I was a little worried about picking up one of these tools after reading some reviews. So far so good! I love it! It's very easy to use, and heats up REALLY quickly! It does seem a little awkward at first, but you get the hang of it. You have to hold the button down while you're using it. You can use the Imaginisce brand gemstones, or it seems like any other "hot fix" embellishment. I found Darice brand packages at Pat Catan's that are working great with my I-rock! If you have trouble finding gemstones, check where your craft stores carry t-shirt making supplies. Just make sure you are buying "hot fix" stones; the glue is already on the back and just needs heat to make them stick. I am so excited to use this on my cards and layouts!
I just received my I-Rock yesterday. I have been wanting one of these for awhile!! Let me say.. it is an awesome little tool!!! You will LOVE having this in your arsenal! It is SO easy to use. It set the gems and glam rocks in a matter of seconds. You don't need to leave it on too long. You don't need to apply pressure. I like the idea of having to hold the button down for it to work. It shuts off when you release it, and gets rid of the risk of burning something. I am SO glad to have this great little tool!! Watch out it is addicting!!
If I could give this ten stars, I would! I thought I had broke it the first week, but used it so much, the batteries just died on me! I have blinged out so many l/o and cards, if it stays still too long, it just might get covered in jems. I have ordered more and different type of crystals and what-nots to use with this. Love, love, love it! And the fact that's it's pink is just another plus for me!
This little dude is great! So much nicer than placing your jewels then having to pick them up put too much glue, put the glue back down and having your glue squish out. This makes it so all you have to do is place and go. Love it!