Saturday, 6 September 2014

Filming with Mr. Strange

As you might know, Mr, Strange is my other half. He makes alternative/ rock music. So yesterday we went on an adventure to a derelict holiday camp to film his new music video, along with his band members Sgt. Stirling and Stench.



This location was amazing! So many broken down old buildings we didn't get a chance to look at them all but I took some photographs around where we filmed.




I would love to back again to take more photos, I'm a sucker for abandoned buildings!

The new Mr. Strange music video should be out very soon, you can check out the Facebook page HERE.

You can also see more photos on my Flickr page.

Now its time to get back to dread making :)



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

This week...

Since having my new and improved craft room I seem to be in constant work mode which can only be a good thing right? :)

I am currently working on two new pre made sets which will be making there way to my shop soon. One of which will be in these yummy pastel colours.


I have also been getting in the mood for Halloween and came up with some new jewellery using clay and jelly wax. You may have already seen the new 'Eyeballs in a jar' necklace but other designs will also be appearing for the spooky season :)

As well has as it being Halloween next month, October also marks 10 years of Black Sunshine! Wow time flies. I will be holding a big giveaway to celebrate so stay tuned!



Thursday, 28 August 2014

Synthetic Dreads FAQ

I receive and see a lot of questions on the subject of synth dreads and although I have covered some subjects on my previous posts I thought it was time to put together a more complete FAQ going over some of the basics.

I will try to cover everything but if you have any other questions please feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.











  • What are synthetic / fake dreads?
Synthetic dreads are exactly what they are called, fake dreadlocks. They are made from synthetic hair (or sometimes wool / roving)  and are a non permanent way to have a dreadlock hair style.

  • Why have synthetic dreads when you can have real dreads?
Synthetic dreads are a great way to have a new hair style without the long term commitment. Synth dreads can be worn up to 3 months (this depends on person to person) and cause no damage to your natural hair.
For a lot of people work or school can dictate the hair style they have so being able to wear synthetic dreads during holidays or weekends allows them to have a new look for a short period of time.
Also some people with real locks also add synthetic dreads to them to add colour, volume or length. 

  • How long do synthetic dreads last?
If your synthetic dreads are well made and taken care of they can last you forever. You will be able to re install them into your natural hair time and time again.

  • What is the difference between single ended (SE) and double ended (DE) dreads?
I have covered this in full ( with photo examples) on my previous post which you can read HERE.

  • How do I install synthetic dreads?
Synthetic dreads are braided into your natural hair. Here are a couple of links to some very good tutorials on how to do so.

  • How to install double ended dreads - Link
  • How to install single ended dreads - Link

It is possible to install dreads by yourself (I have always done my own), granted doing the back is tricky but once you get used to it its fine. Or you might want to get a friend to help you.

  • How long does my hair have to be to install synthetic dreads?
Your natural hair needs to be at least 3 inches in length to be able to braid the synth dreads into your hair. Or if you are wanting to wear dread falls you need to be able to put your hair up into a pony tail or pigtails.

  • Will wearing synthetic dreads damage my natural hair?
Nope :) Your hair is braided around the synthetic dread and secured with elastic bands or thread so all of your natural hair is out of the way (unless you leave your fringe/ bangs out). By having this hair style you will not be using any damaging heat to them from hair dryers or straighteners you may usually use.
When you take your dreads out it will seem like you will lose a lot of hair when you wash it, this is because your hair is braided the amount of hair you naturally lose per day has not  been able to shed so it all comes out at once. 

  • Can I still wash my hair when I have synthetic dreads?
Yes you can! You can wash your scalp and roots of you hair using a watered down shampoo solution.
Squeak Machine has a great tutorial on her site how to do this which you can view HERE.
If you do get your synth dreads don't panic! They will be fine :) Just squeeze them gently with a towel if very wet and let them dry naturally.

