Wednesday, 25 April 2012

I've been a bum

When we started this blog, I promised myself that I wouldn't be one of those bloggers who abandons their blog after only a few posts. Hmm.
The photography goes on and hopefully, it's getting better. I'm going to post a couple and run. Support on Twitter continues to be amazing and we've had our first repeat customer online!







Special thanks to  the Cluny Bank Hotel for including us in this.


Sunday, 15 April 2012

The shooting continues....

Things are getting a bit better with the photography project as we get used to the new camera. we are discovering what "works" as props & starting to have fun with it. We have an ever-growing wishlist for new trinkets to include, though.









We also have cause to thank several people, for including us in .li publications
http://paper.li/DotNetDoug/1313488837
http://paper.li/ClunyBankHotel/1333388988
http://paper.li/janesgrapevine/1328782326
so I am just giving them a little linky nod here.

Details of how that multi-part mold turned out coming soonish!!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Photo madness

We're trying to improve our images, amongst other things. Here are a few, what do you think?

















I'm off to pin a couple on Pinterest (naughty!!), I would be delighted if you would, too!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Diffusion

This is in response to a question on Twitter, about making a light in the style of a bar graph, involving ten panels.
The least labor intensive & most even diffusion would be to use opaque acrylic sheet. (This may be cost effective if you are doing 10!)
As a cheapie option, you can use "greaseproof" paper or tracing paper. If I were using either of these I would probably bond it in acrylic resin on to a piece of 2mm acylic sheet.
You can make a lovely pearl style diffusion by pouring a layer of acrylic resin and adding a small amount of (white) mica powder.

Even with completely even diffusion, if the desired end result is an evenly lit panel, there can be a problem with light "hotspots". You can level this a little by using some direct diffusion on the leds. I've used all manner of things for this - a bit of hot glue, dab of slightly opaque resin or (best) a thin skin of Fimo puppen (white). You can "cook" it on the led. That's one way to make those cute little mushrooms, too.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Hells Teeth! We won an @TheoPaphitis #SBS Retweet



Life has become unbelievably interesting in the last 24 hours as a result.
For those of you that don't know about Mr Paphitis and his competition, here's a link. Suffice to say, Theo is one of the UKs celebrity business mentors and his endorsement is a massive hand up for a tiny new business like ours. The immediate effect has been that we have gained 300 new Twitter followers and been drowned in a sea of congratulations. We would like to say thank you to everyone for their messages, especially if we have missed out replying to you - it was so hard to keep track of. Thanks, too, to the existing #SBS members who have made us feel so welcome.
In an ideal world we would be firing off press releases like crazy but having decided that our image quality needs improvement we will hold off for a while and finish perfecting our photography as well as we can.
Here's one of the new images, still some way to go but better than our current image stock in many ways.



  

The winner of the first monthly draw was chosen by random number generator on Sunday; the winner is Chris from Neath, South Wales.
The draw has moved from our own site (too many bots to weed out!) to entry by Twitter or Pinterest, the rules are here, if you would liketo enter.