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Old 12-11-2012, 04:58 AM   #1
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Hi there I was just on the PTI site and can't help but think I can find a metal shim at Home Depot for less than $14 plus shipping Does anyone know about how thick these are? Are we talkin' soda can thick or roof flashing thick? They look pretty thin in the picture... Thanks in advance for chiming in and saving me some money!!!
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Also would like to know.

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Definitely thicker than soda can. Thick enough to not be easily bendable. Roof flashing is probably thinner too but I have not determined actual thickness.
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If you want to save time and effort looking for the right thickness of metal, you can always use a piece of sturdy chipboard or heavy weight card stock.

Before I purchased the metal shim, I used a piece of kraft , Gina K Pure Luxury Heavy base weight card stock. It's similar in heft to cereal box cardboard. I would use the cs on the backside of the dies (non cutting side), just like you use the metal shim. It worked fine and could be used over and over. It did get dents in it from the shape of the dies, but that didn't seem to matter.

I finally switched over to the metal shim when I got a spellbinder fleur de lis die that refused to cut and the parts that cut wouldn't come out of the die. I solved the release problem by using bakers tissue, but the the cutting issue was only solved with the addition of the metal die. In all honesty, that is the only set of dies that didn't work with the card stock shim plate.

Perhaps you could experiment and see if you have a solution to your problem in your card stock supply. It might save you the frustration of looking for the perfect metal and the unexpected issue of making the edges safe to handle.
Good luck with this!
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Thanks Boss I have not rec'd the die in the mail yet...I saw this card in the gallery
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And the maker sent me a link to the plate that was used. She mentioned that it is no longer classified as such and is now an embossing plate because it is quite a bugger to get it to cut. She said she had to use the metal shim and do several pass throughs for it to cut. I went ahead and ordered the plate thinking I could maybe find my own metal shim to use as they are overpriced in my opinion. When it arrives, I will start experimenting. If I come up with a good sandwich, I will come back and post
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