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RBW Redux

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

So yes, I got back from RBW fine. I thought I’d dodged the bullet that is con-crud, but no! A week later it kicks in and my voice vanishes into husky croaks.

That said, RBW was a great time. Last year it all came apart at the seams, so people were hesitant to come back this year. But the new staff and change of venue have pulled it all back together into a very professional con, which I (and I’m sure MANY more) will be attending again next year.

Sales went pretty well, and had a few orders for the new rubber paw-pads. Glowsticks before the boat party sold very well, though some people waited until we were actually ON the boat to ask about buying some. Unfortunately I left my dealers table in the Dealers Den, so I guess I missed an opportunity there.

The robot also got a warm reception, being dubbed alternately Heineken, Keg-9, and K9’s alcoholic cousin. There was even an offer to buy him, but I want the satisfaction of having him work first. Well technically he does work, it just turned out his remote control didn’t.
It was also great to meet so many new people as well as see and hear of the wonderful works other people are working on.

Anyway, new casting supplies were ordered and have now arrived, as well as a preserved coyote skull with some excellent teeth. I’ll be making replicas of it’s teeth for sale soon.

Oh, I’ve added a fixed status page to the site so people who’ve ordered at cons or who have other commissions with me, can keep track of them. It’s very rough at the moment, but I’ll be tidying it up shortly.

I’ll be at the upcoming LondonFurs Xmas party on the 5th, selling some of my remaining glowsticks. I’m also trying to revive an old idea I had called the Fandom Trade Association, which is much more informal than it sounds. News on that as it develops.

Back in the saddle

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

It’s been a little while since the last site update. My bad! I really need to config a desktop client just for updating here!

I’ve been a busy boy though. The new workbench got done and is just perfect for what I needed. I’ve been abusing it’s poor new surfaces quite heavily, pushing a lot of smaller projects out of the way quickly.

The New Workbench

Also the new vacuum degassing chamber is complete and running! I had my phone on me when I first ran it up, so got a little bit of footage.
Excuse the stilted tone of voice, I’d been up for a little while!

And what am I currently making in that chamber? Claws!

The Regular Claws Colour Selection

Special Order Claws

Pricing is as follows:

  • Small has a base price of £1, Medium is £1.10 and Long is £1.20.
  • For stripes add 50p per claw per extra colour.
  • For glow in the dark add 75p per claw (this premium quality glow powder is expensive. Supply of Green is in stock, other colours will need time to order in, may require minimum order and may not glow as brightly as the green).
  • To have an LED mounted add 50p per claw. Can be clear or translucent. Add 10p extra per for translucent colour (advised, diffuses colour better).
  • To have the claws made in rubber (good for footpaws) add 50p per claw.
  • Clear or translucent claws with other fillings are negotiable.

I’ve also got some lucky person getting a set of the pre-production sets of rubber paw pads. Muahaha. 😉

Other things acheived have included some forrays into robotics, but for the most part the rest of the time has been some minor commission work, knocking down walls and fixing coffee machines.

Oh, if you’ve bought items from me before, I’d love to see some pictures of them in action! Just email them to me at sci@starborneworks.com

Also, RBW is less than 2 weeks away now! Time to get busy!

Ill fox is ill

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

..well, not so much now. I’ve been knocked right back since friday. The con-crud-cough finally kicked into high gear and I’ve spent most of the past 4 days too exhausted from coughing to move. Also coughing into the safety mask I wear for handling the resin chemicals is not fun.

Normal production is slowly resuming, and orders taken at Confuzzled should ship this week. If there are exceptions, you’ll be notified by email of course.

A small update

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Just to let watchers know that the last of the pre-order resin claws shipped last week.

The web-shop should still be up in a couple of days, but I’ve experienced a pretty major hardware failure on one computer so I’m reformating an old box as I type this to finish the upload with. I’d use the machine I’m typing on to do this except it tends to corrupt data packets pretty badly. Not quite sure why. But previous uploads from this machine have given very serious errors once on the server.

I swear, if it couldn’t run Peggle it’d be out of here in a shot.

RBW and after

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Well RBW’s been over for a week now, and I’m almost sorted out again. I’d like to thank the staff of the con for trying their best given highly adverse conditions.