  • Why are synthetic dreads so expensive?
Prices of synthetic dreads vary from seller to seller. Making dreads takes a lot of time and effort on the makers part. Personally each single dread I make takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to make dependent on the length and style of the dread. And does not include the time it takes to section hair, blend hair and the sealing of the dreads.
The materials for the dreads also has to be taken into account e.g how many packets of synthetic (kanekalon) hair is used to make the set. Also the tools such as combs, crochet hooks, felting needles etc. And not to forget the electricity that is used. 
Some dread makers, like myself, create synthetic dreads for a living so it is vital to cover all material, making and operating costs in order to support ourselves and continue to do the job we love.


For more information and links on synthetic dreads please check out my previous post 'Useful Synthetic Links'.





Sunday, 24 August 2014

Jar Pendents

This weekend I added some new creations to my Etsy shop. Jar pendents!


These cute little jars contain bubbles of colour and glitter hearts and stars all encased in a clear jelly wax. Each one is unique! They look really magical when they catch the sunlight :)

I will be making more of these in the future with different colour combinations.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Photo Inspiration Dread Set

A while ago a came across a photo on Pinterest that I fell in love with. Sadly like a lot of images on Pinterest it didn't credit the artist, but using the handy Google image search I tracked her down.


The above painting is called 'Fog Carrier' and is by the very talented artist Lauren YS ( you can find her on Facebook HERE).

I really love the colours in this image and I created a dread set inspired them.

This set is available to buy on my Etsy shop

I had a lot of fun creating this set and I think I will be using more photos to inspire me for colour combos in the future. Do you have any images you think could be turned into a magical dread set? Let me know in the comments below!


Friday, 15 August 2014

Tell me what you want!

I have set up a short survey to get a feel of what kind of pre made dread sets you are looking for from Black Sunshine. It is important to me to create unique dread sets that my customers will love :)
I would appreciate it if you take a minute to complete the survey below. Many Thanks


Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

New Craft Room

We are now moved into our new place, after a stressful couple of weeks I am glad it is all over. But it was worth it, the new place is so much nicer :)

I couldn't wait to set up my new craft / dread room and it was one of the first rooms we finished.


Now I have had  a chance to a fresh start I plan on being much more organised. Which is much easier with all this extra storage space.


Now it is time for me to get back to work! My Etsy shop is now open again and as before, I will be adding new pre made dread sets to my shop everyweek :)


Friday, 25 July 2014

Store update

My Etsy shop is now closed for a little while. My house move starts this weekend and there will be no internet connection for a while. Hopefully this will only be for a week or two :)
I will reply to any comments or messages as soon as I can.

While I am here, here are a couple of photos of the latest dread set I created. These got snapped up before I even finished them (after the customer saw some progress photos) and went off to their new home in America today!
This was a real fun set to make :)






Tuesday, 15 July 2014

News

Moving day is not far away for me. I have been packing up most of our belongings slowly. Just my craft / dread room to go. I am going to need more boxes!

My Etsy shop is currently still open, this is just a heads up for when I will be closing temporarily for the move.
The last day will be Friday the 25th of July. Any orders made on the last day will be sent out on the Saturday.

As well as packing I have also been making and adding new dread sets to my shop. 
Here is one of the sets which sold super fast so you may not of seen it, it was fun to make! :)


As always if you have any suggestions for colour combos you would like to see in dread form just let me know in the comments :)



Thursday, 10 July 2014

New hair do!

I have wanted to install my dreads again but to be honest its just to damn hot! So last night I decided to have my first attempt at doing a partial dread install.


I have installed about 10 double ended dreads in with my natural hair. I have braided them in mainly at the bottom of my hair and some throughout the middle and sides.


Sorry about the not so great photos, its difficult taking photos of the back of my own head :p

The black dreads are made by me and colourful dreads are made by Izzybeau.

Would anyone be interested in me posting a photo tutorial on how to get this style? If so, just let me know in the comments below :)