First. Annoying issues. The tools control is so far down the cable, that it’s meager weight will pull the tool to the ground, if not weighted down, or stand secured to a table. Second… The tool kept cooling down. Took me a while to realize that the controller knob has no resistance and moves freely. So as it pulls the tool hanging far down the cable, it also keeps changing temperatures as it runs against anything that’ll touch the temp knob. Had to finally tape it down so it would stay where I wanted it. Now the final and biggest issue. All these woodburners share one issue. If you attempt to change a tip while hot, it will break off, leaving the tips thread stuck, and the tool ready for the trash bin. The issue is not this flaw, which, as I’ve said, evidently happens with any of these tools using brass tips for better heat transfer. The big issue is that, the company is aware of it, and will not add a warning on their instructions, that this might be an issue if one doesn’t wait for the tool to cool down before changing tips. (I think it mentions waiting to avoid getting burnt, but that’s what we have pliers for. If they would have added that the tip may break, maybe I wouldn’t have grabbed the pliers and would have waited for the tool to cool.
i really wanted to do fine art and didnt know if this tool would work based on reviews. but it would be my first time with wood burning so i didnt want to spend a lot of money. this tool turned out to be perfect! i followed directions such as letting the tips cool completely before changing them. i mostly used one tip for the whole thing anyway. yes the cord is short so sit near an outlet or use an extension cord. yes the dial easily rubs against clothing changing the temp. i just duct taped the dial to the medium high setting when working on alderwood. its the wood that determines the temp. the handle did not get too warm to hold. when looking at videos of wood artists using more expensive tools i noticed they use a heat resistant glove. so all tools likely get a little warm. see pics for what you can achieve. love it!
Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool with Versa-Temp Temperature Control
The Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool with Versa-Temp Control allows the user to create on any surface by adjusting the temperature control dial from 0-950 degrees F. The appropriate zone is set for the surface and technique to be used. The storage case includes the Creative Versa-Tool with the comfort grip, 11 interchangeable points with lead-free solder and a tool stand. The points include the universal, tapered, flow, calligraphy, shading, stamping, mini flow, cone, mini universal, hot knife and soldering point which is used with the rosin core lead-free solder. Techniques include hot knife cutting, wood burning, stencil cutting, soldering, paper crafting, leather crafting, hot stamping, fabric embossing,
- The Creative Versa-Tool user can choose the temperature most appropriate for their project.
- They control the heat of the Tool depending upon the surface and technique.
- The Creative Versa-Tool is best for hot knife cutting, wood burning
- Stencil cutting, soldering, paper crafting, hot stamping and fabric embossing.
|Universal PointPerforms all fundamental wood burning techniques including line drawing, curves, and shading. Change the angle and grip of the tool to achieve different techniques.||Flow Point and Mini Flow PointUse to burn curves, dots, and fine details. Works well for cursive writing and dot shading techniques.||Shading PointCreates smooth, even shading in subtle gradations or dark, bold shading. Use different pressure, speed, and movement for contrasting looks. Leaf shapes are easy to stamp using the shape of the point.||Tapered PointCuts intricate designs from stencil material & burns extra-fine, detailed lines.|
|Calligraphy PointCreates basic calligraphy style lettering and shaping. For lettering hold as you would a calligraphy pen at a 45° angle. Use the flat side of the point to form lettering components.||Hot Knife PointCuts and shapes a variety of materials such as foam, faux pumpkins, and foam core board. It is best to use a glass work surface with this point.||Soldering Point and Lead-Free SolderUse together to join metal. For successful soldering adhesion, and point protections, the Soldering Point should be tinned (coated with solder). To do this, apply a small amount of solder to the Point and wipe off on a damp sponge. Wipe Soldering Point often to remove flux buildup. If flux is hard to remove, quickly rub the Point on fine sandpaper and re-tin again.||Stamping PointsUse to create interesting patterns and borders on multiple surfaces. Simply press the point down and hold for a few seconds to stamp the design on to your piece.|