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Using the Vintaj BIGkick™ by Sizzix

The Vintaj Special Edition BIGkick™ Machine by Sizzix can emboss and etch beautiful designs onto your metal blanks using either the DecoEmboss Folders or the DecoEtch Plates.  It allows you to customize seemingly endless combinations. The Vintaj BIGkick is compatible with most of the Sizzix product library and techniques as long as you use the Solo Platform & Shim that are included.

What do I need to get started?

To begin creating your own patterned metal jewelry, you’ll need a few things:

Using DecoEmboss™ Folders

1. With the DecoEmboss Die open, insert a Vintaj blank, then close like a book. Place Cutting Pad above and below the closed Folder to create a “sandwich.”

2. Slide “sandwich,” Platform and Shim into the roller opening as far as it will go. Note the rotation of the handle and continue to rotate it in the same direction until the Platform and “sandwich” have completely passed through the opening and the rollers.

Using DecoEtch™ Folders

1. Place DecoEtch Die onto a Cutting Pad with foam side up. Place Vintaj blank on the die. Place another Cutting Pad over the blank to create a “sandwich.” Place “sandwich” on Solo Platform and Shim.

2. Slide “sandwich,” Platform and Shim into the roller opening as far as it will go. Note the rotation of the handle and continue to rotate it in the same direction until the Platform and “sandwich” have completely passed through the opening and the rollers.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    Hmmm. My birthday is coming up. I think I know what I want.

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    J DAVILA says:

    Me too!

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    My birthday is in September…. I’m probably not gonna wait that long…….

  4. Maria S 2
    Maria S 2 says:

    Do you have to use the special blanks or can you use copper circles, or sterling silver?

  5. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Have been paying homage to the picture on the Vintaj website for months. My birthday is in July. Guess I will start sending anonymous pics to my husband and kids:)

  6. Ali
    Ali says:

    Maria, to be 100% safe, you could stick to Vintaj blanks. They are made form a malleable metal (brass) and are not too thick for the BIGkick machine. That said, I’ve used it with some of our copper and brass blanks and it worked fine. I would keep the metal thin (24 gauge or higher) and make sure it’s malleable.

    KWB DESIGNS says:

    Omg. I want one!!! :( but I live in Montreal

  8. M Casey
    M Casey says:

    Do you need to sand the edges of the square and rectangular blanks? They appear to have sharp points.

  9. Ali
    Ali says:

    M Casey, You could sand or buff the edges if you prefer, but I haven’t found this to be necessary. The corners aren’t too sharp :-)

  10. Collie
    Collie says:

    Love the technique! Can you safely run this through the Cuttlebug or Vagabond?

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    J leithauser says:

    i would also like to know if this can go through the cuttlebug – Thanks

  12. Kate
    Kate says:

    Hi Collie & J leithuaser– Since we don’t carry the Cuttlebug or Vagabond machines, I can’t speak with personal experience on the matter, but it seems like these blanks should be compatible. It really comes down to thickness: if you do try other-brand products with your machine and it gives a lot of resistance as you run it through, I’d advise to halt progress so you don’t damage your machine!

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    R Wolfe says:

    Ali, would you say that fine silver 24 gauge and up would be as safe as your experimentation with copper and brass?

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    Sky R says:

    I just noticed a new (or new to me, anyway) Sizzix machine called the Texture Boutique Machine. I was able to download a pdf of the instructions, but it only mentions embossing card stock, not metal of any sort. Then again, most of the embossing machines only mention card stock, so . . .

    Anyway, I was wondering whether anyone has any experience with using the Texture Boutique Machine on metal. With a price of around $20 it seems to represent a huge savings, particularly if you’re not interested in die-cutting (I’m not). In addition, it has a much smaller “footprint” than the BIGkick (I don’t know about you, but space is at a premium in my house!).

    Note that the Texture Boutique only accommodates folders up to 4 1/2″ wide (A2). Not a problem for me (since I have no folders yet, alas), but those of you with the 6×6″ folders will be out of luck.

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    ncaquilts says:

    I have a question. What is the difference between the Vintaj Big Kick, the regular Big Kick and the Sizzix Big Shot? I just started looking at the different machines but not sure if any difference.
    Thanks for your help as always

  17. Cathy W
    Cathy W says:

    @ncaquilts – There is no difference between any of these machines. They are just different colors. They can accommodate the same dies and the same materials.

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    Kenna M says:

    I have a Bigkick and would like to emboss/etch bracelet blanks. Any idea where I can get dies long enough for a bracelet blank. I have tried the Sizzix dies and the sides of the dies leave marks on the blank between patterns. Suggestions welcome. Thank-you.

  19. Jax luvs jewels
    Jax luvs jewels says:

    Yes, you certainly use your Vagabond to emboss the blanks. It’s a very strong machine.

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    K Vaniver says:

    Are there any does that cut 24 gauge or higher Vintaj or other sheet metal?

  21. Charmed4Life aka Marysu
    Charmed4Life aka Marysu says:

    Kenna, the Vintaj embossing folders are about 2.25 X 2.5 on the useable surface with a diagonal of 3 inches. Not all designs will work on the diagonal but some will. I find that some of the larger bracelet blanks, even those made by Vintaj, are too thick to work well. You can put the usual pieces through more than once if needed to deepen a design as long as you keep the “sandwich” in place for all passes.

    K Vaniver, none of them are designed to cut through the metal. I have never tried using the dies to cut metal at all but I have cut out leather successfully and that is fairly thick. The chipboard I have also cuts easily and it is thicker than a cereal box but not as thick as Grafix medium weight which I am told only the BigKick, BigShot, etc will cut, meaning Cuttlebug and others will not cut it. I have also heard you can use regular embossing folders on the thin blanks but again, I have never tried it. Can you tell I am a fan of my BigKick??

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