Sparkleberry Industries: Premium Wood Burning tips, Soldering tips and Stencil Kit Review

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Crafting is something I have been slowly trying to get back into and it has not been easy. Not having the energy or time can be a big obstacle, as can be having the wrong tools. I had to research long and hard to even find a dependable wood burning pen because many would not work correctly, to just give out after just a few uses. Finding tips I thought was the easy part, but later I found that it was not the type, size, or style that would become the problem, it was the tip actually lasting. I had one tip from another manufacture just bend out of shape from the medium heat setting on the pen. I literally watched it just warp slowly as the pen heated up. Not a great start!

When Sparkleberry Industries offered to have me try a kit, well I have the pen and even the nice plastic box to carry all my essentials in, so why not. The kit includes:

  • 15 Pyrography Tool Tips (Brass colored tips, plus silver colored “stamps”)
  • 10 Soldering Tips (Silver colored tips)
  • 2 hot knife tips
  • 2 Plastic Stencils and
  • 3 Metal Stencils

I know, that is a pretty comprehensive list and the perfect starter set or even one you can compliment your collection with!

 

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Retail Price Point: $13.97 via Amazon and if you are a Prime member, shipping is free.

 

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Verdict:
From the get-go, Sparkleberry Industries lists what each tip is used for and does not leave the consumer just guessing. Any of the silver toned pieces are softer, so less pressure is advised when using. I heated up the first tip, which was a heart shape and the tip warmed evenly and allowed me to stamp a perfect heart on the scrap of wood I was using. I then went down the list and tested both the Pyrography and some of the soldering tips. Again, none took a different shape or did I have issues when using them. I did not test the hot knife ones and it was mostly because I have no current need for them, but come Halloween, these knives are great at shaping tombstones for the holiday, which we make out of Styrofoam that is used for insulation/noise dampening. I tried pricing the kit and you add the stencils and I have a need for them not just for outlining but just for simple labeling, plus all the other accessories and it really is a great deal. Not complicated, as all tips twisted on and off with ease and they are true to their shape and remain that way during use. My wood burning box is now filled with so many tips that I just need to score a wood crate on sale and get crafting!

 

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Sparkleberry Industries. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. I received no other compensation in exchange for my review. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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Nubee: Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer #Review #IRThermometer

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A Infrared thermometer is one of those items that you use more than you plan to. I have purchased several and have reviewed a few brands in the past, and I don’t let go of any of them. I make sure to store some in the garage, kitchen to the craft room.

Nubee is the non-contact thermometer business. This is what they do and they do it well. The company offers several models with different options to serve anyone’s needs. I was sent Model No. Nub8500H, Item #700819593013 to review by the company.

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The Nubee Temperature gun Thermometer offers:

  • Non-contact reading
  • Saves Data collected
  • The Thermometer can take the highest temperature of the area tested and also save the degrees at the bottom of the screen, so it’s easy to access.
  • Reads degrees in Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • Takes Accurate temperature readings with this laser-sighted infrared gun-style thermometer
  • There’s also a switch to turn on or off the laser sight and adjust the emissivity on different objects

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Emissivity (as listed on-line) is a measure of the efficiency in which a surface emits thermal energy. It is defined as the fraction of energy being emitted relative to that emitted by a thermally black surface (a black body). A black body is a material that is a perfect emitter of heat energy and has an emissivity value of 1.

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Retail Price Point: $19.88 via Amazon and qualifies for Amazon Prime free shipping.  The product requires a 9-volt battery and it’s also included.

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Verdict:
What I love about non-contact thermometers is their versatility. If I am baking bread, I can easily read the temperature in the oven at 110 degrees, which is the proofing setting I need and my new oven will unfortunately not read temperatures this low. When Grilling, you can read the temperature of the grates so you can guarantee you are at the correct setting for the best cooking. When it comes to crafting, I can test the surface temperature before painting. This comes in handy when you are painting and staining wrought-iron lawn furniture, as objects get hot in the sun and some of the paints I use will only level out and cure properly between certain degrees. I have also been able to use them when I wanted to upgrade the insulation in both the ceiling and walls in the home. I had cold and hot spots that affected the home’s overall temperature, making our air conditioner click on because the thermometer in the hall was reading hot when it was really not hot in the rest of the home. I was able to use the thermometer and it would accurately tell where I was losing energy. An easy fix using spray insulation and where we could, we applied the blanket/roll-out type. An easy DIY fix! The Nubee thermometer did not fail ever. I was able to get accurate readings and pass objects and it would accurately re-adjust the reading every time. Completing tasks are easy when the tools work as they should and Nubee is that tool that will continue to perform as expected every single time you use it!

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Nubee.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

 

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