It seems like as the crafting industry has grown more well-rounded, and those of us who used to be “stampers” or “paper-crafters” are now diving head-first into many other realms of media, the types of embellishments we use have also changed and grown exponentially. Â Whereas 15 or even 10 years ago, stickers may have been the primary staple in many embellishment drawers, my craft studio now overflows with beads, bits, baubles, pins, buttons, charms, washers, a vast array of metal embellishments…and some things that I probably don’t even know the names for!
All of that said, I also find myself in a challenging, but probably not entirely unique, situation. Â While I love my embellishments as much as the next crafter – and the tinier and cuter, the better – I have neuropathy which has led to severe muscle weakness in my hands, particularly the muscles that allow me to grip and to squeeze my thumb to my forefinger. Â Of course, those are the exact muscles needed to be able to pick up all of these lovely tiny embellishments I have floating around my studio!
So…imagine my delight when Jenny sent me this wonderful Embellie Gellie by Scraperfect to review! Â At first glance, it doesn’t look like much…but don’t let its looks deceive you, my friends! Â This little package holds a plastic container with 7 rows of a slightly-tacky putty-like material, and a wooden stick.
Per the instructions on the package, you are to apply glue or a glue dot to your project surface, mold a pearl-sized ball of Gellie onto the flat end of the wooden wand, and gently touch the embellishment with the wand so that it clings to the Gellie ball. Â Then, you touch the embellishment to the more-tacky adhesive, and the embellishment will transfer from the less-tacky Gellie, and if needed, you can use the pointy end of the wand to position the embellishment.
I decided to put the Gellie to the test! Â I followed the instructions and tried picking up several items that I typically have a hard time picking up with my thumb and forefinger – either off my table or out of a container.
I was very impressed, especially that it was able to pick up the fabric items – and didn’t loose its tackiness afterward either.
Then I tried what seemed like might be an impossible task – picking a specific brad out of a container of brads – another task that is difficult for my weak and often-numb fingertips.
The Gellie performed brilliantly! Â If it began to stick to a brad I didn’t want, a simple roll of the wand was enough to un-stick the unwanted brad, getting me to just the brad I was aiming for, much more quickly than I could ever do with my fingers.
Finally, I decided to use the Gellie to help me complete a project which normally would have taken significantly longer without the Gellie. Â I got to this point with no problem:
I knew I wanted to finish the tag with buttons – but trying to pick buttons up off the table is typically a challenging task for me. Â Don’t get me wrong – I still use them – but it definitely adds a lot of time to my projects. Â I was VERY pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was able to add the buttons to the tag using the Gellie!
For the going price of just $5.99, and the fact that one little pearl-sized ball of the Gellie seems to last quite a long time (I still haven’t had to make a new ball yet and I’ve been using it for several weeks), I most definitely recommend the Embellie Gellie – and not just for anyone who may have difficult picking things up, like me. Â I’m fairly certain that almost ALL of us have difficulty with those teeny tiny gems and bling that add such a nice touch to cards or other projects – but which seem to always fly out of the tweezers into the never-t0-be-seen-again-beyond! Â I say you can’t go wrong with this one!
And for a bit more about my sewing tag above, check out the post on my craft blog, My Crafty Friend Jen.
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