FAQs about this item
Basic Safety Tips
How do I begin using the Hot Knife Tool?
- NEVER touch the Hot Knife Tool (blade or any metal parts) when plugged in and heated which may cause severe burns.
- Lightly squeeze a tiny amount of graphite dry lubricant before inserting a knife blade to a cool Hot Knife Tool. The dry graphite lubricant will keep the knife blade from sticking. Note: graphite lubricant is not included.
- Use tape to secure the metal safety stand to the work surface to prevent possible burns from the hot tool tip.
- Use light pressure and allow the heat to slice through the surface. If necessary, move slowly for a consistent cut.
- Practice before use, perhaps use the backside of your project surface or a similar surface.
- You may find it easier to pull the tool towards you, be comfortable and turn your project surface as necessary.
- Unplug after each use and NEVER leave a hot tool unattended. Rest Hot Knife Tool on its metal safety stand while cooling and prior to storing.
- NOTE: This product contains small pieces and is not suitable for children under 14 years of age without adult supervision.
- DO NOT use near water.
Begin by selecting a surface as well as a design to be cut or carved. If using a pattern, transfer the design onto the chosen surface. Next plug the Hot Knife Tool into an outlet, rest the tool on its metal safety stand and then allow the tool to heat up, (approximately 8 – 10 minutes.)How do I need to prepare my surface?
The only preparation prior to cutting or carving while using the Hot Knife Tool is to make sure the surface is dry, dust-free and if desired, a pattern has been transferred.How is the Hot Knife Tool packaged?
Packaged together, all three pieces: the Hot Tool, the knife tip and the metal safety stand are conveniently found as a hang able blister carded package. The Hot Knife Tool includes an electrical cord that measures approximately 56 inches. How long does it take the Hot Knife Tool to heat up?
Plaid’s Hot Knife Tool will completely heat up within eight to ten minutes (8 – 10).How shall I transfer my pattern?
A design pattern can easily be transferred using artist’s graphite paper.My power cord is slightly damaged, can I still use my Hot Knife Tool?
Graphite Transfer Paper: Begin by securing the printed or hand drawn pattern onto the surface using a piece of stencil tape. Slip the artists graphite paper under the paper pattern keeping the dark side of the graphite paper down to the surface. Next, retrace over the design lines using either an artist’s stylus or a ball point pen. TIP: When tracing the pattern lines, it is always best to use light pressure. Once the entire pattern has been transferred, remove both the pattern as well as the sheet of graphite paper.
If you accidentally damaged your power cord, it is NOT recommended for further use. Also, it is best NOT to try to replace the electrical cord.Should I cut or carve a surface using light or heavy pressure?
It is always best to test the surface and the hot knife blade on a scrap piece of the same surface before creating. Should I store the Hot Knife Tool with a knife blade attached?
After each use, it is recommended that the Hot Knife Tool be allowed to completely cool down. Once cool, remove the knife blade and store the tool without a blade inserted.What can I do to stabilize my Hot Knife Safety Stand?
To prevent possible injury, it is best to always stabilize the Hot Knife Tool Safety Stand so that it does not move about the work surface while working with a hot tool. Simply unfold the metal stand, set it upright, then tape the legs of the stand to the work surface where desired. Using cellophane, stencil or painters tape to hold the stand in place will stabilize the safety stand allowing the heated tool to rest between creative sessions.What is the best way to hold a Hot Knife Tool?
The best position to hold the Hot Knife Tool, while in use, is like a pencil or paintbrush allowing the heated point to simply glide through the surface. What is the best way to insert the knife blade in the Hot Knife Tool?
The knife blade can easily be attached to the tool. Before the tool is plugged into an electrical outlet and while both the tool and the knife blade are still cool to the touch, simply insert the knife blade and screw it into place. If desired, use pliers to hold the knife blade in place while attaching it to the tool. NOTE: After using the Hot Knife Tool and before removing the knife blade tip, allow the heated tool and tip to completely cool down - approximately 30 – 45 minutes. What is the Hot Knife Tool?
