It has been hectic around the shop mostly because of how sick I have been and trying to work. Both do not make a good combination so work has been delayed and has been really slow. I guess I feel guilty not working when I get sick so I still force myself to do it in the long term making myself sicker for longer. I guess a hard habit to break, so taking better steps of avoiding getting sick.
We have a lot of costumes to tackle and we thank everyone for being so very patient with us, always a big thank you. As we work we come up with new techniques, and we have a few more up our sleeve before the years end. Once I test some stuff out you guys will see what I am talking about. I guess it comes with the territory, you always want to test more durable ways of making things you did before. Or better yet a bit more predictable too, so it takes the guess work which can waste a lot of time for certain processes of our work.
Trying to tackle as many repairs as we can as we got a lot sent in last month and this month so hard to tackle all those and stay on top with all the current orders. Remember it is usually just 2 of us here with the every once in a while helper that can lend a helping hand. Usually we are on our own and tackling it all can get overwhelming. With that being said we have taken a lot less work over the next few months of opening but seeing how sick I was this last month it sorta put a kink into being ahead of schedule, I really tried guys but my body decided to try something else.
I am taking our yearly mixedcandy vacation for a week come end of this month so trying to do as much as possible. Seeing that we don't respect weekends and work through them we wanted to just make it a fun week with our friends. So if I am a bit hard to contact halloween day up to around the 6th of november it means we are out. So crazy work to be done here at the shop and a lot is getting done. I need to get a photo of all the heads are their various stages so you guys can see where we are at.
Emails, I need to finish answering them as I am still missing a few. So if you are one of the ones who has yet to get a reply please bear with us. Missing a few more emails and we should be done.
I need to head back to the FX place which isn't close to my house and get resin again. We got some the other day but I tested it last night and the lady sold us the resin that takes 15 mins to start to set instead of the one that kicks off in 2-3 mins, meaning I cannot slush cast a certain set of horns and hooves I need done asap. So back to square one with that which is really irritating seeing as I want a certain bull done and out of here soon.
So here is a bit of an update of what is going on. We are working, we are doing what we can but do expect some delays on such as I can only do so much in a month. Please understand that we will only provide the best work and will never rush to get it out just to get it out. We understand you guys make a choice on what maker to go with and I always thank you guys for choosing us. Slowly trying to get better about getting these guys out in a more timely manner.
With that said, thanks for reading. As always check our twitter for work updates and email us if you have any questions.
I tend to be a bit slow with updates on livejournal, but trying to stay a bit more on top of it. Here are a few things we have been working on.
Resin head blanks
Have most done and ready to ship when the final payments roll in. Missing 2 sets of green eyes as I am going to get those finally ordered so the heads that have the 2 sets of green can go out this month. Everyone else is ready to be shipped next week.
Thanks to everyone who submitted this round. We accepted quite a batch of fun costumes so really excited to see the critters people submitted. I have yet to email a few others with final replies but will be doing so tonight and the next day. Have about 20 emails to tackle and I should be relatively done for now on those.
Need to update the website and close back up until October 1st.
Current Orders for July/August 2011
This is the list of everything we are doing this month and the next.
-Shadow husky (need to do final stuff on it still, very close to being finished)
-Black wolf (missing minor airbrushing on the body and some small mods inside the head for the jaw)
-Hannu (Need to finish your feet and add some claws on your hands and feet and I should be done)
-Sarahs head (finish up in time for coming up convention)
-Bull (body is pretty much done, working on brand new hoof mold to do resin hooves so they are nicer)
-Corgi (should be starting the body soon and attempting to finish most this month, lots of padding)
-Snug the rabbit
-New lion body for Blaez
I am also doing repairs on heads, and some hooves. Finishing up a few paws that we are missing for past customers all around this month and the next so you are not forgotten. Thanks to everyone who has been beyond patient with us, we really do appreciate it.
Fur shortage, please read
Some delays have been out of my hands because of lack of fur. I tend to keep a large amount of fur in hand but we ran out of some of our major furs. Last month I placed and order for some white bolts, black and a few other colors and 2 bolts our white and black and still not here. MM has finally charged my card for them so here is hoping they arrive this week or early next. I apologize but the japan quake affected even the fiber makers of the fake fur. I will keep everyone updated via twitter on what is going on with the fur.
As always if you have any questions just email us. Keep watching the Mixedcandy twitter for updates. Was a bit slow on work this last week as we had guests over at the house. Back to the full swing of things now :).
I should be replying to most of it not all tonight. I got a few payments in as well that I need to email some of you guys about it. Been slow on that but should be taken care of no later than the end of this weekend.
On other news we are doing quite a few heads at the moment. Also working on 2 new resin heads for customers so they have a snappy jaw :D. Really excited to see those finished.
A few things were shipped out today as well.
Been playing catch up with work, should have more finished pieces to show soon. Thanks to everyone who has been so very patient with us. With all the new techniques we are implementing expect really cool stuff for your costumes :).
We just closed up for new commissions and will open back up July 1st. Need to update the website tonight to reflect the change. July 1st we will be offering a few new things to sell but you will have to wait and see when that does happen :).
More updates soon enough. Be sure to watch our twitter Mixedcandy.