I love some sparkle and shine on both my paper and fabric projects. And nothing beats some rhinestones to add that “pop” of dazzle! But sometimes the idea of getting out the hot-fix iron is irritating. (Not to mention having to crawl under my craft table to access the outlet.) So I was really eager to try out my new iRock Crystal Heat-Setting Applicator by Imaginisce. It’s cordless!
Here’s how it’s described on their website:
This tool will rock your world! The i-rock will permanently affix rhinestones, jewels, pearls, or mirrors to paper, fabric, or even furniture to create a dazzling masterpiece! It’s so easy! No need for messy glue. And with it’s stylish pink design, you might even want to carry it jus as a fashion statement… I do!
Let’s take a closer look. Once you install the batteries, to operate it you slide the switch into the “on” position. But won’t heat up until you depress the button located IN the switch while it’s in the “ON” position.
So it’s a good safety mechanism- unless you are actively depressing that button, the tip won’t heat up. And as soon as you let go, it starts to cool down.
The other feature of the tool worth noting is the tip- it’s completely flat. Most irons have a tip that is open, so that you basically insert the tool on top of the crystal or stud that you are applying and that heats up the glue. With the iRock, the tip heats up and radiates the head into crystal or stud, melting the glue underneath. This means that your crystal/stud won’t get gummed up in the tip- ever!
So to try it out, I slipped the switch into the “on” position, held down the button, and placed the tool on top of some crystals that I had placed on a tee-shirt.
I counted to 10 while I held the tool against the crystal. Then I let it cool down a bit before touching it.
I continued to cover this section of my tee. All of the crystals adhered perfectly!
I also did a little version of a swatch test, using cotton, burlap, and silk.
I also wanted to check and see if different brands of crystals and studs work with the tool, as well. (That flat tip made me skeptical.) But I’m happy to report that Darice, Viva Decor, and Swarovski heat-fix components are all compatible with the iRock. Sweet!
I also tried out the iRock on some paper crafts, like this card….
So here’s the low-down: the iRock retails for $12.99USD alone or $35 USD in a starter kit. Since I don’t have to fuss with cords, I think I’m going to be more likely to keep it handy for a quickie embellishment or two.
However, in doing a larger project- like that tee- my hand really started to get tired after a while! (It takes some pressure to keep that button depressed and can result in hand fatigue.) So I will keep my other tool for big projects, but use my iRock for those little projects. But for my money, it’s a great gizmo to have on hand.
Disclosure: I purchased this tool with my own funds.
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