Plaid’s Hot Knife Tool is a convenient and easy-to-use tool that will provide general crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and Cosplayers with all they need to easily cut through or carve a variety of materials. General craft surfaces such as EVA foam, wax, bar soaps, fabric, paracord, foam core boards, and even foam fruits, vegetables and gourds are all easily carved into decorative works of art while using the Hot Knife Tool. Whether cutting freehand or over traced pattern lines, the Hot Knife Tool is easy and fun to use. What is the required voltage for the Hot Knife Tool?
The Hot Knife Tool operates at 120vac, 25w, and 60 Hz.What is the temperature range of the Hot Knife Tool once heated?
The Hot Knife Tool should take approximately eight to ten (8 – 10) minutes to completely heat up. Please always use with caution as once fully heat activated, the Hot Knife may reach a temperature of 518°F.What miscellaneous supplies might I need to complete a project?
What type of a surfaces can be used when creating with the Hot Knife Tool?
A few household miscellaneous supplies might be needed when using the Hot Knife Tool. These supplies are:
- Small Ceramic Dish – Can be used to hold extra knife blades.
- Pencil – Can be used to draw a pattern onto a project surface. Can also be used to retrace over pattern lines when transferring a design.
- Graphite Paper – Use to transfer pattern design lines onto the project surface.
- Stylus or Ballpoint Pen – Use to transfer pattern design lines onto the project surface.
- Tape – Either stencil, painters or cellophane tape can be used: 1. Use to secure pattern to surface while transferring design lines. 2. Use to secure the metal safety stand to work surface.
- Flat Nose Pliers – Can be used to hold a knife blade while attaching to or removing from the tool.
A variety of surfaces such as wax, bar soaps, EVA foam, paracord, foam core board, and decorative foam pumpkins, gourds, fruits and vegetables can all be carved or cut into decorative shapes using the Hot Knife Tool.When using the Hot Knife Tool, what is the best direction to move the tool?
Most creators find it easier to pull the Hot Knife Tool towards you while cutting or carving a design. Reposition the project surface often to make it easier to continually pull the tool towards you.
What is the Engraver?
Plaid’s Engraver is a lightweight, battery operated, hand-held engraver. This tool can be used to personalize a variety of surfaces with monograms, words, phrases, drawings or simple doodles! The six different tips included, with this tool, all have unique purposes and make engraving, grinding, sanding and buffing a breeze. Plaid’s Engraver allows the user to create intricate designs smoothly and effortlessly.What is the Hot Foil Pen?
Plaid’s Hot Foil Pen is a fabulous tool that should be in all artists and general crafters “stash” of art supplies! It is not only convenient, it is easy-to-use! This tool embellishes notecards, scrapbook pages, and mixed media projects with that special touch of metallic foil goodness. Perfect for personalization, overall patterns, and freehand designs, the Hot Foil Pen is sure to add that special metallic shimmering pizazz to all creative projects.What is the Hot Knife Tool?
Plaid’s Hot Knife Tool is a convenient and easy-to-use tool that will provide general crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and Cosplayers with all they need to easily cut through or carve a variety of materials. General craft surfaces such as EVA foam, wax, bar soaps, fabric, paracord, foam core boards, and even foam fruits, vegetables and gourds are all easily carved into decorative works of art while using the Hot Knife Tool. Whether cutting freehand or over traced pattern lines, the Hot Knife Tool is easy and fun to use. What is the Leather Branding Tool?
Can I add color to my completed leather branded design?
Plaid’s Leather Branding Tool is a convenient and easy-to-use tool that will provide general crafters or DIY enthusiasts with all they need to create attractive leather home décor items or apparel projects with that burned look and feel of leather branded designs. Landscapes, florals and whimsical stamped designs can be created on a variety of leather surfaces such as: pillows, furniture, lampshades, notebooks and journals, bags, shoes, belts, even a variety of leather jewelry. Whether working freehand or over traced pattern lines, the Leather Branding Tool is easy to use. And the variety of tips or stamps included also enable the user to heat stamp borders and overall patterns!
Yes, of course! Once a design has been branded into a leather surface, the design can then be highlighted with color using Plaid’s Leather Studio acrylic paints.