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Post Thu Oct 09, 2003 9:53 pm

scrap vinyl what do you do with yours?

i don't know if this has been posted before, just curious to what everybody does with their scrap vinyl!!

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Post Thu Oct 09, 2003 9:59 pm

Ours goes to a couple of local schools. They can't get enough of it.
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Post Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:01 pm

yes thats what i do with mine!
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Post Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:09 pm

Haven't done it yet but the same thought crossed my mind to give it to schools
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Post Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:49 pm

we get a guy that comes in every so often from the local hospice and another from a handycap school.. we normaly give them a few bin bags full each time they come in.

we have stacks of the stuff building up. but we do get through it..
we get a constant stream of taxis coming in for their names on the sides and rear windows.. we do it all in scraps.
infact ive seen me getting a couple of bin bags out and managing to do a complete van on scraps. (escort size of course)
we also do tons of stuff for a large fun park near us.. all mixture of colour stuff.. again we do it all out of scraps.
house for sale signs, to let signs etc all done in scraps.
we do tons of health and safety signs, again all in scraps.
turn your scraps into money.. if you find yourself sipping coffee one day.. go round your workshop looking for all the odd shaped bits of corex, foamex etc and cut it square. then.. get some scrap vinyl.. cut out "mind the step" mind your head" "beware of dog" "no smoking" "now wash hands" "dont pee on the pan seat" & so on... stick them on all those bits of material you would put in the bin and sit them out in your reception...
now just watch the amount of folk coming in to pick up a sign or deliver something lift one and say "how much mate?"

remember the size doesnt really matter. you can have them very small or long etc.. they are sold "as seen" e.g "no smoking" could be 3 inch x 3 inch or it could be 15 inch by 3 inch it doesnt matter.
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Post Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:02 am

Rob. Thats a cracking idea for the scarps.

We have a scrap box, but more often or not, it`s too time consuming to look through it to find the right width or length.
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Post Fri Oct 10, 2003 7:07 pm

very good idea Robert ! all that is needed now "
if you find yourself sipping coffee one day..
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Post Sun Oct 12, 2003 8:07 pm

brilliant idea rob! (hot)
thats one to keep note of.
my only problem is i do not have a reception :(
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Post Sun Oct 12, 2003 8:53 pm

great idea robert, when i get the time,

used to do it for taxi firms also, kept a box of screenprinted 'no smoking' stickers this was years ago, sold them for 50p each, it's amazing how much you go through!

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Post Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:07 pm

I give the smaller bits to my daughters child care centre, and now a few others after word got around.
Bigger pieces i keep and use for the "for sale" signs and such.
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Post Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:36 pm

If you have a Craft Robo you can use nearly ever bit of scrap.

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Post Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:18 pm

Gordon Ellis wrote:If you have a Craft Robo you can use nearly ever bit of scrap.

Gordon
If I had a Craft Robo I wouldn't do enough to generate scrap!
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Post Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:46 pm

David
I didn't explain myself right. I have a large plotter as well for the big stuff. I can use the scrap from this on the Craft Robo

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Post Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:31 pm

Gordon Ellis wrote:David
I didn't explain myself right. I have a large plotter as well for the big stuff. I can use the scrap from this on the Craft Robo

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My large plotter can cut pieces right down to about 5" wide but moving the rollers in. But I throw out anything smaller than 2 or 3 feet square though as I'd be over-run with bits of vinyl within a few weeks. I think that it'd cost me more in time to find it & possibly measure anything smaller (just to be sure it'll do the job) than pick up the 4' roll from the rack or a 'large' offcut. Not very 'eco' I'm sure....but then again, I'm not exactly making small one-offs very often.

My only outlet for them is 'free' stickers from my offcuts to the staff...or my annual clear out when I throw out what amounts to nearly 100sq/m of 'bits', roll ends and the odd miss-cut job that I've tired of looking at.

Several people who generate large numbers of off-cuts will give their 'scrap' away for free / small return to other friendly signmakers who do less in volume so they can benefit and reduce the wastage.

'tis the same in most industries. The larger the volume of materials used - the greater the wastage. You don't find the larger decorators keeping the ends of tins of paint 'as it might come in handy' or sizable joiners a square foot of ply. But for the one man business - these resources can be invaluable and a major cost saving when they have 'just the thing in the shed'.

... just an analogy that different users have different resource priorities.

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Post Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:31 pm

Im going to start bagging it as craft supplies and sell it through a local craft shop!!!!!!!!!! Also give tons to the local school and other youth groups....
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:12 am

I am the same as most of you here,

I use the common colours for small jobs, freebies and such.

The unusual colours my wife and daughter take for use on their craft robo for scrap booking, or clients come in looking for scrap for their wives scrapbooking.

Then, I give the rest away to pre schools or kindys.

I threw a heap out he other day as I was running out of room and they had been creased due to the weight of stuff on top of them.

Only thing I'll make sure I keep is the reflective etc. They always come in handy for repairs.

Secret is to store them in a loose roll so they don't get flattened or creased. Once that happens, they are thrown out.
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:18 am

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that carefully rolls up my scrap, only to never use it & end up throwing it away after 6 months because it's been squashed flat from the weight of the other scrap I've piled on top of it! :lol1:
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:37 am

I used to save it but I used a scrap about a year ago and it jammed my machine while out of the room, nearly cost me a new cutting head and a costly engineer, no more off cuts for me
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:38 pm

Hi All


Must say my local school love them large and small and saves me loads of dosh on fee's on what would be rubbish clearance, :D :D


Paul
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:50 pm

I've got a big box full of the stuff too.

Dare I suggest using the dreaded ebay word and making a few quid flogging the offcuts to budding T Shirt / Sign people?

I'll get me coat :oops:
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Post Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:33 pm

yip i give it to the schools .....ive offered it to valerie singleton off blue peter but she assures me shes no longer on it ....when did that happen ? :D
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Post Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:50 pm

scraps

hiya

I just do the odd boat name here and there so a box of scraps would help me out no end..

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i must say though I am a qualified D+T teacher and school donations are invaluable to some schools, a small problem can occur if they ask you for COSHH information for the materials as some may not want to accept scraps without it..

There are reasons for this but you haven't got the time ...
:wink:

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