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Cutting photoetched parts from the sprue

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Q: I have a lot of trouble when I cut small photoetched parts from the metal trees. No matter how careful I am, sometimes they fly off into a black hole, never to be seen again.  

I’ve tried cutting them under a cloth, but I can’t see what I’m cutting. Any suggestions?

– Dennis Morrison
via E-mail

Ken: Good question, Dennis. As aftermarket photoetched pieces get smaller, they do indeed get more difficult to cut off the sprue.  

The secret is to contain the pieces and be able to cut them at the same time, and the answer is as close as your kitchen.

Try using a large Ziploc freezer bag.  They’re large enough to hold both of your hands, a nipper, and your photo-etched sprue – and you can see what you’re cutting.  

With only one open side, the chances of losing a part are greatly reduced.  Give it a try!

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