Sticker Templates
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!
Instructions
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.
Solution 2: Use a * Xyron with a Re-positionable Sticker Cartridge to make stickers that adhere to sheet metal and then just cut on the lines!


Step 1: There are two ways to do this.

~ If you are only making one or two of an item

Solution 2A:

1. Cardboard and paper can become misshapen with use, so draw your template shape on thin plastic and cut it out.

2. Hint: Save all your sticky note and plastic templates. Keep notes about the project on the template if there is room.

3. 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.
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Judy Larson's Sticker Templates - , Wire Jewelry Design, Cutting, Cutting Tool, Cutters, Sawing, Saw, Wire Saw, Design, Xyron stickers
~ If you are making multiple sets or use the same shapes over and over:

Solution 2B:

1. 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″.

2. Fill the space between the lines with tracings of the desired shapes. Save this sheet as your original. Make a copy of your original.

3. Cut the copied strips apart. Note: a 2.5″ Xyron was used here.
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Step 2: Run the cut out shapes or each paper strip through your machine.
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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.
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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.
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SHR-544.00
  • SHR-544.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Cutting, Sawing, Design