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« on: May 05, 2012, 01:03:12 pm »

I love my Marianne butterfly dies but they drive me to distraction because it takes forever to remove the waste.
This morning I hit on a solution which has worked so far. I found some thin foam (the sort that is wrapped around things to protect them)
I ran it through the Xyron and then put the die on it and cut it out. After carefully peeling off the bit I didn't need (the bit you usually use)
I was left with the foam stuck in the parts that normally have to be removed. I have cut out several butterflies since and all the waste falls out.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 01:41:02 pm »

Clever !!  Will have to try that .............. if only I had some foam and my Xyron cartridge wasn;t empty  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 01:45:22 pm »

You can buy A4 sheets of release foam on eBay specifically for this job.  It's made by Crafts Too but MFT do packs of 5 8.5x11 inch sheets as well, although I've not found that for sale over here yet.   The A4 sheets are approx £1.95 so quite good value as you can get quite a few dies dealt with for that.  Quickutz used to do it but that seems difficult to find at the moment as well but they do sizes to fit their own dies.

Seems it's out of stock from eBay seller I've used and can't find it on a search but Craft Barn have it
http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/product.php/26520/crafts-too-release-foam-a4-sheet-aka-ejection-foam

Found this as well
http://www.gokreate.co.uk/Replacement-Ejection-Foam-Pack-of-5
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 01:54:14 pm »

Brillaint - thanks Pam.  I must get some as I am using my butterfly dies more and more lately and they drive me mad trying to get all the little pieces out.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 02:02:39 pm »

This is the seller I bought it from and they gave me a refund on the p&p I paid as well so a really fair seller.
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/NickyNackyNoo?_trksid=p4340.l2563
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012, 08:12:16 am »

I bought some from Ebay too, it works great.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2012, 07:44:35 am »

Saw Stephanie Weightman BATTER (good Scottish word) a die on the worktop and all the bits came out - she said the makers had showed her how to do it???

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 09:05:34 am »

I tap mine on my desk ( I don't batter it ) and most of the bits come out. I use a pin to get the really stubborn bits out then.
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 09:38:03 pm »

I sometimes bash mine out , but then you have to pick up all the bits off the floor.
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2012, 09:23:01 pm »

I use a pin to pick the bits out .... i have a carrier bag hanging on the end of the chair in my craft room so i just have to hold the die over it to catch the bits.
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2012, 11:06:59 pm »

I have finally got around to ordering some release foam (from the seller PJ recommended actually) so will let you know how I get on Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2012, 10:53:24 am »

I gave up on the release foam because the die wasn't cutting right through even with two passes.
I now use a piece of greaseproof paper between the die and the card/paper after seeing it suggested on Create and Craft and you get the die shape in the greaseproof as well as the card (the lady threw the greaseproof shape away but I thought it was too pretty). I haven't used the greaseproof shape yet because I'm not sure which glue to use.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2012, 06:59:41 pm »

I rub either the  card or the die with a tumble drier sheet first and it comes out really well then.
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2012, 04:10:24 pm »

I have just got two really beautiful butterfly dies, made by Cheery Lynn. However, they just don't cut properly, whatever I do I have to spend ages pushing each tiny piece out from the die cut. It releases from the die fine. I have used the metal shim plate and plates b&C and it is really hard to push through so can't add anymore shims etc to make it cut better.I have also run it through several times and turned the die too. Any more suggestions?
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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2012, 04:39:58 pm »

Try a piece of greaseproof paper between the die and the card/paper, that's what I do
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