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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

Unlikely. There's a reason people keep separate fabric scissors from their regular scissors--cutting through fabric requires a very sharp blade, which you're unlikely to find on the average pizza ...
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How can I cleanly cut the inside of a paper on a different angle?

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 ...
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How can I cut popsicle craft sticks without splitting them?

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

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 ...
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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

Yes, if it is sufficiently sharpened. But... no restaurant would ever do that. I've worked in multiple restaurants including Pizza Hut (wow, that was 30 years ago). Most places used a rotary pizza ...
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Cut even circles out of felt

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 ...
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How to intentionally fray curved edges in fabric?

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, ...
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What tool or technique is best for cutting circles in matte board?

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 ...
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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

Just for fun, I tried it, with a well-used pizza cutter and scrap materials on a cutting mat. Though the pizza cutter is old, it still does its intended job of cutting pizza very well. It wouldn't go ...
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Efficient cutting and preparation of fabric for sewing clothing

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 ...
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What tool or technique is best for cutting circles in matte board?

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 ...
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How to cut out notches and holes in foam semi-precisely?

The "aircraft" you reference is made of expanded polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam™. It is sensitive to heat to the point that there are high-temperature-based tools to address your ...
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What do you call these snips/shears?

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 ...
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How can I cleanly cut thick plastic straws?

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

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

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. ...
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Metal Dies for Cloth or Leather

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) ...
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How do I cut a popsicle stick lengthwise?

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 ...
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How can I cut paper in one cut with scissors?

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

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 ...
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Laser cutter engraving when it should be cutting

If your laser cutter is treating vectors as raster information, there's a good chance that it's receiving incorrect instructions. One such example of this might be in Adobe Illustrator where you can ...
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How can I cut gemstones in half without a lapidary saw?

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 ...
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Laser cutter versus electronic cutting for stencil making?

Having used frequently both a Silhouette Cameo 3 and a reasonably powerful laser cutter, I can perhaps offer up both sides. Cameo 3 Plus: Quieter in operation, by a huge factor Much less expensive ...
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How easy to cut a turn light?

Cutting out the truck and trees would be pretty straight forward. Just find equivalent vector art in whatever format your laser likes. Online trace and format transformation websites are available ...
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Fast method to cut/shred glue stick into small pieces

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 ...
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What tool or technique is best for cutting circles in matte board?

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 ...
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Cutting circular corners in beveled mat

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

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 ...
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How can I cut popsicle craft sticks without splitting them?

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 ...
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