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Adults & Crafts Cork Burning Review + Coupon – October 2018

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Adults and Crafts is a monthly DIY subscription that helps subscribers “learn new crafting techniques to help you create useful, beautiful products you will be proud to have made.”

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The Cost: $33 + $6.95 shipping per month, with discounts for 6 and 12-month prepaid subscriptions

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The Products: A kit with printed instructions for an adult-level project to use or display in your home.

Ships to: US

Adults & Crafts Cork Burning Kit October 2018 Review

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The project for October is a cork burning kit. The print-out listed all the materials included, materials needed and step by step instructions with pictures to complete the project.

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A soldering iron, two large cork sheets, and four small cork sheets were included to solder on designs of your choice.

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Transfer paper is included to help transfer the designs from paper to cork. Sample designs where included for inspiration.

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Additional materials were included to further embellish your designs. The materials in the box included:

MSA Reviewer Note: Darice does not list pricing on their website without an account. I contacted them to get the MSRP for the items included in this box.

Additional materials needed but not included in the box were tape, scissors, and a pen or pencil. I also used my glue gun.

I was excited for the opportunity to try this Adults and Crafts project and learn a new crafting technique. I’ve never used a soldering iron so, I read the warning and instructions on how to use the iron appropriately before I got started. I’m proud to announce that no one was harmed in the making of this craft!

The first step was to pick the designs. A few designs were provided for inspiration but I decided to pick my own. I used a combination of stenciled designs and freehand designs. For the four coasters, I choose to freehand geometric designs. For the hot pad, I choose my family initial. Instead of the bulletin board, I decided to create a welcome sign for my office door.

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I used a ruler to draw the lines for my geometric shapes on the coasters.

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For the hot pad, I printed a copy of the letter ‘H’. To transfer the design to the cork board, I placed the transfer paper on top of the cork, placed the stencil on top of the transfer paper, taped everything down to keep the papers in place and traced the stencil. This step was easier than I thought it would be.

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For the welcome sign, I followed the same process to transfer “Welcome” to the remaining cork board. I drew the stems of the roses and thorns free-hand.

Now it’s time to start soldering!

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For the coasters, I started to solder the lines and found out just how difficult it is to solder bone-straight lines! But I did my best and by the final coaster, I felt like a pro!

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Do you know what’s more difficult than soldering super straight lines? Curves! I took my time and exercised patience soldering the letter ‘H’ for my hot pad. Keeping the width of the text uniform was also challenging. Overall this was a fun and relaxing activity. Also, the smoke from the burnt cork smelled so good.

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Having had practice with the letter ‘H’, soldering in ‘Welcome’ for my welcome sign was much easier. I was finally in the groove and well on my way to becoming a soldering expert!

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The welcome door hang was the only item I wanted to embellish. For this design, I used the paper roses, twine and attempted to use the super glue. The super glue didn’t work. It wouldn’t adhere the flowers to the cork board. Also, when I applied the glue to the cork, there was smoke! Comment down below if you can tell me why that happened. I used my glue gun instead to attach the paper flowers. I soldered holes in the corner of the cork board, ran twine through the holes and tied the ends so that I could hang the sign.

Here are the final products!

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I love how the coasters came out despite the lines not being super straight. I added small marks throughout the designs to add more texture.

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My ‘H’ on the hot plate is perfectly imperfect. I like how it came out and I’m pleased with this design choice!

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I plan to hang this welcome sign outside my office door. I worry that the cork may not be sturdy enough to hold the twine overtime. I tried to reinforce it with the super glue. I may use the clothespins if it doesn’t hold up.

Verdict: This craft project was fun and not too difficult. The time estimate is 2-3 hours and I think that is accurate depending on the designs you choose and how intricate they are. The most difficult part of the project was being exact with the soldering iron – especially curves on the textured cork. Overall, I like how the project came out. The coasters are my favorite.

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today?: If you order now you won’t receive this box however, you can order the Cork Burning Kit from the Adults and Crafts shop for $34.

Value Breakdown: The cost of this box is $39.95 ($33 + $6.95 shipping) and creates four coasters, one hot plate, and one bulletin board, plus the soldering iron that can be used for future projects. The retail value of the materials is $34.94 not including the transfer paper, sample designs, and buttons. This is almost the cost of the box itself! I think this is a good value.

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Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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Comments (14)

  1. So I was intrigued about your chemical reaction and I did a little googling. All I could come up with is that the cork you were using isn’t actually cork. It’s cork dust (like a sawdust) glued together. People use this as a replacement for cork because it’s cheaper. Since the particles are.so small when it hits the glue it causes that kind of reaction. That was what the original poster came up with on a thread that had the same issue as you. Cotton also causes super glue to smoke.

    • Interesting! Thank you for the top-notch investigating! So glad I had my glue gun.

    • MSA ate my posts! Thank you for the comment and detailed explanation!

  2. I can tell you about the glue. That type of super glue formula is what they call a “CA”, which indicates the ingredient cyanoacrylate. It can create a chemical reaction when in contact with some organic materials like cork, cotton, etc…I’ve also seen it melt styrofoam. Needless to say it’s toxic, so best to avoid possibility of chemical reaction and smoke. I’m actually really surprised that the creators of this box activity didn’t think to include a warning to *not* apply it to the cork. I’m guessing they intended it for a different purpose (thumb tacks as discussed?), but they should have given you clearer instructions or a safety warning. I’ve been doing arts and crafts projects for a long time and it’s just one of those things you learn when choosing adhesives.

    That being said- great post! I especially like the freestyle you did on the coasters. They’re actually my favorite thing from this review!

    • Thank you! The coasters are my favorites too!

  3. Lovely, you did a great job! I like this craft!

    • Thanks Jeannette! I really like how they came out!

  4. This looks like a fun craft. You did a great job!

    • Thanks for the compliment, Katie!

  5. It sounds like you generated some kind of exothermic reaction with the organic particles of the cork board and the glue. A quick google search showed that this is a common reaction between organic material (cotton, cork material) and super glue. A better glue to use would have been wood glue, craft glue, or hot glue. Hope this helps!

  6. So, there’s a class of adhesives that many “super glue” type products fall into- they’re known as “CA or CA+”, which stands for “cyanoacrylate”. These glues are full of lots of crazy chemicals, and they can often produce chemical reactions when in contact with organic matter like cork, cotton, etc. I’ve seen it melt styrofoam, too.

    I have no idea what the glue’s intended us was, unless it’s possibly to adhere the paper flowers to the thumb tacks as suggested below, which would be my best guess also. If they didn’t provide clear instructions for that, it was a little irresponsible to throw in that super glue without warning you about the possible reaction to the cork. As a person who has done arts & craft stuff my whole life, I knew about this. I’m just surprised that the person who put this project together didn’t think the explanation part through more thoroughly.

    • Oh wow! Thank you for the detailed explanation. This box is geared towards folks like me who want to develop new crafting skill so, not necessary crafting experts. A heads up would have been nice.

  7. Maybe you were meant to superglue the flowers to the thumbtacks?

    • Maybe? The thumbtacks would have been too big and would take away from the beauty of the flowers. I still don’t understand why the super glue didn’t work.

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