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Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair
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- Cuts up to six small Sizzlits at one time
- Durable, clear pads for easy material placement
- Extend wear by rotating pads
- Inexpensive to replace
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For use exclusively with the BIGkick and Big Shot machines, the Cutting Pads are essential for creating. When both sides are worn out, it is time for a replacement Standard Cutting Pad. Made of high quality plastic resin, each pad measures 8 3/4" x 6 1/8" x 1/8" and lasts for thousands of cuts.
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The term "cutting" pads is a misnomer. Your dies do not cut when you run them through your preferred machine. They are pushed. There are two coefficients at work, the pressure from the rollers and the resistance of the base plate, pushes your dies through and into the base or cutting pad. Because the cutting pad is acrylic, there is less resistance which is why some dies need to go through more than once to "cut". But "die cut" sounds better than "die push", doesn't it?
I have a tip or two about these pads.
1. If after a bit of cutting you may notice that your die cut has impressions from previous cut lines left in the cutting pad. You will get these impressions on both sides of your die cut. Personally, I do not like these impressions, so I have taken one of the clear cutting pads and wrote across the top of it, "DO NOT CUT!" This pad always stays on top of the cutting die so no part of the die will cut or scratch it. The dies may make an "image" like a ghost image of the die on the DNC pad, but there are no lines to mar the top of the die cuts. Since doing this, I have not had any cutting impressions on my die cuts.
2. What I have heard that concerns many people when they first use a new cutting pad is the cracking noise. This is perfectly normal! Those steel rollers are pushing your dies through the layers and if you are using any kind of shim, there is even more pressure and more cracking, sometimes, very loud cracking! I admit it can be very disconcerting when you are new to die cutting machines, but trust me and the thousands of other Sizzix fans out there, it is normal!
3. Because of that pushing I was talking about, sometimes your die will push pieces of cardstock fibers into the cutting pad allowing you to see an outline image of your die cut even after it has been removed. Sometimes those remaining fibers can be embossed into your die cut in one of the previous cut lines I mentioned before. You can try to remove the fibers by soaking them overnight in a sink filled with enough water to cover the plate(s) and some dish washing liquid. By morning some of the fibers may have floated away but others will want to stick, then I use a knuckle brush and brush over the stuck fibers until they release. Admittedly, SOME of these fibers are very stubborn and just will...not...come...out! Depending on how bad the cutting pad is with cut lines or half filled with stubborn fibers, I will toss it into the recycle bin and get another out. If it isn't too bad, I keep right on cutting. By having a Do Not Cut pad helps the longevity of these pads even further for me.
My next Amazon Sizzix purchase will be the new colored cutting pads in Grape AND the new Precision Base Plate.
I can't wait until Amazon has that one!!
So, could these be better? Certainly! But I consider them an improvement over the original version.