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Craft sticks and Popsicle sticks are not known for their quality when it comes to grain and warping. So when you are cutting them, the stress is released in the easiest way possible which is along the grain. This is especially true because of how thin they are. One of the following methods should work. They are both related in that I am suggesting multiple ...


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Using scissors, as you have pictured, would be a contributing factor here. Using a craft knife or something similar would most certainly be the go-to tool. It is important to try to do the cutting in one motion - to not lift the blade from the paper and, if possible, not change the pressure you are exerting on the scissors. So if you were cutting this on a ...


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I have always found one of the appeals of mosaic to be creating non-uniform / random shapes for your art. Both of these options can help capture that. Score the card If you score one surface of the card, with something like a craft knife, you should be able to make it snap along the score line. In general straighter will be easier to snap off. By all means,...


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You can try to use a compass cutter like this: I find this product rather effective on materials like leather or felt. The only problem could be if your felt is too thin, in this case it could be too flexible and it could move around while you move the compass, but I have only had this problem when I tried to cut household linen.


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You have the right idea. Sewing near the edge but leaving the actual edge raw will achieve a frayed edge. Things to keep in mind: This will only work on a woven fabric, not a knit. Most importantly, not all edges will fray equally on a circle shape. Because of the nature of a woven fabric, the threads are horizontal and vertical. Certain places around the ...


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A hole saw should work fine if you can find a fine tooth model. They are not as easy to find as the common coarse teeth models meant for wood. One with a thin kerf would be best. I have also used the sharpened steel tubing trick mentioned by @fred_dot_u. An alternative to punching is pressing the sharpened tube against the board and spinning it. The spinning ...


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You may be able to create your own punch by finding a piece of steel tubing of the correct inside diameter for your holes. Using a file or grinding wheel, work away at the outside edge of the tubing to create a sharp edge. Further refine the edge with sandpaper of gradually increasing grits. You can stop periodically and test your work by placing a piece of ...


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It sounds like you are talking about steel rule dies. These use a flexible or semi-flexible strip of steel sharpened along one edge. This is embedded in a backing (sometimess fibre/particle board) usually sitting in a thin profile-cut slot which supports the steel cutting edge. You can buy the prepared steel stock and make the dies yourself and there are ...


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Your question is limited by not having an indication of the resources available to you. One of the better tools would be a scroll saw, often called a jig saw. The tabletop versions are well suited to light duty cuts such as popsicle sticks. Another suitable tool, somewhat unwieldy, is the rotary hobby tool, often called a dremel tool, from the brand name ...


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I know these as Tin Snips, or Tinner(')s Snips, and are identifiable as such because of the symmetry of the handles and blades, the wide aperture between the blades, and that the handles are longer than the blades. The difference between snips & shears? Snips are shears that are used for cutting metal. So a snip is a type of shear. And a shear? ...


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It's worth noting, if you feel like taking a trip to your local hardware store, that they make specialty blades that fit boxcutters. Some of these are designed for laminate. Most likely, the blades that came in your boxcutter are ok for opening boxes, plastic packagine etc. However, you can buy some designed for cutting laminate, PVC, etc. Look for blades ...


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Focus on keeping the paper against the point where the two scissor blades cross. At this one point, the paper is being sliced simultaneously by both blades which decreases the thickness which each blade needs to cut through. When the paper slides forward onto only one blade, the speed of cutting slows because one of the two blades has been removed from the ...


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I think you might be close to a solution by using heat, but consider to combine a source of heat with a cutter blade. This will allow you to use the tip of the blade to have a minimal impact on the surface, while providing the means to puncture the surface. You may find that you can re-heat the blade for each cut and use this method for the entire opening. ...


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To get a square from any shape of paper, makes sure you have a protective cutting surface, a straight edge, and a way of making straight cuts on paper all of which are large enough to accommodate the size of the piece of paper. Make a straight fold halfway across the paper (corner to corner, if there are discernible corners, will reduce wastage). Fold the ...


