The Crystal Katana by Crystal Ninja has been making a big splash in the craft world since it was a “Hot 20” award winner at the Craft & Hobby Association’s 2013 winter show. [Disclosure: Craft Critique’s owner/editor Nancy Nally was a judge for the Hot 20 awards.] When I first looked at it myself I have to admit that I was not impressed despite all of the hype. I thought, how could this little tool change my crafting world? Well, was I completely wrong!
The Crystal Katana has a wax tip that allows you to pick up crystals, beads, buttons, pearls and even small pieces of paper! After trying it, I am in love! The other end has a needle tip that allows you to adjust placement once a small item (like a rhinestone) has been attached to a larger object. There is also a foam pad that is perfect for holding your embellishments and picking them up off from.
I wanted to test it out on an actual project, so I looked through my craft stash and found some flat backed rhinestones to attach to a letter M. I worked with Ranger Glue n’ Seal (because it has a brush built in to the lid) and in small sections.
Crystal Ninja has a partnership with Swarovski, and the tool is great for adhering crystals, but I tried the Crystal Katana out on a variety of embellishments including some fairly large buttons, lace, ribbon, chipboard letters and pieces of paper. I have discovered so many uses for the Crystal Katana, it has become one of my “go to” tools that I cannot live without!
Think the Crystal Katana is only for small projects? Check out this video of Crystal Ninja’s staff using it to help West Coast Customs to bling out the roof of a vintage Mini Cooper!
The Crystal Katana is available on Amazon.com for less than $25.