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Must Have Monday

Whether you’re a scrapbooker, a beader, or just any kind of crafter, this little find has been surprisingly helpful.  I found it at Michael’s in their newly revamped jewelry section (they really did a nice job with this re-set).  It’s a proprietary item, so THIS particular set is only available at Michael’s, but I know I’ve seen similar products elsewhere – just check the jewelry sections of your local craft stores.  Anyways, the retail was $3, I think.

Two of the three sticks included are identical (great for people like me who always manage to misplace tools, lol) and THOSE are the really helpful ones.  The other is more for “setting” acrylic rhinestones and I haven’t found it particularly useful for anything I have done.

Basically it’s sticky on the end.  Not super sticky, just sticky enough to pick things up but still be able to place them and it will release them.  I really like using the loose rhinestones found in the craft section rather than the self-adhesive ones found in scrapbooking.  This makes picking them up and placing them soooo much easier!  For instance, this card I made for the chipboard highlight section in the August issue of Scrapbook News + Review used a ton of little rhinestones.

I used one of these things (ack, they really don’t even have a name!) to place all the rhinestones onto pre-set little tiny dabs of adhesive then used the pointy side to nudge them into the precise location I wanted them.  Very cool.

I also tried it when I was working with seed beads for a bracelet I was working on – it picks up a nice little pile at a time then I could thread them right off the sticky stick (there, I have named it, lol).  Better than picking up a pinchful at a time and trying to do it while they’re in my fingers, that’s for sure!

It won’t pick up really heavy items, but for tiny things, it’s been a real timesaver (and sanity saver)!


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