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Old 05-03-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default Separating alphabet dies?

I love my MFT block alphabet die but am wondering if there is any reason NOT to separate the plate into individual letters so I can run through a specific word/name instead of trying to put a scrap over each letter. Perhaps this is standard practice already but I don't want to ruin my die by doing so if I shouldn't! It just seems a waste to cut out the entire alphabet each time you use it....

If I shouldn't separate it, do you have any tips for positioning the paper over letters so it doesn't slide? Can't tell you how many letters I ended up with missing a corner, for example!

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I don't have the MFT set, but I have a similar one by PTI. I think it's best to keep it together myself.

When I use my set, I just be sure that the piece of cardstock that I'm using for the particular letter I want to cut is a little larger than it needs to be, even extending to parts of the other letters around it.

It seems to stay in place for me without taping or anything. I carefully put my top plate for my CB on top (with die facing up, so it's the one being cut into). Then I press the plates together carefully and firmly until I get it in my Bug.
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I think it's totally personal preference. I separated mine and keep them on magnet sheets so I don't lose any. Great way to use up small scraps too.
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Separating the letters will generally give you a little more crisp of a cut. The more lines to cut, the more the pressure of your machine is distributed. If you have a couple letters, more spread out on your cutting plate, you'll have cleaner cuts (and more focused pressure). I have 2 sets (I'm crazy and have duplicates of many of the dies). I have one together still and one apart, but I always grab the one I broke part. LOL I keep mine in a little plastic lid container so they all stay together. I'll probably end up breaking apart my second set when I use it.

There are some dies (like the Mini Doily Circles) that you really NEED to break apart, otherwise they won't cut well. Ditto for Let it Snowflake.

Like others have said, it's personal preference, but also sometimes enhances the performance of the more intricate Die-namics.
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Thank you! Going to break them up and use the magnet sheet idea. What did we do before the Internet!
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GET CRAZY and Bust them suckers apart!!! I did mine and have a zippie bag that I have them in, in the pocket of my jewelry holder, did the same for my numbers etc... well, shoot ALL of my dies are broken apart...
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How do you "break" up a die? I have the snowflake sizzix die & 2 never cut...so I'm game to try it......... but worried about how to accomplish it.
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i just place a piece of card slightly larger than i need over the individual letters and run it thru. you could use something like scotch tape to keep it secured if you wish.
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How do you "break" up a die? I have the snowflake sizzix die & 2 never cut...so I'm game to try it......... but worried about how to accomplish it.
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Some companies product metal-only dies that are attached with thin pieces of metal. They can be snapped apart by bending them back and forth or snipping them with wire snips.

I haven't seen any Sizzix dies that are made this way, but there might be???

Snapping apart more intricate dies allows more pressure to be placed on each piece, and then will result in cleaner cuts.
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I have separated both my PTI and MFT alpha dies by gently bending them back and forth until the connecting piece of thin metal breaks. You can also use tin snips if you have them. I've used my separated dies bunches of times and they don't seem worse for wear.

To keep them in place when I die cut, I use a piece of Post-It tape (called Post-It Label Roll). This is especially handy for cutting reverse cuts.

If it matters to you, PTI has said that cutting apart the alpha dies does not void the warranty. This is not true of other PTI dies. I'm not sure if MFT has a policy or not.

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I have separated both my PTI and MFT alpha dies by gently bending them back and forth until the connecting piece of thin metal breaks. You can also use tin snips if you have them. I've used my separated dies bunches of times and they don't seem worse for wear.

To keep them in place when I die cut, I use a piece of Post-It tape (called Post-It Label Roll). This is especially handy for cutting reverse cuts.

If it matters to you, PTI has said that cutting apart the alpha dies does not void the warranty. This is not true of other PTI dies. I'm not sure if MFT has a policy or not.

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Separating the dies does not void any manufacturer warranty.
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This is such a freeing thread lol! I am one who is so **** about dies, stamps.....you name it. I don't like to separate dies....I have to pull my arm to use a stamp from another set on my creation!

I am now thinking of taking apart my alphabet, however I am sweating at the thought...LOL!
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This is such a freeing thread lol! I am one who is so **** about dies, stamps.....you name it. I don't like to separate dies....I have to pull my arm to use a stamp from another set on my creation!

I am now thinking of taking apart my alphabet, however I am sweating at the thought...LOL!
Bonnie, no sweating! LOL! I separate all my dies because I hate to waste paper, especially since I mostly use 6x6 pads.
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I can't believe they censored that word!! A-N-A-L.......
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I think there is a list of automatically censored words like that because there are really messed up people on the internet who search for certain words, and then would come here and post bad stuff.

O.T. A couple of years ago my dd and I had a small internet business making and selling cute cloth diapers. You would not believe the weird stuff we got on our website, because perverts searched "diapers."
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