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Learn 4 ways to add lights to your crafts by making a Light-Up Unicorn Headband, Wand, Tutu, and Bag. Ships in time for Halloween!
Learn 4 ways to add lights to your crafts by making a Light-Up Unicorn Headband, Wand, Tutu, and Bag. Ships in time for Halloween!
227 backers pledged $11,517 to help bring this project to life.

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Happy Halloween, Unicorns!

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Happy Halloween Backers!

I hope many of you will be wearing your horns tomorrow!

Send me pics!

I want to see your halloween unicorn photos! Please send me pics to natasha@technochic.net - I'd love to feature your photos on our instagram page!

We had an Ultimate Unicorn Craft Party!

Thanks to the Staten Island MakerSpace for supporting the campaign by hosting an Ultimate Unicorn Craft Party! Their space is truly epic - I highly recommend checking it out if you are ever in Staten Island! Here are some photos:

The Unicorns!
The Unicorns!
Making them awesome.
Making them awesome.
Too cool for unicorn school.
Too cool for unicorn school.

Updates to come!

Phew - It's been a long month. Rewards have shipped and almost all were delivered! Yay! Production for this project was intense - physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. So this is THE FIRST moment I've had to send an update! I love sharing my process, so I will send a few posts out in the next few weeks to share the details of each product with you that I haven't had time to do!

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Natasha

p.s. There are still a few of you who have yet to fill out your survey. If you haven't received a shipping notification or a package you are probably one of them! I've sent reminder emails, so please check your junk mailbox or message me directly on Kickstarter for a new link. I want to get you your rewards ASAP.  :-) Thank you!

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Production & Shipping Update

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Production Issue - Grrrrr. 

Remember how I was struggling with getting the horns produced? Well, the saga continues. When I last updated you, the horns were done with the wrong foil. This time, the registration of the foil design and die cut were wrong on almost all of the presses (only about 40 came out correct). This is very frustrating for me because I have a very keen attention to detail, so a mistake this big is just unacceptable. 

I'm having the factory produce more this week - hopefully this batch will be correct!

I can't believe it was wrong again. :-/
I can't believe it was wrong again. :-/

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World Maker Faire! It was great!

Despite the registration issue with the horns, we were able to pack the 40 into full kits and start to sell them at the Faire. This was a big moment for me - to see how the product responds in public. 

It was awesome!

We were in a very low traffic area, but even so we sold a bunch of kits and the response was very positive! I personally suffer from a lot of self-doubt right before a product launches, and this was a fantastic feeling to overcome it in such a positive way. :)

I met a few of you there! Thanks for stopping by and for your amazing support!

We enjoyed a few relaxing days with nice cool weather. :)
We enjoyed a few relaxing days with nice cool weather. :)

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Shipping Times - Update!

With all of these issues, the shipping of this project will need to be pushed back. It breaks my heart as I said I would ship in September, and I hate breaking promises, but my original schedule was to have the horns finished the first week of September, and here we are in the last week.

I know some of you reached out to me during the campaign asking about shipping dates because you had an event that you wanted to wear your costume to. If you're reading this and saying - "oh no! I need it now!" please email me, I can prioritize your order. 

Otherwise, If all goes well (knock on wood) I expect to ship next week (The week of October 1st). So, you will still have plenty of time to make the costume for Halloween. :)

You'll still have time before Halloween!
You'll still have time before Halloween!

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Instructions are Here/Almost Here!

I've been busy making the instructions as well. :) I'm still working on getting them all online but they will be on YouTube and the website shortly. 

Here's my YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRkClAHNb1PeETqsYdWufSQ?

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!

I plan on making a lot more videos in the near future, and I want to get a URL that isn't as ugly as the one above. I need 100 subscribers to claim a URL - will you help me by subscribing? Thanks!

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Thanks for your support!

You guys rock!
You guys rock!

Big Update! Photos, Snags, Surveys, Events!

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In this update: 

  • Production Progress
  • A Few Snags
  • How to Get Your Kits
  • & Come Meet Us!

Production is in full swing!

Production is in full swing! I feel like an Orchestra Master, carefully putting hundreds of tiny pieces into motion. I've spent the past few weeks making sure that every detail is correct, and fighting for the quality of this project.

I design the shape, size, color and material of every piece with extreme attention to detail, research, and testing. The production phase feels like a battle for these decisions. When going from prototype to production, I am fighting for quality of each piece to remain true to the original vision every step of the way. 

It's going well (with a few snags, read below). The paper is beautiful, the pieces are fitting together nicely, the colors are bold and beautiful. 

I'm really excited!

Here are some pics from production:

The paper is SHINY! Total mirror shimmer!
The paper is SHINY! Total mirror shimmer!
Cutting out all the shapes on my Die Press
Cutting out all the shapes on my Die Press
More Shapes!
More Shapes!
Just keep kitting, just keep kitting...
Just keep kitting, just keep kitting...
THIS GUY! Matt helped me run the die press- super thanks to him!
THIS GUY! Matt helped me run the die press- super thanks to him!

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Two Snags :-(

The production process has hit a few snags that were out of my control - how frustrating! 

Snag #1 - "Searching for Satchels"

UPS misplaced my shipment of the custom sewn tote bags for your Sparkling Satchel kits. It was un-trackable for 3 days, but in the end it turned up! Phew! 

The unfortunate thing is that due to the delay, I lost my spot in the production schedule at the screen printer to add the glittery unicorn to the bags, delaying the project about a week. 

Me at the UPS hub in Secaucus NJ, finally united with my lost package!
Me at the UPS hub in Secaucus NJ, finally united with my lost package!

