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Old 05-28-2006, 02:37 PM   #1  
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How do you protect your work surface from the heat of an embossing gun? Right now I use tweezers to hold the paper and hold the paper in the air. This does not work well to emboss. I have a wooden desk and I do not want the heat gun to hurt it. Help!
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Old 05-28-2006, 03:28 PM   #2  
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I do one of three things. I put the object into the lid of a box and hold it in the air while applying heat OR put under the clip of a clipboard and heat OR I bought a ceramic tile 8x8 size I think and use that under the object, while holding it with a clothespin or wooden skewer.
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How do you protect your work surface from the heat of an embossing gun? Right now I use tweezers to hold the paper and hold the paper in the air. This does not work well to emboss. I have a wooden desk and I do not want the heat gun to hurt it. Help!

I use a cheap clipboard that I wrapped in aluminum foil... barely clipping the corner of my card under the clamp.
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I do use a clipboard too but I don't wrap that in foil - I clip a magazine that I wrapped in aluminum foil ontop of the clipboard and then whatever I'm embossing goes ontop of that.

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I use a cheap clipboard that I wrapped in aluminum foil... barely clipping the corner of my card under the clamp.
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Thats what I do also works great
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I just use a piece of corrugated cardboard wrapped in foil. I lot of times I still hold it in the air either w/ my fingers or tweezers, depending on the size of the project, so I can turn it to make sure all the powder has melted. But the foil on cardboard does help heat larger projects faster (I just use the end of the tweezers to hold the paper still).

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I also wrap thick cardboard w/aluminum foil. But I also have a glass top over my wooden table.
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I use a 12x12 floor tile that I bought from Home Depot. It works great and it only cost $2. I got this idea from my wonderful mother!

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I use a 12x12 floor tile that I bought from Home Depot. It works great and it only cost $2. I got this idea from my wonderful mother!

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I use an extra wood cutting board.
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i just don't emboss! waaay easier
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Thank you all for the great suggestions! The only clipboards I have are acrylic - don't think that will work. I'll try the magazine in foil until I can get to Home Depot. I love the idea of a ceramic tile - beauty and functionality, a great combination.

Thank you again! Tami
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I use a plastic cutting board. I have a large one that I keep on my desk. I do everything on it. I can cut on it, emboss on it, set eyelets, etc. without damaging the awesome desk that my husband built for me.
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I emboss on the stove between the burners. Works great as the metal heats up and does not burn and helps speed the process. (although I like the clip board idea)
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The husband of a friend of a friend works at a Home Depot type place. When they install cabinets, there is always a piece of the countertop left from where the sink (and stovetop) were cut out. He cut those into either 6x6 8x8 pieces for a bunch of us. They just pitch this piece. You might want to ask at your local buidling place.
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My demo puts an oven mit between the tray and the kitchen counter - works well.

I use a thick magazine - and tear off the back page to retrieve extra powder, and have an nice fresh surface.

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My demo puts an oven mit between the tray and the kitchen counter - works well.

I use a thick magazine - and tear off the back page to retrieve extra powder, and have an nice fresh surface.

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I use a silicon baking sheet, It can take heat to 500 degrees
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I stamp in my basement, where my rarely-used ironing board is. I emboss on that!
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I have an old glass cutting board from my kitchen that I use. It also works if you want to use the shrink plastic or any type of in, powders, paint, etc.
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I use a spare tile from my kitchen floor. I still hold the cardstock in my hand and emboss in midair on occasion, but it depends on how big the image is...so the tile is a good spot to set the carstock down when I need to.
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