Thursday, December 29, 2011

Elmore to retire



As the end of 2011 comes to an end so does the Elmore 2T head.



Yes, the 2T Elmore head will officially be retired as soon as we sell out the final 3 heads in stock. If you have an interest in making a figure using the Elmore head, my suggestion is to order now. Once they are sold out, the mold will be retired.



You can purchase Elmore on our website at http://www.braylu.com/head-2t-elmore/

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Partnership? What do you mean?

After our last blog entry about the redirection of Braylu, I received many emails wanting further clarification.

Many questions I received were wanting to know what we mean by "partnering" with figure builders.

To give a little background, Braylu has worked with most of the top figure makers in the world in one way or another. Some of these builders like us to keep their names private so we honor their request. Others are very generous and will post on their blogs that they are working closely with us to help them in their efforts. Regardless of their requests, we will continue to partner with these builders to supply them "custom" and sometimes proprietary parts. These parts may include custom legs, arms, hands and even custom molds and cast heads. We will continue to supply these builders for the coming years.

Others have asked, "I am a beginning builder and I depend on your parts to help me out with my hobby".

We feel we have played a major role in getting a large number of beginning figure makers into this craft. We enjoy this segment as well but we needed to come up with a strategy that works well for what we want to do and for those wanting to pursue this craft.

The best response we have is that we will continue to sell SOME of the parts on our website to hobby or beginning figure makers. These will be more of the common parts that we continue to keep in stock for some of the professional builders. If you don't see a part you need, then you should contact us. This may lead to developing one of the "partnerships" we are looking to establish with figure makers. We can discuss some of your needs and make the decision to develop traditional or custom parts for you.

This focus we call partnerships, will allow us to focus on some of the other things we have not had time to do in the past. These include; developing new innovative parts to help streamline figure building. Getting back to making finished figures for sale and to continue building relationships with figure makers throughout the world.

Thanks for all the support and the questions. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winding down

We have made a significant decision last week. The decision is to re-focus Braylu Creations as we know it today.

Beginning in January of 2012, we will be winding down our part sales to the open public. The sales of parts will continue until we sell off existing inventory of specific items. Once we sell of specific items, they will no longer be available.

Our focus will change to the following.
1. Continue to service exisiting repeat customers and builders
2. Continue to do custom parts for the many builders we already service.
3. Focus on partnering with new and existing builders with special prodcuts and programs
4. Continue with our upgrade figures and get back to making professional, full size figures.
5. Expand the architectural restoration segment of our business.

As a result of this change, we will be closed from December 23rd 2011 through January 3rd 2012 for restructuring, inventory and shop maintenance.

If you are a builder and are interested in developing a partnership, I am open to discussing your ideas.

Thanks to all current and past customers and I look forward to the change.

Friday, November 25, 2011

3T head on sale



For a limited time, we are placing the new Kenny Croes 3T head on sale on our web site.
To purchase the head go to http://www.braylu.com/head-3t-kc1/



This is a hollow cast head that is perfect for all our 3T accessories.


Shown is a photo of the cast head and a sample of a finished head.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Catching up during busy times



The holiday season is a very busy time of the year in the shop. Not only is there work to be done making parts and upgrades but the higher volume of sales puts me behind the computer more with invoicing and handling customer emails.


As a result, I have not posted anything on the blog for awhile.


So some of the other things I am working that you can look for in the future include;


2 to 3 new 3T heads.

New internal mechanic parts

Remaking of 2-3 hand molds

New eye design

New body design

and many custom parts for builders.






Thanks for the input on Uncle Earl. As a result of your feedback, we are moving to retire the 2T mold and come out with a new 3T Uncle Earl.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Uncle Earl is getting old

I have come to a milestone with the Uncle Earl Head. The mold is getting old and starting to tear. The big decision is should I retire the mold or make a new mold and keep selling the head.

If I make a new mold, I will redo the model and take out many of the imperfections. Kenny Croes, the designer of the head, said he has also redesigned the jaw to make for a better appearance and function.


On the right is a photo of a finished Uncle Earl made by Kenny.

In the meantime, we still have some heads in stock on our website. The question is will those be the last ones ever sold?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Eye Clip now available

EYE CLIP (6 per pack)

The eye clip is now available on our web store at http://www.braylu.com.

The Eye Clip can be used with your cast or wood eyes. The clip allows you to mount your eyes within the head of your figure. The adjustment slot gives you the opportunity to make fine adjustments when positioning your eye.

