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  2. slice&dice

    Banner Johns passing

    I have no doubt he is responsible for the banner that's now stretched across those pearly gates -- "Welcome to Heaven" Peace.
  3. Today
  4. MZ SKEETER

    Voice of Wesco

    I don't do much text, I do designs, but I weed right away.
  5. Voice of Wesco

    Voice of Wesco

    That is exactly the procedure I followed. That's why I'm at a loss; perhaps it is happening because this roll of vinyl is the last one I have on hand so it's been here for a few weeks. Maybe it has absorbed too much humidity? Is it better to peel the vinyl right away, or wait a certain amount of time? Thanks again for your help!
  6. MZ SKEETER

    Voice of Wesco

    This is the correct way to set the blade depth with any vinyl cutter. Posted hundreds of times on here. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should just barely see and feel the blade tip out of the blade holder.
  7. Voice of Wesco

    Voice of Wesco

    Of course not; I've been making these decals with this cutter for over a year. I set the blade so that it's barely sticking out, tested it with my finger, cut a line by hand in my vinyl with it and then ran an actual cutting test. I peel off the vinyl pretty much as soon as it's cut. Someone suggested trying a squeegee before peeling off the vinyl; I think I'll try it. Can you walk me through testing the blade depth with the software as well?
  8. ShaneGreen

    holographic vinyl

    I got a bunch of Greenstar interior and exterior vinyl with my cutter and burned through a lot of it learning. Then I ordered some Oracal 651 and couldn't believe the difference. The 651 is 10x better to work with. It doesn't stretch as easily, it cuts smoother in curves, finer details hold up, etc. Do yourself a huge favor and stay away from the Greenstar, and cricut and any of the other low-end "house brand" vinyls. The little bit of price difference will pay for itself in how much better it cuts.
  9. MZ SKEETER

    Voice of Wesco

    , You can't just rip up vinyl and expect the letters not to come up with it. How did you set your blade depth anyway? Also vinyl can change, humidity, the adhesive can be sticker 1 day more than another. It also depends how soon you cut it and weeded it. Vinyl self heals it's self.
  10. Voice of Wesco

    Voice of Wesco

    Yes, I do use weed lines and normally I lose no letters or one or two every once in awhile. But today it's just not cutting properly...
  11. MZ SKEETER

    Voice of Wesco

    show some screen shots. What do you mean peeling off with the vinyl? Are you using weed lines in your cutting software? I do for text, to help out. An exacto knife sure helps also.
  12. Voice of Wesco

    Voice of Wesco

    Thank you; it appears to be lifting normally, and I am using a new roll of vinyl.
  13. haumana

    Voice of Wesco

    check to see if the blade carriage is lifting up high enough between the cuts, or if it maybe faintly dragging. try it with a different piece of vinyl.
  14. Voice of Wesco

    Voice of Wesco

    Our Titan 3 with VinylMaster software is cutting a test just fine, but not a sheet of lettering; about a quarter of the letters and numbers are peeling off with the vinyl. I have adjusted the blade depth, force and made sure the rollers are tight and lined up. What else should I check for, please? Maybe try slowing the cutting speed? Thanks for any help you can give me :-)
  15. Wind Gatherer

    Any Tips On Applying Loaded Transfer Paper

    Ok thanks people, the YouTube video was very enlightening. I think it would be a good idea to get a large A1 size cutting mat I bought a small one a while ago, to mount scraps on. Looking on Amazon and Ebay UK I see there are several makes, various features, are any, better than the others? I don't want to go really expensive, just a reasonable price. I used this search term A1 vinyl cutter cutting mat Ebay UK this one is double sided 390408293211 When I was looking at parchment paper I read somewhere, about brown coloured paper, might have been an Amazon reviewer. I found this on Ebay UK 261794453113 seemed best value, am waiting for sellers reply confirming that it is translucent. Cheers.
  16. darcshadow

    1st Gen SC and SCAL 5 Pro

    The blade settings might not have been the cause of this problem, but the half credit card is way too much exposed and getting the correct blade setting will make your cuts even better.
  17. darcshadow

    Help required with edge lit up glass

    Yeah, with something that big I don't think edge lighting it going to get you the desired effect. Probably going to have to use back lighting.
  18. SlammedNiss

    Anybody have Xbox 360 Slim 'E' Chassic Vector?

