This is where I intend to list the craft things I own, mostly which can be borrowed (by guides etc).
Sizzix is a cutting machine using dies. Each die is in a different pattern, e.g. a flower or a letter of the alphabet or a circle. The die and the material to be cut are placed in the machine, which is then operated to press the die blade and material together, punching out the shape. The advantage of Sizzix is to get detailed cut outs beyond one's own hand cutting skill, consistently the same cut outs and (for paper or card) efficient multiple cutting of many shapes. Sizzix units are given in inches because it is an American system. Dies are different thicknesses and sizes, the cut out being smaller than the die size quoted.
There are also ScoreBoards, Embossing strips, clearlits, extended cuts etc but I don't have any yet.
I have an Original lever arm machine which will take Sizzlits (with my system converter) and Originals dies, and a Big Shot crank machine which will take Bigz dies as well. These machines are not to be used by small children and may be used by sensible older Brownies and younger Guides under supervision only. The machines are heavy, so could break toes if dropped on them. The force needed to press the die is also significant and trapped fingers could be badly damaged. The dies have a sharp metal cutting edge which is usually not exposed but pressing on the foam to expose the edge could cause cuts to the fingers.
A Sizzix machine is only as good at the die selection, and they are not cheap. They can be damaged by using too much or too stiff material and uneven pressing. I am slowly building up my collection. Some of my dies have been discontinued, so would be difficult to replace.
The following die are vaguely sorted by theme.
|Round Table Alphabet||-||Sizzlits||Small 1.125 inch high serif alphabet. A-Z, a-z, 0-9, #;?!&-"$ (no comma)|
|Wallflower Alphabet||-||Sizzlits (roller machines only)||Small 1 inch high sans-serif alphabet. A-Z, a-z, &.,-|
|Transportation Set||656371||Sizzlits||3 dies, Plane (8.8x6cm), Sailing Boat (5x6cm) and Car (8.5x4cm)|
|Steam Train||38-0135||Originals Large||D|
|Zoo Set||38-9615||Sizzlits||4 dies; Elephant, Gorilla, Zebra, Lion|
|Build a Buddy||654373||Sizzlits||7 dies, 3 bears, bunny and kitty and some accessories and clothes|
|Butterly #1||38-0230||Originals Small||D|
|Dolphin||38-0198||Originals Medium||One dolphin|
|Dragon with wings||655477||Bigz||D|
|Pirates||655473||Sizzlits||4 dies; skull & crossbones, hat, cutless, swirly letter P|
|Ghosts||38-0252||Originals Medium||Large and small ghosts|
|Skeleton Movable||656230||Bigz||Can attach limbs with split fasteners|
|Star & Starbursts||656737||Bigz||5 pointed star and two starbursts|
|Holly and Berries||38-0244||Originals Small||D|
|Mini snowflakes set||657474||Movers and Shapers||2 dies; snow flakes 4cm and 3.5cm across.|
|Tent||38-0169||Originals Large||Ridge tent|
|Campfire||38-0174||Originals Small||(not to scale with tent)|
|Leaves #2||655012||Originals Large||4 leaf shapes, oak, maple and two others|
|Leaf, Maple||38-0911||Originals Large||D|
|Flower Layers Set||656062||Sizzlits||3 flower dies which can be used separately or built up to make a fancy flower. 4.5, 5.5 and 6cm wide.|
|Mini tattered leaves set||657460||Movers and Shapers||Oak and similar leaf. 6cm by 3.5cm approx.|
|Puzzle Maker #2||654992||Originals Large||Cuts an area 3x4.5 inches into a 6 piece jigsaw puzzle - puzzle pieces about 1.5inches wide|
|Frames Circle Combo||38-1065||Originals Large||Four circles with narrow frames. Circles have diameter 0.75, 1.125, 1.365 and 2.625 inches.|
|Frames Square Combo||38-1067||Originals Large||Four squares, with narrow square frames. Squares have sides 0.75, 1.125, 1.365 and 2.625 inches.|
|Frame, Scallop||38-0165||Originals Large||Frame shape, aperture is 2.75x3.75 inches.|
|Frame, Film strip||38-0140||Originals Large||Two film negative aperatures, total is 3x4.75 inches.|
|Road Signs||656048||Originals Large||Shield, arrow and circle with line through.|
|Border, Heart||38-0159||Originals Medium||Two small strips of joining hearts|
|Mini Gears Set||657211||Movers and Shapers||2 dies; simple cogs or gears (one is a bit like a ship's wheel). 4cm and 2.7cm wide.|
|Mini openings set||657215||Movers and Shapers||4 dies; square (1.3cm), 4 mini rectangles (0.6x0.8cm in 1.8x2cm array), semi-circle (1.5cm radius), rectangle (2.4x1.2cm)|
|Rectangle||656446||Movers and Shapers||Rectangle|
|Square 2 3/8"||656448||Movers and Shapers||D|
|Square 1"||656449||Movers and Shapers||D|
|Spiral / Garland||655143||Bigz||D|
|Bigz L Tray||657007||Movers and Shapers Base Tray||6 x 8.75 x 0.5 inch tray (15.24 x 22.23 cm)|
|Photo Corners, Ornamental||657079||Movers and Shapers||2 dies; curly bracket slits 3cm long for use for inserting an object, such as a photo|
|Keyholes||656630||Movers and Shapers||2 dies; key holes (2.6 and 3.8cm high)|
Xyron Create-a-Sticker X250 with permanent adhesive cartridge
Cuts A3 and smaller
This page was last updated by Mad Hatter email@example.com on 12th December 2010.