One of the things that I love about going to the CHA show is walking down the new vendor aisle. New products from new companies, all hoping to make a difference in the crafting industry- well, that’s pretty cool. And one of the products that caught my eye was the Stick With It Palette.
Here’s how it’s described on the website:
The Stick With It® cosmetic palette is the ONLY magnet-free palette on the market and quickly becoming the premier tool for makeup artists worldwide. It allows you to quickly and easily create your own custom makeup palette without magnets or adding metal stickers. Our revolutionary surface holds contents without leaving a sticky residue, and it allows you to reposition the contents as often as needed. Additionally, the case is deep enough to accommodate makeup brushes, tweezers and other items which typically don’t fit in other cases!
- Simple to use – Secure all makeup componentry regardless if it is plastic, tin, aluminum, or metal
- Cleans up easily with pre-moistened towelettes or rubbing alcohol.
- Easy to replace empty pans, and contents are repositionable.
- Perfect for travel, lightweight, lies flat when open.
- Leaves no residue, surface does not mark labels on the bottom of makeup pans.
- EARTH FRIENDLY. Impact-resistant plastic case is recyclable
- Mix and match your favorite brands in one convenient makeup palette.
- Get your makeup organized the way YOU want it!
- Reduce multiple small compacts, easy to see all your colors to work with.
- Buy several palettes to organize your light eye shadow, dark eye shadow, blushes, etc.
Wait… what about the crafts? Well, the inventor, Monetta Mettano, is an “outside of the box” thinker. And it occurred to her that her sticky palette box could be helpful to folks in addition to make up. So then some miniature hobbyists from the Miniature Engineering Craftsman Museum got ahold of the the Stick With It Palette and used it for little trains and gears and such. And the idea blossomed. And that let her to CHA.
So… let’s take a look at the tool a little bit more closely!
The Stick With It Palette is about 7 inches by 4 inches by 3/4 inch closed, and expands to 7.5 inches when opened.
You’ll see that one side is deeper than the other- the lid is shallower.
Which, by the way, means that the palette doesn’t open and lie completely FLAT. So if you want to use one side for glue or paint, use the BOTTOM so that it doesn’t run or slide.
Inside, you’ll see two black surfaces covered with a protective film. When you peel these away (save them for later) you’ll find that the black surface is… STICKY.
But it’s not adhesive- it’s just a very sticky plastic (kind of like what I saw used in hospitals called dycem to keep things from sliding away from patients in stroke rehabilitation.)
Just off the top of my head, I thought the SWI Palette could be used for..
So there are a few limitations for crafters on the products that you can use with this sticky surface. Lucky for us, Monetta and her team have already done some VERY thorough testing. (She just might be an honorary CraftTestDummy!)
In a nutshell, anything that is water or acrylic-based are going to be A-OK with the sticky surface and will not damage it. Just peel up the glue/paint, and then wipe it off with the baby wipe and you’ll be good to go.
However, things that are solvent-based are going to mar the surface. Here’s handy list:
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Elmer’s Wood Glue
Elmer’s School Glue
DAP Silicone Caulking (the one featured in the video)
Clear Nail Polish
Water-based paints (acrylics)
*Pretty much any water-based glue and water-based paints work great.
Super Glue (*cyanoacrylates)
Testors Glosscote Lacquer
*We found these products melted or harmed the surface.
They even made a handy video demonstrating:
I decided to try something I KNEW would fail… putting glitter and mica powder on the sticky surface.
That’s pretty cool! And I learned from the website that you can also wipe it down with an alcohol swab to refresh the surface as well. Just avoid anything with LINT because… it will stick and you’ll have to rinse it off again.
Lastly…when I say the surface is sticky I mean it…. you will want to have a palette knife on hand or a bamboo skewer or an awl or something to help you pry up the items you have placed on the Stick It Up Palette. I can get my nails under most of the items, but a tool just makes it easier to break the grip. Hmmm. that might be a good add-on feature in the future.
I did try the paint on the sticky surface and resin:
After the paint was dry and resin cured:
And there you have it!
I DO wish that it was a little deeper- I’d love to be able to store/carry my Twinkling H20 pots in there. However, it’s pretty perfect for a Peerless Watercolor travel palette I made.
So…. I have a feeling that as more crafters and hobbyists know about the Stick With It Palette, the more uses that folks will come up with. Currently it sells for $28 USD on the website.
What do you think? What kind of uses would you have for a tool like this? And what about the size- do you like it or would you change it?
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