AMY CHOMAS … Chomas Creations make these fabulous pen adapters that fit in the Cricut Explore Original and the new Explore Air. Because of the way the ONE was designed with a single head and switchable mounts .. the pen housing is a different size and there is no adapter available.
I don’t have a ONE… but I do know that there is no Chomas Creations Adapter for it, and there are no plans to produce one.
Now if you are totally new to the Cricut Explore, you may be wondering what I am talking about and why you should shell out those extra bucks for a machine, just to use some pen adapter ….that you have never heard of and have no idea what it’s for.
Chomas Creations – Marker Adapter
In a nutshell…. Cricut Explore has the ability to write for you… but you are restricted to using only the pens that fit in the original adapter UNLESS…. you buy an aftermarket adapter like the Amy Chomas Pen & Marker Adapters. This simple little device opens up a whole new world of pens to you.
I have been able to expand my pen collection considerably thanks to these adapters. If you think you will be using your Explore to write and draw with pens…. I highly recommend you give that some serious consideration.
The Zig Memory System Collection I got recently from CraftingAbility.com fit perfectly in my marker adapter and the writer pens are great for adding verse or sentiments to your projects.
Early next year I’ll add a full list of pens I have and whether they need an adapter or not and if so, which one… for anyone who is interested.
Chomas Creations Pen Adapter
Of course there is also the convenience factor too… if you plan to cut and write a lot, having two separate housings just makes sense. Tempting as it is to grab the cheaper option, think long term. Once you get started with the Cricut Explore and start learning new techniques and things you can do with this awesome machine…. you may find swapping pens and blades out a pain in the rear.. specially if you have a big project and want to do a bulk run of one item….say birthday invites, or wedding favors.
I’ll happily skip the built in bluetooth addon for my Original Explore in favor of the dual head system. If you have no intention of using the writing facility, or VERY rarely… then the ONE is a great choice .. but if you want to be able to write and cut a lot.. definitely consider moving up to the Original, or Air models.
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