Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The story of the wedding invitations using the Kandi Kane applicator

Those who read this blog will know that my daughter Natalie is getting married to Rob in September this year. We have had a busy time the last 2yrs with weddings as my son Matthew married Karen last year, so its been a very hectic couple of years.
Natalie asked if I would make her invitations and I did not think what a huge thing it would be. However, some what down the line with nearly 300 under my belt I really do now! So construction was down to me and printing down to Dad!
They are very simple in Ivory card, which open out to be tri folded with details in the middle and lower pocket for the RSVP.
We wanted to have a diamond on the centre of the outside bow and at first I used stick on ones, that did not stick. Then I found the Kandi Kane applicator online and thought I would give it a go.

1. Heat up your Kandi Kane
I found that an old wooden chopping board was great, as the first time a used a table place setting and it melted !! The instructions do not tell you how hot this applicator gets so PLEASE be so careful. I burnt my finger first time I used it. I would not let children under 12 use it at all and even older ones I would watch as it could be very dangerous.


2.Get your bag of hot fix gems
I got mine from Ebay and they were really cheap. They have to be hot fix gems and they have glue on the back. Can I also say the glue on the stone also gets very hot!


3.Lay out your gems and start picking up!
You have to then lay out your gems on the board gem face up, I like to lay out a few to save time. Then when your Kandi Kane its hot (it take seconds) you can pick up your stones. You have all different head sizes to fit all sorts of gems. They have a little dip on top and this is were your stones fits. Hold the applicator like a pen. Then tap in down on the gem, it should pick up the stone right away. Once it has tip the applicator up and watch the glue melt.


4.  Lets gem!
When the glue has melted you are ready to fix the gem to your chosen surface. The gem should stay in the holder and you then just gently tap it onto the area you want to stick it to and by magic it drops out. The stone is very hot still so watch your fingers. If you do drop the stone you can pick it up and put it back and re heat if you are quick, but please use tweezers as they are hot. If the gem gets stuck use a pin to get it out again.

5. Finished item!
Then you are all done and I think you will agree they look good. Have a go but don't make 300 lol


Hope you enjoyed my quick run through using the kandi kane. They are fun and you can buy gems in all sort of sizes and colours. They fix to anything and stay and stay. I went mad at first and stuck them on anything that did not move. By the way I bought mine from Ebay but I think you can get them all over the place, or something similar to it.

31 comments :

  1. Stopping by from the Wednesday hop to say hello.
    Have a great day!
    POSH
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  2. This is a cool site! I'm dropping by from welcome wednesday blog hop. I hope you can follow back! <3

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  3. Forgot to post my site:

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  4. Congrats on the award Friday! (Don't tell anybody, I'm 51) and am trying to get into the review gig. I'm following from a hop. About to reach my goal today of 100 followers!

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  5. Thanks don't you worry im 53 this year lol
    Good luck with your 100 I'm running for my 200 now

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  6. I like the gem on the bow. Very lovely.

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  7. Love those bows! It makes it extra special when it's handmade :)

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  8. Very pretty! Good luck doing all those invites!

    Thanks for visiting my blog - returning the favour and following you back now!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. Those will make very pretty cards.

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  10. Great blog post! You directions are very clear and looks beautiful! Following you from the blog hop!

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  11. glad to meet you all and also pleased you enjoyed my first tutorial I had fun writing it

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  12. Thanks for sharing about the Kandi Kane applicator! Gotta check it out. I just found your blog and I am now following you thanks to Fab Friends Thursday blog hop and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog:)
    And don't forget to check our new Blog Tutorial going on today. It's very easy and it would look so pretty on your blog:) See you there!
    Happy Thursday

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  13. Hi. I’m a follower from the hop. I've also got a page on my site that lists more than 150 hops for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon and follow back!
    Have a great week.
    NCSue
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  14. I have to have one of these. I do a lot of sewing for kids and this will come in very handi. Thanks for the post!
    I am following you via fab friends blog hop. Please follow me.

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  15. Hi,
    I saw your post on "It's About Time Mamaw" who is a friend of mine & decided to drop in. Love this post especially since I just (literately) finished applying gems to a t-shirt by hand...whew! I am going to try this method next time around. I'm going to follow you & hope you can follow me back.

    http://ladyteeiabodesigns.blogspot.com/

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  16. Thanks for stopping by Baca Ohana! These came out BEAUTIFUL!!!! I will have to try something like this for Annabelle's birthday invites!

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  17. Cool project!!!!

    Thank you for linking up and joining the Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop. I am following you back. Hope you come back next week, and visit my blog again soon.

    Have a great day,
    DP

    Hip Chick's Guide to PMS, Pregnancy, and Babies

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  18. That is the neatest. You are so crafty. Have to bow down to your awesomeness lol... I haven't heard of that machine before, but will have to check htem out!

    Ashley
    Crunchy Frugalista

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  19. So crafty! I love it. I am so not crafty but long to be some day...maybe when I'm a grandmother...a loooong time from now. :)
    I am gladly following you back.

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  20. Hi ashley thanks it has been a long job lol. I would say to get one for sure you can use it on loads of stuff sooooo much fun!

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  21. What a FAB Mum you are to do all these for your girl!!

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  22. Thank you for swinging by 2 Against 1 , if you haven't yet, be sure to stop by and link up to the TGIF blog hop (Friday).

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  23. Hi! Found you by the Follow Friday. New follower!
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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll have to come back here when I'm not trying to get out for an appointment. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  25. Hello,I am your new follower too.Your blog is interesting and lovely.I will come back again

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  27. Hi, thank you for following, I'm stopping by your really cute blog to return the follow.

    Hope you have a great Saturday!

    Cindy

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  28. Very pretty! I have a daughter who will probably get married the end of this year. Lots to do! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment.

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  29. Thanks for visiting and following!!

    Have a great day!
    Crystal
    http://kennedymomandwife.blogspot.com

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  30. Great idea...looks like fun too. Thanks for visiting my blog. Following you from shandaoakleyinspires.com

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  31. Ya know, for a long time I've thought about getting one of those kandi tools. I think I will now go for it. I will however be careful not to burn myself as a similar thing happened to me last year using a large glue gun. I was used to using the small ones and some of the hot glue hit my finger? Oh honey I screamed like anything (Ouch!).
    I'm so happy you stopped by and good to meet you. I'm adding you to my blog roll...I'm following ;)

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