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Old 08-04-2010, 06:19
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When I'm cutting my korked ribbon with a woodburning tool, a lot of times some of the ribbon ends have a little bit of brown on them... Does this happen to anyone else? I'm not sure why this is happening... Any suggestions?
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:25
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Yes, it happens to me on the light colored ribbons too. I keep a metal nail file handy when I cut mine. When the ribbon starts turning brown, I take the nail file and file the gunk off the tip. Curious to see how other people do it. Also, I usually try and cut all the dark colors at the same time, and light ones, etc. I think it happens more if you go from cutting a dark piece to a light piece.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:37
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Yes, it happens to me on the light colored ribbons too. I keep a metal nail file handy when I cut mine. When the ribbon starts turning brown, I take the nail file and file the gunk off the tip. Curious to see how other people do it. Also, I usually try and cut all the dark colors at the same time, and light ones, etc. I think it happens more if you go from cutting a dark piece to a light piece.
Love the nail file idea! Yes, this happens to me too. It is also a very good idea to leave it on for awhile to burn off the excess. I use a dremel with an abrasive stone in it to re-sharpen the edge also.
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I use a brass wire brush, or I take scissors and scrap it off.
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Yes, it happens to me on the light colored ribbons too. I keep a metal nail file handy when I cut mine. When the ribbon starts turning brown, I take the nail file and file the gunk off the tip. Curious to see how other people do it. Also, I usually try and cut all the dark colors at the same time, and light ones, etc. I think it happens more if you go from cutting a dark piece to a light piece.

When you say you file the gunk off the tip... Do you mean off the tip of the woodburning tool? What do you do if the ribbon has already been burned on the ends? I've been trimming the edges of the korker curls that have brown on them and then using a lighter to reseal, but this takes FOREVER!
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:59
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I use the metal nail file on the tip of the wood burning tool. If you look at it, you will notice that it starts to turn black, just file the ends/sides of the tip. If I notice that it is starting to turn my ribbon brown, I stop and file the tip. Then I just recut the end of the piece that just turned brown, just trim real close to my original cut. Did that make sense?
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When you say you file the gunk off the tip... Do you mean off the tip of the woodburning tool? What do you do if the ribbon has already been burned on the ends? I've been trimming the edges of the korker curls that have brown on them and then using a lighter to reseal, but this takes FOREVER!
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:03
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I use the metal nail file on the tip of the wood burning tool. If you look at it, you will notice that it starts to turn black, just file the ends/sides of the tip. If I notice that it is starting to turn my ribbon brown, I stop and file the tip. Then I just recut the end of the piece that just turned brown, just trim real close to my original cut. Did that make sense?
It does make sense! Thank you! I will have to do this from now on...
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:10
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I use a painter sanding block. That way I don't have to worry about burning my fingers. The nail file of a good idea but seems like you have to be more careful with it. With the sanding block, I just swiped it twice on each side and it's clean. You can also use it on the barrel of the woodburning tool.
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Here's a picture of what I use. It has a plastic handle, so I don't have to worry about my hand getting hot. I know some of them are all metal. Sorry for the yucky pic. I had to use my cell phone.
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Here's a picture of what I use. It has a plastic handle, so I don't have to worry about my hand getting hot. I know some of them are all metal. Sorry for the yucky pic. I had to use my cell phone.
Thanks for the picture! I'm going to have to start using one of those!
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