Fuse tool feeding the shaker tag addiction

This handy little tool is HOT and melts plastic and much, much more. It can be used to seal keepsakes onto scrap booking pages, create waterfall sleeves or what I’ve mainly been using it for – creating pouches for shaker tags. Did I mention I’ve become addicted to making shaker tags? Anyway…

The set I purchased came with the tool, a ruler, a stand and two tips – a sealing tip (rotary) and a cutting tip (point). Do not use this tool on your general cutting mats as it will melt them – use a silicon pad or another product that withstands high temperatures. Also, keep your kids and pets away from it. I have a “helper cat” that loves to jump on my craft table as I’m working on projects. As a precaution when I’m using the fuse tool I close the door of my craft room with him on the outside.

When I started making shaker tags a couple of months ago I was creating pouches with a laminator (I’ll explain that technique another time). The downside to this was I was sealing the last side of the pouch with tape and then creating some sort of topper to cover the tape. What the fuse tool allows is a clean edge seal on all four sides of a pouch. Initially when I bought the tool I tried making pouches with the laminator sheets but found them too heavy to fuse. A plain old sheet protector works best as the source material for pouches and they can be found at any stationery store. Last weekend I was able to run a sheet protector through my Cuttlebug with a circular die and get two perfectly sized pieces of plastic to create a round shaker tag. It was a little shaky (no pun intended) and it will take some practice to master a curved edge but I was pleased with the results for my first time.

This is the latest tag I made and you can see how it is only sealed with the tool on three side – one of the sides was the fold in the sleeve. I think in future to keep the project symmetrical I would seal all four sides with the tool. As I gain more experience using the fuse tool, I suspect I will have more to share about it. If you have used a fuse tool yourself, please let me know which brand and what you like and don’t like about your tool and what types of projects you use it for!

Until next time….