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How did I not know about this??!

February 25, 2014 , In: General, Jewelry, Metalsmithing, Studio, Tutorials
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My friend Gail Stouffer introduced me to something the other day that just blew me away. We were working on fine-tuning the project prototypes for our upcoming retreat workshops, and it involved laying out some templates for sawing. She promptly pulled this out of her stash.

Sticker-Maker

 

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It’s called the Xyron Sticker Maker (affiliate link) and apparently scrapbookers have known about it forever. Low tech – no batteries, handles or cranks – but it turns out to be an absolutely brilliant addition to the metals bench. And here’s why: usually, affixing paper templates to the metal we’re going to saw requires the use of spray adhesive or rubber cement. Both are smelly and messy. This, on the other hand, creates a perfect repositionable sticker that accomplishes the same thing.

Simply print your image on plain paper, cut it out, and drop it face up into the hopper at the top of the unit.

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Then pull the end of the paper roll sticking out of the bottom of the unit.

Pull-Sticker
 
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Rub the surface of the paper firmly, then peel off the clear plastic sheet on top.
 
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What you’re left with is that classic waxy sticker paper with your own personalized sticker on it, ready to be used.
 
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And it really works! Stick it on your metal and saw away – it won’t move unless you peel it off.

 

On-Metal

It’s absurdly inexpensive, too – $8 on Amazon for the unit and about $6 for the replacement cartridges (affiliate links). No smell, no mess, just a custom sticker perfectly sized for each project.

I love finding tools that make life easier! What’s your “latest and greatest” tool find?

Until next time –

 

Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson got bit by the jewelry-making bug in 2008, when she and a few girlfriends took a simple stringing class at a local bead shop. Now, she is co-owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio and gallery in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio where Francesca creates and teaches metals, wire and enameling full time, and indulges an emerging interest in mixed media. She and her husband Nick have been married since 1989 and have one grown daughter.
  1. Reply

    I don't saw metal to speak of but I can think of couple other ways it will be useful for me in my studio. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Reply

    How clever! I love this idea!

  3. Reply

    Ha. I have to look into this. For 20 years I have been drawing onto masking tape.

    • Reply

      Heh. I felt sort of the same way – all that rubber cement! ::shaking my head::

    • Gale
    • February 25, 2014
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    Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze me!

  4. Reply

    I love when something from another craft can be incorporated to fit what you need. Hell I use fishing line! LOL

  5. Reply

    omg – awesome!!! Thank you for sharing. I always have hated the low tech way with rubber cement, but this is just so clean.

  6. Reply

    very cool! Thanks for sharing, Francesca!

  7. Reply

    What an excellent little gadget!! Thank you!

  8. Reply

    fabulous!!!!!! Thanks!

  9. Reply

    Thanks for sharing this idea. I don't yet work with sawing metal, but will have to see if this will stick to fabric for little applique uses!

    • Reply

      Louise, I bet it would work if you use the permanent stick cartridge instead of the repositionable. Let me know if you try it!

  10. Reply

    This is great and has also put the mind in high gear to see what other uses we could have with this product. Thanks for the inspiration

  11. Reply

    I have the smallest to the Creatopia the largest. I love them all. If you are a crafter period you need them all! 🙂

  12. Reply

    If you use the permanent one you can use a wonderful product called UNdu. Put on drops, peal stickers off and when it dries the sticky comes back! I love to use it on Christmas present stickers and misplaced postage stamps.

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    Just FYI – Xyron makes several other sizes that work essentially the same way. 3.5", 5", and 9" I think!

  14. Reply

    IMPULSE BUY! Thanks, I got mine already, and am plotting what to do with it.

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