Reported by Marti Wills
I was thrilled to receive a Glitz Up tool from Viva Decor to try out recently. The box contained the tool, three different sized tips for different sized rhinestones, and a stand.
I also received an incredible assortment of Hot-Fix Embellishments from Viva Decor – you can see one up close below but the rest of them are more like metallic studs in all sorts of colors and several different sizes.
I also received an assortment of Hot-Fix Embellishments by American Supply (the US distributor for Viva Decor.) This batch included the metallic studs as well as rhinestone crystals.
The machine came with VERY little instruction. One important thing left out was this white tape around the threads. Should it stay or go?I took it off…more on that later. The three different sized tips screw onto these threads to accommodate different sized rhinestones/studs.
This box is the machine portion. a plastic cord stretches from one side to an electrical outlet and another one stretches to the wand.
This little stand is indispensable for keeping the hot tool in place while you are working and need to put it down. The cord is stiff and can be a bit unwieldy.
Time to get busy. The unique and incredible thing about this particular hot fix gun compared to others is the vacuum suction ability of the wand. In the first picture below you can see several holes just below my thumb. When those holes are covered, like by my thumb in the second picture, a suction power is activated at the tip.
As you can see this enables you to suck the rhinestone up on the tip of the applicator – makes placement SO much easier. There is no other hot fix applicator out there with this ability. This way I was able to just scatter the rhinestones nearby and then set to work – quickly and easily picking them up and placing them where I wanted. Simply wait for several seconds after picking up the rhinestone/stud so that it begins heating up and the glue begins to melt, place the tip down on your fabric where you want the embellishment and then remove your thumb from the holes to release the suction.
Now let me show you how much fun we had. I started with a trip to Target. I found this adorable dress for Pezza – LOVE the colors. However we both thought it could use some zing.
We added colored studs and rhinestones here and there to accentuate the pattern.
The embellishments stuck pretty easily, but I recommend double-checking to be sure they are stuck well. Another tip – place a non-stick sheet between the layers of your clothing while working – the glue will go through thinner materials and adhere the layers together.
We also picked up a romper with this cute ice cream cone on it. however, we decided the cherry would look much better in red with a green stem.
I was unsure how the tool and embellishments would work on the iron on. It was slightly tricky. The heat from the tool will melt the iron on and smear it a bit. However the rhinestones stuck well to it.
I also needed a new pair of black flip flops. I grabbed the plain ones and saved a few bucks. Then I decorated them myself. I alternated crystal rhinestones and silver studs. (I could NOT get them to photograph clearly – I apologize.)
Although the tool is really meant for fabric I couldn’t resist trying it out on paper. It worked like a charm.
However, in this case, the traditional methods are probably easier – the Glitz Up is a little bit of overkill.
My overall impression – tremendously fun! I am ready to hot fix rhinestones to anything that will sit still long enough. I found both brands of embellishments adhered well BUT I had some difficulty getting the larger ones hot enough and had to redo some of them. I also thought the embellishments from American Supply looked like a higher quality product. The Viva Decor embellishments looked cheap in comparison.
- The vacuum suction ability – amazing
- The ability to decorate fabric so quickly and easily is just plain fun.
- The embellishments come in a wide variety of sizes and colors.
- I would have liked to see more tips – others usually come with 6-8 different sized tips.
- The handle of the gun gets very hot making it difficult to use after awhile.
- It needs better instructions regarding the tips and which one is for which size embellishments.
Have you tried the Glitz Up? Do you have any other hot fix tool? Do you have a favorite source for Hot Fix Embellishments?