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!
Used in this card: Christmas Card for Challenge
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!!
Used in this layout: My Sunshine
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!
Used in this layout: Best Friends
I was a little nervous buying this, as several people said theirs did not work. But, I figured it was relatively cheap (for a tool, anyway), so I took the plunge.
Wow, am I glad I did! It is super easy to use and works wonderfully. A few tips:
1. You do not have to apply pressure for it to work. Just hold it down and wait. You will feel a little "give" when the rock is set. It takes about 3 mississippis for the little rocks, 5 for the bigger ones.
2. The rocks in the compact seem to set a little slower than the ones in the bottle. I melted the adhesive off of a couple in the bottle before I figured that out. LOL! But, no problemo, just shook 'em off the tool's tip and started over.
3. You only have to "preheat" the tool for about 15 missippis.
4. They are not kidding when they say do not touch the end of the tool after it is heated. I believed them. My husband did not. He believes them now.
5. Don't forget to buy the batteries!!! 3 AAs and you are ready to go. Getting home without the batteries is like a kid at Christmas with no toys. You are all geared up to play... and denied!!!
Hope this helps!
My husband bought this tool for me for Christmas. I have two girls and when I scrapbook, I usually use some bling. I had looked at this tool a few times and mentioned it, but hadn't actually purchased it yet.
I will admit to initially thinking this tool was a gimmick and not really needed. I mean, how hard is it to slap a little dab of glue on a piece of paper and then put a jewel on top of it. I was proven wrong.
Easy to operate, you put batteries in, turn it on, and push a button to heat the element.
No mess - the glue is on the backside of the jewels and the element heats the glue through the jewel. You don't get stickly fingers from glue.
Accuracy - I don't have to worry about getting the jewel on the page and then slipping the jewel to the wrong spot marking up my paper. The jewel stays where you initially put it.
Some of the jewels are teeny tiny and very hard to use even with tweezers or the Q-tip things that they sell for this.
The only reason I gave it a 4 rather than a 5, is due to the teeny tiny jewels. Other than that, it is a great product that I'm glad was added to my scrapbook stash.
I got this great tool from my big sister because she's a tool freak and she has a plug in version already! I am not a tool girl really but I like this little BLINGERIZER!!!!!
I hope I don't have any problems with it because I think I am about to go adding some crystals to just about every LO!!!! Its the new craze for me! Thanks sis Luv ya for thinking of me! YAY!!!!
4 stars cause I think it should be in a case or have a cover and the light should stay on when its hot and go off when cooling or something. For users sake and that of small children just in case you don't always clean up your scrap stuff!
Used in this layout: Mama's Sweet Things #17
I'll admit that I was not enthusiastic about buying this tool. At first I didn't see the need for it. Then I talked to some friends and decided to bite the bullet. I bought the tool and some clear gems. Now I'm hooked!!!!! This makes things much easier to get the stone exactly where I want it.
The only bad thing I have to say is that it will NOT stick the stones to a flocked surface.
I gotta say I love the i-rock. It works great, gets hot really fast and was easy to use. The only part that is strange is having to hold the button down constantly for it to get hot and stay hot.
It works great for a short time then we couldn't get the i-rock to stay hot consistantly. But the idea is wonderful. Hoping that is was just a bad one will be ordering another to replace it.
This is my first time with a tool of this kind. I really wanted to fall in love with it and purchased all sorts of supplies before I even tried it. Oh well. The problem may be user-related :-) Either the jewels are under heated and fall off, or over heated and the glue melts out from under the jewel/stud. Also, the action of holding the button down, plus sliding the button forward, while pushing down on the paper puts a painful strain on my wrist and makes me cranky. It's fine for someone like me who just wants to add some bling to a card or page now and then, but for large projects, I'd look for something else. On the up-side, the price is right, it's fairly small and compact/portable.
What a great idea to simplify gem setting! It also cuts down on adhesive on your fingers and on your projects -- where you don't want it. I do have a slight problem with my tool not heating at times, probably the electric circuit. It seems like it could be made to be more durable. But its still a great, fun tool to have in your "arsenal"!
I purchased an I Rock from Scrapnesia (LSS) this weekend as I also was amazed at the You Tube videos and all the press around this little guy. I also use an emormous amount of bling and am looking for a quicker/easier way to get them attached. I don't hate this tool but I am not "completely amazed" at it either. Here are my opinions (same as most others):
-- The tool is not made to stand up to repeated use. There is a little slide at the end of the tool that covers where the batteries are held. The slide has tracks along the edges where the cover slides on. One side of the tracks is already cracking and I've opened it probably 5 times since I bought it.
-- The little tip that touches the gems is flat and you are supposed to press it against the flat side of the top of the gems. I didn't have to apply a large amount of pressure but more than a light touch. I had three issues with this: 1. the gem would slide out from under the tool's tip, 2. the tip would slide off from the top of the gem and 3. the gem would slide around slightly when the glue started melting.
-- The tool has an on/off slide to turn it on and off. However, when you slide it to the on position, you then have to push in a little botton on this slide and hold it in to heat up the tip of the tool. You have to continue to hold in this little button on the slide to keep the tool heated it. This is very frustrating and ultimately ended up hurting my hands partially through the project. Also, as your holding the button in, the slide tends to turn off. I didn't realize this until my gem wouldn't stick down.
-- Price is pretty decent in comparison to other hot fix type tools.
-- The design is compact and is easily toted around. Also it's cordless which is great.
-- There are lots of gems available which offers a lot of variety at a relatively decent price.
Just my opinion :)
I was excited about this tool, but have been disappointed. It doesn't work (heat) consistently. Sometimes the rocks fall off, but if I heat them longer they get burn marks. Needs some more development...
I always research everything I buy for scrapbooking. Read the reviews and all that. I had read a lot of bad reviews about the i-rock breaking but thought enough time had gone by for them to work out any bugs and went ahead and bought one earlier this year. Well let's just say that I'm on my third one since the first two broke on me and I had to have them both replaced from Imaginisce. The first one I used just a few times before it broke - the spring inside of the button that you push forward to keep it on while using it popped out. The same exact thing happened to the second i-rock I had the very first time I went to use it. Stupid spring popped out. This third one has been sitting in the package since I got the replacement for several months now since I haven't had a need to use it yet. I hope this one doesn't end up breaking on me too since I have quite a few of the rhinestones and some of the templates invested in it. As much as I love using bling on some of my layouts, I think the i-rock is not a quality tool. It's a $13 piece of junk. And if I had it to do over again, I would not have spent all the money I did on it and the stuff to go with it. So next time I will take heed when I read a lot of bad reviews about a product. Live and learn.
I got one of these after seeing everyone rave about it. Took it right back. I put the batteries in and turned it on, the light came on and it seemed to be getting hot. As soon as I turned it to place the metal tip on top of the stone the batteries would move slide down in the compartment and the light would go out and it wouldn't work. I could see this being a problem not just confined to the one I bought, so I took it back and didn't get another one. It seemed cheaply made to me, I was really disappointed.
Got this recently in a secret sister swap, and finally put batteries in to use it. Seemed to work ok at first, heated up. managed to adhere ONE gem with it. tried to adhere more, and nada! sat there holding the thing for I don't know how long, didn't seem to be getting hot at all. Took the batteries out and put them back in, tried again. still nothing and now I've held it so long my wrist is sore. fooey!
Used in this layout: let them eat cake