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I've been making 1 inch double sided circles tokens with my Ellison Allstar and thought others may be interested in the process.

First, I made a template with cut lines for both the front and back and print it out:



I then trim both the front and back to the cut lines:



I then spray glue both the front and back to a corner of a piece of thick chipboard:




I then align the chipboard exactly to the edges of the foam on the die:



The result looks great, all are exactly the same with perfectly smooth edges. I wasn't sure how well the alignment would work but it turns out not to be a problem, I'm only using about a 1/16th inch bleed:




I'm working on the same process for 1 inch squares (9 up) and hexes.
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Looks great! Which exact model and die are you using? And how thick is the chipboard you're using?
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Panasonic wrote:
Looks great! Which exact model and die are you using? And how thick is the chipboard you're using?


It's the ellison allstar, there's only 1 model and it is being discontinued so they are selling them for $49 (regularly $129). I'm using the 1 inch circles die. Take a look at ellisoneducation.com.

The chipboard is .045, a little thinner than grafix medium chipboard (.057) but it would easily cut that as well.
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Which Dies do you recommend for game parts?
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knodel wrote:
Which Dies do you recommend for game parts?


Ellison have a variety in their Math category that could be useful. These are the ones I found previously:

http://www.ellisoneducation.com/product/A10349/ellison-allst...
http://www.ellisoneducation.com/product/A10360/ellison-allst...
http://www.ellisoneducation.com/product/A10794/ellison-allst...

Sizzix 'Bigz' dies are the same size and shape, the Sizzix 'Big Shot' is an identical machine to the Allstar Superstar:

http://www.sizzix.com/product/656663/sizzix-bigz-die-hexagon...
http://www.sizzix.com/product/656666/sizzix-bigz-die-hexagon...

(I follow this method myself; it's more time-consuming, but more accurate. It doesn't matter for the circles here, but with the squares die I have each square shares edges with the adjacent squares, so there's no room for bleed at all!)

[Edit: Corrected product name]
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Do you have any opinion on the AllStar (http://www.ellisoneducation.com/product/A10000/ellison-allst...) Vs the SuperStar (http://www.ellisoneducation.com/product/A10800/ellison-allst...)?

Thanks!
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knodel wrote:


Huh! I was sure the model that the BigShot was identical was just the 'AllStar'; it's actually the one you linked to as 'SuperStar'. I've not used the AllStar one myself, but it looks from one of their advertising videos like it works by principle of a single downward pressure point rather than the continuous rolling pressure that the Superstar works by.

From experiences in lino printing, I would say that if you don't have any fears about the die's rubber pad slipping sideways as it feeds into the roller (I doubt it should happen), the SuperStar should give a better cut with tougher materials, as the pressure will get evenly distributed across the whole die, and there's no chance of it seeming to work and only getting half-way through. On the other hand, the AllStar probably has a higher mechanical advantage - the handle is much longer, and I don't think there's anything in the way of gearing in the SuperStar - so it may require a bit less force to cut through thicker material.

It appears that the AllStar is intended to be usable by small children, so it's more guarded and has built-in storage and stuff that the SuperStar doesn't have.
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