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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Introduction of the new i-rock: Questions & Answers

We're hearing all the buzz on the web about the new i-rock. But many of you are still wondering about this new tool from Imaginisce. We're excited to show you this new video by Erin Bassett that shows you what is included in the i-rock collection as well as HOW the tool works. Take a few minutes to check it out and then come back and read below to learn more about this MUST HAVE new i-rock tool! You could also win a free tool and accessories for participating this week!



We do have more videos available on the i-rock tool and more on the Imaginisce website.

Some of the questions & answers about the i-rock tool that were part of our Live Chat over at Oh My Crafts on Thursday were the following:
  1. How is the i-rock better then pre-adhesive embellishments?
    My biggest issue with pre-adhesive bling is that you can see the adhesive connecting all the pieces together and I have messed up many a beautiful piece of bling because it was hard to manuver as I placed it down on my project. I've also noticed that the bling on my cards pops off before I ever have a chance to give the card out. The i-rock tool allows you to heat set gems where ever you want/need and they are a lot more secure. If you apply the gems correctly there's not adhesive and you can place them over most types of services, fabric and paper without any issue. Oh and the cost comparison between a bottle of 300 Glam Rocks verses a string of pre-adhesive gems is way more value on the i-rock products!

  2. Is the new crystals for the I-Rock made of glass?
    Yes, the rhinestones found in the Stencil kits and the Compacts are glass. Which is good so they don't melt with the i-rock's tip when it heats up.

  3. Can any rhinestones work with it?
    No, they should be heat set gems. But any brand of heat set gems will work with the i-rock tool. Test them out before placing on your project since some stones may take more or less time then you're use to with our gems.

  4. How does the I-rock work?
    You push the safety switch forward and press down on the pink button to heat up the tip of your tool. Holding the tool perpendicular to the embellishment, touch the top of the embellishment lightly, letting heat penetrate to melt adhesive on the back. When the point of  the tool is on the gem, you can "feel" the adhesive melt/give a little and that "feel" tells you that it's time to remove the tip (do not press down). Overheating your gem will cause the glue to squish out from underneath the gem. Practice before fixing gems to actual project. We've created a quick video that shows you this process in about a minute.

  5. How many times can you use a stencil?
    So many times we can't count them. The stencils are made from a heat resistant material a lot like the heat mats from Bazzill or Ranger and they will not melt. You can reuse these over and over, as well as heat the gems while leaving the mat in place...no need to mark the design and remove it!

  6. How long does it take to heat set the gems? Depends on which gems and the size. The glam rocks (metal studs) literally only take about 3 seconds...and don't press down or the glue will ooze out from under the studs. On the rhinestones the smallest size only takes a few seconds and the largest size takes about 20 seconds. Practice before doing on your project to best determine the time to stick to whatever surface you're applying them to.
  7. Can you heat the gems while they're still in the stencil?
    Yes (see question above).
  8. Will it work on fabric?
    Yes the tool works fabulously on fabric. Gems set wonderfully on denim, felt, cotton, jersey, etc. In fact, here's a darling little girl t-shirt that one of our designers created with the i-rock.

  9. What types of fabrics hold them best?
    Almost every type of fabric I've tried has worked...with the exception of tulle and sheer fabrics (can't recall their names). The gems tent to get too hot and melt these delicate fabrics.

  10. Can I use other adhesive backed gems?No, you cannot use adhesive backed gems since they are not made to be "heat set". And removing the temporary adhesive backing does not make them so either.

