What’s the Dies Direct advice for storing dies?
- All three metals are easy to scratch, even in storage, so first things first they should not get stored directly on top of each other. It’s always a good idea to individually wrap each die in bubble wrap or foam. And then place in a close-able cabinet or drawer.
- For embossing dies with a counterforce (force plate) it’s recommended to pin the counter to the die instead of placing it on the die. This means it won’t shift at all during the storage process and will give it a much longer shelf life.
- A great way to prevent die depreciation is of course to not store the die yourself. Why not ask the customer or printer if they want to look after it? This leaves no question marks over who is responsible if the die gets damaged in storage, thus saving further costs.
- Never store the dies in a cardboard box in the corner of the warehouse. The box will be moved or kicked, leading to more than one scratched die and a large potential replacement cost.
- It’s recommended to do a ‘stock check’ every 2 years to remove old dies from your possession. Especially if you know the customer has gone out of business. It’s a great way of making a bit of money from the local scrap merchant. Copper, in particular is worth something, as is brass.
- Magnesium though is cheap and it weighs little. It can be recycled.
Hopefully this has helped you decide what to do with your hot foil stamping dies and embossing dies. Remember they scratch and pick up dirt very easily so take caution where you can. Storing dies is easy if you take a bit of time making sure moisture and dirt can’t reach the metal.