What can I do to handle
https requests while an
SSL certicate is being arranged?
https requests are being made from a desktop app so there are no browsers involved.
Are there free certs I can put in without disrupting anything?
If a self signed wont work as suggested by nickw you can free cents from http://cert.startcom.org/
We have used them for quite a few websites that we want to secure without any issues
Add a self signed certificate, a browser will complain (your app may or may not), but after acceptance it will work. If you search for self signed certificates, you can find many a tutorial like this.