Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cast Your Votes: Skeleton Hand Items

Hey all! Currently I'm priming some skeleton hands to turn into hair clips, brooches, necklaces and more in time for Halloween!

So I decided to turn the attention to you, my lovely customers and get your help in deciding what items and colours to make them!

I'll be making the skeleton hands into hair clips, brooches and necklaces but is there anything else you'd like to use them as?

Originally the skeleton hands are grey and when primed, they're white. What other colours would you like to see them in? Pink? Black? Blue? And would you like a glittery effect or not?

The choice is yours, comment below to let me know what you would buy and I'll pick a random commenter to win a pair of the skeleton hand hair clips in white! This is just the start of my 'Cast Your Votes' posts, where I want your say on what you want me to make and sell and each time I need your votes, I'll select a random commenter to win a small prize as a token of my appreciation! I'll post anywhere in the world (spammers excluded) so what do you have to lose? After all, I wouldn't be here without your custom so I want to give something back! Let me know what you think!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Event: J-Con Derby 2013 + Name Modification?

Hey all! I just came back from J-Con in Derby yesterday. I sold my items there for the Saturday and enjoyed the Friday band night as a spectator (that should probably be the other way round). It was a success! I have been to J-Con as a trader 3 years running now and had a great year, both as an attendee and a trader every year. It it safe to say I will be there again next year!

For anyone who isn't 'in the know', J-Con is a manga and manga convention in Derby that also has lots of video games, trading cards, comic books, Japanese fashion, Steampunk and much more in it! It's a very fun two day event with a band night on the Friday with Japanese and geek inspired acts.

I'm sorry I didn't put up a post saying I was at J-Con but it was a little short notice from starting this blog. On Sunday I will be at a craft fair in Nottingham at The Orange Tree - if you're anywhere near Nottingham, you should definitely check it out and come say hi! Here's the event page!

I also need a little help again, haha! I swear this blog is only for advice needed. T_T I'm really trying to step up the mark with my business/brand/whatever and have been toying with the idea of taking the 'Creations' out of my brand name and just keep it to '8th Sin' with 'Handmade Jewellery, Accessories and Clothing' or a similar tag line in order to distinguish myself from other things with similar names or any 'dodgy' websites. I like the '8th Sin' part as it has meaning and sentiment to me but I feel that more professional, successful brands don't have 'creations' or similar phrases in their brand name. It establishes a brand as more than a crafty hobby and opens the brand up to more things. I also think it would be really cool for people to say 'Where did you get that [insert item here]?' and people to reply 'It's a brand called 8th Sin'!

What do you think?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

New 'Crowning Glory' Line - Need Advice!

Hey everyone! Over the past few weeks I've been making beaded crowns for when you need a great big whopping crown on your head. For all those fancier Lolita outfits, cosplays and fancy dress outfits and more!

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The first one I made was a smaller version of the one I made myself to wear for Frock On. My Frock On outfit was a Gothic Butterfly Princess look so I decided to name this one 'Amethyst Queen'. I made two, available to buy here.

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This one is an idea I had floating around for a little while, plus I wanted to test out some thicker wire. The thicker wire is a lot, well, thicker but most beads won't fit on it doubled up. I aptly named this one 'Candy Kingdom' (you can buy it here) because why not? The heart beads remind me of Smarties for some reason.

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I named this one 'Of Blood & Crows', available to buy here. It's a variation on one I made myself to wear for J-Con next week that I am thinking of making more of but I need your lovely advice first.

As you can see I make a lot of the designs with feather trim, mostly because it gives a bit more substance to the crowns and because I can easily attach four (yep, four) crocodile clips underneath for extra stability and weight distribution.

However I'd like to make more with just plain beaded based so I made one out as a test for me to wear to J-Con in Derby this weekend. I'm tossing around 'Queen of Hearts' or 'Paint the Roses Red' for names for this one so let me know which one you prefer! Here are some photos!:

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Beaded bases means I can add pretty dangling chains to them like above but it's a little harder and more noticeable to tuck away the loose ends of wires. Here are some photos to show what I mean:

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I can't really attach crocodile clips to the beaded bases unless I wire them on, which I may do in the future but it will mean buying differently designed crocodile clips to make wiring them on easier. Due to having to thread the beads on the wire base then connect the base together at both ends, there is a small amount of wire left exposed and uncovered by beads, possibly around 2-3cm. I took this opportunity to wire the hair comb around there but you can still see the gap as well as the wire wrapped around the comb.

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You can also slightly see where I've wrapped the loose ends of the wire arches around the base too - I've tried to wrap them inbetween beads but it's still visible.

Are these slightly noticeable wires okay? Would you be happy to buy the crown like this or would you prefer me to try and find another way to conceal the wires better? Like many people who make their own work, I can see flaws in my design but other people might not mind so much. Perhaps the slightly visible wires contributes to a more 'beautifully flawed/handmade' look? I really don't know, that's why I need your advice! Please let me know what you think!

Oh, I also forgot to mention - normally I don't really like using hair combs as I find them hard to wear as they slip out of my hair, not to mention I was worried whether one hair comb would be enough for a beaded crown but these are actually really nice to wear with hair combs! The crown isn't heavy so it doesn't slide down your head. I teased my hair a little bit on the underside and this make the hair comb grip very well. I also slid it through some of the hair on the other side of my parting too which aided the stability too; it doesn't even bob around when I move my head so I can't wait to wear it for J-Con!

Monday, 2 September 2013

The Face of 8th Sin Creations!

Sorry I haven't updated in a long time! It has been a bit hectic and busy lately. I have just came back from Frock On!, a London Lolita and Japanese fashion event. I wasn't trading there but it was a nice change to just be able to enjoy the event.

Faceless corporations are big, scary and cold for a reason - because they never seem to have someone behind it! Smaller, handmade businesses are way better in the fact you can see who makes your items with love and get to know them. Do you all want to get to know me? I hope so, I want to know you all!

I'm pretty awful at taking 'selfies' - I can't smile right and I always look derpy! >_< This was taken on the way to London on Friday. Okay, soooo...about me?

♥ I'm 19 years old.
♥ I've been doing this for almost 5 years, I started when I was 15.
♥ I started making fairy wings from garden wire and tights, then bought myself a jewellery making starter kit and it went from there!
♥ I branched out into clay crafting, leather crafts (chokers, wristbands, etc.), and started learning how to sew whenever I could afford it.
♥ Other crafts I'd love to try out is basket weaving, millinery (hat making), book binding and designing/printing my own fabric to make dresses and have tights made!
♥ My favourite colours are black and pink. I'm trying to wear other colours with black too, like red or purple.
♥ Some of my favourite movies are Leon, Dogma, The Fifth Element, Pulse and Lady Vengeance.
♥ I love too much music to pick favourites but I really love stuff with neoclassical and darkwave elements as well as super catchy J-Pop stuff. Anything that has a catchy beat, really!
♥ My favourite foods are crispy shredded chilli beef, steak with peppercorn sauce and key lime pie.
♥ I wear alternative fashion all the time. I try to make my items with alternative girls who love to change up their style in mind. I don't like to 'classify' my items into fashion styles or make them with a certain fashion style in mind - I want my items to be an extension on someone's personal style rather than a rigid, one-style piece.

Please tell me something about you now! What fashion styles do you like to wear? What are your favourite books? Where do you live?