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Help with cutting through plastic?

 
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MandalorianCrush



Joined: 12 Feb 2005
Location: Staten Island, NY

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:56 am    Post subject: Help with cutting through plastic? Reply with quote

hello, i have owned an X-ACTO knife for a while and i want to cut straight through parts of my minifigs gear but the process takes me hours and usually doesnt end to well. i was wondering if anyone has any tips that could help make the process a little less hard on my hands. should i heat up the knife or something (if so, please post instructions)
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Morbie19
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Joined: 05 Feb 2005
Location: Virginia

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not exactly what you're asking for, but this page was amusing and might help... Smile

http://www.brickfilms.com/archive/article_doug1.html

You might also want to check over at the MCN:

http://redbeanstudio.net/phpBB2/index.php?sid=024a042451780fccdcc348929823986c

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MandalorianCrush



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Location: Staten Island, NY

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, the sites you gave me helped (i shoulda thought of RedBean too Embarassed ) anyway, thx.
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JediKnight25



Joined: 05 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always found a pair of big tough sharp scissors to do a good job.

(Just make sure you hold them straight up and down.)
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MandalorianCrush



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thx for that tip too. ill keep that in mind. now i have to find a sharper pair of scissors
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deathstickman



Joined: 05 Feb 2005
Location: Boston,MA

PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not recommend the scissers. They'll squish the plastic. Try to find the sharpest thing you can find, like a surgen's scalpal or a stanley carpenter's nife.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use nail clippers to cut out the big sections, then use a file to smooth everything out.
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Kaminoan
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Joined: 05 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to point out a nice safety item to have when cutting up small parts like this helmet. It is a glove I use for my wood carving called a woodcarver's safety glove:
Woodcarver's Safety Glove
The greatest protection possible against the hand and finger injuries that often result from accidental knife slips. Made from a patented combination of Kevlar, Spectra and stainless steel, this glove is unsurpassed for cut resistance, durability, softness and wear-ability. Gloves are ambidextrous, tend to run large and can stretch. If in doubt, order one size smaller. Measure around your hand at the fullest part without your thumb, the circumference in inches equals your glove size. USA.

Here is a link: http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=1342

I finally bought one after 3 emergency room visits and many stitches in my left hand, all in my left index finger. It is really worth the cash if you are going to be hand holding something you are cutting.

My 2 cents

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