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Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
I have gathered a few tips for about tool maintenance for paper crafters that I want to share with you, but first, a warning!
"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax"
Tool maintenance is a fine thing to do to keep your crafting aids in tip top condition. However, there is a gentle warning I must give: While Mr Lincoln (see quote above) definitely knew how useful and time saving maintaining tools is, please take care when trying these ideas. Sharp blades can cut more than paper and I would not want you to cut yourself while trying any of these suggestions for tool sharpening.
Now we have that out of the way, here are some scissor maintenance tips for you.
You can order Stampin' Up! Paper Snips item no 103579 , Craft Scissors item no 108360, Craft & Rubber Scissors item no 103179, or Adhesive Removal Tool item no 103684 from me if you live in Australia.
How to Maintain Paper Punches
To keep punches in good working order, punch out some shapes from tin foil. I find punching out waxed paper is difficult but doable and it does not achieve the same result though it can keep the punch edges lubricated which helps. Try punching through the backing sheets of stickers, the backing sheet from your Stampin' Dimensionals and the like instead for a better punch lubricating medium.
Maintaining Paper Trimmers
To keep guillotines and paper trimmers working better, cut several times through the backing sheets that stickers and rub ons come on (AFTER you remove the rub ons and stickers!) The waxed, sturdy paper seems to lubricate and hone the blades much better than thin waxed paper does.
Maintaining Sharp Tools
To keep the points of paper piercers and compasses sharp, run them
over lightly with fine sandpaper, or to improve the ease with which they
go through paper, run them through a bar of soap. This works for straight pins, stick pins and safety pins too.
There are a number of ways you can remove adhesive from your paper craft tools. All of them are quick and easy. Here are a few ways:
Tool maintenance enhances your paper crafting experience, so do be sure to keep yours sharp and clean with these tips, and happy paper crafting!