Unmounting your Wheels - tutorial

Ok I admit it, I'm wheel challenged! I can't use them to save my life! Everytime I tried the image was either not fully stamped or it had lines from the edges of the rubber, it was frustrating. I ended up wasting more CS trying to get it right. I don't make wrapping paper or anything that I'd actually *need* a wheel, so one day I got the brilliant idea to unmount them. I'm pretty sure it wasn't my original idea, but it works for me!

Here's what I do:

1. Find the seam in the rubber. On most wheels it's pretty obvious.(pic 1) Take a sharp craft knife (or paper snips) and score through the glue on the seam. It should cut through pretty easily. (pic 2)

2. Carefully peel back one corner of the rubber at the seam. It should come right off. (pic 3)

3. Snip through the remaining rubber on the seam.

4. Pull the rubber off the wheel. Ususally the adhesive remains on the wheel and the rubber comes off clean. But sometimes some sticky is left. (pic 4)

5. If there is sticky left, just rub it in one direction until it all comes off. (pics 5 & 6)

6. Sometimes I trim the rubber first before mounting it to the EZ Mount (Smart Mount from CHF)It helps to get it trimmed nicely. (pic 7)

7. Mount rubber on EZ Mount foam carefully, making sure to keep it straight. (pic 8)

8. Use Baby Powder to coat the sticky if there is any left.(pics 9 & 10)

9. Trim the EZ Mount around the rubber making sure not to undercut the foam.

10. Clean your newly mounted wheel stamp!

11. Now mount your newly unmounted wheel on the storage system of your choice. I use the binder sheets from Sunday International. They also have an acrylic block 2" x 7" that's perfect for the jumbo wheels! (pics 11 & 12)

Now you can use your wheel just like a long stamp! You can have your wheels and use them too!


Anonymous said...

Awesome tutorial!!

Jody Morrow said...

OMG! How cool! I am thrilled with the baby powder idea too! My scissors get SO sticky when I mount my rubber sheets to cling foam. THANKS Laura!

Anonymous said...

Okay, now that is just TOO freakin' COOL! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Got the link for this tutorial from your post at SCS. Wanted to say a quick thanks! Great pictures!

This N That said...

Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh!! I sooo need to do my wheels too! (thanks for reminding me, I hadn't done them!) I might actually USE mine now lol ThankS!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea. I had already demounted all of my wood mounts and wondered what to do with those wheels. Thanks for letting know how easy it is. Nancymt615

Cindy said...

Now this NEVER even entered my mind.. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tutorial with step by step illustrations. Helps lots of us visual creative types that throw manals with no pictures across the room! :)


Sharing My Thoughts said...

Thank you so much for this. I already cut mine apart but I don't know where to get the ez mount.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I have been thinking about doing this because of the limited colors of ink and the cost of ink cartridges compared to their limited use. Can't wait to try this!

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous tutorial. I thought I'd commented on it earlier (shame on me!) ;O) It really opened up new worlds of stamping. Not to mention eased my guilt of having all those unused wheels, hehehe. Gorgeous photos & it was so easy to follow! :O)

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