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Old 04-06-2015, 06:42 AM   #1
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My cheapo heat tool (Darice, I think?) started smoking if I use it too long (embossing a dragon silhouette for the front of my DD's "shield" was apparently too much for it!). SU has free shipping this week and I've been interested in their heat tool because it has 2 settings. Can anyone share their experience with using it? I have a Milwaukee heat tool on my Amazon wish list, but the reviews say it does not have 2 settings and it also doesn't look like it has a covered tip. I craft with my 5 year old DD and even though she knows not to touch the heat gun, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:47 AM   #2
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I have the Milwaukee heat tool. It does not have 2 settings or a lid. Have you seen the diy tool holder for the heat gun. I will add a link on the next post
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Here is a link.

Heat Tool Holder Offer - Patty's Stamping Spot
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That is a cool tool holder!! Thanks for the link and the quick response!
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I have the SU! heat tool and think it works great. Love the two settings, though I confess that before I had this one, I didn't know two settings would be better.
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I bought my heat tool from SU in 2000. Fifteen years later after constant use it is still going strong.
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Pretty sure SU's heat tool is made by Milwaukee - at least the older models were, before the dual-setting model came out. Maybe someone here knows for sure if the current model is still made by Milwaukee. I'm on my second SU heat tool made by Milwaukee and the first one lasted over 10 years, with lots of use (I teach classes). I don't have the newest model with the dual settings, however.
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I'd heard good things about the old SU heat tool, and heard that it was by Milwaukee, too. That's why I had put the Milwaukee one on my wish list, but I'd prefer the 2 heat settings (since I started doing some mixed media stuff, a low setting for drying inks has suddenly become an attractive feature!). I'm hoping somebody knows (or knows how to find out) if the new one is still made by Milwaukee, as that seems to be the most reputable brand for heat tools. TY to everyone who has responded! Much appreciated!
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DH made one of these for me and I love it. He used wood scraps he had in his workshop but figured if he had to buy the wood, it'd only be $2-$3 worth.
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I have one of the original Marvy heat tools and a SU tool and they both work great. You can't buy the original Marvy so don't bother with new one but the SU one is well worth the $$.
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I've been wondering myself what the best heat gun to buy would be...not that I can afford to right now, but want to know for when I can! I've seen that little one that looks like a hairdryer by ranger, and wondered about it, cause I heard it didn't blow the powder around...but have been wondering the last few days if it would be a good idea, cause I read comments in amazon that sounds like several people don't like it. So, I'll be watching for any other ideas you all have! Would love to know your favorite heat tool myself!! ) Heat embossing is the next thing I hope to try...if I can ever get the money together to get the tool and powder so I can!!
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I've seen that little one that looks like a hairdryer by ranger, and wondered about it, cause I heard it didn't blow the powder around...but have been wondering the last few days if it would be a good idea, cause I read comments in amazon that sounds like several people don't like it.
Unless that Ranger one has improved substantially, DO NOT get that one! It's cute but another friend and I each had trouble with ours (I don't remember what - old lady w/short memory) but I DO remember I chucked mine.
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Thanks! I guess I'll chuck that idea and look for a different one, cause you agree with several people on amazon, and I don't want to get one that doesn't work. They said it didn't melt the powder I think...and that just wouldn't work to well, even if it is nice enough to not blow it around. The SU one does sound nice, with two settings...any other options out there that are GOOD?!!
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I got a Martha Stewart heat tool with a half off coupon at Michael's it's very well-made. And to stop things from blowing around, I think you can just heat from the underside...
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I haven't really looked to see what they have at Michaels...they are a couple hours away from us, so I don't get to go as often as I'd like...which is probably a good thing, considering I don't have a lot of extra money for toys! LOL Thanks for the idea though.
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I have the really old heat tool. We used to get two settings out of it my moving your arm! Lol
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I have owned two Milwaukees and they both burnt up. Then I bought a Marvy and have had it forever. It's an old, old one and I don't know about the newer ones.
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I've had my Milwaukee for years, and still going strong. You don't need two settings, just heat from the bottom.
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For those of you who've indicated you use your heat tool from the bottom up, what type of embossing situations causes you to use that technique (or using a lower setting on multi-setting heat tools?)
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For those of you who've indicated you use your heat tool from the bottom up, what type of embossing situations causes you to use that technique (or using a lower setting on multi-setting heat tools?)
I dry from the bottom only when using embossing powder with mica chips or glitter applied using "sticky stuff". Here's a card with mica chips. Mica Flakes Card
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I have the SU one and love the two settings. Sometimes you just want to speed up the drying process on something and the high heat is too much so the low setting works perfectly. The high setting does take a bit longer to heat up than my old Marvy one so that has been an adjustment but the two settings make it worth it.
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I have the SU one and love the two settings. Sometimes you just want to speed up the drying process on something and the high heat is too much so the low setting works perfectly. The high setting does take a bit longer to heat up than my old Marvy one so that has been an adjustment but the two settings make it worth it.
This is very helpful! Thank you to everyone for your feedback. SCS is fantastic!
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