store the supplies where they’ll last longer.

Two weeks ago I managed to grab a large commercial display fridge off ebay, and after a lot of problems with the local garage and our van we managed to collect it.

Well actually we got within 0.7miles of collecting it before the van fuel-pump failed (which we’d repeatedly asked the garage to check, but they knew best & instead changed the distributor cap & leads. Not going back there now.). Thankfully the seller brought it down to our van in their car, so we got to get towed home with it in the back.

Today I finally managed to get it moved into the workshop.

It’s a big square insulated box. The glass door is a small concern, but I suppose it’ll get me to keep the place tidier.

I got the wiring tidied up and moved around. The refrigeration still works, and I’ll be seeing if it’s possible to use it as a dehumidifier. As you can see in the quick cameraphone pic, the oil-filled radiaitor currently takes up a lot of space, so I’ll be seeing it I can improve that, possibly by changing it for a filament heater (though I’m concerned about fire risk). Will be adding a couple of fixed temperature sensors at some point to trigger the fan and try and keep the temp evenly distributed.

There’s a hole at the top that also needs plugging, where the neon lamp used to be. Silly bit of design, but easier enough to work around.

Tomorrow I start work on moving everything I shifted to the other side of the workshop back again, so I can actually use the place and get on with the current orders.

Fun at Expo

May 30th, 2011

I was out at MCM Expo on Saturday stall-sitting. Karen of Kraken Kritters kindly let me sell some of my Ferret shirts on the table too, so there’s some money in the coffers again now! Just in time, as I need new materials.

The prototype horns I wore also got a lot of attention, so I’ll be pushing on with them. I just need to rig up a roto-moulding machine to get even hollow castings.

Gallery is still down, I know. In the intervening time I’ve had to reinstall this computer. On the upside though it’s running much faster now and I’ve found a lot of archive photos I thought had been lost. So new pics should be up soon. Likewise some lovely new example pieces.

Castings Clear-out!

May 16th, 2011

I’ve realised I’ve accumulated a lot of spare cast items over the last year. Most are simply spare stock I made with surplus resin, though there’s also some that were attempts to get certain colours, even some that weren’t suitable for purpose. I’ve been doing castings to order mostly though so haven’t gotten around to listing them for direct sale until now. I’m rather in need of some extra cash right now. :P

The paw-pads are made using a soft polyurethane casting rubber, the couple of footpads are made of a hard casting rubber and backed on velcro for easy replacement when they wear down. I’m working on new moulds for most of what’s listed here, so will be listing examples of the new work soon. The claws are PU resin reinforced with calcium carbonate for impact resistance. Odd & partial sets have been marked down from the usual sale price, though regular good castings remain the same.

EDIT: Please note the pads are designed to be sewn in place, not glued. PU rubber is very difficult to glue to. I may be able to cast new ones directly onto a felt or similar absorbent backing though if glue-on is required.

I can cast up the missing bits for incomplete/partial sets if someone wants, and will drill the extra mounting holes in necklace-drilled claws on request, likewise for unfinished claw sets.

I’m based in the UK and only ship internationally by AirSure. First come first served, and this listing is also going up in a couple of other places. If in the UK I prefer direct bank transfer, though accept most other forms of cleared payment including paypal. Postage will be worked out on case by case, based on location & order weight.

I am currently awaiting a new batch of black pigment, so orders requiring more black items cast may be delayed a few days.