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This works better if at least two of the sides are parallel. It is required that one corner is at a right angle. When I am trying to get perfect squares in paper I fold the paper in half diagonally. Not across the center exactly but more so that the two sides that make up one corner are brought together. Any paper that sticks out after that is removed. In ...


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There are lapidary materials that can be cut without using specialized saws. Small raw gemstones are not good candidates, however. Prior to modern lapidary equipment, cutting small gemstones relied on understanding, and taking advantage of, a stones natural cleavage. This method gives very little flexibility as to how and where you cut, and will result in ...


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I would hesitate to cut my fabric into smaller pieces for storage, just because I can pretty much guarantee that as soon as you cut your fabric, the universe will send you the perfect pattern for that particular piece of fabric--but the pattern will require about 1/2 yard longer than your chosen cutting length. But the reason I wanted to post an answer is ...


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Have you tried using the circle cutter from the front and back? On mine the centre pin is long enough to mark the back of the foam board I've used, but you may need to push a stiff pin through in your case. You do need to be very careful to hold it exactly vertical if you're doing this, or the holes won't align, but that's always true in thick material.


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They actually make tools for this. They're called circle cutters. Some of them have the option to do a beveled opening. They're designed to make full circles or ovals but I'm sure you could use them for partial ones, too. As an example this one has excellent reviews on Amazon and is made by the same company as your straight mat cutter but it looks like it ...


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A jewelers saw (also known as a piecing saw) should do the job these have very thin, fine toothed blades, almost a like a flattened wire which can handle very intricate cutting jobs. Image from micromark.com You may also want some needle files to tidy up the cut edges afterwards. You will need to drill a small hole where you want to start the cut. Then ...


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The best way I've found is to do it with wire cutters (as described here). You pinch/crush the wood at the correct place to weaken the stick (no need to try and cut all the way through), and then bend the cutters back and forth to snap the wood fibres until you've cut right the way through. It can still be a little fiddly and you will have some losses ...


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In case anyone has a similar need in the future, I'll add a tool. The question doesn't indicate the circle size, but if you're using a plastic stencil, I'll assume the circles aren't very big. You can get inexpensive sets of hollow punches sold as gasket punches. They're typically a collection resembling this: Image courtesy Amazon I bought a cheap ...


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Your objective is much easier than you might expect. I frequently use a small belt sander or my Dremel rotary tool to round sharp edges of cylindrical items such as nails or stiff wire. Rather than using a grinding stone on your Dremel, consider to use a sanding drum. The grit will be more coarse on the drum and remove metal faster. Unless you require ...


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There is actually a tool specifically designed for this job called a cup burr It has a concave cutting face which will create a consistent rounded end on wire. The one in the link is toothed tool steel but you can also get bonded abrasive ones if you prefer. Another alternative is to get some round nose pliers, which with a bit of practice you can use to ...


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An option beyond using a laser would be to purchase a craft cutting machine such as a Silhouette Cameo or similar. It uses a very sharp cutter that is moved over the surface of the material, cutting through to create your stencils. It is quieter and less expensive than a laser cutter. Additionally, a laser machine creates smoke and odors which may be ...


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Use a sharp knife and cut chips at one end, as if sharpening a pencil. Keep cutting until you get the needed quota :) If a specific (different) shape of the pieces is needed, then we need more details.


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Try putting the glue stick in a freezer and cutting/shaving it with a knife after it cools down somewhat. The cold glue won't deform or stick to the blade so readily so you'll have a slightly easier time managing the pieces.


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I did not tried it but that's how I would proceed: For the cut: (to make a pan flute) Solution 1: My guess is that cutting the straw with a heated knife will be very messy and gives a bad result. So I'd simply use a serrated knife. Something like this one: and saw the straw with it. Pay attention to really use the sawing part of the knife (this is why ...


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If you are just trying to remove the hearts feature, or any feature for that matter, from the punch then you would have more luck disassembling the punch and cutting off those portions. I don't know how your particular one comes apart but some are designed to be reassembled. Consider the following one where you are able to remove the cutter: What you ...


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