August 17, 2012
I was torching during open torch night at the Gathering, demonstrating how to use the awesome bubble press to a lovely group of folks, when someone came up behind me and handed me a little silicon loop with a ribbon sewn across the middle. "These are for you. Can you tell what they are?" She says. She then proceeded to show me how it works. You put one end over one pin, and the other end over the other, to keep the top of your press and the bottom of your press together! Brilliant. The adorable little ribbon accent works to keep the silicon loop from sliding off the other corners. Seriously, I'll say it again, Brilliant!! This will make storing and moving ZooziiTools so much easier. Shannon is a clever woman, for sure! They would be simple enough to make yourself, with a little ribbon, a silicon hair tie and a needle and thread. If you'd like to see them sold in our store, let us know in the thread about them on our Facebook page! What to call them? Strap? Leash?
August 15, 2012
What a whirlwind of a summer I've had. The Gathering prep took months, the Gathering itself was a week, and what a great week it was. The 2+ weeks since the Gathering have been a flurry of tool making, packing, shipping, list making, to be sure I don't forget anything. Things are starting to smooth out, and get back to a normal pace. I have a lot of things I want to share, so I will be using this space, regularly again, and of course you can find us on Facebook.
Today I'd like to share a tutorial. For a girl with an online business I'm really rather old school. Paper, pencil, lists I can cross off, that is how I work best. I've been struggling with a tutorial for the Bubble. It's rather simple to make, but looks like it would be a challenge, so I've had requests for a tutorial. I tried a photo tutorial, but without an extra set of hands for the camera, it wasn't going to work. Then I tried a video tutorial, but the editing process was driving me crazy. hrumph...now what. Good ole' pencil and paper, came to my rescue again. I hope you find this tutorial as awesome as I do.
I'm working on making it a clickable, easy to print PDF, but this will get you started and give you enough information to know that you want to order your own...now to decide on a size 1" (large), 1.25" (large+) or 1.5" (xl).
June 29, 2012
Shipping Changes. I have changed the shipping options in my store.
If you are in the US
and order 1-3 presses the cost is $5.00. If you
only order mandrels, like an assortment of cabochon, or other mandrels,
the cost is also $5.00. If your order is for a combo of tools and
mandrels, or includes bead release or other larger items, besides the
presses, the cost is $11.35 for the whole order. If your order will not be accommodated by the method you selected, I will contact you prior to shipping to make adjustments.
If you are in Canada or Mexico 1-2 presses are $12.95. 3-4 presses are $25.90
and will arrive in 2 packages. An assortment of mandrels is $25.90. A
combo of presses and mandrels, or larger items can all ship together in
one box for $32.95. If your order will not be accommodated by the method
you selected, I will contact you prior to shipping to make adjustments.
If you are outside the US, Canada or Mexico 1-2 presses are $16.95. An
assortment of mandrels will be $16.95. 3-4 presses are $33.90 and will
arrive in 2 packages. A combo of presses and mandrels, or larger items
can all ship together in one box for $47.95. If your order will not be
accommodated by the method you selected, I will contact you prior to
shipping to make adjustments.
I refund extra shipping, if you select an option that is more expensive than what it costs to ship your order.
Happy Anniversary! Zoozii's is 8 years old! I wanted to share a little about how we got started, and explain how our Anniversary Sale will run...
I had been making beads for about 4 years and was very into Trading Spaces. This prompted the "reveal" each night when I opened the kiln. I live near my parents, so I'd head over with the new beads each night. Mom always wanted jewelry made from something
I showed, and dad would always give his critique. He was increasingly impressed with my work,
and the improved skills. It was such an
I stumbled across a lentil press online. The product was cumbersome and looked awkward
to use, and dad and I started critiquing and redesigning. In the discussion, I mentioned how cool it
would be to have something similar but square, like a throw pillow. Dad told me how challenging that would be to
manufacture. This was the first time, in
what would turn out to be many times, that dad would tell me how hard something
was to make, and then wow me with it later.
We (mom and I) tease, that is how he keeps us thinking he’s
Superman. If he told us it was easy, we
wouldn’t be impressed when he made it happen, but saying it’s difficult, he can
be our hero, and he often is.
That Christmas he wowed me with my very own Pillow
Press. It was beautiful and worked
perfectly. I had so much fun making
beads with it. Then I added some to the
gallery of a popular lampworking forum.
I had no idea what I had just done with the uploading of that simple
image. Within a couple days, I had 30
emails asking me how I did that. No one
had ever seen something like this before.
It was clearly not made with the tools on the market. As I said, lentils were not new, you can even
hand shape rudimentary versions with a spoon, but square pillows! Clearly folks were excited.
Original Press Made for Christmas of 2003!
I talked to dad, who said he could get a CAD drawing for me
to shop around to local machinists to see about getting a small production
run. I did that, and after 2 guys almost
laughed out loud when I showed them my prototype and idea…crazy artsy girl…I
found Walter who agreed to do a run of 50.
I bought that run and dad and I got to work in his basement, side by
side talking and finishing tools. It was
a special time in our relationship. He
was showing his girl how to work with metal, a passion of his since his late
teens. Our family had suffered a great
loss only a few months earlier, and this time together gave us an opportunity to
talk about, and process the feelings that hung in the air, in a way I’m sure we
never would have been able to do otherwise.
After completing the 50 tools, I contacted the 30 folks, who
had spurned on the production run. They
bought theirs, and began spreading the word.
We sold the first 50 in just 2 hours.
My dad came home from work that day and I told him I had sold all 50,
and had already placed an order for more.
He thought I was joking. When I
wasn’t, he admitted to my mom, he was afraid I was going to be stuck with half
the original 50, and couldn’t believe I had sold them already. Walter kept producing more tools, dad and I
spent most nights in the basement working away.
It has been 8 years and we still do all the finishing
ourselves. Through the ups and downs
that happen in family life, including the extended illness and death of my
grandmother, and the birth of my two girls, we work as a family, to bring the
highest quality lampworking tools, to a community of amazing and creative
artists. This business has been a
delightful journey and we appreciate everyone who has been with us on the ride.
ANNIVERSARY SALE! We are going to run specials this month.
I am starting with $8.00 off the price of a pillow press! That includes the Pillow Trio, Pillow Medium+, Pillow Large or Off Mandrel Pillow. You can find them all in the Pillow Category in the left column. You can order the items you want, and input the discount code: Pillow8 during checkout to receive your discount. Discount ends Monday March 5 at midnight.
There will be other specials this month...
...To save on shipping, if you want to place your pillow order, and make a note during checkout to hold until the end of the month, we will fill your order and set it aside. On April 2nd we will ship all orders that were placed on hold. This way, if you want to add stuff during the month, with the other specials you can, and it will all ship together, to save on shipping. Any shipping you paid during your orders that is above the cost of actually shipping your order will be refunded to you when the order ships. I thought that was the best way to make for a fun month of discounts without letting the cost of shipping take away all the fun!
Of course, if you don't want to wait, just order and we'll ship as normal!
Happy Anniversary! I hope you have as much fun this month as we will!