Eleventh Hour – Drop Info

– THE DROP –

At https://everecarre.com, posting at 6 PM PST today, accepting payment through a PayPal portal, which also takes credit card from non-account holders.

Int’l buyers please note that payment is pre-set to $148 for spinner ($144) + shipping in the USA ($4), so I’ll contact you after the drop to collect the difference in shipping. Sorry, it’ll be more streamlined next time!

– THE SPINNER –

One small batch made of polished bronze (C655 silicon bronze), with dimensions of 44mm x 20mm x 12mm, taking any 20mm press/slip-fit buttons, and shipping with a 10-ball ZrO2 R188 bearing (HC3z.)

– EXTRAS –

Comes with a numbered COA, display, and an extra 8-ball ZrO2 R188 bearing (Harlem Hustler.) Oh, and lots of love.

– NITTY GRITTY –

Designed by Everecarre in California, USA.
Modeled by Dark EDC in Utah, USA.
Machined by Focusworks EDC in Sechelt, CA.
Polished and balanced by Joey Bettencourt in Alaska, USA.

Terra’s Review

The Gatsby: a beacon of originality, creativity, and necessity held in the palm of my hand

While I am not too familiar with the intricacies of spinners or their flourishing community, I have learned to appreciate their vibrant artistry thanks to Alysia Tran, who not only invented a spinner that I consider fundamental in my life, but who is also a dear friend of mine.  

When I met Alysia a few years ago, my only concept of spinners was only limited to, well, fidget spinners—You know, the ones you find for three or four bucks at the gas station counter.  

However, as I had the honor of getting to know Alysia, I recognized that instead of spinning between her forefingers a plastic, alien-like disk that clicked and clacked with each flick, she held spinners that were much more complex and beautiful.  She showed me her own collection of spinners, and I acknowledged the fierce work and devotion that goes into their production. 

Alysia presented me with remarkable spinners that were small, heavy, cool to the touch, composed of different elements like copper, bronze, brass (along with several metals that I cannot name off the top of my head).  I liked how some wobbled when I’d rotate my wrist, or how some spun so smoothly and silently that I couldn’t tell whether or not it was moving when I closed my eyes.  

Their existence, I learned, was far more elaborate than I had ever imagined, and it is something that I deeply appreciate not only because of the sophistication behind their mechanics, but also because whenever Alysia shows me a spinner that she loves, she illuminates with excitement and familiarity.
When Alysia began her trials of designing and producing her own spinner, I knew that both her thriving affinity for the craft as well as her involvement within the community would yield a product that would portray the same elements that she prefers in a spinner.  The Gatsby not only succeeds in this way, but its intricate design and art-deco aesthetic proves to be both timeless and elegant. It is the result of Alysia’s vibrantly artistic, efficient, and skillful mind—and as I hold The Gatsby in the palm of my hand, I conclude that its existence was built not only from the mind, but also from the whole heart.

My Experience

While The Gatsby is wildly successful in its design and quality, I have also learned its importance within my own life, for it has tremendously helped me to calm and even maintain my anxiety and panic disorder.

The nature of my anxiety is annoyingly unpredictable, and when it lingers within me, the energy I bottle up becomes focused in my hands; I often tightly clench my fists, incessantly tap my fingers, or even uncontrollably pick at the skin around my nails with my thumbs.  

However, when I held The Gatsby for the first time, I comprehended a sense of calmness, a sense of comfort.  I was drawn to its weight, its coolness, its silhouette and contour; how my fingers pleasantly fit upon the textured buttons; how my index finger gripped the edge and manifested a powerful spin; how each spin seemed to expel any unwarranted thoughts or fears, banishing them from my mind the way sheepdogs banish hungry foxes from herds of cattle they must protect.

Whenever I steady The Gatsby between my fingers, it is not just a spinner or a product—it is a necessity—and it has since been able to promote calmness during my fleeting moments of darkness and restlessness.  

I am so proud of Alysia and her success in The Gatsby’s creation. I am also thankful that she introduced to me her passion for spinners in this dazzling context.  

The Gatsby is a token I carry with me at all times, and whenever I feel myself strayed away from comfort, I spin it between my forefingers like a lucky charm; and it’s like Alysia is patting me on the shoulder, assuring me that everything is going to be okay. 

Prelude in G

Good afternoon! Short and sweet update: the entire batch of Gatsbys arrived on Friday. I’ve assembled and tested about half now, everything looks good and I hope to announce the drop in a week.

Keep an eye out for my next post – it’ll be a written review from a good friend of mine. She hadn’t had much experience with spinners before I indoctrinated her, so I thought she’d be the perfect candidate to test the design as someone who could judge it based on its merit alone (rather than compared to other designs and metrics we’re used to in the spinner community.) She’s a brilliant writer who majored in literature during her undergrad and is applying to graduate programs this year! I can’t wait to share what she writes with you.