Paw-pads

Red canine palms, £10
Red large finger-pads, £8
Red anthro feline palms (partial), £8 (£11 for completed set)
Black feline palms, £12
Black canine palms, £10
Black anthro feline palms (partial), £8 (£11 for completed set)
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4119.jpg

Black, feline palms, £12
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4165.jpg

Black, Anthro Canine palms, £10
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4151.jpg

Black, Anthro Canine palms, £10
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4167.jpg

Black, Canine palms, £10
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4152.jpg

Black, large finger-pads, £8
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4154.jpg

Pink, Canine palms, £10
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4157.jpg

Pink, Canine palms, £10
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4169.jpg

Yellow, large finger-pads, canine palms, set, £18
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4158.jpg
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4159.jpg

Dark chocolate, small finger-pads, anthro canine palms, set, £16
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4163.jpg
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4164.jpg

Scrap Pads

Small blue foot-digits, velcro-backed, (messy but functional casts) £6
Black (yellow-edge) & Purple canine footpads, velcro-backed, £5
3x Sky-Blue large finger-pads & 4x Pink large finger-pads, £5
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4124.jpg

Black, small finger-pads (cast in wrong mould, pads too closely placed to sew-on), £4
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4166.jpg

Claws

Black razor claws,
x9 Small (£1.00 ea), x8 Medium (£1.10ea), x27 Long (£1.20ea)
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4126.jpg
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4127.jpg

Black regular claws, x6 Medium, x5 Small, £11
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4138.jpg

White regular claws, x10, £10
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4144.jpg

White regular claws, x9 Small, x4 Medium, £13
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4149.jpg

Pink, small regular claws (x11), £11
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4147.jpg

“Aqua” glow-in-the-dark, regular, x11 Small, x9 Medium (very graduated blue glow, over-pigmented translucent resin), £15
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4172.jpg

Dark green, regular claws, 8x long, undrilled, £8
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4175.jpg

Translucent blue, glow-in-the-dark claws, necklace-drilled.
Regular x1 Large (£1.70ea), x8 Medium (£1.60ea), x6 Small (£1.50ea). Razor x10 Large (£1.60ea), x8 Medium (£1.50ea), x11 Small (£1.40ea).
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4179.jpg
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4180.jpg

Translucent candy-red, Razor claws, necklace-drilled
x10 Large (£1.30ea), x9 Medium (£1.20ea), 9 Small (£1.10ea).
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4189.jpg
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4191.jpg

Unpigmented, green glow-in-the-dark Razor claws, necklace-drilled
x5 Large (£1.60ea), x6 Medium (£1.50), x2 Small (£1.40).
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4193.jpg
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4194.jpg

Scrap Claws

Black, regular claws, x11 Small, £6 (drilling & mix issues)
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4174.jpg

Translucent multi-colour set (colour-mix trials for previous order), £10
2x Candy red, 4x blue, 2x green, 2x clear
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4135.jpg

Translucent multi-colour set (colour-mix trials for previous order), £10
4x purple, 4x blue, 2x green, 2x candy red
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4139.jpg

Translucent multi-colour set (colour-mix trials for previous order), £10
4x blue, 4x candy red, 2x green, 2x purple
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4142.jpg

Translucent Green Glow-In-The-Dark Razor-claws, messy castings needing cleanup, £10
x3 Large, 13x Medium, 8x Small.
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4130.jpg

Mixed test & leftover casts, regular claws, rough, £5
x2 small purple, 2x green translucent medium, 4x hot pink trans medium, 3x clear medium, trans candy orange medium, blue with LED, other scraps
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4146.jpg

Mixed test & leftover casts, regular & razor claws, £5
2x medium white, 3x purple Razor (one each size), 3x medium white razor, 3x medium black razor, 2x medium black regular, 1x small grey
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4196.jpg

Other

Black, large cat-nose, £6
Pink, large cat-nose, (ex-display) £5
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4171.jpg

Candy-red translucent claw necklace, £6
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4177.jpg

Translucent blue, glow-in-the-dark claw necklace, £7
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4183.jpg

Unpigmented, green glow-in-the-dark claw necklace, £6.50
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4184.jpg

Other claw necklaces, £2
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/Dscf4188.jpg

Other Scraps

Hemispheres, various sizes & colours. Poor casts, colour tests. Frosted surfaces, badly cured rear surfaces. Maybe good for some props? £4
http://www.starborneworks.com/offsiteimages/CastingsClearout/spheres.jpg