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9.21.2011

iRock by Imaginisce













{Reported by Sharyn Tormanen}







When I received this package in the mail from Imaginisce, my very first thought was exactly this: Oh darlin', you're cute, but your still going to have to earn your space. If you've read my reviews before, you'll know that I'm a tool minimalist. This is due partly because of my very small work space and partly because of my practical nature - if I can do the same job with the lack of a tool, and just a little more effort - I won't keep the tool.

I was ready to put this heat setting applicator to the test and make my decision if it would stay or go.

What I liked:
- The Heat Setting Applicator worked much better than dabbing glue to set gems.
- The size and price of the tool make it easy to justify if you enjoy embellishing with glam rocks.
- The jewel tray works really well to get the jewels back into the bottles.

What I didn't like:
- Oddly enough, it wasn't easy to insert the batteries. I ended up having to push the batteries down with a pencil and quickly shut the lid. I'm normally pretty good with battery insertion, so I don't think this was just me
- Having to hold down the on button while using the tool makes accuracy and comfort more of a struggle.
- While wetting the q-tip that is part of the glam rocks bottle lid - I then felt like I needed to leave it out to dry before putting it back in the bottle for storage.
- There's a learning curve. Each size glam rock requires a different amount of time and pressure. The errors made during the learning process are not fixable.

What I made:

I began with a layout, and I purposely began using the tool on a piece of tile trim rather than the layout directly so it would support my learning curve.

What I quickly learned is that if I held the tool just a few seconds too long, it would completely melt the color as seen on the far left jewel. I immediately adjusted my hold time and got better results, but still had issue with glue coming out from underneath the gem that was difficult to cut free without ruining the piece. Again - a few adjustments and I managed to get my timing down. My advice is to practice.



I do like how the gems add just a bit of accent and depth to the layout - I found it worth learning the timing.

On this card, I used the glam rocks both for windows and as embellishments on the sentiment.



On this last card, I used the glam rocks to accent the center of the spiderwebs.


Where and How Much:

Product: i-rock
Manufacturer: Imaginisce
MSRP: $3.99 - $12.99

Bottom Line:

I'll keep the tool. I do find it easier to work with then a glue pen, and it didn't take me too much time to figure out the timing. I like the idea of easily adding a bit of bling to my layouts and cards. I also like that the bottles of glam rocks come with a mix of coordinating colors.

What do you think?

Do you think you'd like to give the i-rock heating tool a try, and what would you use it for?  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Thursday to be entered to win.  US residents only.  






29 comments:

alwayscharlie said...

Thanks for the honest review. I'd like to try the irock. So many people have great results with it!

April said...

I think it's fabulous!!
- April W

Kelly Massman said...

Your projects are so cute!!!! The i-rock makes it so easy to set a jewel without glue mess! Thanks!

Jennifer Cowan said...

Who doesn't like a little bit of bling.? Looks like a great tool, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Casie said...

Thanks for a great and honest review!

RAP said...

I've always thought this looked like a really cool tool that I'd like to try. Thanks.

S said...

Nice projects, all of them. Even with a little learning curve, it sounds much easier than dabbing liquid glue, which I always tend to dab in the wrong spot at first. I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

{VICKI} said...

oh Yeah---would love to try it!

Love the Rocket card!

Yaritza said...

I don't have the imaginisce brand. I have the tulip brand which in essence does the same thing. It absolutely kills batteries. Even re chargeable ones. I love the idea of adding blind so I bought a heat setting tool that plugs in which I prefer better. But when I do go to crops the tulip tool is more convenient.

c.darwin said...

Love how you added these to a few random polka dots on your layout. Are these gems flat enough to used on cards and send through the mail? Thanks for the great review!

Jen said...

I loooove my i-rock tool! Yes, I agree that it takes a little practice, but oh my..when you want to add a little bling it becomes sooo easy and fun! You can add to a new project and I've even added them to projects that were already completed, and they aren't bulky! Thanks for the great review!

Patchi said...

I've been going back and forth on purchasing the iRock because I'm never sure I'll use it enough. I found your review extremely helpful, I should put it back on my wish list.

Wendy said...

I would love to give this a try! Adding bling is my thing!

connie said...

Thanks for the review. I would love to try this. I would use it on my LO's and I'm sure my granddaughters would "borrow" it too!

Lalo aka "missbliss" said...

When this first came on to the scrapping market I couldn't understand why people were going crazy for this. I got loads of bling stickers, What's the deal??? but then I did a little research myself and now I'm like.."I want one". I think what sold me was the bond.

Kim M said...

I did a make n take at CKC in August and used it for the first time, the learning curve is pretty easy. I thought it was a neat little tool, would love to win one!

Kathy H. said...

I would love to try the tool on some fabric projects like purses, bags etc. Love your samples!

Cynthia B. said...

I've been wondering whether to invest in this tool...
It's good to hear your tips on how to control the output. I'd love to try it. I'd use it to make cards first, and when I got good at it, I'd use it to accent my scrapbook pages. Is it safe for fabric? Caps, bags? I hope I win so I can find out. :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! Your projects are SUPER amazing! LOVE that web card--so clever to use the i-rock gems in the centers!! I would love to give this tool a try!

Shanon said...

I have been interested in the iRock since it was first released but I generally don't spend a lot of money on tools. I would love to add this to my collection!

Andrea said...

Yes I would like to try it! It would probably just take some getting used to!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Looks like a nifty tool. I'd use it to embellish cards, jeans and ribbon.

Erica Hettwer said...

I feel the same about tools as you, it really needs to earn it's keep. Glad to hear this one does!

lisa g. said...

ooooh I'd really love to try this! I've about had it with using liquid glue and making a mess- I always end up with too much!

cindy said...

I would to get my crafty hands on this tool. I would use it to embellish all of my cards and layouts.

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I have been thinking about getting one of these and I appreciate your review!

Diane S. said...

I would like to try the i rock-I would use it for my cardmaking! Thanks!

Melinda said...

I've been wanting an irock! I think it'd come in handy since I'm clumsy and tend to get glue everywhere! And who doesn't love bling?!?! Thanks!

PamS said...

I like your projects with the bling you added. I have been interested in the i-rock for some time and your review has renewed my interest in it.