Things are picking up, keep in touch…

GATSBY, sign-up sale

This is the “first final” Gatsby, meaning the first available publicly with completion of the final step in production. Comes with all the trappings and is perfectly balanced, as you might’ve seen in the last post’s video.

Put your name in the hat at 12 PM PST today by leaving a comment below, emailing me at everecarre@gmail.com, or entering at Everecarre Lab on Facebook. One entry per person, but you have your pick of how you’d like to do it. Ends at 12 PM PST tomorrow, winner will be drawn at 7 PM. Ships out on Monday. Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

Balance Test Video

Hello! Quick read and video here. As detailed in my previous couple of posts, I sent out a couple Gatsbys to be balanced a little over a week ago. I only sent two, rather than the entire batch, so we could confirm that the work was possible first. Well, it was! And the entire batch was sent out. It’ll be a few more weeks until the drop is ready, but for now, I have one perfectly balanced piece ready to go.

If anybody is interested in a sign-up sale for this piece only, please let me know via Facebook, everecarre@gmail.com, or Instagram. If you’d rather the entire batch drop at the same time, you can message me about that, too!

Here’s a video of the lift test on the aforementioned spinner for those curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUP15AKOmpw

An Auspicious Update Post

Happy Lunar New Year, to those of you that celebrate, and happy Saturday, to those of you that don’t! Regardless of inclinations, I have some news that I think everyone will appreciate.

First off, thank you for being patient while I went silent trying to make sure the Gatsby will be at its best when its delivered to you. Now to the good news! After my last update post, a community member saw the situation and offered his help. You may or may not recognize his name, but he has been doing modification work on spinners since February 2017. I’m pleased to say that, out of the goodness of his heart, Joey Bettencourt will be balancing all the Gatsbys!

Two samples were sent to him this past week to make sure that they could be balanced and so I could confirm his work for myself. One sample was one of the 3 received back from Jordy that were still wobbly, and the most imbalanced of the entire bunch. The other was my personal Gatsby. I sent these two because of my familiarity with my personal piece and because if Joey succeeded in fixing the most imbalanced piece, he would likely be able to fix the whole batch.

Thanks to his hard work, they are now both smooth-spinning and will pass the lift test. This means that when the spinner is placed on its side on a table and lifted straight up, it will either stay still on its horizontal plane or move very slowly with bias towards one arm. “Failure” of this test doesn’t necessarily mean that a spinner will wobble while spinning, but it is a good indicator for it, especially if it rotates very quickly upon lift (due to one arm being heavier than the other.)

So – next step is to ship the entire batch out to Joey, this coming Monday. He estimates that it’ll take him about 9 or 11 days to finish them all. If everything goes well, Gatsbys should be back to me and ready for release in about 3 weeks.

Thank you all for following along.

Return of the Gatsby

Hello, all. In case you missed the last couple of updates, about two weeks ago, Gatsbys were sent back to FocusWorks EDC due to varying degrees of wobble. They were returned to me yesterday afternoon and since then, I’ve been prepping them for the drop.

All the HC3zs in the spinners felt dirty when I got them, so I spent about 4 hours cleaning them, but to no avail. Damage was probably incurred from crossing the border twice. I’ve ordered new ones from FZEssentials, and those will be here this week, in time for me to swap them out.

In the meantime, I’ve been switching the gritty HC3zs out with a clean bearing to accurately test balance. Before Jordy shipped the spinners back, I asked him if they would pass the lift test. He said he has never conducted that test in thousands of spinners sold, but they passed his tests and were spinning smoothly – therefore, they should pass the lift test as well. And like he said, almost all are spinning smoothly at all speeds. However, all of them do favor one side when lifted straight up.

At this point, I’ve literally quadruple-checked each one to make sure that the spin is unaffected by the overall balance. I won’t be selling the couple that are still wobbly. And unfortunately, I don’t have the tools to balance them myself. This isn’t Jordy’s fault, since he did take them back and made sure they passed his tests. I didn’t clarify my expectations when we started, which I should have done.

Thank you all for following along. It’s been a long journey, but we are almost there. I’ll post drop details soon.

Small update.

Gatsbys were picked up to be shipped back to Jordy yesterday. RIP, original drop date. On the bright side, while the spinners themselves are being perfected, I’ve had the time to do the same for all the peripherals.

Also, I’ll be adding one extra bearing, the Harlem Hustler (8-ball ZrO2 hybrid ceramic) from FZE, to each order. Price unchanged, thank you all for being patient. Can’t wait for you to see the complete package. Happy NYE!