  11. Can you order all of one color?
    We do have Glam Rocks all in white (my person favorite), one in all silver studs (use this all the time) and the most popular "clear crystal" compact set. The other items all have assorted colors. We hope to offer specific colors in the future to coordinate with our product collections.
  12. How can you tell the adhesive has melted and adhered to your project?
    Great question! You can "feel" the adhesive melt and that "feel" tells you that it is time to remove the tip of the tool away. Sometimes I space it when I'm doing this and my gems wanders a little ways off because I've pushed it without noticing. The studs set super fast so I've learned that they only take about 3 seconds before they set and I just stick with that. Larger rhinestones take the longest, so pay attention to the "feel".
  13. How does the price of i-rock jewels compare to adhesive backed ones?
    I only have one pack of pre-adhesive gems sitting here and there are 64 gems and cost me $2.99 (works out to be about $.05 per gem). Our glam rock tubes have 300 gems and retailer for $3.99 ($.016 per gem...so just over a penny). If you get the compacts that have 800 gems which retail for $12.99 they work out to be just over a penny per gem...great deal if you ask me!!
  14. How hot does the tool get?
    The tool gets hot enough to burn your skin, or paper and I've even had it melted my grosgrain ribbon because they I left the tool too long next to the ribbon. Just be careful with the tip it will burn. But my 13 year old daughter loves blinging out her clothes and notebooks, so I am confident it's safe for all you long-time crafters to use.


  15. How long does the tool take to cool down?
    Less then a couple of minutes.
  16. Will or are the gems available in local stores or only online?
    Yes the i-rock tool and gems will be available at local craft/scrapbook stores and some larger chain craft stores will start carrying them towards the end of the summer.
  17. What type of batteries does it take?
    3 AA Batteries
  18. How many colors do the gems come in?
    Currently we offer an assortment of 20 different colors, some in multiple sizes too. Check out this very cool scan we took of the gems and which product they are available in. For a larger view and more i-rock information, visit our "i-rock information page" on the blog.
  19. What's the difference between the hot rocks and the glam rocks?
    Mainly just packaging, however the "hot rocks" are typically glass rhinestones and come in our compacts and the "glam rocks" are our metal studs can come this darling lip gloss looking bottles.

  20. How long does it last before the batteries need to be changed?
    This is a tough one that I've asked our product development team to research. It definitely depends on the quality of batteries you are using and how much you use the tool. I've had the same set of batteries in for over a month and have done probably more then your typical amount of projects and still have not had to change them. But I always have an extra set packed away when I got to a crop just in case.
  21. Are they designed to stand up on fabric in the washer and/or dryer?We've washed many projects without issue, but we have found that putting the clothing in the dryer will case a few gems to come off. So we recommend to hang dry your clothing that you blinged out...or if you're cool with a few casualties, then just throw it in the dryer and add some new bling as needed.
  22. Any thoughts on a carrying case to protect it?We are currently not producing a bag to carry all the product, but I purchased a very inexpensive make up case at the store and added a cute silk flower to the front and all my product tucks nicely inside for easy portability and storage. I will try and post a picture in the next few days to show you.
  23. Does the tool come with any gems to start off with?
    No the tool does not include any gems in order to keep the cost of the tool down we decided it was best to offer the gems separately so you could also pick the color or type for yourself.
  24. Can you stick the gems to acrylic albums?
    Yes the gems stick to acrylic albums very well. I've found that I like to stick them to rub-ons or vinyl too!
  25. Can you stick the gems on CD's too?
    Yes!
If you have more questions, please leave us a comment and we'll add it to our FAQ page about the tool.

FREE STUFF: Don't forget we're also giving away a couple of tools by the end of the week. All you need to do is subscribe to our newsletter (if you've already done that, then that counts, just leave a comment). We will email you only once a month with great ideas, contests and giveaways. You won't want to miss out, so subscribe today and then leave us a comment and we'll announce the winner next Monday.


115 comments:

Heather said...

I love Imaginisce and I love this tool!!! I just subscribed to the newsletter :)

Kristy said...

Wow!!! I LOVE the look of this. I have to get me one!

Noor Nahdi said...

Subscribed to the newsletter!!
Thanks for all the wonderful products...

Drika said...

I am already a subscriber!
Cant wait to play with the i-rock. When i it going to be in the market?

Genevieve said...

I just subscribed to the newsletter! I love Imaginisce and can't wait to get this tool!

Jamie Simms said...

I am already subscribed! I can't wait to be able to use this tool.

Leigh11 said...

thought i was already a subscriber--but obviuosly not-so re-done!
This is definitely a 'must have' tool!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

This looks like an amazing tool that I would get a lot of use out of considering I have two girls!!! I'm a new subscriber!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Etty said...

