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Old 11-11-2008, 04:29 AM   #1  
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Hello! I am brand new to embossing and am going out this week (today?) to buy a heat gun. To avoid frustration with the different choices, features,
etc., I'd like to know what you experienced stampers suggest about what to look for. Would you please provide a few tips about buying a heat gun? What features will be most useful? Thank you in advance for your advice.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:58 AM   #2  
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I have the SU one...the only complaint is that it blows more than it needs to. It would be hard to pick out without trying them...they pretty much have two features, a stand and an on button. I would prefer one with more heat and less air pressure.
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Yeah, they're basically all the same as far as features go. I bought my first heat gun at Ben Franklin (don't remember the brand, but it was small and green). I didn't care for it. The part where the heat came out was almost as big of a circle as my hair dryer. I've found that a smaller exit hole for air seems to work better (I guess that's one thing you could look for). I now have the SU one, which I like much better. Look for an air hold that's about the size of a nickle... that would be my only advice.
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Don't forget to use a coupon if you can for either Michaels or Joanne's. Both of them sell the embossing heat gun!
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i have the colorizer. i know a lot of people don't like it or have had problems with it but I love it. It has two heat settings so it allows me to do more with it than just emboss.
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I've had customers go out an buy one with their coupon, only to come back and purchase the SU one. It's just perfect in many stampers' opinions!
And, you get a demo to go with it to teach you all those fun embossing tips and techniques!
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I've got the pink one from Hobby Lobby--It works great. Got it for $10.
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I really want the dewalrt cordless one- you can get it there- I can't as I'm in the uk. It works off refillable gas, so there are no cords. sounds great to me. My current one is very loud- but I don't know the brand! Good luck!
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The one thing I would like to stress is safety. I know, I've told this story before, but it bears repeating! If you have little ones around, make sure that there isn't any exposed metal on the tip of the heat tool. They can get quite hot and BURN little fingers! Several years ago my little boy just couldn't resist temptation when I told him "HOT! Don't Touch!!" <sigh> Oh, my God, he didn't stop screaming for what seemed like hours! Big welts on three fingertips. I felt horrible!

So...moral of story? Keep safety in mind, lol. There's nothing wrong with starting out with a small, inexpensive Marvy or other cheap tool. If you wind up really getting into it and become an Embossing Fiend, lol, you may want to step up to a more expensive, sturdier one.
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