HAPPYCRAFTN'S MOSAIC SUPPLIES
28244 Essex Avenue Tomah, WI 54660
Leponitt Cutters Mosaic Tiles Directions
TILE NIPPERS HELPS
Note--do not overtighten the wheel screws. This can cause the screws to strip or the wheels to crack upon pressure. You only need to make them tight -- not CRANKED down. Also, if you want the wheels to open wider, you can use a wirecutters or needlenose pliers to pull (not cut) off the small peg under the right wheel. You will probably not be able to put it back once it's been removed so make sure you really want it removed before taking it off.
I'm going to do the best I can to explain how to cut plates with the Leponitt cutters. These cutters are the best on the market. But first--a few pointers on the cutters themselves. First and foremost! Don't lose the little wrench that comes with them, you're going to need it!! Sometimes the wheels come loose and you'll need it to tighten them up. Also, note that the wheels are not turning when you cut. Therefore, when this part of the wheels get dull, all you have to do is to take the small wrench that comes with cutters and loosen the wheels. Use your fingers to turn the blades about a quarter turn and retighten. This gives you a new surface of the wheels to use. I like to take a permanent marker and draw a little line on the wheel itself, marking where I started turning them. Once you've returned to your mark, you know you've used up that part of the wheels. Now, use the wrench to remove the wheels and turn them over to use the other sides of them. This side won't last as long, but you'll be able to get some usage out of them. Meanwhile you'll be able to get new wheels. I try hard to keep the replacements in stock. Email me when you need a new pair.
Now--on to how to cut a plate. Please note, this is how I cut plates. Everyone has their own way and you'll find the best way YOU like to cut them. As with anything else, practice makes perfect. The most important piece of advice I have is DO NOT chomp! You want to catch the edge of the plate with the wheels of the cutter, squeeze the handles together, and nip. If you're not particular about saving the center of the plate, and you just want the edges, all you have to do is aim the wheels directly straight across the plate and nip. Then pick up one half of the plate, and cut that half in half. Continue nipping each half in half again and again until you're done. You'll want to cut these halves saving the pattern parts you want in whole. Try to aim the wheels in the direction you want to cut. If your design is on a slant, you'll want to aim the wheels in the direction of that slant. It's easy as pie! To see pictures of this, please click on the tab menu to the left.
Now if you want to save the inner part of the plate you'll need to cut the plate a little differently. I usually draw a circle a little larger than I really need, around the area I want to save. Make sure to use a permanent marker. You can always remove this with window cleaner or nail polish remover when you're done. When you make your first cut, aim the wheels to the right or left at about a 5 o'clock to 2 o'clock area on the plate. Cut rim to rim. Not directly across the plate. You'll lose some of the rim design, but you'll be able to keep the center. Somewhere along the way of cutting off the rim, you'll need to cut thru the heel part of the plate. This, to me, is the nastiest part of the cutting. If you're going to make a mistake and cut thru your center, here is where you'll probably do it. And I don't care who they are! Everyone does this at one time or another, don't let anyone tell you they don't!! I've watched a lot of plates being cut in many different methods, and it happens to everyone. Once the initial heel cut is made, I normally will go around the plate and stay close to the inside part of the heel. Cutting right up against the heel, cut away the heel of the plate all the way around. To do this, I cut and pull the heel away from the plate. Remember! Small cuts are more controlled than large ones. Once that's done you'll have your center. All you have to do now is trim away the excess to make a neat edge around the center. I normally will make small nips around and around until I get to the center. Almost like grinding and moving forward at the same time. This will trim away those rough areas. To see pictures of this, please click demo tabs above.