IDO3D Writing Pen – Create cool 3D Art
Have you ever been so involved in something that you blocked out everything else going on around you? Today that happened to us. We were so anxious to open this IDO3D writing pen 3D art kit from IDO3D, who is so graciously sponsoring this post, that we didn’t even realize the teapot in the background was on fire. Go check out my Facebook Page. I added a picture.
What is IDO3D?
Have you heard about those websites that will turn your artwork into a stuffed animal? IDO3D is an easy craft for kids that is similar. The best part is that instead of waiting weeks for your creation to arrive, you can now create your own 3d art right at home. The kit contains everything you need to create 25 pieces of art.
Included in the kit:
2 green inks
2 red inks
1 yellow ink
1 tracing book
1 tracing sheet
1 dome tracing sheet
1 oval tracing sheet
1 curing light
How does the IDO3D writing pen work?
It’s very simple. You just put the plastic sheet over whatever design you want to use. We chose the simplest one: glasses. Also, who doesn’t want to create their own 3D glasses? I recommend taping the plastic sheet into place so it doesn’t slide around during drawing. Then, you just trace over the lines using the IDO3d writing pens. The tips can be adjusted for a thicker or thinner line.
Once you have traced the shape, you then use the light to help cure the ink. I am not entirely sure how this light works, but somehow it does! If the ink is just left to dry on it’s own, then it takes a while. Using the light speeds it up significantly. Kaia was doing little experiments during the craft to see how quickly he could make it dry. He figured out that just holding the light on there for 5 seconds was enough to harden the section where the light was. Amazing, right? The kit recommends at least 30 seconds drying time with the light. If it needs additional time, you can place it in a sunny area. Also, you can use the light underneath the plastic sheet to help cure any ink on the bottom.
After your main pieces are cured, you assemble them using a bit of the ink. As the instructions state, the finished product depends on how skilled your artist is. For the glasses, three of us each took a turn. Kaia traced the frames. I traced one of the arms and Losh took the other. My arm turned out quite a bit neater than the one Losh did. Our finished product looks a little messy, but I imagine if only one person is doing it, then it will look a lot more uniform.
Besides taping the tracing sheet into place, I also recommend making sure your IDO3D writing pens are stored between 60 – 80 degrees fahrenheit or 15 – 27 degrees celsius. It really makes a difference in how well the ink comes out. Storing them upside down (so the ink runs toward the tip) might also be a good idea.
What we learned:
We quickly learned that 1 plastic tracing sheet wasn’t enough. We were able to use wax paper as a tracing sheet. It’s a big more fragile than the tracing sheet, but great if you have more than one kid who wants to draw at the same time.
If you want to use multiple inks on a piece, dry the first ink before applying the second.
You can use scissors or a sharp knife to remove any stray pieces from the project.
Despite what some previous reviewers said, this product was not messy or smelly at all. The excess ink easily washed away from the tracing sheet with some warm water and dish washing liquid. I also ran warm water through the tips so I could store the cap on the pens to avoid any possible spills.
If you are looking for some experiments for kids, you should give this product a try. Perhaps you can figure out what makes the light so magical. If you are a blogger, consider adding the IDO3D writing pen to your Christmas gift guide.
Overall, I would give this 4.5 stars out of 5. The only changes I would make is to include a bigger light and additional tracing sheets.
What color would you make your glasses?
Are you artistically creative?
I’m not and even I could create these designs.