Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quick Tip on Embossing

I just thought I'd do a quick post on something that was bugging me...and am not sure if any of you had the same problems as me.

Its about the long time taken to melt the embossing powder by my Ranger's Heat Gun. This is my 2nd heat gun...previously I had used the Marvy Uchida and that would melt the powder in seconds...but it would also blow the powder all over my work surface. Which was a pain to clean afterwards! :(

So I decided to pick the Ranger's Heat It, (I got mine from Crafter's Corner) knowing it was a low noise, less fan speed kind of a gun.
But with that low fan speed came a drawback...it takes longer to melt the powder...the longer I used it, the more surfaces under it I melted. The reason is that, this is low temp heat gun....and the others are high temp melt heat guns...that is why this heat tool takes longer!

Thankfully I saw in one videos that I watch endlessly at nights (am a night owl and an insomniac) and it popped that this was what I needed.. , and I think this is my perfect solution. So I thought of sharing it with you!

What I did was take an useless corrugated cardboard sheet (see hoarding helps!!) and wrapped the piece in aluminum foil .. roughly an A4 size cardboard. And attached two wooden pegs to it...No metal and no plastic please...metal will heat up and plastic will melt...wooden pegs only..

What ever needs to be embossed, goes under the peg...so that it does not fly away...


And how it helps...when you're heating from top, the foil also gets heated and heats the paper from below...making the process of melting your powders faster....Its such a relief to have them melt faster....plus with the cardboard under it I don't melt any of my surfaces!! 

And your work gets done in half the time!!! just showing my pretty peg pins!! 
 
I would recommend this heat gun any day, its small, versatile, and makes so less noise than the other heat guns...plus this version works on the Indian voltage!! What more do I want!!

Hope this little tip helps you!!

6 comments:

Rajni Chawla said...

wonderful...last nyt even i was facing d same prblm while heat embossing.You gave a relief...will try thye for sure. Thanks fr sharing :)

Sathya said...

Very recently purchased Heat it tool from CC...Thanks for this very thoughtful post to share the wonderful tip to use it..Gonna help many beginners like me, Tejal :)

Sujana said...

thanks tejal.... am a newbie wid the heat tool and love ur tips

Varshitha said...

Super tip tejal.... but then which heat gun you generally suggest is best..... as far i heard Ranger is good, i really dint know its draw back.... i use darice i always have the problem the embossing powder get flewn away..... thanks...... love the post...

Daksha Popat said...

thank you for this wonderful tip..

Juhi said...

great tips, love the idea of clipping the paper.....mine too keeps flying awat

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