Staedtler’s Hot Foil Pen

When I first saw Staedtler’s Hot Foil Pen, I was intrigued by the idea of being able to write with a tool that heats up and transfers foil all while you are holding it like a pen. Since I always love trying something new and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the other Staedtler products I have reviewed, I was exited and looking forward to this review.

For this review I received one Staedtler Hot Foil Pen, and one package of Foil Refills. The hot foil pen is approximately 6 inches long with the cap on, it has a smooth metal surface, and the body of the pen is a little bit bigger than that of a regular paint pen. There were two reusable stickers, a few sheets of tracing paper, one die cut tracing stencil with images like palm trees, hearts, moon and stars,etc…and six sheets of foil (3 each silver and gold) included in the package with the pen. The package of foil refills contained 12 sheets of 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ foil with three each in rainbow, red, blue, and green.

To use the hot foil pen, you unscrew the top and place two AA batteries inside the canister. The batteries are not included with the pen and Staedtler does not suggest using rechargeable batteries. Next you lay the foil, shiny side up, over the surface you want to write on and then depress and hold the button located close to the tip of the pen for 5 seconds while the pen preheats. Then you just simply write or draw on the foil while keeping the button fully depressed. Even though the package states that the battery life span is about 35 minutes of on time, I was still a little concerned at first that the pen might eat up batteries faster than I could create, however I completed both my projects and a couple of other practice rounds with plenty of battery life still left for future uses.

On my first layout, I used the hot foil pen to dress up a chipboard star, and decorative chipboard border. It was a little bit difficult to color since I had to set the foil on top of the embellishments and basically just feel around the edges. The foil did come off fairly easy which was great, however since there is only one tip size, the foil only rubs off in thin lines where you have placed the tip and this made it hard to cover the entire surface area. I wanted to try out journaling with the pen so I decided to write “My Favorites” for the title using red foil. The pen instructions state that you need to apply stronger pressure when writing and also move at a slower speed. I thought this might be difficult to do, but it actually was quite easy and I was thrilled that it didn’t leave any gaps or uncovered areas. Although I couldn’t be exactly sure of where my letters would end up and on this layout the word ended up coming out crooked, I was still fairly pleased with the results and lucky for me, it almost looks like it’s supposed to be crooked to coordinate with my son’s handwriting below.

Favorites of Memphis

Favorites of Memphis

Products used:
Hot Foil Pen (Staedtler)
Foil Sheets (Staedtler: Red Foil Sheets)
Patterned Paper (Creative Imaginations)
Chipboard (7gypsies)
Glitter Glue (Ranger Stickles)
Metal Clips (7gypsies)
Stickers (Heidi Swapp)
Die Cut Ticket (Creative Imaginations)
Brad (Making Memories)
Pens (Sanford Uni-ball, & American Crafts)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

After getting more of a feel for the hot foil pen, I decided to try using the tracing paper included in the kit so I could have greater control while tracing an image onto my paper. I used a pretty clear swirl stamp to create the image, and then I taped the tracing paper to the top of the gold foil and laid it down on my patterned paper. If you were wanting an exact image or design this is the method I would suggest. You can see where the design on my layout does not look completely filled in, but again this is because the swirl lines were thick and the tip of the pen only rubs off thin lines. Since I am all about distressing, I decided to distress the edges of my photo and the patterned paper with the gold foil and I loved the results!

Happy Together 1

Happy Together 1

Happy Together 2

Happy Together 2

Happy Together 3

Happy Together 3

Products used:
Hot Foil Pen (Staedtler)
Foil Sheets (Staedtler: Gold Sheets)
Patterned Paper (Making Memories, & Daisy D’s)
Transparent Overlay (Hambly Screen Prints)
Buttons (From My Grandmother’s Vintage Button Stash)
Flowers (Prima)
Decorative Brad (Paper Studio)
Die Cuts (Daisy D’s, Autumn Leaves, & Jenni Bowlin)
Pen (American Crafts)
Stamp (Fancy Pants)
Rub ons (SEI)
Metal Clips (7gypsies)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I thought the Staedtler hot foil pen was definitely a unique tool and I appreciated the chance to review it. I do plan on using this pen again in the future, however I feel more comfortable using it on altered projects, or other art creations where I am not concerned about being exact or precise. There are a couple of changes I think might make it a little more user friendly. I would love to have a choice of different tip sizes, especially a couple of wider tips. The main thing I struggled with was having to hold down the button the entire time I was writing with the pen. Not only was it difficult to do, but it also hurt my fingers. I think if Staedtler could find a way to change the pen so you only had to push down the button to click it on and then just click it again to turn it off then that would be awesome! I also noticed that the package said the pen was only for use with Staedtler hot foil, but I tried it using other companies foils and it worked great so that was a huge plus! In my opinion, the Staedtler hot foil pen is a cool artistic tool that would be great for altered or abstract projects and it adds an interesting touch to ones creations.

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