Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blogging A to Z: Today is brought to you by the letter H

April is here!! It's time for daily blogging, lots of visitors and meeting new friends.  In other words, time for the Blogging A to Z challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of minions.  Thousands of other bloggers from all over the world participate in this blog hop each year, and anyone may join in as long as they blog each day during the month of April, (except Sundays) the blog posts correspond to the appropriate letter for that day, and they sign up on the link list. Simple!

The word that begins with the letter for today is Heat Gun.

A heat gun is like a supercharged hand-held hair dryer. The heat is used to set embossing powder, melt plastic, alter paint and dry things when you are too impatient to wait for nature to take its course.  I have an inexpensive heat gun from Hobby Lobby, and it is my least favorite color, pink, but one day I'd love to own a Milwaukee Heat Gun.

While the post may be uninspiring, the tool itself is sort of magical.  It takes an inked image from flat and dull to raised shiny and permanent when the heat is applied to embossing powder. I purchased my first heat tool about 15 years ago upon seeing it demonstrated for the first time, and had to replace it about a year ago. But these days I use it for other things, mostly drying paint and setting mediums, so I don't think it will last as long as that first one did. I still find it entrancing to witness the transformation of embossing powder when heat is applied. I tried to find a good YouTube video to demonstrate what I mean, but most of them don't really show the transformation. One of these days I will do my own videos...


Birgit said...

At least my heat gun is burgundy:) I am not a pink person either. I love the way embossing powders work when one uses the heat gun-great tool I can't do without

Patricia Lynne said...

I've never used a heat gun, but it sounds like a useful tool.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Jolyn GC said...

You have provided the creative solution I needed for ways to incorporate my signature to my mixed media pieces that have fabric! Bless you and the A to Z Challenge! I might need to update my editorial calendar for the A to Z Challenge to include this revelation! Thank you for writing this!

Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said...

My dad has a heat gun, one of the industrial kinds. He said I could borrow it to melt the old glue off my front steps where there was once carpeting. That may be a little much to use for craft work, unless it has lower settings! :)