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Ejection foam on dies

Post by lyndaejane on Sat 20 Jul 2013 - 16:01

Just acquired a Sizzlits die-set of frames: the main die (which has cut-out details) has ejection foam on it because there aren't any pinholes to poke out the die-cut, which is fair enough. I've had Sizzlits dies before (but not with foam on) and never had any trouble cutting them in the Cuttlebug, but this one is a nightmare. It needs at least 3 passes through the machine, with a 90 degree turn included, to get the frame cut at all and then there's problems with the 'trimmings' - you know, those microscopically small pieces of card/paper that are left round the edges of die-cuts, which just won't seem to completely go whatever I do and leave ragged edges.

My question is: has anyone ever removed ejection foam from dies? I've tried Googling it, and various forums recommended removing the foam on dies, not including Sizzix, if you want to cut thicker mediums so I think it will be OK. I'm quite happy to do battle with the die-cut to get it out afterwards!

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Post by Lorraine on Sat 20 Jul 2013 - 16:20

I've only got one set of dies with that stuff, and it makes no difference. I'd get rid Lynda, it can't harm it.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Sat 20 Jul 2013 - 20:26

Can't help on this one, I have a die like that will have a go later and see how it works, as I can't remember.

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Post by Scatty on Sat 20 Jul 2013 - 22:58

Lynda have you tried using wax paper next to the die then the card/paper the wax stuff is ment to help with the release. The only ones I have with the foam on is QKuts.

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Re: Ejection foam on dies

Post by lyndaejane on Sun 21 Jul 2013 - 8:18

I decided to chance it (especially as the Queen of Dies had posted, lol) and removed the foam. Lo - a perfect die cut, hardly any trimmings and no ragged edges. Had to dig out the bits where the cut-outs were, but it was worth it for a decent cut, and as I dug the biggest ones out the die-cut released from the die. If it doesn't release in future, I'll use your tip about the wax paper, Alison.

Funny, it must just be Sizzix, as I've got Quickutz ones which all have foam on them and never had any trouble.

Thanks to all who've replied.

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 21 Jul 2013 - 10:36

Glad it worked hun. Sometimes, I find it quite therapeutic digging out the bits. Only sometimes mind, lol.

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Post by lyndaejane on Sun 21 Jul 2013 - 10:43

I just stood there thinking that all the bits would be emptied into my latest pill packet to make another decoration like we did at the retreat!

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