Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [cutting]

Cutting or trimming materials with scissors or knife. This tag is best used in combination with a more specific tag about the material being cut and/or tool being used.

4
votes
1answer
43 views

How can we cut mirror or glass in a desired shape?

How can we transform the glass in the desired shape or size. If we want to cut a glass which instrument should we use on domestic level.
5
votes
2answers
77 views

How to cut a hole in a globe without breaking it?

Together with my fiancée, we bought a globe very similar to the one below (same brand). Now we want to cut a clean, rectangular hole (roughly 8 cm x 1-2 cm) in it in order to put envelopes in it but, ...
5
votes
1answer
40 views

How to cut a small cylinder out of a chunk of foam with some precision

I have a parallelogram shaped chunk of foam, the kind of foam you find in headphone ear pads. Let's say it's 50mm long on both sides and 5mm thick. What is the best way to cut 5mm long, 2mm diameter ...
4
votes
2answers
75 views

Is it possible to drill a CPU cleanly with a plasma cutter?

I would like to know if it is possible to cut a clean hole into a standard CPU with a plasma cutter, without damaging the plasma cutter. I am making CPU keychains but I need to drill a hole through ...
4
votes
2answers
92 views

How can I cut paper in one cut with scissors?

While gift wrapping this holiday season I was trying to cut gift wrap with scissors in one pass. That is to say that I was not opening and closing the scissors while I was cutting the paper but trying ...
5
votes
2answers
123 views

Smooth ends of steel wire after cutting it?

I'm cutting steel wire and inserting one end into a wooden base and the other end will be exposed and used to hang items from. I believe it's around 16 gauge, possibly larger (I can't measure it right ...
3
votes
3answers
239 views

How to intentionally fray curved edges in fabric?

Closely Related: - How to Sew Up "Cut Outs", (Shapes Cut Into Fabrics)? In the related question, there are solutions for prevent frayed edges in fabric. But, could you avoid the complexity ...
3
votes
3answers
991 views

How to Sew Up “Cut Outs”, (Shapes Cut Into Fabrics)?

I would like to cut letters INTO a piece of cloth, but - I would like to "fold" the inside edge under itself to make a nicer edge, (perhaps helping prevent it from unravelling/tearing in the future ......
5
votes
5answers
230 views

Efficient cutting and preparation of fabric for sewing clothing

My questions: Is there an 'ideal' size to cut / store fabric for making clothes? Do other sewers have an efficient system in place for cutting / preparing their fabric for future sewing projects? ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

What is the best type of leather for handmade goods (mostly wallets)

I was wondering what properties should be considered before choosing a leather type for wallets creation, based on the following facts: The leather should be stitched after cutting; The margins of ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Laser cutter versus electronic cutting for stencil making?

I'm looking to make stencils from vector art, both existing and new. I want to make them in a diversity of sizes, and understand no option will be perfect for all sizes. Some searching has shown me ...
6
votes
1answer
66 views

How to prevent my cutting mat from warping?

I was finally able to setup a craft space at home and got a Blick cutting mat but after a few days it's warped. I have two culprits in mind The mat is black and it is right next to a very large ...
7
votes
3answers
438 views

How can I cut gemstones in half without a lapidary saw?

I'm looking for ideas on how to cut small raw gemstones (1" or less in diameter) in half without damaging the crystals and preferably without spending hundreds on a lapidary saw. I've been told tile ...
4
votes
2answers
409 views

How do I cut a popsicle stick lengthwise?

Need to do this for my art project. I tried using a normal wire cutter but the wood just doesnt break
7
votes
2answers
165 views

How to cut a pinewood derby car to look like a super car

Most of the pinewood derby cars I've ever seen have very crude designs and simple shapes that can easily be cut with a saw. I thought it would be cool if I made a pinewood derby car that looked like a ...
4
votes
1answer
80 views

Metal Dies for Cloth or Leather

I want to create some stamps or dies that kind of look like cookie cutters. I intend on cutting mostly layers of cloth, felt, and maybe a single layer of leather. Does any one know of a good process ...
2
votes
2answers
78 views

What size saw blade should I look into for cutting letters out of a 1/32" sheet of metal (I think steel) with a saw

From this question How would I cut out lettering from a stamped piece of thick-sheet metal I am looking to use a Jeweler's saw to cut through a piece of what I believe is stainless steel. According ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

How would I cut out lettering from a stamped piece of thick-sheet metal

I have a piece of thick-sheet metal that has letters stamped in it that looks like this to which I am looking to cut the lettering out of the metal. I am curious what tools would work for this? ...
8
votes
2answers
225 views

How to cut gift cards in order to make a mosaic?

I have a box of ~1000 (void) gift cards of various colors from my old job because I expressed interest in making a mosaic from the colorful plastic bits. My question is: how to cut them? I've tried: ...
4
votes
1answer
277 views

Can I use other brands of window cling in a cricut?

Say I have some non-Cricut window cling and a Cricut Explore. Cricut also sells their own window cling, but I have none. Is there any harm in using non-Cricut brand materials for a project?
5
votes
2answers
658 views

Cutting circular corners in beveled mat

I have a silk-screen print on a square sheet of paper. The corners of the printed area are arcs with about a one inch radius. I would like to cut a beveled mat for this print with the opening about ...
4
votes
3answers
532 views

What do you call these snips/shears?

The tool on the left is a Wezsnip. They call it an easy snip utility shear. Almost identical tools on the web are called... Craft snip, Multi snip, Garden tools scissors. Very similar ones are called.....
5
votes
1answer
83 views

How can I make a regular corner punch from a fancy one?

I'd like to make rounded corners. Unfortunately, the only ones available in my country punch additional patterns besides rounding the corner. I purchased a punch that has the following result: It ...
6
votes
5answers
2k views

How can I cleanly cut thick plastic straws?

I have drinking straws like this: They are thicker, reusable straws, probably PVC. They're the thickness you generally find in tumblers that come with their own straw. I thought it'd be neat and ...
9
votes
2answers
336 views

Cut even circles out of felt

We recently created a kid's activity out of felt. It's pretty neat... except for the circles. They're pretty uneven, with a lot of jagged edges or straight parts. Is there a technique or tool that ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I cut a perfect square out of paper for origami folding?

We've all been there. You think it's a square. It looks like a square. You fold it into a bird base, and well, it's that tiny bit off. And that error multiplies as you go farther and farther down ...
6
votes
6answers
16k views

How can I cut popsicle craft sticks without splitting them?

We often use craft sticks in kids projects, but I have issues whenever I need to cut them. They'll often split down the grain, all the way through the stick, making it useless. This happens no matter ...
10
votes
1answer
273 views

What is this small hand held cutter?

I was liberating some old hand tools from my grandfather's shop again, before grandma throws them in the garbage, and found some more interesting things. This cutting tool was one of them. The ...
9
votes
1answer
689 views

How can I cleanly cut the inside of a paper on a different angle?

Here's an issue that I've always faced when trying to cut something. Generally, when cutting a piece of paper with scissors, it goes on well. I cut a straight line. When I have to change the ...