Love the looks of this tool. Can't wait to see it in person. I hope all of the accessories are available in Canada soon!

Amanda said...

I am a subscriber already. LOVE the new I-Rock. What a way to really bring some BLING to everything :)

Natalie said...

just subscribed! im very excited about this tool!

yoda7218213 said...

this is such a cool tool-would love to win this!

sunflwrgrl412 said...

My daughters and I would have a blast with that thing! I can just see the sparkles now!

Felicia said...

I just subscribed to the newsletter. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
=0)

Scrapalooza said...

My mind is spinning with all the things I can do with this. Gotta go create! :)

iceprincess95 said...

Just subscribed to the newsletter. The irock is definitely on my list of must haves! Thanks for the chance to win!

erin lee creative said...

LOVE this new tool! I'm a subscriber!

Kimmy said...

I subscribed! All I can say is I'm in LOVE! My 14 year old is going to love this! I can see it now when I can't find the tool my first place to look will be in her room!

pdrnc said...

This looks so cool. I'm already a subscriber.

Helen said...

Cool!! I'm already a subscriber and I would LOVE one of these :-) I really, really love bling--LOL!

Peg said...

I subscribed. I really am loving what I'm seeing on this tool. I do many types of crafts and can see using this a lot. I would love to own one.

TracyJ said...

I am trying not to be such a tool junkie, but this one is a definite must have for me! Ilike that the hold is better than pre-adhesive gems, plus not seeing the backing on pre-adhesed ones. I would sure love to win this - thanks for the chance.

Bella said...

This looks so awesome! I would love to have one! I subscribed too!

Jamie said...

Thank you for such a detailed description of this product! I like to know as much as I can before I purchase. It look great!!!

Jill P said...

Wow! Thanks for all the info on this new tool! Definitely made up my mind that I HAVE to get one!

Anke said...

Happy to see some new fun things.

Kathleen said...

I really think this is a must have tool!! I love to bling out my pages!! I am subscribed!

Ann said...

Looks like a fun tool that I'd like to play with! I'm crossing my fingers....

connie said...

Thanks for the video. I am already a subscriber.

momto3yakimaniacs said...

Just subscribed! This tool looks amazing!! Would be lots of fun to play with!!

Heather said...

Thanks for all the info on the Irock. It looks really awesome. Just signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win.

ShoppingTamii said...

yes, already subscribed. Thanks for posting those Q&A's....now it's on my "must have" list LOL!

NathalieM said...

I just subscribed to get the newsletter. With this tool, there are so many possibilities. Wow! Would love to win it.

Amy said...

Great Q&A session!! It answered the questions I have had about it. I am already subscribed to the newsletter.

Hugs,
Amy ♥

craftymom205 said...

Love Imaginisce and already subscribe to the newsletter.

Sabine said...

I can't wait to get one! they look like they could be a ton of fun!

Sabine

Samantha said...

Looks like loads of fun :)

Amy said...

Wow, thanks for taking the time to explain this. I can see all the possibilities with this tool now. Thank you!

Luisa said...

Totally cool tool! I love the bling stencils - I can't wait to go purchase one. I also subscribed to the newsletter.

PJ said...

Thanks for all the information on the I Rock, makes it so very clear the versatility of the tool. I am a follower and have subscribed to the newsletter. Would love to win an I Rock.
http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

I was at the chat. Loved talking to everyone. MY questions were up there in your blog, do I get something for that?(JK) I love this tool and can't wait to get one. Please pick me...sorry I know begging isn't pretty.
I will get an i-rock, I will get and i-rock....
Thanks for the chance to win!!!

RxDrMom said...

This tool looks soo cool! I love my iTop and I'm sure I'd love this too! Would really love to win it! Thanks!

kbgirl said...

I just subscribed.....what a cool tool....just love saying that!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Leslie Owens

RxDrMom said...

Sorry- I was so caught up in how much I'd love to try it, I forgot to mention I did subscribe to the newsletter! Thanks again!

