Do It Yourself: Etched Spice Jar

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The craft and DIY possibilities are endless with the Dremel Micro 8050. Check out how blogger Alyssa from Alyssa & Carla used her Dremel rotary tool to create an etched spice mason jar, a perfect DIY gift idea as we inch closer to the holiday season.

Before she started, Alyssa practiced on an old pickle jar to get a feel for the Micro. She then taped her design on the inside of the jar to trace and used the Micro equipped with the 84922 silicon carbide grinding stone to etch the glass.

To create the shaker part of the spice jar, she used the 125 high speed cutter accessory to cut four holes into the lid, smoothing the rough edges with the sanding disk and EZ Drum. To see Alyssa's entire tutorial, visit http://www.alyssaandcarla.com

For more information on how to use your Dremel rotary tools to etch glass, visit http://www.dremel.com.

New Tools for Fall

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New to the Dremel lineup this fall are the 2000-01 Dremel VersaTip Butane Soldering torch and 2200-01 Dremel VersaFlame Multi-Functional Butane Torch – perfect for a variety of everyday projects. 

From soldering and pyrography to culinary brazing, the Dremel VersaTip and VersaFlame butane torches are compact and easy to use. Both tools come with an integrated ignition switch, a flame lock-on switch and have flame control options for both torch and standard flame operation.

The Dremel VersaFlame butane torch comes with a wide range of accessories for applications including brazing, soldering, pipe fitting and shrinking, making it a great tool for around the house or on the job. The Dremel VersaTip is a soldering torch that's ideal for consumers engaging in creative and detailed projects that require precision and versatility including soldering, melting, cutting, burning and welding. The Dremel VersaTip and VersaFlame are also the only consumer butane torches on the market to be UL Certified, so you can work with confidence! 

The Dremel VersaFlame and VersaTip will be available online at Amazon.com in November 2014 or in-store at Menard's in December 2014. The VersaFlame will retail for a MSRP of $44.99 USD, and the VersaTip will retail for a MSRP of $49.99. For more information on the VersaFlame and VersaTip, visit www.dremel.com.

Featured Dremel Maker: Shawn Lisjack of Exotic Engravings

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Lisjack credits himself as being completely self-taught, and the methods he uses for his engravings come from an original “scratch art” piece he created back in high school. Inspired by his love for exotic cars, he decided to name his business Exotic Engravings.

Over 100 original pieces later, he has trouble choosing a favorite, but noted the Engraved EG project as a top contender. The Engraved EG is a 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback that he started back in 2010. It’s the first fully hand-engraved car, which took 6,000+ hours. Lisjack is currently in the process of engraving a Honda Ruckus scooter (known as the Engraved Ruckus), which will be awarded as the grand prize of the Dremel #MyBrilliantIdeaSweeps.

Since he started, he has solely used Dremel rotary tools and accessories. He began using the Dremel 200 and 300, and has now moved onto the 3000 with the flex shaft attachment and the Micro 8050. His favorite accessories are the Diamond Wheel Point (7144) and High Speed Cutter (125) bits, but he says he has just about every accessory the brand produces. 

Besides hand engraving vehicles, Lisjack has engraved on sheet metal, carbon fiber, aluminum, steel, glass mirrors, iPads, stone, marble and more. Each hand-engraving project he creates is unique, so the time it takes can vary greatly. According to Lisjack, the average piece takes about 150-200 hours, but he has worked on pieces that have taken anywhere from 20-6,000 hours.

For anyone looking to start engraving with Dremel tools, Lisjack recommends starting on scrap material to get used to the tools and bits. He also emphasizes the importance of keeping up with the maintenance of your Dremel tools to keep them in the best working condition. To learn more about Lisjack and his work, visit his website or his Facebook page

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Dremel Sharpening Station

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The Dremel Sharpening Station was designed for users looking to save money by extending the life of commonly used household accessories, including knives, scissors, drill bits, chisels and planer blades. Its compact size makes it perfect for table-top use, and the tool’s three dedicated guides that help you get the perfect edge store conveniently on the tool when it’s not in use.

Equipped with a diamond-coated steel sharpening wheel that is durable and won’t distort over time, the Dremel Sharpening Station will give you smooth and consistent edges for the life of the tool. Available now, the Dremel Sharpening Station retails for an MSRP of $59.00 USD. For more information, visit the Dremel website

Introducing the Dremel 3D Idea Builder

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Designed to inspire and empower the maker community, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder allows users to build on their own ideas with support of the Dremel Experts. Dremel 3D includes an ecosystem of features and services designed to guide both novice and advanced users, opening a new world of project potential for Dremel Makers. As the world’s first UL certified 3D printer, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder is the perfect choice for home use. To kick start the building process, Dremel has facilitated a partnership with Autodesk Inc., which will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools. Dremel will also continue to release new design tools on Dremel3D.com in the coming months.

The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is available for pre-sale now on homedepot.com and amazon.com. Beginning in November of this year, Dremel 3D will be available in select Home Depot stores throughout the U.S. (MSRP $999). In addition, Dremel 3D will be available at select Canadian Tire stores and online at canadiantire.ca. For more information, project ideas or problem-solving tips, visit www.Dremel3D.com or call Dremel at 1-844-4DRML3D. 

Featured Dremel Maker: Scott Kidman

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After watching his grandfather build wooden models and toys when he was younger, Utah firefighter Scott Kidman decided to start building some of his own during his free time.

When he first started Kidman Creations, Scott would dumpster dive to find scrap wood to use for his models. In his words, he "started with nothing," and has continued to watch his business grow and grow.

