Don’t dull every knife in the house, every museum needs a self-healing mat. A self-healing mat is the soft supple surface every knife edge dreams of, so giving yet so firm. These mats are ideal for cutting labels and graphics or anytime you’re using sharp blades and you don’t want to damage the underlying surface. I found this company that offered a great product at a decent price.
Funny Story. When I first started in museums I was the only preparator there. I used an old piece of plywood to make my cutting surface. It was good at first, pine is a nice soft surface, it didn’t immediately dull the blade. But quickly I had a variety of troughs that made my blade wobble as I cut my labels. My cuts were no longer perfectly straight. Don’t suffer this fate, buy a self-healing cutting mat.
You’ll find that you’ll have a couple of folks working simultaneously, having a couple of mats around in a variety of sizes is also ideal.
We sometimes piece ours together to make large surfaces so we can spread out. And yet, we can split them up and work on separate jobs. Ebb and flow. Things change from day to day (as you already know).
Enjoy this fine tool and keep up the good fight you unsung hero you!
These come in 4 sizes:
A2     16-1/2 x 23-3/8 in   42.0 x 59.4 cm
A3     11-3/4 x 16-1/2 in   29.7 x 42.0 cm
A4     8-1/4 x 11-3/4 in   21.0 x 29.7 cm
A5     5-7/8 x 8-1/4 in   14.8 x 21.0 cm
There were notes from the manufacturer on how the mats could be used. You’ll notice that they have different line markings on them. Here are the descriptions of those markings, but I figure most of us won’t be using them for these activities, but if you’re interested, here they are:

The self-healing cutting mat protects your work surface. Compatible with rotary cutters and straight blades, won’t hurt the cutter blade and keep the blade sharp. Ideal for artists, crafters, quilters, engravers, and hobbyists.

Made of 5-layer PVC material, the white hardness PVC in the middle help to prevent cutting through. Special finish reseals surface cuts, providing a continually smooth surface for all cutting projects.

Rotary cutting mat measures approx.22*15cm/30*15cm/45*30cm/60*45cm (A5/A4/A3/A2 size), durable and reusable. Perfect for small, medium, and large craft and sewing projects.

This double side sewing mat with measurements is printed clearly with both inches, metric grid lines and angles help to cut precisely.

Great for sewing, crafts, modeling, quilting, fabric, scrapbooking project cutting projects

Material: PVC

A2 – 17.7 x 23.62 in., A3 – 11.8 x 17.71 in., A4 – 8.66 x 11.81 in., A5 – 5.9 x 8.66 in.


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