New T-shirt design: “Got Ferret?”

October 12th, 2010

Finally I’m starting to push out my own shirt designs to go alongside the UKFur logo shirts I already sell.
This one was by far the most popular of my concept sketches, so of course has been first to get cleaned up and vectored.

Yesterday I sent off the design to the shirt printers. It’s cutting it a little fine, but with luck this shirt may be available to buy at my RBW dealers stall on November 6th & 7th.

I’m looking at having it as a cream and brown two-colour screen-print on unisex khaki shirts to start with, followed by specifically ladies-fit sizes. Pricing will likely be around £15, but may change if other costs come up in production.

New T-shirt design

Got Ferret?

Many thanks to pub-going ferret Frettchen for being inspiringly cute!

Starborne Works Facebook page

October 8th, 2010

I’ve created a fan-page for Starborne Works on Facebook. Any website updates or news should be automatically cross-posted to it, so please declare yourself a fan if you want instant updates!

Testing post to Facebook

October 8th, 2010

Testing posting to Starborne Works Facebook fan page.

Development news

August 13th, 2010

Things have been a little all over the place lately, but I have a number of new products in the pipeline. I also finally have a nice photographic lightbox, so I’ll be re-photographing my demo products. I’ve also had some wonderful help from some volunteer models in getting very impressive “action shots” of some of the T-shirts in use.

This is all part of a big push to finally get the webshop populated and operating, as I acknowledge I’ve let that slip while working on custom orders instead. It’ll be nice to have enough standard items available that I might be able to relax a little more around here!

At request I’ve been working on getting blank resin eyes manufactured. After a couple of non-starters I think I’ve finally found a nice water-clear epoxy. There’s still some residue issues to work out, but I think it’s a minor contamination thing. I hope to have it resolved in the next few days.

It’s also been suggested that I work on some steampunk-styled filigree, to provide a more repeatable and lighter option than sewing bits of scrap metal to your clothes. These are fairly simple, but I’m experimenting with metallic pigments and filler powders to give the best realistic appearance I can. I’m fussy like that.

I’m also trying to find a good balance between personal and professional blogging. I now have my personal blogs running through a core website (www.sci-fi-fox.com) with automatic crossposting thanks to WordPress plugins.
What I will be attempting is to have this website crosspost into my personal one, but not visa-versa. A one-way flow. My business is part of my life, but my life should not be part of my business (unless I break my neck or something. That might delay orders a bit.). Hopefully this will enable me to blog about all my creative works, but for those interested to filter with ease.

And speaking of creative works, tomorrow I will be taking delivery of a milling machine. This will be my first, as I do not count the vertical slide I purchased for the lathe an adequate substitute. While a rather homebrew unit, it has ample machining room, so will be of great use. It should allow me to develop the Bonsai Repstrap concept further as well as make the aluminium moulds required for the small injection moulding machine I already own.
These have both been previously mentioned in personal blogs, and in retrospect are probably things more suited to blogging on this site instead. I’ll try and get the crossposting fixed up once I’ve spent a few more hours in the workshop today.

Ta-ta!

Ladies shirts, incoming!

June 16th, 2010

The largest order I’ve yet made, at £490, will shortly see me re-stocked in all the unisex UKFur shirts, as well as a few ladies shirts in black, pink and the blue-backed “Union” design!

This means the prices are now set!

Both the white UKFur logo on black shirt or baby-pink shirt are £12, no matter the size.
The Union (white and red UKFur logo on a royal blue shirt) are £14 each, again no matter the size.

The ladies sizes are: XS=8, S=10, M=12, L=14, XL=16

I should be able to get custom colour combinations on request now the screens for the printing have been cut. So let me know if you want the design on a different colour to be included in the next order!

And now back to finishing the castings and commissions. Not a lot left to do!

With luck the shirts should arrive just before the next LondonFur meet on the 26th.

Twitter Feed Updates for 2010-06-06

June 6th, 2010
  • First days sales of lanyards fairly good. Quite happy with the performance. #

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Twitter Feed Updates for 2010-06-05

June 5th, 2010
  • We have lanyards! #

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UKFur Lanyards back in stock!

June 4th, 2010

UKFur lanyards have arrived! Just in time for tomorrows meet.

Awesome. <3 Will be flogging them off for £3.50 each. It's a bit of a price hike from what they used to be, but these ones have a safety release and I suspect they'll be a long-tail item (an initial surge followed by a long period of occasional sales), and I need to cover my investment in them ASAP. Considering generic lanyards cost £3-4 in shops, I'd say it's still a bargain. And people have been craving them since I first bought the store!

Twitter Feed Updates for 2010-06-03

June 3rd, 2010
  • Have vacated workshop for past 4 days to allow brother to work on final university project in peace. Back to order casting tomorrow though. #

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Twitter Feed Updates for 2010-06-02

June 2nd, 2010
  • Called Adband. Order of UKFur lanyards should be here Friday or Monday. Hoping for Friday; LondonFur meet on Saturday. #

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