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Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

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Bribery is a wonderful thing :)

We recently contacted the lovely Leona at Alt Fashion magazine and offered one of our little black numbers as a giveaway - not only did they run the competition but they've done us a lovely write-up too !



It's taken a lot of digging to find the right publications, catering to grown up goths but still with a sense of humour and avoiding the whole gother-than-though performance. Much as we like dressing up when the opportunity arises, we really don't take ourselves that seriously !

Speaking of such things, we are entertaining a couple of friends from across the pond next week and there may well be some photos of silly outfits to come :)

This has prompted a flurry of activity here at Grin HQ- the trouble with working at home is that it tends to take over and you get used to having to step over half built things and piles of paper to get to the sofa. We've succeeded in turning the stock room back into a spare bedroom, now we've just got to unearth the downstairs furniture....


exposed

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

gringrimaceandsqueak

In case our last blog post hasn't got every jeweller/hat maker on here frantically papering polystyrene heads, we though we'd share a bit of news :)



We recently found a bit of time to promote our UK website and wanted to get the maximum exposure for the minimum time so we can spend as much time as possible beading things. We did another search for alternative fashion magazines and sent a couple of e-mails off with our new product shots attached, offering our little black number shown above as a competition prize. 
Much to our astonishment and great delight, the lovely Leona at Alt Fashion magazine jumped at it and we've just posted the mask today. In addition to the giveaway, she is writing a review which we'll share as soon as we can. We'd had some success before with this sort of thing but never to such a great response, our shop views are also up across the board and still growing.



We've also just found ourselves some fantastic new packaging from MidPac - black, satiny boxes with a magnetic closure just in time for our grand showing :) We'd tried out various alternatives but nothing seemed quite right, or if it was we couldn't find the size we needed. Naturally, we are more excited about the boxes that what goes in them - what is it with creative types and stationary? Anyway, it has once again shown us that it's always worth putting in the extra time to get everything just right. When you've got that sorted, the rest just kind of comes together ;)

More soon,
Karen and Rich


Turning heads

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

gringrimaceandsqueak

For a while now we've know we needed to get more modelled shots of our products but what with one thing and another, doing a live shoot has been put off. We decided to find an alternative that didn't mean doing hair and makeup every time we created something new, would look good and enable us to list straight away.

The solution came via a friend on Etsy who showed us their mannequin head which they had bought cheaply and decorated. A bit of research turned up a selection for about five pounds apiece, male and female, so we ordered one of each.



As you can see, it was obviously polystyrene, had seams showing and generally not very glam. So, we used a homemade paste of flour, water and sugar to glue strips of white tissue, gradually building up the layers until we had a light texture we liked and had covered any unsightly bits. To protect it further we then painted it with acrylic in a creamy colour which toughened it further and made it wipe clean (essential when taking photos in the kitchen!)

Our original product shots looked like this- very nice and everything but a bit hard to tell how it would look on.






Now, they look like this- not only do they now show how the mask fits but by happy accident, the creamy colour of the heads has solved the white balance issues we were having, where the background sheet, which is white, would come up yellow or blue depending on the light source.




So, for all those jewellers/hat knitters out there who don't have anyone they can bribe to model for them, happy pasting and painting :) Karen and Rich


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