Paper Punch Care
Keeping your paper punch edges sharp is key to creating punch-out shapes that are neat and clean. Here are some easy techniques to keep your punches working at their best and operating smoothly:
To Clean and Lubricate:
- When a punch is brand new, it’s a good idea to punch onto scrap paper first to make sure the inner mechanism is loosened up and that any leftover lubricating residue on the metal is removed before using your design paper.
- Punching through wax paper can help to lubricate your punch for easier use.
- To sharpen your punch, aluminum foil can help keep those cutting edges clean and sharp. Simply, punch through the foil several times to sharpen the edges.
A Sticking Punch:
- New punches will loosen up with continued use.
- If you’re punch sticks and won’t release, try putting it in the freezer. The cold will shrink the metal a little bit and may release itself.
- Lubricate your punch using wax paper when the punch is cold out of the freezer, this will help reach those hard to reach spots on the punch edges.
- A slight tapping on a hard surface may release the mechanism.
Tips for Better Punching:
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- Use the punch upside down for more precise punch positioning on your paper or photo.
- Consider Strong Arm for additional leverage or ease for repetitive punching.