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Old 11-06-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Stiff Scallop punch

My favorite Paper Shapers 2" scallop circle pinch has become very stiff. You need to squeeze very hard to punch out the circle. It cuts cleanly with no rough spots just seems to be harder to punch. I have a project in which I need to punch out a lot of these circles and would rather do this than use my nesties as its would be faster.

So far I have tried putting it in the freezer as one suggestion, but this did not work. I would appreciate any advice you might have to solve this. Thanks so much.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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You can try punching wax paper. Sometimes this works. You can also try punching aluminum foil.
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You can try punching wax paper. Sometimes this works. You can also try punching aluminum foil.
I have tried both without success and I used heavy duty foil as the regular is so soft. How long do you have to keep punching out the foil before you get results, does anyone know?

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Foil is more for sharpening it - if you're getting a clean punch already, that shouldn't be necessary.
I know there are several lubricants available commercially, but with anything like that you have to punch some scraps to make sure there is no trace left that will stain your project - like sewing some scraps after oiling a sewing machine.
Here are some of the products available - Punch Aids & Tools
Personally I've usually found two or three punches through waxed paper helps when it's stiff as opposed to blunt.
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