Mar 21, 2012

Funeral Bot: Queen of the Dreads

Victoria - Creator, founder, and the madness behind what is Funeral Bot Dreads is an absolute dread-making machine. She makes synthetic dreads, dread wigs, dread falls, cyberlox, hair accessories, extensions (human and synthetic), and a hell of a lot more. Just look at these cute lil' Lady Gaga hair bows she made! She's also got some new things cookin', as well.

"Something new is always cooking! I'm always trying to learn something new and think up what the next big thing is. Lady GaGa bows are in now so i have learned to make those and are up for sale.. i have just as of today started offering multicolor hair bows! A storm is brewing for something new, but i cant tell Shhh! ;)"

Victoria is local to Toronto, Ontario, and in addition to creating some kick-ass dreads, she also installs them. Her technique is flawless, resulting in good tight dreads that aren't going to fall out.

"Dreads installations cost $35/hr and at the most take 3.5 hours. For micro link extensions if you ordered the hair from me installation is FREE of charge!"

Victoria realized that most folks were charging an arm and a leg for a good set of dreads, which led her to think that quality didn't really have to break the bank. In fact, she made this her mantra, and this is what started Funeral Bot Dreads.

"As im sure most of you have seen dreads and extensions are far from cheap. I remember wanting some for myself and refusing to pay $500 or more. So.. i made my own! I learned with many hours of online searching and many youtube videos. I took pieces from many different ways of making them and combined them to what has been the master solution for me, and learned some of my own tricks along the way ;)

I think that you get what you pay for doesnt always have to be the case. I like to offer the best quality along with a reasonable price that wont break the bank. That is something that is hard to find. I've seen dreads makers that have insane prices and still offer poor quality. I feel that is such a shame! Also as a dread maker i am ALWAYS trying to figure out what's next, im not a one trick pony. I am always learning so I can offer more options and am always expanding!"

A little while back, I decided that my hair needed a little bit of a change. All my life I've had long hair, and decided to shave off the sides and cut my hair shorter at age 18, resulting in a great deathhawk. But at age 24, and endless hours of spiking, backcombing, and sore arms, I wanted a change. Victoria made me an awesome set of Monster Kookies themed dreads in black, purple, and lime green - both solid and candy-cane. I can't even tell you how many compliments I got on them! As you can tell from one of the pics, I'm having a blast in them.

Making dreads is a very repetitive process, and it can definitely wreak havoc on the fingers. She describes the process:

"Wake up, section hair, tie hair, back comb hair, back comb hair, back comb hair lol, wrap hair, seal hair, repeat! Then depending on the style of dreads this process can have added steps.

You are smoothing out plastic hair over and over for hours and holding hair really tight then steaming. So your hands feel gross from running them over plastic for a long time, then your fingers start cracking and aching from pulling holding and twisting hair, then sometimes you burn yourself on the steam. So... they hurt lol"

She shows *much* dedication to the craft...

"Oh man! I remember my best friend wanted a 90 16" DE kit for her birthday.... which was the next day! She's lucky i loved her i was up till 4 am making dreads... and i think i started at noon. I was busted! Then had to do her 4 hours install the next morning with no sleep and blistered fingers and my fingers were bleeding by the cuticles from rolling elastics over my steam burned hands from working all night. It was horrible!"

...Even when things get a little crazy.

"Oh dear god!!! it was horrible.. This girl! Let me tell you it was an 80 piece dread kit and almost every dread was different! Different lengths, different styles, curled dreads, straight dreads, 16", 28", 24"!! Transitionals, candy canes, solids.. OMG!!!!! I actually vowed never to take an order from that girl EVER again.. i hope she doesnt read this lol"

But still - she is very enthusiastic...

"I'm always searching the net for something new i can bring to my company and making it affordable. FBD is also on the path of expansion! The word needs to get out! You can have premium quality hair products and not have it cost you and arm and a leg!"

Victoria has been creating dreads since she was 15, so she has had a lot of time to perfect her skills! However, she's been selling her dreads under the Funeral Bot name for about three years, now.

Interested in getting yourself some sassy dreads? You can contact Victoria on Facebook by searching for Victoria Funeral Bot Visser or e-mail her at F.B.Dreads@gmail.com. You can visit the Funeral Bot Dreads Facebook Page or check out the Funeral Bot Dreads Website, as well.

She carries all colours of the rainbow and then some, but make sure to be specific about what you're looking for! Length, style (solid, candy cane, transitional, striped, harlequin (double ended only), blended or curled), colours, quantity, and whether you want single or double ended are all very important. She doesn't just sell locally, she ships Internationally as well - contact her with your order specifications and location so that she may give you a shipping quote.

All in all - I've gotta bring her back those dreads that she made me - I'm dying to get them back onto my head!

Mar 16, 2012

The Big List of Monster Kookies Articles

It's been a LONG time since I last updated, hasn't it?

I've discovered how difficult it is to upkeep a journal AND a blog, so unfortunately this blog hasn't been written in for quite some time.

I will keep the blog up for the sake of all the articles and whatnot that I have created over the past few years, but I am also going to make more of an effort to update.

If you'd like to keep up with the latest Monster Kookie news, I regularly update my journal over at DeviantArt:

Monster Kookies Journal @ DeviantArt

Here are some of the interesting articles I have created over the years - all very helpful for someone wanting to learn more about Polymer Clay. It'll save you from having to go through everything! Enjoy. :)

MK Talks PC: Kaweco Fantasie Pens (video)

Baking Polymer Clay: Choosing Your Oven

The Dreaded White Clay

How To Scent Polymer Clay

Farewell, Fingerprints!