Donna said...

Love this new little tool...oh, I'm already a subscriber :)

Thebug415 said...

I am already a subscriber. Love this tool, and can't wait to get mine. I am excited to try all the different gems too.

Ashly said...

Wow . . . I was not interested in this tool until today. Thanks for the little video. I am thinking now this is a must have!! :) so cute and economical. Thanks for bringing the cost (and savings) to my attention.

Im now also a subscriber!

Bobbi said...

This sounds like a wonderful tool and I can't wait to get it. I am sure that my DD will want to use it too. Thanks for all the answers.

Snips and Snails said...

I just subscribed. This tool looks like so much fun.

Lara said...

I've already subscribed. Yeah I don't have to get my big iron out any more!

Melissa said...

I just subscribed and look forward to the newsletter! Great tool!

Angie said...

Fabulous tool! I'm already a subscriber!

Michele said...

I just love new gadgets especially one that provide bling. I can't wait to get it!

C said...

Just subscribed! Woo hoo!

Lola said...

Having trouble with the newsletter log in. It is sending me to the retail site. I hate to miss out.

Wendy aka Bling Queen said...

Just subscribed. Must have Must have.... Pick me. Honestly I love Imaginisce-the paper is awesome. Use it often.

sandyh50 said...

I have subscribed and would love to win this tool! Thanks for the chance.

~Tonya said...

I am already a subscriber...wouldn't want to miss a thing. However, I do want to say "i-rock" LOL

I will keep my fingers crossed and this new tool is a must have!

Denise said...

I am already a subscriber. Love you guys!!!!

Rebecca said...

Sounds pretty cool...I am already a subscriber.

:) Rebecca Keppel

crittercrafts said...

The i-rock sure rocks. I am already a subscriber.

Vicki said...

I subscribed. Thanks for the chance to win.

Samantha T. said...

Great tool! I'm already a subscriber.

APMC said...

I'm a subscriber! Thanks for the chance to win!

V said...

I'm also a subscriber :) I have been wanting to try this soooo badly ... with four boys I don't always get the chance to bling but with this tool I will most definitely start scrapping more of me :) Thanks for your generosity!
Cheers ~ Scrappy Val

Laura H said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this tool. My daughter graduated from high school last year and we used the adhesive bling for her announcements, PAIN! So excited to add this tool to my arsenal!

mybitsandpiecesofpaper said...

Would love the opportunity to get my hands on this fun tool and start adding bling to my projects. It looks easy to do and the tool is small enough to carry in my essential tools tote. Thanks for sharing the video.

Heidi said...

I am already a subscriber. I'm so intrigued with this tool and would love to win.

jhtimms at pacbell.net

Leanne said...

I'm a subscriber already, but would love to get my hands on one of these! Thanks for always having great stuff and wonderful information on here!

Lola said...

well, I think I got signed up not sure.

creative patti said...

Loved the videos!!! Great tool, can't wait to get one, or win one would be great!!!

Renate said...

Wow I love blingbling. Super

Fleursbydesign said...

This tool looks awesome - I just subscribed to your newsletter!

Leah said...

I already subscribe...I'm loving the new i-rock. It looks like so much fun! Thanks for the great videos!

Kelly English said...

I already subscribe. I so want to win this!!

marla said...

I am already a subscriber and sure I hope I can win this great tool!! What an awesome way to apply bling to any project!!

esther said...

I already subscribe. What a nifty little tool! I can't wait to get one to play with. I'm going to bling anything that doesn't move!

Sharon said...

Subscribed to newsletter...check, leaving comment...check. Hoping I win... check and check!!

Wirg's Creative World said...

Oooo I just subscribed for the newsletter and I bought an Irock tool yesterday. Can't wait till the postman delivers it. If I had a 2nd IRock, I know my bestest buddy would love a surprize 'gift'.

Marla Pierce said...

I love everything Imaginisce! So it's no surprise that I feel like I have to have the I-Rock. Super cool!!! Just got subscribed to the newsletter, too.