    Yes, as previously stated, I know how to build the file. I was hoping somebody had already done so to save me the time involved in measurement tweaking. Anyways, I got it done a few days following the original post when I finally got some free time.
  19. arty-rc

    Banner Johns passing

    RIP my friend
  20. haumana

    Banner Johns passing

    That is so sad to hear. John was one of the very first people who stepped up to really a help a struggling newbie to cutting - who live out in the middle of the ocean, and didn't even have a scrap of vinyl, app tape, or squeegees to work with. I will never forget the time and effort he put forth to help me when I first got started, and packed up a box of some of his old scraps and a few squeegees and shipped them out to me. Without him, no doubt the learning curve would have been much, much steeper for me. I am indebted to him (and a lot of other forum members as well). I am eternally grateful for all the guidance that I've received over the years. I couldn't have come this far without y'all. MAHALO! RIL Banner John!!
  21. MadHatterGraphix

    I’m back your warned!!

    thank you everyone its good to be back
  22. Dakotagrafx

    Banner Johns passing

    I have not been able to find an obituary but I read on banner johns facebook page where his brother said he passed away. ( knew he had been in the hospital three weeks ago and all I could get out of him was he was staying with a friend - never offering any more info nor that the situation was that serious. So many or our great contributors have passed away over the years but none that had been around since the beginning of the forum to my knowledge. When his mother got to frail to live alone John moved in and cared for her till her passing in 2015 and within a month or so his beloved dog Fred passed away. after his mom and fred passed John took up wood turning - making pens, mugs, magic wands for the kids etc. I will always cherish a pen he made our of a walnut from my property - - - John spent countless hours on the forum for many years helping others and for the past few years moderating in the background, usually taking the very early morning shifts. Rest in peace Mountain Man
  23. Wildgoose

    Any Tips On Applying Loaded Transfer Paper

    It sounds like maybe a build technique issue. If you are trying to align the word in a certain spot are you using some sort of tape hinge? Some layered work needs to be tight registration with other parts and the parchment paper works really good for that but just as often it's simply alignment with a substrate and if you are new you might not realize that most of us use some masking tape to get the design where we want it and hold it there. To be effective you will want straight edges or the hinge will go wonky. I usually trim my masked work with equal reveal on all sides to aid in keeping things straight on the install. I use a side hinge if possible and hinge it on the right side so I can flip it over and remove the carrier then handle the app tape with design with my left had while I squeegee my way across using my right hand (I am right handed). A top hinge or a bottom hinge is also functional and each of us develop our own methods that we like best. On really large graphics a center hinge is often used but takes practice and sometimes an extra set of hands. ALL of these require a little practice.
  24. bigmax

    I’m back your warned!!

    Welcome back.
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  26. MZ SKEETER

    holographic vinyl

    Try here as well as online and ebay https://www.uscutter.com/Metallic-Vinyl Most people in here are not crafters using a crafter vinyl cutter and vinyl.
  27. parabellum1130

    holographic vinyl

    cricut is brand hobby cutter and material for the average person you get at places like hobby lobby , michaels and at a.c.moore... I have nothing wrong with oracal , just I have used a lot of greenstar beings it came with the bundle I got with cutter and being new I just grabbed a lot of the brand I got with the bundle , getting oracal as I user up the colors I have of greenstar ... from what you sent I notice there are lots of patters for the holographic ... does oracal have that type of vinyl
  28. MZ SKEETER

    VinylExpress R Series II R31 - Driver, cutting problems

    it's a Red Sail vinyl cutter. Rebranded for Signwarehouse.
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