Use for individual eye mounting for easier placement than using an eye tray. Perfect for figures with offset eye placement.

Shown below are some ideas on how to use the eye clip. The first 2 shows how to mount use the clip for individual eye placement.





























As an optional use can place the clips on the inside - sides of the head as a shelf for your eye tray. This will allow you the option of slightly moving your eye tray for better positioning. See below









Friday, October 7, 2011

New 3T now available



The new 3T head designed by Kenny Croes is now on sale.

Go to our store at http://www.braylu.com/. The item is Head 3T - KC1

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Website

We have upgraded our website to a more traditional shopping cart site.

The advantages will allow us to feature products, display new products, provide gift certificates, provide coupons and allow for bulk pricing discounts on items.

Check back on the site as we continue the updates to the products.

Friday, September 2, 2011

More hands?

We have added another style of hands to our 2T collection. This is another cast item so the hands are hollow. Urethane plastic and white in color so you can paint to the color of your choice. Minimal sanding required. 2.5” wide x 4” long from finger tips to the wrist or 6” from finger tips to attachment.

You can find the hands for sale on our website. We will be keep a smaller inventory on this item to start so it may require up to a 10 day lead time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New 3T Head - Soon available




A new 3T cast head will be available soon through our website. This design comes from Kenny Croes and is the first 3T size head from Kenny.



A nice standard cheeky boy style that comes with a separate jaw. Total height is 11 inches with a width of 6 inches (9 inches from ear to ear.)




This head will fit perfectly with our 3T bodies, 3T arms and 3T legs along with 1.5" eyes.


We are taking reservations for the head at this time through our website. The heads will be available October 1 for shipping. Click here to go to our 3T head page for more details.

Creative Paperclay modeling clay now available

We are now offering Creative Paperclay through our website.

Creative Paperclay® is a unique air hardening modeling material that requires no firing in a kiln or baking in an oven. It is clean, odorless and easy to use. It feels similar to an earthen clay; however, it contains no clay in it at all! It can be sculpted, molded or shaped while it's moist and it accepts and retains fine details.

It adheres easily to wood, canvas, and most surfaces without glue! Best of all Creative Paperclay® air dries hard. No hassling with a kiln. When dried, it's similar to a soft wood. It is very lightweight and durable. It may even be carved or sanded after it has hardened.

Dried Creative Paperclay® can be painted with any kind of paint; it's just like painting on wood or paper. If you prefer, water based paint may be kneaded into the Paperclay® while it's still moist. We recommend protecting your finished projects by sealing them with a coat of lacquer or varnish.

The best part of Creative Paperclay is that it is easy to work with (no mixing of 2 components) and easy to sand resulting in a smooth model finish.

To purchase 16oz bars of the clay go to http://braylu.com/VentClay.html

Saturday, August 13, 2011

2T legs now available



We have had many requests to offer cast legs. We now have cast legs available on our website (Click here).



Lightweight and hollow and can easily paint to your desired color.



Foot length is 4.5" while the width is 1.75". The height from the heel to the top is 6". These feet are suggested for use with 2T size figures.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Specials added to website




We have added some specials to our website. The specials will be located on the homepage of our website at http://www.braylu.com/ (Click here).


We will try and update frequently with volume discounts, discontinued items and some items that we just want to discount. Check back often to view the specials.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New 2T Hands Available

We have introduced a new line of 2T hands. These hands are hollow and lightweight and do not require any sanding. Hard plastic, Caucasian color that can be painted if desired.

The hands size are 2" wide x 3" long from finger tips to wrist with a 5" overall length.

The best news of all is that they are priced lower than our other 2T hands. If you are building many figures, ask about our volume pricing for additional savings.

For more information go to our website’s hands page by clicking here.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A little dental work



I am in the process of making another head mold. This one will be a full size figure from Kenny Croes.



No matter how well the figure comes to me, I always have to do a little bit of prep work to prepare it for the mold.



I will be making a core mold of the jaw on the right. In order to do so, I needed to hollow out the jaw. This will allow for the second half of the mold to fill into the mouth. This will enable the piece to be somewhat hollow, use less chemical and lighten the weight of the mouth. This was done with a rounded rasp and a Dremel.