Sweetpz said...

so cool!! i wait to get one =)
or winning one is even better!
i'm already a subscriber.
thanks
juli

Peggy said...

Whooo hooo! This is sooo cool! I subscribed!

Wendy Crowe said...

I love what this tool can do! Thanks so much for the video! It really makes it look easy and fun. I can't wait to play with it!

Kristina said...
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Kristina said...

I'm certainly going to be looking for this tool, it looks like a lot of fun and I LOVE any tool that can be used across multiple crafting categories! (And I'm now a subscriber) =)

bigmama said...

Im a friend,And subscriber,I love all your products,I own a few,And i really want this one,Thanks for a chance to win,

Manhattan Mandie said...

I'm have been a subscriber and I'm a Facebook stalker, I mean, follower too :) Love your products and can't wait to get my own I-Rocks! I love my I-Top!!! You guys make fun stuff :)

Sam said...

My Boys and I are huge Harry Potter fans, and have nicknamed the new i-rock tool "mummy's magic wand", we can't wait until it is realeased in Australia and we can get our hands on my new "wand" he,he,he! I'm now a subscriber, and love all your products.

Tami said...

Looks like a great tool!! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm already a subscriber.

SummerDay said...

I am already a subscriber to your newsletter, and I can't wait to get an I-Rock. It is definitely on my must have list.

yvonne said...

I'm also a subscriber! Just love my i-Top, I'm sure the i-Rock will be just as fun!!

Kim said...

WOW! That's an AWESOME TOOL! Thanks for the Video and the Q & A's! GREAT INFO!! NOW I GOTTA have one! LOL! I am a subscriber and a follower! Thanks BUNCHES for the chance to win! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

CraftyGirl said...

The way I love bling.... this tool is a MUST have for me!! I love the versatility of it and have heard all positive things about it!! I am already a subscriber!!
Barb :)

janet said...

I just subscribed to the newsletter

Vanessa said...

Suscribed to the newsletter!! That is a GREAT tool!! Ty for the chance to win!! :)))

Lesley from WI said...

Already a subscriber....can't wait to try this tool!

Lisa Foster said...

I am so excited to learn about this new tool! I am so happy that there is now something more cost-effective, easy to apply & with better results application tool! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! :)

Scrapfaire said...

All subscribed to the newsletter...my local Archiver's store sold out of the i-rock in just a few hours...I didn't even know they had it yet LOL!

TraceyT said...

What a neat tool!!! I'm all subscribed! :)

Pamela said...

Wow, took me a long time to post. I love this tool. It will definitely be one of my next purchases. I have been away from scrapping for a while and so many new things are out - I have missed a lot. Thanks for sharing:)
~I am subscribed

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I just registered for your newsletter!!!

scrapping_buckeye said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this tool! Thanks for all of the info - it is very helpful.

Sassette said...

This tool is definitely on my MUST have list and I can't wait to start blinging out everything in site! I love how easy it seems to use it and will be thankful for no more glue lines on my projects! Imaginisce rocks!

Liz said...

i subscribed already and im crossing my fingers i want 1 so bad. they are not in canada yet :(

Iris said...

I am a subscriber. Thanks for a chance to win such an awesome prize. Iris

Deborah said...

I'd love to win!

Creative Char said...

This tool sounds awesome! Thanks for a chance to win one.

Dress To Scrap said...

i-rock rules! thank you for answering the questions! it is really helpful!

Bobbi said...

This tool sounds like a must for everyone. Thank you for the chance to win one. I am a new subscriber.

Martine said...

ooooh! that looks like a must-have tool! it's going on my wishlist! thanks for the chance to win!

Janet Ang said...

I just heart Imaginisce! I've been using the paper collections for years and just recently getting into the tools with the I-top!

Roxanne said...

Very, very cool - Thanks for the opportunity to win. This looks like a must have!

Roxanne
kcmarlowe at hotmail dot com

Ruth said...

i subscribed, i love these new tools you are bringing out!!

momt said...

Just subscribed.Great new toy!

Kimberly said...

I was just wondering if you can attach the rhinestones to metal, like a license plate for instance?

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