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Sassy Suzi
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I have seen the new and older distressing tool that looks like a small Dremel tool. Has anyone used a Demel to distressed with or do you have the new ones that look like it? I would like your opinions on them. If it works okay I made have to go to the garage and pull mine out of hiding. Thanks!


 
veejer
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In response to Sassy Suzi

I'm a little frightened of something like that until I've seen it used quite a bit. I fear that I will tear up my project too much. I like the Heart Attack.
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Vallee
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I use a good old fashioned sanding block! I did ask DH for a zutter distresser for Xmas.


 
StrawberryPia
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I use this one! It´s small and handy and don´t need a lot of storge space!
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madmatter
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  • StrawberryPia Said:
I use this one! It´s small and handy and don´t need a lot of storge space!



I have this one too ... small, cheap, easy, and effective


 
scrap4brains
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I've found that the different tools for distressing have different effects and they all have their uses. I have the Holtz one and a Zutter Distress-It-All and the Bazzill set. If I could only have one, it'd be the Bazzill tool set, it's the most versatile - it's really a set of files with a handle.

I don't like anything with batteries but the Chizzel It is especially worthless.

And yes, I tried a Dremel and it didn't work very well for me - too much power for paper.


 
Manda_K
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I don't know that I would use something as heavy duty as a dremel on scrap paper.

I use a sanding block as far as that goes.

I use Tim Holtz distress tool, but I recently got Ingvild's new tool! I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I know it will be a staple in my distressing arsenal.


 
Brandilynn
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seen it and also curious as I have a nail filing system from the $ store that looks just like it, wonder if I should pick up another for my scrap area hmmmmm....


 
Bev1
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  • Bev1 on 10-12-11 07:20 AM
In response to StrawberryPia

  • StrawberryPia Said:
I use this one! It´s small and handy and don´t need a lot of storge space!


And its not expensive, plus they have it here.


 
Gelidy Gelato
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  • Sassy Suzi Said:
I have seen the new and older distressing tool that looks like a small Dremel tool. Has anyone used a Demel to distressed with or do you have the new ones that look like it? I would like your opinions on them. If it works okay I made have to go to the garage and pull mine out of hiding. Thanks!


I recently dragged my old Dremel out and picked up a few new sanding bits (diamond no less) dirt cheap at the flea market. I have been using it smooth out gritty bottoms on ceramic pots. While I have it out, I also have also used it on other things.

I guess... in my mind... the Dremel is more for smoothing and buffing not scratching and distressing BUT get it out and try it. You may find you want to use it for other reasons like smoothing rough chipboard edges.

If you have one, why not use it when the need pops up (but I wouldn't suggest buying one for this purpose).

PS Last night, in my ceramic class, I mentioned "I'll just take my pot home and use my Dremel on it (as opposed to trying to sand it down in class) and the instructor said "why of course...you would have a Dremel because all Germans have Dremels and you are German." I was like "say what?" owning a Dremel is a cultural thing? who knew...


 
cdsqueen
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In response to Gelidy Gelato

I pretty much use sanding blocks or nail files for my needs.


 
Sneezy1956
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In response to cdsqueen

I love my zutter distresser does the most wonderful job.


 
aschlegel06
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In response to Sneezy1956

I recently bought a d-stress tool from Imaginisce which is pretty much like a Dremel tool and am very disappointed. It does not work any better than the Tim Holtz distress tool. Good thing it was 40% off!


 
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This was my first distressing tool because my DH found it for a birthday present for me, thinking I could use it in scrapbooking.

http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piece-rotary-tool- kit-9...


 
aschlegel06
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  • pugs223 Said:
This was my first distressing tool because my DH found it for a birthday present for me, thinking I could use it in scrapbooking.

http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piece-rotary-tool- kit-9...




Does this work well for you?


 
pugs223
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Oh yeah, I was going to add to this but then got distracted.

It does work well for me. I will use those metal wire attachments for roughing up some edges that I want to ink without having frayed paper edges.

I use the sand paper pieces for distressing paper edges. It gives a distressed looked but it is is a bit different than the Tim Holtz distresser I also use.

I'm still playing with it. I was scared at first, but it is fun to use and not to powerful like a regular dremel.


 
scrap4brains
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  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
  • Sassy Suzi Said:
I have seen the new and older distressing tool that looks like a small Dremel tool. Has anyone used a Demel to distressed with or do you have the new ones that look like it? I would like your opinions on them. If it works okay I made have to go to the garage and pull mine out of hiding. Thanks!


I recently dragged my old Dremel out and picked up a few new sanding bits (diamond no less) dirt cheap at the flea market. I have been using it smooth out gritty bottoms on ceramic pots. While I have it out, I also have also used it on other things.

I guess... in my mind... the Dremel is more for smoothing and buffing not scratching and distressing BUT get it out and try it. You may find you want to use it for other reasons like smoothing rough chipboard edges.

If you have one, why not use it when the need pops up (but I wouldn't suggest buying one for this purpose).

PS Last night, in my ceramic class, I mentioned "I'll just take my pot home and use my Dremel on it (as opposed to trying to sand it down in class) and the instructor said "why of course...you would have a Dremel because all Germans have Dremels and you are German." I was like "say what?" owning a Dremel is a cultural thing? who knew...



My name is Murphy and I have a dremel.


 
Sassy Suzi
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In response to scrap4brains

I will have to get it from the garage and try it. I also have a lot of the tool bits, sanding, wire, smooth, cutting, etc. Mine does have a variable speed. I'll let you all know when I do and share the results.


 
ehammann
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In response to Sassy Suzi

I have the D-Stress tool by Imaginisce. I like it, but still use a sanding block I made to do most of my distressing. I also have the Heidi Swapp Distress Tool as well which I like to use.


 
RedSquirrel UK
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In response to Gelidy Gelato

  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
PS Last night, in my ceramic class, I mentioned "I'll just take my pot home and use my Dremel on it (as opposed to trying to sand it down in class) and the instructor said "why of course...you would have a Dremel because all Germans have Dremels and you are German." I was like "say what?" owning a Dremel is a cultural thing? who knew...


Going by her logic, we have a Dremel too, so naturally we must be German.

I've not tried the Dremel, but it's a good idea. My distressing tools are a thread cutter from Grandma's sewing box, and old emery boards. Hey big spender!


 
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