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One of my hobbies is card making and as such I am always trying to stop myself spending on bits and pieces to do with crafting! There are so many embellishments and tools to choose from but I told myslef that I could justify buying the Crop- a-dile because it seemed like a good investment that would last.
What is a Crop-a-dile?
The Crop-a-dile is a handheld tool which is held like a pair of pliers that is used to punch holes and set eyelets into things. Unlike the one in the picture mine is actually pink and came in the matching pink carry case with a selection of eyelets so that you are ready to go. This tool allows you to set eyelets of two different sizes - 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch. The instructions say it can be used on items such as chipboard, leather, fabric, wood, and many others. It is completely silent to use and much easier than the old fashioned method of using a braddle and hammer to set eyelets.
My personal experience
I have not used the tool on as wide a range of materials as the instructions insist you can, but I have tried it on thick card, and paper with great results. It is straightforward to use and easy to change the size setting. The handles are covered in a grippy rubber that makes them comfortable to hold and the case means that everything is contained in the one place. The eyelets that come with it are all 3/16 inch size and are in 8 different colours, each with their own section in the case. I say colours, but they are what I would call 'metal' colours, for example, silver, black, copper, bronze.
The one thing that is annoying is that you can only use this on the edge of projects as it only reaches a couple of inches in to the material you are punching into. I knew this before buying it, but it is something to bear in mind if you want an eyelet setter that will reach the middle of scrapbook pages, etc.
Overall, it is a handy product to have around which can be used in a variety of ways, e.g punching extra holes in belts or embellishing a card.
The Crop-a-dile can be bought on its own or in the case with eyelets as shown. Prices start at around £18 for the tool on its own.
If you've been kind enough to read any of my previous reviews then you'll know I'm into cardmaking & other crafts & am always on the lookout for items which will save me time.
Last year I bought a Crop-a-dile from QVC as it was selling (on special offer) offer for around £15 plus p&p & they normally cost £20 here or even more elsewhere.
It's as shown in the picture but also comes in a choice of pink or purple for those who really care about the colour of their tools!
Initially I was pleased because it seemed a professional too, was well-packaged, sturdy & even came with 400 eyelets which was a bonus as these can be very expensive.
What's it for? I hear you ask - well it's an eyelet-setter (for those measuring 1/8" or 3/16" )& many cardmakers & scrapbookers use eyelets for decoration, to add depth or to attach cards & papers, embellishments or charms -eg thin paper like transparent vellum usually shows glue/tape marks so they can be used to bond to card using eyelets which makes the hand crafted finish much more professional & expensive-looking. Eyelet setters can also be used on chipboard, leather, suede, tin etc .
It's a good job the Crop-o-dile came with full instructions - although I'd really concentrated on the presentation on QVC I was a little lost at first. Once I got the hang of it though it was simple.
Basically all you need do is the following -
1) punch a hole with the tool, pop the eyelet in
2) Turn over, insert it into the eyelet & squeeze.
I was fairly impressed as this is a quiet tool to use whereas other eyelet-setters require a hammer or noisy spring-type tool which you can hear all over the house.
However, I sent it back to QVC under their 30 day money-back guarantee because I found it heavy to hold for any length of time. The other reason was because my hands are too small & I don't really have the strength to do lots of squeezing without getting cramp. Although the handles have a well-coated grip I didn't find using this tool as comfortable as I'd hoped. The other reason I returned it was that it didn't work well on scrapbooking pages which are 12" x 12" - it just isn't long enough.
I'm sure it would suit other crafters but I would never get the use out of this tool so will go back to making a noise & use my old-fashioned hammer set!
I have been wanting a crop-o-dile for ages and ages, and couldn't justify it. Then, just before Christmas I decided to treat myself to one, and I will now give you the low-down on how I find it to use after two months.
A crop-o-dile is an eyelet setter tool, something that crafters use quite often for cards or scrapbooks (men: these are like pretty rivetts I believe!).
