Worst beadmaker! Tip#1

Have you ever struggled to make pressed beads come out the way you want them too? I’d like to share my tips for making fabulous pressed beads!

Our first tip is about focus and how it can help!

Pick a shape and stick with it!  Many times when someone is unsuccessful during the first few tries with a press, they will move to a different shape, Don’t Do It!!  Working with one shape, and one size of that shape, even, helps build muscle memory.  The more you practice the more adept you become at judging the amount of glass, the best pre-press shape for that cavity and how to work with your tool.  Once you get the hang of it, you can fluidly move between presses and cavities, because your muscle memory has lasting power!

We have some great video tutorials on our Zooziis YouTube channel, which can give you a visual for some of our presses, in use, with more tutorials being added regularly.

If you are in the mood for a couple new presses, you can also enjoy our 20% discount, all the details can be found on a previous blog post.

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Final Sale!!

We are offering 20% off all presses for orders of $90.00 or more (that is $90.00 in presses… 2 or more), until 9/2 at midnight!  The sale is for our presses, only.  You can add other items to maximize your shipping costs, at the regular price (and those extra goodies do not satisfy the $90.00 minimum).

This is the last site wide sale of the year.  We will offer discounts on presses when we release their video tutorials, but if you have been wanting to stock up, I’m giving you the inside scoop, that now is the time!!  Have you seen our Fabulous Video Tutorials? Head over to our Zooziis YouTube channel!

If you place a qualifying order for $90.00 or more during our sale you will be added into our Free $100 Shopping Fun drawing!  The $100 is valid for 1 year from the date of issue and can be redeemed on all our presses!  You don’t have to do anything to be entered, we will do that for your automatically!

To receive your 20% discount simply use the code: Summer20

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Video Tutorial: Crystal

Have you seen the most recent video tutorial on our YouTube Channel?  Have you liked our channel so you are updated when new videos are uploaded?

I love this wonderful tutorial by Shelia Davis using the ZooziiCrystal press!

Has summer heat arrived where you are?  It can be hard to torch when it gets too hot. Here is a great idea for cooling off, and the side effect, added energy and great respiratory support!

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A new tutorial!

You can learn how to make a bead using the Straight Sided Pillow Trio Large, by watching the video tutorial I just created!  I’ve been wanting to make videos for a while and I’ve been asked to create them more and more lately, so here is my first one, in what will be a series of video tutorials!  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Was the information in this video helpful?  Are you inspired to create beads with this tool?  What tip jumped out to you?

And don’t forget to jump on over to our website to see all the size options and have one shipped right to your home or studio!!

Discount Wednesday: Cozy Home!

Everyone makes a big deal out of Spring Cleaning!  I prefer Fall cleaning.  I live in NH where we have snow on the ground for up to 6 months a year!  I find giving the house a great overhall in Fall sets the stage for hunkering down for the Fall and Winter.  The cleaning, decluttering and organizing that I did this fall has inspired me to make some different storage solutions for my home, as well as spruce some of the rooms!

Winter is a great time for these projects since I can be outside planting the garden or making repairs to farm buildings!  How about you?  Do you find that you enjoy sprucing the house during the winter months?

I found this fabulous website many years ago, and I still love going to look at the plans she has available.  I think this dresser with some new knobs will be a great winter project!

We have several knob shapes to choose from!  All of them are on sale for $10.00 off! The knob inserts I sell are made by Marj Bates of GlassThings.com.  She is the original inventor of this type of system.  She’s been making knobs for over 20 years, and I was super excited to partner with her, because I value and honor the creative process, and giving credit where credit is due!  These are top notch inserts made of steel, and they work great, look professional and are super easy to use!  I recommend adding them to your cart!  You’ll love the creating process with Marj’s inserts and your new ZooziiKnob Press!

The Original Round Knob Press!

Knob tutorials!  Bar Knob, the adorable Heart Knob, the original Round Knob.

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My current favorite knob shape, Faceted Hex!

See all the knob presses on our website!

It’s hip to be Square!

In 2002 my dad and I created the first square shaped brass press. We designed it, and then dad made it for me for Christmas! Showing beads I made with it in an online forum gallery catapulted us into Lampwork Tool Makers.

When we started selling it, we called it the pillow press. It was a square version of a lentil press. Since then we’ve created a Straight Sided version that is beautiful and feels so nice in the hand. Both styles of Pillow Press are on Sale today! $10.00 off each press, order as many sizes as you want! Discount: HipToBe

This is the press that started it all. The Christmas Gift my dad made for me 12 years ago!

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The Pillow has been a fabulous canvas for the artwork of many artists over the years.  Kim Neely of Bluff Road Art Glass really made the press shine with her ZooziiZoo Set, shortly after the press was released!

Zooziizoo set by Bluff Road Art Glass

The Straight Sided Version is one of my all time favorite shapes!  It’s so user friendly and the straight sides allows for beautiful bead holes, every time!

Share the Love!

This is a month we often think about those we love.  It’s also a good month to be getting ready for your Valentine bead making needs!  Let’s share some love!

The Zoozii Heart Presses are each $10.00 off!  Buy as many as you want!  Various sizes and in 2 different formats, slim and puffy!  Simply use the discount code: ShareLove during checkout and the discount will be applied!  If you want to see all the sale presses in one place, I made them their own page!  Sale Hearts

The Puffy Hearts, call the Lovin’, need a little explanation.  They are very easy, but the press isn’t as clearly obvious as the slim/flat hearts, because you make the heart into the press. Here is the tutorial, showing how easy it is to use, and how forgiving it is.  It also allows for tweaks in style.  These are chocolates made by Jennifer Gurganus with the Lovin’ Medium!  Yum!!

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Here is a great size comparison for the Sweet Heart options.  The Mini and Small come together is one press.  The Medium Tile and Medium come together in a second press and the large and XL come in their own presses!

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