Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More Updated Packaging!

As some of you might have noticed awhile ago, we started updating some of our packaging.  Salve was the first product to get a big facelift, but we've got more changes!


First off, our logo.  It's cleaner and much easier to read at very large and very small sizes

Old Logo:

New Logo:

We gave salve a lift first because not only were the labels the most out of date, the product names were confusing.  For the rest of the products nothing is changing but the look, no name changes, no ingredient changes.  We're just trying to unify the look of our little product family!

Triple Moon Oil

The 4 oz size is all updated and the sample size will be getting its new label soon.  Here you can see the progression of our labels from 2008, to 2010, to 2014!  I'll be a good many of you don't even remember the first one.


Same thing here!  The sample lid is done, but you'll see the jar label and refill bag label updated in the near future.  The listing said 2oz, but to be more specific it'll be changed to 75g, and the base refill amount for the refill bags will be 75g.  Just keeping everything consistent for units and then one refill bag will be enough to totally refill the jar.  At the moment it only fills it halfway and that seems confusing to people.  :)

Old Label:

New Label:

Herbal Color & Conditioners

This was the next big product area to take on after the salves!  The very first labels looked like this:

And then I did a short term upgrade on the 100g packs so they had the ingredients on them:

But now they look so lovely.  I'm so proud to have these on our products now!

Thank you cards

This was the old one.  A few of you have seen many, many of these.  And then I'd scribble a thank you on the back that you may or may not have been able to read:

And here's the new one :)  Still my signature, but you can actually read it now!

Some of these, like the herbal hair color labels, are so new that I haven't even gotten updated product shots yet, but I was so excited and wanted to let everyone know about the changes on the way!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Silver Strike Ficcare Repair

I had a lovely customer (who said it was okay to post about this) send me a Small Silver Strike Ficcare where the enamel had broken off the tip:

She wanted to know if, perhaps, I could decorate it somehow and cover up the end.  But the more I looked at it the more I thought I could actually just repair it.  I asked if I could try, and my customer agreed to let me have at and see how it went.

Here's a few more pictures of how it looked before I got started:

The biggest challenge was the height difference.  It wouldn't be enough just to paint silver and black streaks on the metal because the enamel itself is thick so there'd still be a ridge.  You can see that ridge pretty well here, where I've put a primer coat on the bare metal:


From there I started with painting over the primer with black, and then adding in some silver streaks.  It wasn't looking super-promising at this point, but it wasn't bad enough for me to give up, either.

Over top of this I put a coat of ice resin.  Once that had dried I dry-brushed on more silver and black streaks, taking care to match the angle of the ones on the existing enamel.  It was starting to look like something and the height difference had diminished a bit.
Five layers of ive resin and paint later, the ridge had been nearly evened out:

Then I brushed up over the existing enamel a bit to blend it better and then gave it two more ice resin coats to make the entire surface uniform.  And here's how it turned out!  I'm very pleased with it, and don't think you'd be able to tell it had been repaired even if you had it in your hands:




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pretty but not Perfect Sale: LotR Avian Clips

We have a few items going up that are pretty, but not perfect. I didn't want these still generally lovely components to go to waste despite some imperfections. So if you've wanted a Lothlorien Leaf or Evenstar clip but couldn't afford them before, this is a great chance!

Please note that all these items are discounted! They are sold as-is and its flaws are detailed in the listing and photos.

Evenstar $65

Lothlorien Leaf 1 $55
Also, just a reminder!  December is coming up quickly, so if you want some LotR goodies in time for the next movie, you'll want to get on the custom order list soon!