From the first day we were told we wouldn’t be coming back to the Royal National Hotel next year, and soon found out why. The hotel refused to honour confirmed bookings, rooms were in a poor state, hotel staff were surly, and other events had been interleaved with the convention meaning events had to be packed up early or canceled so rooms could be emptied rather than left  as they were overnight. The main problem though was that the hotel “washed the carpets” in the room the Dealers were supposed to be using, meaning we got shoved in a room half the hight and a third the width, upstairs and down cramped corridoors. Well out of the way, and with some artists moved down to the lobby, traffic was greatly reduced.

There were mistakes on the con-staff side too, but in their defense there had been an almost complete change in staff just a month beforehand, leaving very little time to prepare. My main issue with them though was the timetable. There wasn’t one in the con-book, the only one on the website did not match the actual one, and communication about changes in events was very poor. But they are rebuilding from scratch for next year, so I have hope that next years con will be much better.

And as allways, the Boat Party remains the jewel in the con’s crown, this year seeing us on board a huge triple-decked boat with two bars, colour-changing lighting, dance-floor and open upper deck. The boat party was quite epic.

Claws

As far as sales go, my best seller was pre-orders on the sew-on resin claws I’ve been working on. I had hoped to have been selling the claws themselves, but due to a small problem with my resin supplier, I had to use slow-cure silicones. And with all claw moulds produced from a single master, it meant there wasn’t enough time to make enough moulds for the full sets of ten.

Close up claws

Close up of claws

The pre-orders sold at full prices, but with free postage, and should still be on track to ship a little before xmas (with the exception of my first custom colour blend set). I also had enquiries at the con about wether I could produce the claws so they reacted to UV light, glowed in the dark or came with embedded flashing LEDs. I’m looking into these possibilities and should have answers by the new year.

Other items

Foxxie Fluffs! These adorable little fuzz-balls were a surprise sucess, and I’ve had enquiries about them even after the con. As soon as I can obtain more raw materials, expect to see them appear for sale here on the site, or directly at LondonFur meets. A couple sold in the RBW charity auction.

Sewing Kits! A number of these sold, and amusingly one to someone with a trouser-emergency.

Tea Tree and Peppermint wipes! Again, a few of these sold, mostly to face/bodypainters.

UV Sushii Fish Earrings! Only two sets sold in the end, but they were perhaps a long-shot. Perhaps in part this explained in the number of times I had to say that they were made from brand new fish bottles, not recycled fishy ones. Also rather over-estimated the number of people who would have peirced ears.

Where from here?

I have a couple of private comissions I’m working on to have finished before their xmas deadlines, and until they’re handed over I can’t say much about them.

Before xmas hits though, the site shop will come online selling the claws, Foxxie Fluffs, sewing kits and other items.

I’m also working on a couple of new products. One would be resin noses of varying types, and the other would be resin teeth. The teeth will hopefully be made avaiable individually and in custom fixed arangements. The latter will depend on having a custom layout generator included into the shop.

There is also the possibility that I may have to move house in the next few months. Wether this spectre turns up or not, I’ll be lightening myself of a lot more interesting and usefull items, so keep an eye on the ebay listings.

So until my next update (and now things are getting back in order, there should be many!), thanks for reading and have a merry christmas! 🙂

Minor site changes

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

For your viewing convenience, please find that the website sidebar now has a tag cloud, and link to the sites syndication on LiveJournal.

Current status

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

What do I have on my plate at the moment? Active commissions are:

  • Sketchbook commission for Fuzzy Skunk (art)
  • Mechanical wings for Jocasta (custom costuming)
  • Customisation of an ironing board for Ewt (customisation)

In R&D, I’ve worked out a better process for making T-Virus canisters with a better finish. I’m also currently working on the angles involved with the Mecha Ears development, and trying to source the right control cables for the budget model.

The concept demonstrator unfortunately did not have a pleasant ride home from Confuzzled, and again highlighted the need for strong pivots on the production versions.

The UV reactive dyes arrived a couple of days after my return home from the con, and I now just await an order of tool steel. This will allow me to make the custom lathe tools required for the best virus container machining. The polycarbonate sheeting for Jocastas wings arrived yesterday.

Starborne Works in the works

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Well, WordPress is installed and running. I’m using this rather nice theme temporarily, afterall it’s the content that’s the important thing.

And speaking of content, I’ve now gotten the initial categories and calendar established, as are the pages for finding out information on myself, what I’m doing here, how to acquire my services and how to contact me.

For all those keen folk who came by my stall at Confuzzled this year, I hope I won’t disappoint. I’ll be adding content shortly. Thankyou for swinging by here as well, and I hope it’s been worth the journey!