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Cutting Mat.

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade/Accessories' started by lightbob, Jul 12, 2021.

  1. lightbob Member

    Hello All,
    Looking for a bit of guidance regarding what non slip, " self healing" cutting mat to buy. Been using an old thin plastic board for years but want better stability now.
    I do not need a large board , as it will be for figures and horses, mainly 54mm to at the largest 80mm. Maybe A4 size at most.
    Can see that there is a wide range in price as well.
    UK supplier preferred.
  2. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    If you have a works shop near you they have a range of sizes and very cheap.
  3. theBaron A Fixture

    I have a 9"x12" self-healing mat, brand is "Nicole" (which is still around, I think). I've had it for maybe 15 years or so, and it's still in good shape. I got it at an arts & crafts store; I don't know if "works" is UK slang for arts & crafts, but there are a lot of similar products out there. X-Acto has a range of cutting mats, for example. You shouldn't have to spend more than a couple of quid to get one like you're looking for.

  4. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    "The works' is a British retail chain. They sell art materials among other things. Their paints and brushes are crap and aimed at school kids and starters...the cutting mats are good quality
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  5. 1969 A Fixture

  6. theBaron A Fixture

    OK, sounds like our chains Michael's and HobbyLobby. Blick Art Supplies is another. I may have gotten my mat there, where I was first kitting out my painter's toolkit-I got an unfinished pine toolbox, and my Mussini oils, at Blick's.

  7. lightbob Member

    Hello All,
    Many thanks for the information, especially about The Works shop chain.
    Got a mat from one of their branches today. Interesting enough I couldn't find them but an assistant "dug them out" from behind some other material on a bottom self, well below eye level.
    A bargain, I hope, at £3.00.
    Once again many thanks.
    theBaron, Tecumsea and 1969 like this.

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