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Snag #2 - "The Horrible Horn Hiccup"

The unicorn horns require a special foil stamping process, so I hire a Stamping and Die Cutting manufacturer to have them made. I've worked with this one before, and they've done amazing work. After patiently waiting for the horns to be manufactured (their production schedule was delayed too) I drove to Long Island City to pick them up (took me 3 hrs in traffic). 

I'm so excited to see them. I open the box to check them out.

They used.

The wrong.

Foil.

Ugh. 

Not my mistake, but my headache. So the horns are being rushed and run again this week. I hope hope hope hope everything goes smoothly!

After spending so much effort to choose the perfect foil, I just couldn't accept this.
After spending so much effort to choose the perfect foil, I just couldn't accept this.

I had planned to ship your rewards this week (The 17th). 

The new plan is to ship as soon as I get these pieces of the project in. I should still be able to ship before the end of September as promised, fingers crossed! :)

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How To Get Your Kits: BackerKit surveys are coming!

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Soon, you’ll receive an email with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. You can provide your shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email!

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://ultimateunicorn.backerkit.com .

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://ultimateunicorn.backerkit.com/faq.

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Come Meet Us!

We have two events coming up on the next two weekends - Come out and say hi!

Maker Faire - BUST CRAFTACULAR 

I'll be at BUST Craftacular inside World Maker Faire NY!

September 22 + 23 @ New York Hall of Science

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TechnoChic "Be A UNICORN - The DIY Experience" will debut at the inaugural In the MKNG!

Get together with fellow lovers of creativity, craft, DIY, and fun at In the MKNG: a new, unique festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, in Bethel, NY September 29th-30th. Celebrate and get inspired with live demonstrations, interactive activities, craft vendors, workshops, food, and music. 

Tickets are $25 or less and are on sale at www.inthemkng.com (link in bio). Use the TechnoChic Unique Promo Code: EXMKNG17 to save $2!

We'll be in the Kids Zone - #K-1 

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Design, build, and wear your own light-up UNICORN headband! Mashing up tech & crafts is the name of the game at the TechnoChic booth. Learn how to incorporate LED lights into your Unicorn horn headband, then fold shimmery ears and decorate your project to be uniquely you!

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 & there's music too!

I hope to see you there!

Thanks again for your support! I love doing this work :)

Natasha

We did it! The UNICORN MAGIC will be unleashed!

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Hey backers! We're a successfully funded Kickstarter! We are so thankful for your excitement, encouragement and support of this project. Thanks so much!!

We've been doing a lot of work putting together the many pieces that make up these kits, and now's the time to make it happen! We'll be quiet for about a week as we orchestrate the final orders to our suppliers and manufacturers. Then, stay tuned for behind-the-scenes look at how it will all come together. :)

Thanks again - YOU ROCK!

<3

Natasha & Casey 

BIG UPDATE! The home stretch... sequin waistband (pun intended)

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Hey Backers!

Thanks again for your support! Here's what we're up to this week:

We’re hard at work refining prototypes:

We’ve been making sure each part of our kit works well, so that you can have THE BEST experience while becoming a unicorn. The geometry of all our paper forms are being optimized, we’re testing different brands of tape, sewing battery packs to things, and… jumping rope with strings of LEDs? We’re HARD at work making this kit the best unicorn crafting experience ever!

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 We got some samples in, and knew just what to do! Take a look:

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We’ve been getting some fantastic press!

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We want your input :) 

We have been prototyping with tiny paper roses, but recently discovered they come in more sizes and colors! If you want to share your opinion about what flowers come in your kit, go to the 2-question survey: HERE

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IT'S GETTING REAL. 

We're so happy to have had all this support! But we're coming close to our goal with little time left to get there. Sharing will help us make it to the goal (and we need every penny of this money to put this into production!)

Here are sample messages that you can tweet, post, or (even better!) message directly to the unicorn-lovers in your life: 

Twitter: The Ultimate Unicorn Craft Kit from @TechnoChicShop is giving kids (big & small ) a reason to love working with electronics. Learn simple circuits & create your own light-up unicorn costume: back the campaign on Kickstarter today! Only 1 week left! bit.ly/UltimateUnicorn #ultimateunicorn 

Facebook: I am so excited about this kit! The Ultimate Unicorn Craft Kit lets kids (and adults with magical inclinations) build and decorate their own light-up unicorn headband and accessories. It’s a sparkly introduction to circuits and DIY electronics that I think you’ll really like. It’s only live on Kickstarter for 1 more week, so check it out: bit.ly/UltimateUnicorn 

Instagram: The Ultimate Unicorn Craft Kit lets you make your own light-up UNICORN headband, wand, tutu, and tote bag! Want to make one? It’s on Kickstarter for 1 more week! Check it out: Link in bio of @TechnoChic #ultimateunicorn #unicorncraftkit #technochic

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Thank you!!

Check out our Friends:

Along our Ultimate Unicorn Kickstarter journey, we’ve been encountering some really cool people who have Kickstarted awesome projects. Here are a few of them:

The Magical Musical Thingy-Majigger reintroduces traditional, hands-on sensory activities and creates an opportunity for them to be more imaginative and inventive. To find out more CLICK HERE.

UniQuest™ is a unicorn-themed card game for unicorn lovers of all ages, but especially young unicorn lovers ages 6+. This game was created out of passion for simple gameplay and, of course, unicorns! CHECK IT OUT. 

The home stretch... 

Thanks so much for your support! We will be in touch soon - hopefully at the finish line!

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Natasha & Casey