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Wire Jewelry Tip for June 10th, 2016
by Judy Larson
Today we are bringing you a quick tip form our good friend, Judy Larson about how to create perfectly matched shapes.
Cutting perfectly matching shapes out of sheet metal can be a bit tricky. But with a few tricks of your own, it will be a snap!
Solution 1: Use re-positionable sticky notes to make your templates.
Step 1: Draw your shapes on re-positionable note paper, making sure that as much of your design as possible is on the sticky portion of the note.
Step 2: Cut the template out.
Step 3: Adhere the sticky note template to your clean sheet metal and cut around the shape.
Step 1: There are two ways to do this.
~ If you are only making one or two of an item
- Cardboard and paper can become misshapen with use, so draw your template shape on thin plastic and cut it out.
- Hint: Save all your sticky note and plastic templates. Keep notes about the project on the template if there is room.
- Place your template on a piece of paper and trace around it. You do not have to cut this paper shape out exactly, just cut around it.
~ If you are making multiple sets or use the same shapes over and over:
- Draw lines on a piece of typing paper so that you have strips the width your **Xyron uses, either 1.5″, 2.5″, 5″ or 9″.
- Fill the space between the lines with tracings of the desired shapes. Save this sheet as your original. Make a copy of your original.
- Cut the copied strips apart. Note: a 2.5″ Xyron was used here.
Step 2: Run the cut out shapes or each paper strip through your machine.
Step 3: Cut the sticker sheet apart. You do not have to cut each piece out exactly, just cut around them. Adhere the stickers to your clean metal sheet.
Step 4: Cut the metal shape out. Remove the sticker and you are ready to use the blank in your project. Hint: Replace the sticker on the paper backing as you may be able to use it several more times.