If you really want your child’s art work to come to life, then check out this awesome 3D pen from I DO 3D! With a very simple process and a little bit of practice/time you can really create some amazing 3D art!
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Included in this kit I received, there were 3 plastic pieces (to assist in the art projects), 5 pens, 5 screw top lids, a guidebook, and a light which helps your magic ink to dry in abut 60 seconds. You won’t know what colors your kit has until you open it. In our kit, we received 2 green, 2 red, and 1 yellow. By using the light, the 3D pens become hardened into plastic and you can wear, roll, or play with your drawings!
So, how does it work? First things first, you need to get your 3D pen (s) ready to draw! Just unscrew the lid….
….And place the applicator cap on:
Then using a project from the guidebook, place the plastic flat piece over the drawing and begin to draw it. You don’t HAVE to use the guidebook, you can go to the IDO3D art website and print other templates, you can draw over your favorite coloring book, or create something of your own! I chose to make the sunglasses. The guidebook labels each project by difficulty and this was a beginner project.
I began to draw using the red 3D pen. At first I made my lines squiggly for design purposes, but the ink ended up moving a bit before I got the drying light on it, so it ended up just looking like I had shaky hands.
I suggest drawing one piece at a time-using the light-then moving onto the next piece, rather than drawing all of it and then using the light all at once. According to the guidebook, you are supposed to hold the light above the plastic drawing for about 1 minute. Once it is dry, you can add additional colors and then dry those as well. It wasn’t very clear how close I needed to hold the light, so I tried a couple of different things. I had the best results when I did one “section” at a time. For example, I did one “side” of the glasses then did the other half.
After 2 minutes, I was able to peel and pick up my 3D glasses frames! They felt a bit too thin…(this was my first time trying this, so it was a learning process!)….so I put them back down and added another layer of ink.
This time I was a bit smarter and propped my plastic sheet against the back splash and let the counter do the “holding” work for me!
The light pen does not get hot to the touch. I’m not 100% sure why or how it works…but it does!
When all the pieces were dry, I pulled them off the plastic and used a dab of glue to connect them. Once I had them together, I realized the arms of my glasses were a little too thin too. All I had to do was put it back on the sheet of plastic and use more ink to thicken it up. The pens do take a bit of effort to squeeze out the ink. I wasn’t sure if my daughter was going to be able to do it, but she got the hang of it pretty fast! I was able to put my glasses on and wear them around, (sorry I can’t show you that picture-I had been out in the rain doing a controlled fire earlier that day and looked pretty rough!)
When my older kiddos got home from school they asked how I made them and if they could make some too! I’m giving this to one of my older daughters, who is super artistic. I know she is going to LOVE it! If you have any left over ink residue on the plastic sheet, counter, or skin, you can just wipe it off with warm soapy water and VIOLA, all clean!
Over all I’d say this is a really cool 3D pen for kids! Their website has awesome helpful videos, projects you can print out, and more ideas including paper within the designs! This is an excellent time spending gift idea that would go great along with a homemade coupon that says “Do one project together”! It is really fun to do (I had a great time and I’m old) the more I played with it, the better I got at it. I do wish I could choose the colors of pens rather than just being surprised and for the first project I recommend adult assistance. This kit, with the 5 ink pens, can make up to 25 projects. This kit can be purchased at any of these retailers:
Do you have anyone in your life that would love this awesome 3D pen? If so, who? Leave me a comment below letting me know!
Disclosure: I received this product to facilitate a review and gain an opinion to share with you. Regardless of this arrangement, I was not required to share a positive review. All opinions expressed above are my own. Thanks for reading our blog!-Cj