We have a store here now that have a lot of recycled items. A lady there showed me a couple bird houses that a lady repurposed from Folgers Aromasense plastic containers this weekend. They were really cute. You had to really look to see that's what they were. I wish I had taken photos of them!
I'm thinking that some of the office supply stores have a battery recycle thing as well. Assume that it would also work for those type of batteries. I have saved some of those from watches and such as well thinking that eventually I could use them for something, but I guess not. :-(
God luck with it. It's been a lot easier for me with intricate Cricut cuts especially. I have lucked into finding a couple of my extra machines at thrift stores...even refills now and then when I've been lucky!
May depend how delicate you're talking about. I have a few different sizes of machines. Have done regular paper and card stock without any trouble. I think I have maybe had one piece to bend when it was going in, but think it was my fault for not being more cautious with it going in though.
By any chance, have you tried this with the freezer paper stencils and tried ironing a second layer on something already painted? Have one that I think it going to require that and kind of concerned about what it will do to the other paint.