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Review | Crystal Katana by Crystal Ninja

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.

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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.

imageI picked up the rhinestones and placed them on the letter M in rows, reapplying glue as needed. Using the pin point end helped to keep the rows straight.

imageCrystal 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!

imageThink 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.

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Beth Watson

Beth Watson

Beth Watson is a creative design professional, specializing in mixed media design, three dimensional crafts and home décor. Armed with a formal education in Marketing from Ringling School of Art & Design, Beth developed her professional skills in the restaurant industry before turning her focus to the craft world in 1998. Beth is a member of the CHA Designer Council and her designs have been published in numerous craft magazines and books. She enjoys bringing a unique twist to her designs by using traditional materials in unconventional ways. Professional design and promotional services include: product demonstration, advertising and marketing consultation, editorial and instructional writing, workshop teaching for adults and children, design team and contributing artist commitments; and project design for publication.
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