Our first sticks were all made from wood (the base rod for both the flowerstick and the handsticks), on which we wrapped strips of used inner tyre rubber as a gripping surface, and made the tassels also from the same rubber. As decoration, we glued simple wrapping material on the stick, which we secured together with nails and duct tape. These products were fragile and typically very slippery. It wasn’t easy playing with them, although there was no other option at the time, and we also learned on these, how to play with them.
Fibreglass, silicone-wrapped stick
We used fiberglass rods instead of wood from this point on, as the material for the flowersticks, and we also covered them with silicone in addition to rubber. The fiberglass is practically unbreakable, giving the stick a long life (unlike wood), and the transparent silicone has a better grip than rubber and makes the stick more beautiful and colourful.
From this point on, our flowersticks were predominantly decorated with UV-active colours. These are not only stunning when exposed to UV light but also look vibrant under “normal” light conditions.
New fiberglass, new silicone-tube
Several significant improvements were made at this time. The fiberglass we had been using was a rigid 10mm diameter tube with only a silicone strip wrapped around it, which only partially covered the sticks, so the grip was not quite right. From then on, however, we used a 6mm thin, solid, lightweight fiberglass rod, covered with a transparent silicone tube, which also improved the grip. With the lighter fiberglass stick, even the smaller ones could easily succeed, and thanks to its flexibility, our flowerstick has become suitable for finer tricks and also for kicks. Thanks to the silicone tube, not only has the lifespan of the sticks increased, but its better grip has also made the tricks easier. From then on, we no longer used inner tyre rubber at the making of the handsticks (except for the tassels on the flowersticks), as we covered them exclusively with silicone tubing. This year was a big step: our flowerstick became better, more beautiful and more long-lasting.
This year the focus was on decoration. Thanks to the new techniques (painting, printing, stickers), only the imagination has set a limit in the decoration.
The used inner tyre rubber was already only used for the tassels, which, unfortunately, varied in quality and purity. In the years that followed, however, we already obtained high-quality – consistently high quality and guaranteed clean rubber for these too. Previously, the rubber material used had cracked and broke down after a few games, which quickly came at the expense of the game. In the case of rubber tassels, it is important to have the appropriate flexibility, which we managed to achieve with the use of high-quality rubber.
So far, all our handsticks have been made out of wood, which still remained, but we have also created fully fiberglass kits alongside them. It wasn’t a big improvement in terms of play, but it was a big improvement in quality and durability. Because if you’re not careful, the wooden handstick can break (not while playing, but if you step on it or sit on it, for example,…) and may not always remain completely straight (wood is a natural material that dries over time and may deform). All this cannot happen with the fiberglass version. It’s guaranteed to be straight and much more durable.
New, fully transparent, extra gripping cover
Time has passed over the former silicone tube. We thought it couldn’t get any better, but we were wrong. Not only is the new material of better quality (it’s completely transparent, so all decoration is nicer), but it also has an incomparably better gripping than the old silicone. We have experienced it first-hand how much this means in the game. Newer, nicer, and faster tricks became possible. It was the year when ours became better than any other juggling stick on the market 🙂
Tassels from white rubber
From now on, our high-end sticks will have a stylish white tassel. It hasn’t affected the quality, but it’s really stylish and more striking than its black version especially when you spin it.
Protective cap (for handsticks)
From this year onwards, the ends of the handsticks were covered with protective caps. Since they typically get in touch with the ground a lot, they wear out over time. This does not improve handling, but it does improve durability, appearance, and quality.
New, thinner fiberglass flowerstick + thicker wall handstick
Thanks to our continuous experimentation, we managed to make the flowerstick more flexible and also lightened its weight. From now on, our sticks were made of 5 mm diameter fiberglass instead of 6 mm, which makes for a smoother, nicer game and, because of its lighter weight, makes it easier for young players (6-10 years old) to get the hang of the fun. In addition to the flowersticks, from this year onwards our handsticks were also made of a new, more durable fiberglass. To be lighter in weight (so even the small ones can easily hold them), they were always made of hollow material; however, the material we used before, sometimes cracked when stepped on, so we switched to thicker wall thickness.
Flowerstick shoulder bag and kit-fastener velcro
This year we did not develop the stick but rather focused on accessory products. We have now made bags in which it was easy to carry the stick around. Our other major creation is a velcro strap that makes the kit easy to hold together (either you have a bag, or you don’t, it always comes in handy). Because it is enough to lose one handstick to make the whole kit useless. However, if it’s always held together when you’re not playing with it, it will prevent all this.
New, white rubber
So far, our white rubber tassels have only been nicer, but no better than the black rubber ones. From this year onwards, we’ve put extra-quality white rubber tassels on the best sticks, which are much more flexible and durable than before. The better quality plays a role primarily in durability, but thanks to its flexibility it is easier to play with it. The more flexible the material is for the tassel, the more continuous contact it will make between the flowerstick and the handsticks while playing, which makes it possible to perform better, nicer, and faster tricks.
Fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark design
It was an old dream come true when we were finally able to offer glowing sticks. We managed to find the right materials, so from now on our most beautifully decorated sticks, even glow in the dark. Already our plain, UV-active colors glow in the twilight, but the new ones glow even in the dark.