The demonstration splicer (Fig. 2) consists of four major sections:

  1. The two sets of blades - right and left - each with upper and lower sections. The ends of the blades have sharp cutting edges which trim off the film ends during during the final welding stage.
    The lower blades have two sets of pilot pins which fit into corresponding holes in the upper blades to hold the film in place during splicing (Figures 3 & 4). These two sets of pins allow splicing with the perforations wither toward or away from the operator.
    Our splicing demonstration will involve the back pins only. The basics are the same regardless of which pins are used, PROVIDED that either the front OR the back pins are used since splices can be made in proper alignment only if both pieces of film are registered on corresponding pins. (i.e. either both left and right on the back pins or both left or right on the front pins.)
  2. The locking clamps - one on each upper blade (Figure 4) and one vertical locking lever on the lower right blade only (Figure 2).
    Locate these parts on your splicer. Move the blades up and down and lock the clamps to see how they work. As you move the blades, lower them into closed position and lock the clamps. The clamps, when properly set, fit into the slotted pegs as either side of the splicer (Fig. 2) to hold the film in place.
  3. The scraper which is used to remove the emulsion, an essential step in welding the two ends of film together (Fig. 5). The scraper is held taut by a spring and is designed to be used in a front to back motion only. Using the scraper in reverse motion can ruin its cutting edge and will increase the possibility of tearing the film during scraping.
  4. The heating element, under the immovable left lower blade. Its function is to speed cement drying (Fig. 3)
  5. Traditionally, the material used to make the ends of the film adhere together has been called cement. It is never called glue or paste. Both of these words are used in the trade to describe poor or amateurish editing.
    The cement must always be kept fresh. Fresh cement is always quite thin, never thick or gooey. If you have doubts about the freshness of your cement, dump it out and refill the bottle.
    CAUTION: Always clean and refill cement bottles away from the film handling area. If cement is spilled on film, furniture or clothing, it can cause serious damage.