The Melt Tool is one of two heat tools by Purple Cows (Sizzle is the other). Â Melt is a lower to mid-temperature tool, while Sizzle is the higher temperature tool. Â There are a variety of accessory tips available for each of the tools, depending on what you would like to do with the tools, as well as encaustic wax and hot-fix crystals and nailheads for decorating. Â I have to be honest – I was by far the most excited by the wax potential…encaustic painting and just plain beeswax has been intriguing to me for a while now! Â So that is what I focused on the most!
To start off, the main Melt tool comes with 6 tips – including the craft-iron tip, a wire brush, a wax pen, a mini flow (for creating small dots, circles and shapes), a taper (for creating detail or cutting stencils), and a chisel (for lettering, shaping and fusing techniques). Â The Encaustic Wax Kit, which I also received, included a small block of clear wax, plus the craft iron tip, the wire brush, and the wax pen, and a sheet of sand paper (for cleaning the tips). Â I received additionally a package of primary-colored Encaustic Wax (red, blue and yellow) and a package of metallic-colored Encaustic Wax (gold, silver, and clear). Â Finally, I received the Gem Setting Kit, which included 6 assorted tips for using with hot-fix gems/crystals and nailheads, along with a nice assortment of colors, sizes and shapes of gems and nailheads.
Per the website, the “Melt dual temperature craft iron is a mid-temperature heat with 2 heat settings and 6 interchangeable tips for even more creative techniques.” Â Techniques listed include:
- Encaustic wax painting, collage and mixed mediaÂ
- Hot fix gem and nailhead embellishment setting
- Embossing techniques
- Textile distressing
- Quilt and applique fusing and pressing
- Leather branding
- Image transfer and more!
Finally, one last application using the craft iron tip – fusing fantasy fibers and fantasy film. Â You may recall this project from my Art Institute Glitter review a while back. Â What you may not have known is that I used the Purple Cows Melt craft iron to do the fusing! Â How wonderful it was not to have to drag out my big regular iron to do the job!! Â This tool is truly versatile!
Now, when I listed the tips, both in the original kit and the Encaustic kit, you may have noticed the “wax pen.” Â I was very intrigued by this. Â I will admit that it took me a few tries to figure it out – including a failed attempt using crayon wax! Â BUT, once I received the wax blocks from Purple Cows, OH MAN – this is cool! Â Basically, the tip works just like a regular dip pen – like you would dip into India ink. Â Only this one gets hot, and then you “dip” it into a block of solid wax – which it then melts, fills the “barrel,” and then allows you to write with it! Â In WAX!! Â How unbelievable is that?! Â I really did not believe it until it worked for me! Â Ha! Â And then it worked, and I was in awe. Â It truly does work. Â Totally fun! Â It does seem like you’d go through quite a bit of wax if you were to write anything lengthy, but to just write a title or a key word for emphasis – very cool!
Samples provided for review
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