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Username Post: i-rock - Can anyone share their experiences?        (Topic#1541245)
LilacGal
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I love bling more than someone should. Has anyone used this tool? I can't seem to figure out if it will do different sized crystals or if I'd need to buy different tips or something. How does it work? Totally clueless about it here but want one for some reason! lol


 
Manda_K
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In response to LilacGal

I have it.

I really like it so far, haven't gotten a chance to REALLY play with it as much as I want. But it is really easy and not pricey. Once those gems are down, they are DOWN. You have to be really careful, cause that sucker gets HOT.


 
LilacGal
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What's the process for heating a gem up? Do you just touch it to the back?


 
HisGEM
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In response to LilacGal

I have a similar tool (tulip from M) and you heat it on the gem side not the glue/adhesive side. And yes once it is down it is down for good! I'm luvin' it!


 
Manda_K
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You touch it to the front. You put them down where you want them, heat up the tool, press the button and then press down really lightly on the top of the gem. The heat conducts through the stone and melts the glue on the back. It starts to give a little bit and you can feel the glue melt and you know you are done.


 
m.perk
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In response to Manda_K

I just ordered one the other day and cant wait to get it!!! I love bling, but those bling adhesives can get expensive!!!


 
wrightaud
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I have one and I totally thought I needed it... but honestly, I don't understand the point. Why go to all the effort of waiting to heat up a gem when you can buy gems that already come sticky?? Am I the only one who doesn't get it??


 
married05
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Love it so far! I like the fact that the gems won't come off! Sometimes the ones with adhesive on the back don't stay stuck on. I also like the idea of using these on other projects than just cards and layouts.

You only need the tip that comes with it, and it doesn't take long to see/feel the glue on the back melting! I love that you can also use other brands of heat fix gems! I found some Darice brand gems at Pat Catan's for 25 and 50 cents to test out - they work great too!


 
Manda_K
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  • wrightaud Said:
I have one and I totally thought I needed it... but honestly, I don't understand the point. Why go to all the effort of waiting to heat up a gem when you can buy gems that already come sticky?? Am I the only one who doesn't get it??




I don't think it takes very long, and they don't come off. Esp over acrylic and you can better adhere them with heat to fabrics and delicate paper things like Primas.



 
CommaHolly
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must.buy.i-rock.

How expensive are the gemstones?? Do they sell them in clear only packs, or do you have to buy a set including colored gems? I have alcohol markers and I love buying clear only gems and coloring them whatever color I want,,,,,,,


 
HisGEM
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The compacts costs about $12.99 but you do not have to use irock gems. They come in clear only tubes or they come in different colors as well. I have the other brand that does the same thing and it looks like the irock and costs about the same. I really liking it and I am glad that I bought it! You will love it Holly!


 
hotroding scrapbooker
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I definitely want one of these too! Don't care for shipping prices in the superstore here so I'm waiting, semi-patiently, to find one in stores.


 
Wiser1
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In response to hotroding scrapbooker

OHHHHH, I think I want one!! Added - to my list!


 
livelovecreate86
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Michael's has them. I am buying one.


 
CommaHolly
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Yep, the tool at M's is about 15 bucks if I recall,,,and you can use a coupon!!!!


 
married05
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In response to CommaHolly

  • CommaHolly Said:
must.buy.i-rock.

How expensive are the gemstones?? Do they sell them in clear only packs, or do you have to buy a set including colored gems? I have alcohol markers and I love buying clear only gems and coloring them whatever color I want,,,,,,,



The larger packs retail at M's for $12.99 (I used a coupon to buy a pack of various sizes of clear gems.) You can also get smaller packs - the ones that come in the lip gloss style container and the ones that come with templates and flowers for $3.99 and $4.99 before coupons. Archiver's sells these also.

If you check in the craft store aisle where they sell t-shirt stuff you'll find other brands of hot fix gems - Tulip and Darice are two brands I've seen in stores.


 
CommaHolly
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  • married05 Said:
  • CommaHolly Said:
must.buy.i-rock.

How expensive are the gemstones?? Do they sell them in clear only packs, or do you have to buy a set including colored gems? I have alcohol markers and I love buying clear only gems and coloring them whatever color I want,,,,,,,



The larger packs retail at M's for $12.99 (I used a coupon to buy a pack of various sizes of clear gems.) You can also get smaller packs - the ones that come in the lip gloss style container and the ones that come with templates and flowers for $3.99 and $4.99 before coupons. Archiver's sells these also.

If you check in the craft store aisle where they sell t-shirt stuff you'll find other brands of hot fix gems - Tulip and Darice are two brands I've seen in stores.



THAT'S what I needed to know, thank you!!!


 
scraperfect
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In response to CommaHolly

Here's an alternative: Check out this video from Taylored Expressions. She makes her loose gems into sheets of pre-stuck gems.
http://www.youtube.com/tayloredexpressions#p /a/u/2/HrXQ...

Also this older one...where she uses Embellie Gellie to pick up and place tiny tiny gems. She could make self-adhesive gems from these TINY gems as well!http://www.youtube.com/tayloredexpressions#p /u/12/j9nd5OhDVis


 
hotroding scrapbooker
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My mom is out of town shopping today and she just scored me the I-Rock gun and gems at Michaels! A bit more than I wanted to pay, but she was able to use a JoAnn's coupon and got 40% off the gun.


 
950nancy
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I have had a Bejeweler for years. It does the same thing. I wonder if it is cheaper because it isn't in the scrapping section. Sometimes anything "scrapping" is just priced higher.


 
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