The next process will be to fill any undercuts, do some light sanding if needed and seal the model. Once that is complete, it is off to constructing a pouring chamber and pouring the new mold.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Creating Sgt Focker

Dick Buechler created a Sgt. Focker character using the Uncle Earl head from the Kenny Croes Collection.

Check out this short video on the steps he took making this character.
Click Here to go to the video

He also makes the hat and shoes along with PVC limbs.

This is worth the viewing.

Here are some comments from Dick..
"I'm an old USMC Drill Instructor, and I made my last dummy for this years DI Reunion at Parris Island. I'm certainly no ventriloquist, but I sure enjoyed making the dummy. You've got good products Buzz and GREAT service."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Need some help?



Periodically I get emails asking for more information on making ventriloquist figures. Most of the time it is very difficult to explain via email.

One of the ways you can get information is to check out our FAQ page at http://braylu.com/VenFAQ.html. This page has links to other resource pages of vent builders and some download instructions.

Check it out. If you can't find the answer then we will try and direct you in the right direction.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Casting down

One of the main pieces of equipment in the shop is our rotocast machine. This machine allows us to cast our hollow parts including our heads and hands.

Unfortunately for us, we believe the circuit board blew so we are unable to cast more parts until the board gets fixed. We sent the board to the manufacturer for repair but we will probably be down for a couple of weeks.

Fortunatley, we have built some inventory so we should be able to continue to supply parts while the board is out for repair.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Limited supply of Elmore

One of the next items we will be discontinuing in 2011 is Elmore. Once we have sold through the inventory, we will retire this mold and character. This is a character designed by Kenny Croes. On the right is a photo of a finsihed Elmore from Kenny. You can see some more finished characters that Kenny has made on his blog or in his store.



If you are interested in making a figure with this head we are selling him on our web site and on Ebay. We have less that 10 in stock.


Thank you to everyone who has purchased an Elmore head in the past.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chipping away with inventory reduction


We are currently going through an evaluation of some of the items we sell and make decisions on whether we will continue to sell the items or discontinue them.


First on the chopping block are some of our hands. We will be discontinuing the solid hands for 24" and 30" figures. These items will be discontinued once all inventory is sold.


If you are interested in any of these items, you can check them out on our hands portion of our website. We also plan on selling some on Ebay in the near future.


Check back to see what other items we will be discontinuing from our selection.

Friday, June 10, 2011

An annual discussion

A couple times every year I find myself contemplating whether I should cut back on Braylu or continue to expand and move forward. Usually when I have these thoughts it is because I typically find myself at the mercy of filling orders and building more inventory. (A good problem right?).



As much as we get enjoyment on selling parts to builders all over the world and the excitement of working with new builders every day, it leaves little time to do other things.



I personally would like to get back to building dummies. I can't remember the last time I did that. I would also like to develop more items that I have on the "invent" list for years.


I have come up with about 50 solutions to this situation but none ever seem to be the right answer. I don't want to close Braylu. Should I cut back on some of thie items we make and sell? If so, which ones? Should I focus on working on special projects with other builders? Do I source out some of the items?


I'm sure I will figure something out. The right answers seem to to find their way. I will probably continue on the same path. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for the therapy session.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Finding Braylu website from your phone



As technology continues to grow, they make it easier to find our Brayu web site. Shown on the right is the QR code (quick response) that can be scanned with your Iphone or other barcode reading device. This specific code, when scanned, will take you directly to the Braylu web site.

This code can be placed on marketing materials, including business cards to other web sites. To create a code it is easy.

1. go to http://qrcode.kaywa.com
2. Enter the specific web site and click generate.

The site will give you a QR graphic that you can use for marketing materials along with HTML code to place on your website.

For Iphone users, there is a free ap called QRReader that you can download and use to read all QR Codes.

Give it a shot. Scan the graphic we have shown to the right or create one for you.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Finished 3T Head from Steve Barry


Steve Barry finished one of the 3T heads we sell (SB1). The head was his original design. He received a couple of the cast heads and sent us a photo of one finished.

To check out some of Steve's work go to his blog.

To purchase the unifnished head, click here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Price increase coming for cast products

The company that we use to purchase our mold and cast chemicals will be raising their prices on their entire product line.

As a result we will be reviewing the pricing on our cast products and possibly implementing a price increase over the next month.

Pricing for the chemicals have not increased since 2008 and the raw material suppliers say the turmoil in the Middle East and recent price increases on petroleum products have put too much pressure on them so they need to raise their prices.

