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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.
I 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.
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!
The Crystal Katana is available on Amazon.com for less than $25.
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