Scott's one-of-a kind models are made of reclaimed materials, so no two items are the same. The wood he uses is never painted or stained, and is only covered in a high grade clear coat for protection. He's able to create most any sort of toy or model using a photograph or drawing, but some of his most well-known pieces are wooden replica models of vehicles. With his past background in engineering, Scott manipulates his models with 3D design software prior to the construction process.

To create his models, Scott uses a Dremel 4000 High Performance Rotary Tool for a few different applications, including cutting small slots for door handles on vehicles and sanding out rough edges.

For more information on Scott's work, visit his website or Facebook page.

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#MyBrilliantIdeaSweeps

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Do you have a brilliant craft, project or idea? Now through October 12, the Dremel brand is celebrating fans' everyday brilliance with the #MyBrilliantIdeaSweeps.

To enter, participants must share a photo that represents their brilliant idea, project or craft with a caption describing it on the Dremel Facebook page or by sharing their photo on Twitter or Instagram tagged with #MyBrilliantIdeaSweeps.

One lucky fan will win a one-of-a-kind, hand-engraved 2014 Honda Ruckus scooter created by Shawn Lisjack and a Micro 8050 tool. Sixteen runner-up prizes (two awarded each week of the sweeps period) will include a Micro 8050 tool with a selection of items crafted by Dremel Makers.

For rules and to learn more, visit www.facebook.com/dremel.

Dremel Maker: Mikel Voss

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25 years ago, Mikel Voss created a design for a geodesic dome structure that he never pursued for a project. With a recent idea from his wife and the help of his Dremel Saw-Max, Mikel began work on a standalone geo-thermal greenhouse based on his design.

When Mikel's wife began looking into building a greenhouse, the two decided that a geodesic dome structure similar to his earlier design would be best because of the strength and wind resistance.

Mikel began constructing his design with 25 gauge steel that he cut with a 4 inch grinder with a cutting wheel. He soon switched over to using his Dremel Saw-Max with jigs he designed to streamline the process. According to Mikel, he has put "miles" into his Saw-Max for this project even though he originally purchased the tool for a kitchen remodel, and his Saw-Max has made his project "fun and easy."

Although his actual greenhouse is not complete yet, Mikel has finished one prototype that he gave to his sister. Eventually, he will cover the dome with a polycarbonate sheet in order to make it a full-functioning geo-thermal greenhouse. We'll share an update on his progress and the final product.

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Tool & Accessory Finder

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Confused about what Dremel tool and accessories are best for your project? The Dremel Selector was designed to help you find the correct Dremel tool and accessory for whatever job you're working on.

The selector allows you to find an accessory by tool, an accessory by a particular project or a tool by a specific use application. For example, if you're working on re-grouting tile in your bathroom, you can use the "Accessory by Project" button to select bathroom. From there, select the project you're looking to complete, and the selector will give you a tool and accessory to help you with your task.

Want to try it for yourself? Visit selector.dremel.com.

For more expert advice pertaining to your Dremel tools or projects, call 1-800-437-3635.

New Dremel Micro 8050

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Introducing a new cordless rotary tool that is being hailed as the most powerful and precise rotary tool the Dremel brand has yet to produce — the Dremel Micro 8050.

The tool is equipped with first-to-market integrated LED front-end lighting. Coupled with its sleek, ergonomic design that allows users to hold the tool-like a pen, the Micro 8050 is perfect for detailed work in tight spaces for DIY-ers and crafters alike.

The tool is equipped with a new lightweight 8V Max Lithium-ion battery along with a docking station that continually charges so the tool is always fully charged and ready to use. Its new motor design with a greater power-to-size ratio means more power for its compact size, and its speed indicator allows the user to select the optimal speed (from 5,000-28,000 RPM) for each application.

For more information on the Dremel Micro 8050, visit the Dremel website.

Coming to store shelves in August of 2014, the Micro 8050 is the perfect Dremel tool for detailed craft projects and light DIY jobs. It also will make a great gift for the Dremel user in your life!

For more information on the Dremel Micro 8050, visit the Dremel website.

Featured Dremel Maker: Max Conserva

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This month's featured Dremel Maker is Max Conserva of California who is using his Dremel 300 rotary tool to help build himself a leg brace after a life-altering vehicle accident when he was young.

The accident left Max with a severe and very uniqe injury to his leg that he has now dealt with for 20+ years. His injury was so uniqe that he had difficulty finding a professional who could give him an effective solution, causing him to "push the boundraries" on his own. After numerous appointments with medial professionals and no solution, he decided to take matters into his own hands. 

At the beginning of this year, Max dedicated himself to the project of building a full leg brace prototype that he will eventually bring to a professional in an effort to advance his own cause. When he first started assembling his workshop, a Dremel 300 rotary tool was one of the first tools he bought. Thus far, Max has used his Dremel rotary tool to trim and shape the carbon fiber and polyproplyene of the brace he is working on. He recently added a few Dremel rotary tool attachments to his collection to further help him in his design.

Although Max hasn't been a Dremel Maker for long, we've been captivated by his story. To read more about Max's inspiring journey, check out his website or follow him on Twitter at @GoodLegProject.

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A679-02 Mower, Garden Tool & Chain Saw Sharpening Kit

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Mower, Garden Tool & Chain Saw Sharpening Kit

There's nothing worse than a dull blade to impair your outdoor chores. Lucky for you, your Dremel rotary tool can be used as a sharpener with the correct attachment. 

The A679-02 Lawn Mower and Garden Tool Sharpener easily screws onto your Dremel rotary tool in place of the tool's housing cap, and can be used to sharpen most mower blades. It can also be used on other garden tools, including shovels, shears, hoes and axes. To use, remove any existing dirt and debris from the tool, and secure in a vise. When sharpening, follow the original beveled edge of the blade. For optimal results, keep your tool at a speed of 25,000.

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