As 2019 and the decade come to an end its always good to look back on what happened this year. It had some highs, serious lows and lots in the middle.
And boy what a year!
February is when I made the decision to buy a UV printer and I was sure this was the future of JBC (Jellybelly Custom) so the prep on the workshop and everything started waiting for its delivery in early March. It was nothing short of a huge investment. The most amount of money I will have spent since buying my house!!! Just to give you an idea
I made the decision because sourcing prints from others was a pain and time consuming, not to mention expensive it would hopefully open up the world to ultimate customizations for me and other
It arrived and I was solely focused on it, with the arrival of the drop in Game Boy Color LCD the timing was perfect.
It was great for the first few months but the reality soon checked in I was doing far too much with JBC, my day job and also my young family.
It was also plagued with supply issues, China plain glass was a royal pain in my ass, often oversized, poor quality or just poor service from them which added to the pressure that could have been avoided. I was printing far too many so I decided to outsource the print to a silkscreen factory to up the quality and “speed up” production. I’d like to think it worked but there were still delays for various reasons.
The UV printer is sold and perceived as the ultimate thing for modding, however after owning one, running it and maintaining it. They really aren’t! yes, they are good but the ultimate, not really.
Getting the print to bond to glass was a pain, an extra bottle of primer is needed which is seriously expensive has a shelf life and even then it’s still not bonded as well as silkscreened glass
The printer inks have a short life, same with the primer. Also, these machines are not designed for sitting still, they require constant use if they rest for anything more than 2-3 days the ink lines can clog, print heads can clog so the quality reduces. So that meant I had to print on it, it had to print!
I was working 40hr a week in the day job then with an extra 30hr on JBC. Something had to give and unfortunately, that was me. I was burned out, tired, ratty (more than normal). I was stressed and burned out. I didn’t enjoy modding, printing, working or much of anything really
So the decision was made in August to sell the printer and go back to just being me, a man who makes things in his workshop for fun.
The printer sold early October and it felt like a tonne of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders.
All that being said I did enjoy certain aspects of it, I got the chance to work with 8bitaesthetics and his work on the artist series he put together with Jackie, kiki and Ori. That was a get experience as he is one of the biggest and well-respected modders out there. I hope we will continue to work together where possible in 2020 an beyond.
2019 The year of the Game Boy Color
The Game Boy Color had always been a console that everyone had dreamed about a backlit LCD. BennVenn in 2017 (i think) started to produce the AGS101 ribbon adaptor, it was generally received pretty well but some big YouTubers made a right hack job of installing it and some people wrote it off. WRONGLY!
It was said that I would never close or be a hot glue mess to hold together. However, that made me wanna get it to work even more. I soon figured out a machining operation and with the help of 8bitjay we did a 3d printed bracket. That meant the console would close fully and be screwed together not glued. I showed it around and others started to figure it out esotericmods and bennvenn himself, but they were time-consuming to make and require a huge amount of machining to get it all to work.
It was and still is a great mod. I much prefer the AGS to anything nowadays and I still have the very first one I made for myself.
Early 2019 BennVenn released the FreckleShack, along with Mcwill, MW Embedded and then the Chinese
I was fortunate enough to get a prototype from bennvenn for getting the design for the glass together. It might be a rare museum piece one day as only me and KyleAwsm had them.
that’s was all the beginning of the year now as the end of the year the Chinese have graced us with a full-size IPS LCD version. Here a review on that
The future of Jellybelly Customs
All I can say it’s a fine balance between what I enjoy doing and doing just enough to keep myself happy
I will still be providing glass to you lot, the BennVenn 3″ is due to me any day now. Its been delayed because the factory made a stupid mistake. I plan to have some DMG styles printed in GBC and also GBA version. Also, a new batch of “Light” glass is due for the drop-in LCD mods.
I’m also running JBC as what I want to do or parts I need for my builds, not what others want me to do. If I want it then someone else will want it as well, that kind of motto.
I’m also really enjoying making molds and casting again. Its a process I started way back because I wanted to make some DMG style buttons and also a clear surround for the GBZ I was building at the time. Its a really enjoyable process. I’m hoping I can free some time to make a few videos on the process.
I really, really, really want to get this DMG102 PCB project finished off it’s so close and its gotta happen early next year for sure. (Please don’t hold me to that!)
I’ll still be around for a good while yet, making a hopefully providing stuff to you, if you wanna buy it.
On a personal level, this decade has been a good one. I married my soul mate and have been married 7years, we somehow created a beautiful daughter and kept her alive for 3 years. I also found this hobby which I love so much, and at times this year, I thought I was through with it.
So altho this year has been a thought one in the scheme of things. Overall my decade has been a great one
Thanks for all the support this year and previous. I hope you can support me in 2020 as well.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!