Who doesn't like bling on anything? I have met a woman who has bling on her office supplies at work - from her pen to her stapler. I like bling on my tops and accessories when I sing for the band. I like to add bling to my craft projects, too.
So I had this Kandi Kane Applicator Wand which I bought from either QVC or HSN many years ago. To be honest, I don't think I have used it more than 5 times. Probably because of it being a plug in, and it seemed just too risky to use if left unattended. As you can see on the picture below, when it's set on a surface, the hot tip touches the surface. You will need a special heat resistant mat to avoid burns, or use the little stand that came with - which I have no idea where I hid anymore. The Kandi Kane has different kinds of tips also, to use with different shapes and sizes of bling. I think the different tips make the process complicated.
During a stopover at one of the big box craft stores, I found this bunch in the clearance section. It's the I-Rock Crystal Heat Setting Tool by Imaginisce, and it's battery operated. I like the sound of that.
I took them out of the packaging, and searched for something to test it on. Since I got this cool new microphone, I decided to give this some character.
This tool takes 3 AA batteries, which is not bad. It didn't take that long to warm up and you can set your bling right away. I like its portability, and most of all, when I set it down, the tip doesn't touch the surface. I had bling from the Kandi Kane wand, and I was able to use them with the I-Rock with no hassle. And guess what? No changing tips required.
So I went ahead and tried several sizes of crystals, even a different kind of surface which they refer to as a gem (in gold). I had no issues during application. It was so easy - no cords, easy to pick up and set down in between crystals.
After this trial, my mind is racing as to which ones I should add bling to next. Cellphone, shoes... maybe rev up a boring pair of dangling earrings or bracelet. Exciting!
'Til next blog!