Eyelets come in all shapes and sizes. You need to punch a hole in some card, then pop your eyelet through the hole and "set" it i.e. splay the metal edges out. so that the eyelet is secure. You might use eyelets for decoration on cards, to hold bits of card together or to strengthen the hole punch so that you can feed ribbon through.
Previous eyelet setters such as the Silent Setter, the eyelet setter + hammer and the Fiskar's Boingy Tool (technical term) do not have a patch on the crop-a-dile. I have tried them all and failed! All of them are extremely noisy, they often require a solid surface to ensure a perfect hole is punched, and multiple sheets of card are difficult to handle.
The crop-a-dile is a silent tool, which does not make a noise as it punches and sets your eyelet.
It looks like a giant single hole punch which has rubber handles for your to grip easily. I personally have freakishly small hands for an adult and I find that the legs of the crop-a-dile are actually set quite far apart, so if you were using it all day (i.e. for wedding invites or suchlike) you might find you get a stiff hand at the end of the day, certainly it could be hard for a child to hold.
The first stage is to punch a hole in the paper/card. Incidentally the crop-a-dile cuts through chipboard and thick cardboard like a knife slicing butter, it is magic. The crop-a-dile has two hole settings, one is 1/8th of an inch and the other is 3/16th of an inch, both standard eyelet sizes (one standard, one mini, both sold in shops nationwide). You punch the hole easily, you put your eyelet in, you turn it all over and are left with a small piece of metal sticking out of your card. Using the "splay" tool at the top of the crop-adile, you can insert that into the eyelet, give the tool a squeeze and the metal is splayed and the eyelet is fixed into place.
It is literally as easy as squeezing twice instead of a lot of messing with hammers and hard surfaces.
One of the limitations is that you can only put eyelets in card up to the length of the crop-a-dile, therefore if you are using 12 x 12 card (as scrapbookers do) you might find the "Big-Bite" is better for what you want as it can set eyelets all over a 12 inch page. I personally tend to use it on cards and at edges and find it does a good job.
The only other limitation is that it does not always collect the hole punches, so you can have a confetti floor quite easily, but to be honest, it is a minor bug-bear.
The tool itself is well made and sturdy and heavy enough to be good quality but light enough to use without your arm aching.
I bought mine from QVC for £15 (special offer) but they are about £20 now with P+P. This came with a free case and 400 free eyelets, which is a fab offer.
If this broke tomorrow, I would buy another straight away. I wish I hadn't have waited so long to buy it in the first place.
I brought this tool as I love to make cards and really like dimension on my cards which the crop a dile allows me to incorporate. Its easy to use and extremely strong! It is useful for attaching delicate papers such as velleums (that you cant use glue on) and adding charms tec. it comes with a massive amount of eyelets i loads of different colours and has 2 size settings so you can make large or small holes. Although I like to use it for my crafting it has paid off used around the house too. I have used it on belts and have fixed my daughters epensive bag when the handle came apart. Its a surprsingly usefull tool to have round the house.
This comes in pink ,green and purple and retails for about £23 but if you have a scout around on the net you can get it about a fiver cheaper.
Its not the sort of tool that would appeal to veryone but I think that everyone would find it would come in handy at some point - its marketed for crafters but is good to have around the house in general
The Crop a Dile is such a useful craft tool for setting eyelets onto your cards and scrapbook projects. No more banging around with noisy eyelet setters, this is as quiet as a mouse!
It comes with full instructions which are quite easy to understand and I got used to using it in no time. There are two sizes of holes it will punch, 1/8 of an inch and 3/16 of an inch.
The most amazing thing about this is that it will punch through the thickest of card, chipboard and other materials like butter. I put an extra hole in a leather belt with no trouble whatsoever using this tool! The instruction leaflet that comes with it also tells you that it will punch through tin buckets but I haven't tried that one yet!
My only gripe is that it's a bit heavy and if you are doing a lot of eyelets on something your wrist may suffer!
I bought this from the QVC website for just over £20 including postage which I think is a great deal, I did quite a lot of shopping around at the time and this was the best price I found even after adding postage! This price included a carry case and a selection of 400 eyelets in a range of colours to get you started.
I wouldn't be without mine now when it comes to adding eyelets!