Our hope is not to raise prices more than 5%.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Payes figure for sale on our web site

We now have a Dan Payes figure for sale on our website.

This figure has side to side eye movement (non self centering) and mouth controls. This is in excellent, working condition. The figure is 36" tall and wears 3T clothes.

Check out this and other figures at http://braylu.com/VentDollsPro.html. If you are interested in selling your figure view this page for more details.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sell your ventriloquist figures on Braylu


If you have a ventriloquist figure that you want to sell, you can advertise your figure for sale on our web site.

It is easy. All you do is click on the link and send us your information about your figure including photos. Next, click on the PayPal button to pay the low $5.00 advertising rate.

When a person views the item and is interested, they can click on the link below your item and they will send you an email stating they are interested in purchasing your figure.

To view the site, go to http://braylu.com/VentDollsPro.html

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A man of different faces

As I have discussed before, the nice thing about vent making is that the amount of characters you can create is limited by imagination. (okay and time)

Recently Clinton Detweiler has mad a few characters from the Uncle Earl head that we sell on our web site. (See photos below). He has taken the Kenny Croes head and made some slight modifications from nose alterations to hair.




Below is a photo of the original Uncle Earl from Kenny.

As you can see, the same head but different characters. If you are interested in purchasing a head to put your spin on the character go to our 2T head web page by clicking here.
For more information on Clinton's work, check out his blog by clicking here.
For more information on Kenny's work, click here for his blog site.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bosworth

Phil Nichol's sent me some photos of his latest character - Bosworth. He used some of our parts in creating this character.

The photos show Bosworth at the model and finished stage.

Phil writes "Here's the finished sculpture of my new character BOSWORTH a talking crow along the lines of Bob Trent's Roscoe. I am making his head on resin, but will probably make one in celluclay as well. I am looking at all the versions of the crazy brids as much as I can for the guide to the mechanics. I'll also sculpt out detailed feet and legs for him to stand on."

Below is a photo of Phil and Bosworth.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Revised web site

Over the past couple months we have been revising our website. We have added a new look and feel to the site and we feel have made it easier to navigate around the site.

During this process, we have discontinued some items as well.

Check out the new site at http://www.braylu.com

Sunday, February 20, 2011

NEW PRODUCT: Lightweight shoes

A project we have had on our list for over a year is now completed. We have lightweight hollow cast shoes now available on our web site.

Fits most 2T and 3T legs. Just slip the foot into the shoe. The shoes come in white urethane so you can sand and paint to your desired color.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

McElroy Limbs

We recently had a request to make some McElroy limbs. Shown on the right are the limbs we made for this customer. They are similar in dimension to classic McElroy figures. The only difference is that McElroy limbs have wooden shoes and wood knee caps attached to the legs. This customer chose not to have these added.

To see other legs we make or to request custom legs go to our leg page on our web site.

Pigging Out

Shown on the right is a photo of the a finished pig made by Steve Barry. The figure is made from our pig head sold on our site.

To check out some of Steve's work, including the details behind making this figure, go to his blog by clicking here.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New 3T size head available

Well the first of many new 3T heads is now available on our web site. This design is from Steve Barry of Geppetto's Workshop.

The height is 10" with a front and side width of 8". The jaw is separate so with a little work you can position it in the opening. We found you need to place the jaw from inside the head to ensure the best fit.

Use with our other 3T parts and 1.5" eyes.

For more of Steve's work, check out his blog - click here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Covering bodies

We get quite a few questions on covering the wood insert bodies. Covering can get very complex or can be as simple as attaching a piece of fabric to the body frame.

The more complex bodies will have some sort of padding and can take some time to put together. We have developed a quick and easy body pad kit for our 2T inserts.

The body pad kit consists of one stomach pad and two shoulder pads. They are easily installed by stapling or gluing the pads into place on the wood frame. Designed to fit our frames, the pads install quickly and provide both a cover and some padding.
These pad kits are now available on our website next to the 2T body inserts.



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mr. Winkle Head now Available



We are now offering Mr. Winkle on a full time basis. We have listed him on Ebay and on our website at our dummy heads page. Mr. Winkle comes from the Kenny Croes Collection and is perfect for 2T size bodies and accessories.

The head is 8.5" tall snd 7" wide.

For finished models of Mr. Winkle, check out Kenny Croes' website at Kenny's website