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Old 01-25-2017, 04:40 AM   #41
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Bad timing! lol A couple of hours before Joanne posted, I ordered a pair of Zutter wire snips. A few people mentioned them on line, plus they come in a little pouch, nice for sharp or fragile items kept in a drawer. I refuse to admit that their being pink influenced my choice.

At $6.32 (Prime free shipping) they can't be high quality like real jewelry wire snips, but may do the job.

https://www.amazon.com/Zutter-BIA-Wi...er+wire+cutter

(The Cheery Lynn snips that Joanne mentioned were the ones I had noticed a while back and wanted to buy, but didn't remember where I had seen them.)

I use a wire cutter set (for jewelry making) that was found at Walmart, like the above wire cutter. Along with a file set my husband found at Lowe's! Much cheaper than buying the sets specifically from the stamping stores.
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Old 01-25-2017, 04:52 AM   #42
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I use a wire cutter set (for jewelry making) that was found at Walmart, like the above wire cutter. Along with a file set my husband found at Lowe's! Much cheaper than buying the sets specifically from the stamping stores.
The one TLady mentioned that I bought? I'd suggest *not* buying it. It was hard to use and barely cut.

I remembered I had a good (and ergonomic) pair of jewelry wire cutters from years before that I dug out, along with files. Huge improvement.
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The one TLady mentioned that I bought? I'd suggest *not* buying it. It was hard to use and barely cut.

I remembered I had a good (and ergonomic) pair of jewelry wire cutters from years before that I dug out, along with files. Huge improvement.

I've had no problem with cutting my dies with the pair of wire cutters from Walmart, no problem at all, & the files from Lowe's are the exact same thing the stamping stores sell, only a lower price!
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I've had no problem with cutting my dies with the pair of wire cutters from Walmart, no problem at all, & the files from Lowe's are the exact same thing the stamping stores sell, only a lower price!
TLady, I was just suggesting not to buy the ones I got on Ammy - I'm sure yours are fine. I asume mine aren't identical to yours or are from a poorly made batch.
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TLady, I was just suggesting not to buy the ones I got on Ammy - I'm sure yours are fine. I asume mine aren't identical to yours or are from a poorly made batch.
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I was only saying that the ones I got at Walmart look like the ones you got. LOL But, they cut just fine. (((HUGS!)))
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I borrowed (stole) my snips from my husband's workbench! I have never filed down dies - rather spend my time playing. IMHO his probably cost a lot less than the Elizabeth Crafts - even when he has to replace them!
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You are all awesome! This is such a friendly community. So much kindly, friendly, useful advice for one another. I haven't posted in years, but really appreciate finding answers from the experts who contribute.
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Joanne, that was so kind of you to leave all that information – here's hoping others will benefit from the links you've provided. What I ended up doing was getting a cordless Dremel tool. I really enjoy using it, and the results are terrific. When I'm done smoothing that point, I usually can't find a trace of where it once was! Here's to smooth dies and crafting adventures!
I had tried using my Dremel with a sanding drum head with and the nib sawed right through the drum head and into the rubber mandrel that was holding it.
I was considering using a cut off wheel but if my hand were to slip the die would get cut in half! So that's right out.
Could you share what type of sanding head you used? Was there a different mandrel involved?
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I bought snips from My Favorite Thing.  They are made just for that purpose.  They work great.  I think they are around $9.
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I use jewellery pliers- the side cut ones. Or side cut 'normal' pliers, the type often sold for snipping Zip ties, so they cut right up close. Guess what? The 'normal' ones are usually cheaper than the 'craft' one, LOL.
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