Username Post: Help, I etched my Cuttlebug plates!!        (Topic#1587175)
Juansmom
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So I used some Sizzix Sizzlets alpha dies in my Cuttlebug, and now the B plates are all etched up with the imprint of the cuts I made. I put the A plate down first, a B plate, my die, the paper, then another B plate. I even experimented with a cardboard layer in btwn the paper and the top B plate, but all that happened was I got nice cardboard letters as well!

I looked in the Cuttlebug directions, (because i am a WOMAN, and we READ the directions!) and nothing was mentioned about switching to a different plate, or an adaptor or anything. It does say that the Cuttlebug is compatible with other dies, inc the sizzix and sizzlets.

I thought i had read somewhere here on SB.com WAAAAY back about using other plates, so i investigated in M's last week. All I found was a C plate, but it was long, like for cutting long dies or for quilling.

Any imput? Sure, the plates are still usable, but they look, well, USED. I just want to make sure I didnt miss something and I can prevent the dies from etching in the future. Thanks!!


 
jaspernonyx
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In response to Juansmom

My plates are "etched," too. I thought it was just what happened when you use the plates. I'll be interested to see what people say about this.


 
mrsdriver5
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In response to Juansmom

If you look at youtube "experts", they all say it's normal for the plates to get etched. I keep one B plate (since I have two of them) for the cut-side plate, then I put the C plate on the "uncut" side so it stays pretty good, but they still will get marked up eventually. It just shows they're loved and well-used :>)

I do change the plates around because warping is also normal, but to minimize it I switch which end goes in first and flip them over so I actually end out etching both sides of that B plate. I hope this makes some kind of sense~

BTW, Chris, we've missed you over on the PDF thread, which is now PDF Part Deux. We've all been concerned about you.~Judy


 
Juansmom
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Thanks Judy...I sorta expected an answer from the likes of you, haha! Thanks for letting me know its natural to get the etching. And I have noticed the warping, but as a "rules girl" I never even thought of flipping the plates to combat that!! I will start doing that now!! I actually bought a new set of B plates, and of course, the C plates tooo...

I just posted a reply on PDF2 as well, a quick catch up...I have missed my friends!


 
jaspernonyx
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Come to think of it, my plates are warped as well. Glad to know this is normal, and that there are ways to minimize the warping. Thanks!



 
NMlady
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In response to jaspernonyx

Yep, warping and etching is normal.


 
MisasMom
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In response to NMlady

I try to switch my plates around so they last longer. I also have a set for die cuts and a separate set for embossing.


 
Solitaire
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In response to MisasMom

Yes, the B plates do get scratched up and warped. You have to replace them every so often. I keep an extra set handy, use one for embossing and another one for die-cutting.


 
Vivian Lake
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In response to Solitaire

I bought my cuttlebug about 5 YEARS ago. The plates are very much etched and well used. You'll be buying a lot of plates if that bothers you. I still have my original plates from my original purchase. And yes, I use my cuttlebug A LOT! LOL


 
olleharr
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My B plates are a mess! But the still work and that's all that counts right? Love my cuttlebug!


 
ChansGram
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My plates were so bad they didn't even look "clear" anymore.They had kinda a white cloudy look. They were my original set, older than I can remember! I just recently got a new set and that was only because 1 of the plates actually cracked in half, from being warped and well used!


 
RedSquirrel
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I have one B plate just for cutting onto. I had it like that for 5 years until my new scrapping friend came over a few weeks ago. Despite the "training" and owning her own Cuttlebug, she managed to cut into not only my other B plate but my C plate and even my A plate. I was illogically upset about that!

Yes, your plates will get marked. It's no biggie.


 
pinkpaperairedale
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In response to RedSquirrel

Used plates are marked/etched plates. I have used mine a lot over the years and just recently replaced one B. Long ago when I bought my Bug, the starter kit came with A, 2 Bs and a C. I think now that they don't give you the C with the intial kit.


 
Juansmom
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THANKS EVERYBODY!!!


 
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In response to Juansmom

Yes they will be etched. I used mine so much it is unreal. I did hear something about being able to put them in the oven to "melt them slightly". but I dont' think I care that much because they still work. Check out youtube videos on it if it bugs you. Or buy new ones.


 
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