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#1 AussieBilly

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:42 AM

Does your roll of copper foil come unspooled as you work? Does this upset you as much as it does me? Or at least it did until one day I got smart. Okay, so it took more than one day for smartness to hit me. But I'm old.

Thinking about it as I patiently rewound the lovely ribbon, I decided to see how others solved the problem. Easy, I found... merely purchase a foil dispenser. About $15 on Amazon, more or less elsewhere. But then I read someone's idea of using a can of beans, well that someone used beans, but when I tried it all I had was chopped tomatoes. Didn't matter, it worked!

Put the can in the center of the foil spool and let it unwind. Wonderful. Saved me $15, the price of another sheet of glass.

But then the day came when I didn't have a can of tomatoes, or beans or anything that would fit. What to do? What to do?

Well, that's when the smartness rose up and yelled for attention. Simple... use the coil of solder.

Yup... I'll add a photo to show my solution. Just bend the end of the solder down and across and let it control the foil as you gently pull the strip off.

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That was easy... saved you some money... made me feel useful.



#2 Tod Beall

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 07:43 AM

Great help, Billy!



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:33 AM

Genius!

 

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:25 PM

How cool is that????



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 01:45 PM

great idea! Here's another that works for me...
I fold a twist tie or two from the centre to the edge and back around. Keeps everything spooled up nicely and is easily adjustable as you use up the foil. It even fits into the foil dispenser!

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 04:43 PM

I love my foil dispensers!



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 08:38 AM

Me too, I have so many different widths and backing colors that I had to buy a second one. I used a sharpie to label the front of each slot so at a glance I can tell which roll is which.

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 02:44 PM

I just use multiple Glastar Foilers. Each has different sizes, and it keeps it rolled. If I need just a piece, for doing a piece by hand, I just pull it off.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 03:33 PM

I like the Digel foiler and sometimes I also just foil off of the coil.






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