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CHA *NEW* Tools: Alpha Precision Abrasive, Torginal, Franklin Electronic Publisher

In a never ending search for new tools that can be used on a variety of media, it was great to come across the Alpha Abrasives booth.  They had some really cool files for sanding and shaping that came in a variety of shapes.

Why does one need a variety of shapes?  Well if you need to file small odd corners on an art piece, it helps to have the correct shaped file to fit in those pesky corners.  

Also, these files work well on ArtEmboss (Amaco) metal embossing sheets.  IHere, a file was used to remove some of the paint from the embossed surfaces of the heart, to give it an aged appearance.  

Torginol, Inc.  is a new company to the craft world.  They started off as an industrial supplier of color chips but are now venturing into the craft world.  

Torginol, Inc. makes color mica (sold in 3 gram packages), 

color granules (sold in packages) which are available in a variety of colors and popular with for kids crafts and gourd art, 

and color flakes (sold in 1 lb packages).  

Mica is available in a variety of sizes, to suit a variety of uses. This company packages their mica in
small packages (3 grams) which are perfect for embedding into polymer clay, rubber stamping and other types of projects.  

Another product that caught my eye was at the Franklin Electronic Publisher Booth where they had a pen that could read dots.  The pen is called an Any Book Reader and it uses the pen like tool to record yourself.  Then you link the message to a particular dot.  Once it is recorded,  one can just put the tool over the dot and hear the pre-recorded message.
You can use it in your memory books to put “verbal” messages into your book using the voices of your cherished ones or your own.  It makes the book come alive for the children!
There are dots with pre-recorded messages and dots that are blank.  You use the blank dots to record your personalized message.  The recording tool is available in a 15 hour format or a 60 hour format.

Interesting new tools at CHA, for sure!

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Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Block

Reported by Martha Bonneau

When I received the Tim Holtz Sanding Block in a swap that I participated in, my first thought as “great, what am I going to do with this? I’m perfectly happy using the random sanding blocks and bits of sandpaper I steal from my husband’s workbench in the basement!” But while working on a project one day I found myself out of random bits of of pillaged sandpaper, and decided to give the Sanding Block a try. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, and now find that this tool is a staple on my scrap-table. The tool itself is simple enough; it consists of a rubber block that the sandpaper wraps around. The paper is secured by 2 spikes (concealed at each end) that securely hold the sandpaper in place.

The tool itself fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, and is very comfortable to use. It makes sanding textured surfaces and edges very easy, plus no more scraping my knuckles like when using random pieces of sandpaper! Because the sandpaper is wrapped around the Sanding Block, you can apply as much, (or as little), pressure as needed to get the effect you desire. I layered these paper flowers, and with just a couple of passes of the Sanding Block I was able to distress all of the layers.


  • Ergonomic and easy-to-use.
  • Smaller size than sanding blocks found at hardware store, certainly small enough to toss in scrapping tote.
  • Spikes securely hold sandpaper in place, which makes it easy to sand textured surfaces and edges.


  • Only comes with one piece of sandpaper. It would have been nice to have at least 1 additional piece of sandpaper included.
  • When I first opened the package, the product had a very, very strong smell and it took several days of letting it air out for it to diminish.
  • It would be nice to have a cover that fit over the sandpaper portion of the tool so it wouldn’t scratch other items in my tool-kit (or my fingers when reaching down into my scrapping tote!)

The Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Block has a MSRP of $5.99. I have found the Sanding Block at my local craft store as well as on-line.

Do you use Tim’s sanding block? Or do you try to get away with random bits of leftover sandpaper? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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