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Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
- Gentle air flow keeps your powders in place
- Quiet, ergonomic, quick, and safe
- Great for curing embossing powders, shrinking plastic and tubing, quick drying inks, glues, and paints, and for all your craft heating needs
- 6 month limited warranty
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Gentle air flow keeps your powders in place It's quiet, ergonomic, quick, and safe This tool is great for: curing embossing powders, shrinking plastic and tubing, quick drying inks, glues, and paints, and for all your craft heating needs. Safe...no protruding metal tip, it's UL approved...use it with confidence, it's quick...works as fast as a heat gun it is comfortable...convenient single-hand operation, and it's come with a 6 month limited warranty. Store indoors. Color: off Black.
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Results? It worked perfectly. After letting the Heat it Tool warm up for ~10 seconds, I pointed it at the powder and let it do its thing. For the first 1-5 seconds, I didn't see any change to the powder, but after the 6-8 second mark I clearly saw the powder melting in front of my eyes. Moving the Heat it Tool back in forth/in circles helped heat up the powder next to the pattern I was working on, so that greatly helped speed up the heat setting time for both projects. The first project on the Canson paper took about 20-30 seconds to complete, and the embossing powder dried to a hard plastic, or something similar in texture. The card stock took about 1min/1:30 as I had a larger design to heat set, but it still came out just fine. I could immediately do I resist technique using acrylic paint over the embossed areas once finished.
In all, my 5 star review still stands. This product is excellent and does what it advertises. I'm not sure why other reviewers had difficulty in heat setting their powders (maybe their powder is old, if that's even possible, or maybe their Heat it Tool is defective, I dunno...) but I've yet to have any problems with this tool. True, it doesn't melt the embossing powder instantaneously, but it does melt it, and for me that's all that matters.
The product does what it says - it quickly and efficiently dries any wet/damp areas on your projects, is very quiet, and feels comfortable to hold and use. So far, I've only used this for drying gesso'd pages, acrylics paints, and Derwent Inktense blocks, as well as warming up oil pastels for easier blending, and it works great. I like that with the right light and angle, I can actually see the liquids drying in real-time on my pages. Drying takes seconds for thin coats, and around 45sec-1min for really thick coats, which is still much quicker than my hairdryer. I've also used this tool to dry texture/modeling paste and gel medium, and it also dries them fairly quickly.
I've yet to emboss anything yet with this tool. Judging from the other reviews I've read, this tool either seems to work for some people or not at all when it comes to embossing. In the same sense, I've seen nothing but good things on people using this tool to emboss on YT, and they seem to have no problem melting their powders. And, yet again, on the various art journal/scrap-booking forums I browse, I also get the "it embosses/it doesn't emboss" argument from people.
I've recently purchased several embossing powders and embossing ink/pens, so when I get them I'll try them out and update this reviews with my findings. I bought this tool specifically to be a better alternative to my hair dryer and a all-around heat tool for my various mixed media projects that often involve wet media, so if it melts embossing powder - great. If not, it's not that big of a deal for me, but I will subtract a star from my review; if you advertise your product as "Great for curing embossing powders" it should be able to do so.
I have nothing really negative to say about this product. Delivery was excellent, arriving days before it was scheduled to be delivered. As an added bonus, my heat tool came in the color black (my favorite color), and worked like a gem straight out of the box. I really like the snap-feel the on-off switch has on this heat tool, making sure you know when it's off and when it's on. Also, you do get a burning smell when you use this product the first couple of times, but the provided instructions say this is perfectly normal and should go away with use.
All in all, a great tool for what it does.