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Old 11-18-2011, 10:09
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Do you use any kind of respirator or breathing mask when working with your ribbon? My wood burner really melts the ends of my ribbon and it lets off a horrible smoke. I'm just not thinking that I should spend a lot of time around that. Plus, my mom likes to help me cut and seal ribbon and she was just diagnosed with COPD. I would love to know what others are doing. If you do use a mask, please share what kind and where you bought it.

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Default Re: For those that heat seal your ends....

My woodburner doesn't really produce that much smoke that I've noticed. I wonder if your woodburner is too hot? You can always kind of wave the ribbon near the woodburner and the heat from it will seal the ribbon too.
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I think once you get really good at it the ribbon gets just barely close enough to the wood burner for it to seal the edges and there is no smoke and no smell involved.

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Default Re: For those that heat seal your ends....

It shouldnt be smoking non stop. You can just barely touch the ribbon to the barrel or tip. Between uses use a 220 sanding block to clean the burner
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You shouldn't have to touch the woodburner on the ribbon long enough to make it smoke. If you use the barrel of the wb and get it close it should melt the end of your ribbon enough to seal it
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Default Re: For those that heat seal your ends....

Thank you ladies. I'm going to try to not get my ribbon so close and see if that works for me. I appreciate the responses!
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Default Re: For those that heat seal your ends....

Does this happen with all of your ribbons? I've only noticed a horrible lingering smell if I melt nylon ribbon.
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Great idea about the sandpaper, thanks!
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Default Re: For those that heat seal your ends....

The only time that I get smoke/bad smell is when doing printed ribbon and I get near the images---most of my ribbons I barely touch the woodburner.
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