So this weekend I had the opportunity to walk around the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter Trade Show and Conference. This is where companies in the craft industry unveil new products and try to entice retailers to carry them. I wanted to give you a quick wrap up of the products that I’m personally most excited about.
There are tons of amazing products, but I am just going to tell you about the ones that I am excited about, personally. I am not a designer, not a professional crafter… I’m just a girl who likes to make things. These are the products I want to play with.
Since I was there at the invitation of Plaid, I absolutely have to start with these Mod Podge Mod Melt forms. These are so cool!
There is a special melting stick that fits a standard glue gun. Melt the stick into the mold and when it cools you have a resin-like shape that you can paint, embellish and use on all sorts of projects. As I understand it, this won’t be in stores until June, but I am chomping at the bit to play around with this.
The nice peeps at FloraCraft hosted a little breakfast one morning and let us play with their new products. It was really fun, but I’m very excited about these heated cutting tools they have.
|The fabulous Candie Cooper demonstrated how to use these tools.|
If you’ve ever tried to cut Styrofoam, you know that it can be cut fairly easily, but it leaves snowy-looking little crumbs everywhere. FloraCraft has two tools that are now on my Must Have list. The Styro-Cutter is a battery-operated, heated tool that cuts through Styrofoam like a hot knife through buh-ta. It’s fabulous… No crumbs and smooth cuts because of the heat.
The other tool is the Styro-Cutter Plus, which is a heated wire that enables you to make cuts and patterns in the middle of a piece of Styrofoam. The angle is bad in the photo, but I used this tool to burn/cut out letters in the middle of this piece. It’s so cool!
I’m intrigued by this concept from Craft Attitude. It’s a printable film for ink jet printers and there are different applications for wood, canvas, jewelry, shoes, magnets, fabrics, tons of things!
I really liked the application for jewelry and for shoes. It can be permanent or temporary, it just depends upon the adhesive you use. How cool are these boots? I love that you can print little tiny photos and make them into pendents too! I definitely will be playing around with this in the near future.
This stuff sounds really cool:
This is like contact paper, but it’s very thin fabric. I am very excited to try this out. This is a company, Panoah, is based in Brazil, and it’s my understanding that this is only available online, but think of the possibilities: subway or typographic art using fabric… re-covering shoes, books,etc… applying to pillows or picture frames… It’s removable too, which gives you a lot of options.
OK, this isn’t sexy, but oh my gosh is it long over due…
Some of you are saying, “Glue? Really? That’s your fun new product?!” Um, yes.
I use E-6000 whenever I need a really strong bond on something. I love it, but it is some seriously stinky stuff. This one is a much lower odor.
It is also a spray adhesive that is a pump not an aerosol. When I use an aerosol spray adhesive it can be a bit hard to control where it lands. A pump would be better. (And sometimes if I am gluing something that’s light or delicate, the aerosol can blow it around and mess it up if I’m not careful. And sometimes I’m not careful.)
So at any rate, these are the new items that I am most wanting to play around with. Some of them are on the market already, some of them won’t be available for a couple of months, but I wanted to give you a heads up that they’re coming.
Click here to see what textures, colors and people inspired me at the show.
There are more recommendations and wrap-ups of the CHA Winter 2013 Show over at Craft Test Dummies, where you’ll find more comprehensive and in-depth reviews of new products all year long.
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Disclosure: I received some of these items for purposes of trying them out. I have not reviewed them, but am looking forward to doing so. As always, when I do it will be 100% my honest opinion.