One of the great things about using the Arcobaleno AEX18 is the bronze dies. They are functional and beautiful. The trick is figuring out the best way to store them. They come out of the pasta machine filled with dough. You have to store them in liquid so it doesn't harden into cement because the next time you use the die the old dough gets pushed out and discarded. If it solidifies then you've got problems.
We started out storing our dies in 1 cup deli containers submerged in water. We have hard water so we began to have issues with discoloration. Then we switched to vinegar and some of the dies started turning blue, probably due to the fact bronze is an alloy made primarily of copper. Recently we taught a workshop to a doctor who mentioned that he cleaned his equipment with pure alcohol. He suggested that this might be a good solution for what to store our dies in. A few bottles of Everclear later and we have to agree that soaking our dies in alcohol is the best solution thus far.
June 7, 2005