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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

Punch it Given the size of the holes you are doing this might not seem like useful advice but I would bet that this is what the artist in the picture did, as those are not perfect circles. Outside of ...
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How to prevent "tufts" in paper when cutting fine details?

A big factor to this would be to make sure your cuts are straight and not at an angle. If your cuts meet on top but are not completely vertical then a tuft would appear on the bottom of the paper, for ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

It really does depend on how big the circle is. For tiny circles I recommend not using the knife at all. Find a pair of compasses (or, in a pinch, a dried-up pen or sharp pencil will do), and use ...
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What medium should be kept beneath the paper for papercutting?

Self healing cutting mat I use this for all my craft cutting. You want to be sure that the surface you are cutting on is completely uniform so as to not cause your cutting hand to hesitate or jump. ...
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book arts: how to make cut outs

You are using a typical tool by having an Xacto knife in hand. If your results are poor, please consider that the blade may be dull. New blades are sharp enough to result in very clean cuts, while an ...
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Will a die cutter work for intricate 'lace style' cut outs in paper?

The Cricut and similar machines such as the Cameo Silhouette use very sharp knife blades mounted in a manner to allow the tip to rotate to follow the direction of movement. They are nearly perfect ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

How to cut a tiny hole using a knife: (This method requires a very steady hand and caution.) Draw the hole. You can use whatever technique you want. If you want to avoid people seeing marks, you can ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

This will probably work well for decently-small sized holes that are around 2 mm in diameter: These things can be pretty useful. You often see them in paper cutting three of them at a time, so you ...
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What is a proper tool for papercutting?

Blade You want to have a sharp knife with a sharp angle. For example, I found this image on Aliexpress but don't know about this particular store. The left blade is more stable than the right one, ...
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What is the paper cutting art called which does not involve folding?

This may simply be called papercutting! From Papercutting on Wikipedia: Papercutting or paper cutting is the art of cutting paper designs. The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to ...
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A stronger material than paper for Kirigami or papercraft-inspired designs?

One strong contender is tyvek. It can be cut like paper, but is much tougher, water resistant, and has a class A flammability rating, according to Wikipedia. The problem is keeping it folded. The ...
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How to prevent "tufts" in paper when cutting fine details?

In addition to Matt's answer which explains how to avoid tufts, here is what I do when a tuft is made anyway: With a brand-new blade (should be as sharp as possible for this), go from the other side ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

You could try using a sewing needle or dressmaker's pin, repeatedly pricking the paper along the circumference of the circle. That would effectively result in a very closely perforated circle. Then ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

In Dutch traditional paper cutting only a fine pair of scissors was used, very pointy ones which were sharp over the whole length of the blades. To cut very small holes the paper would be folded over ...
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Where to find stencil fonts?

Other resources I can suggest are these: http://www.1001fonts.com/stenciled-fonts.html https://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/stencil-fonts.htm Try out which suits your design best. Check out sites that ...
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How to prevent "tufts" in paper when cutting fine details?

I do a lot of paper cutting and, I have exstensive experience using a crafting knife. I also love cutting detailed snowflakes. I'm wondering if you have tried using a small pair of really sharp ...
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How can I cut a (reverse) waterdrop shape out of a cardstock perfectly?

If you have a makerspace in your area or a similar craft related activity/club, you may be able to gain use of a craft cutter such as the Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut product. Still associated with ...
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What is the paper cutting art called which does not involve folding?

This is known by several names such as paper cutting, paper carving, folk cutting, Wycinanki(Polish), Schereneschnitte (In German meaning scissor cuts), and Knippen ( by the Dutch). In Japan Mon Kiri ...
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Where to find stencil fonts?

I like dafont.com. Searching for 'stencil' turns up a decent number of stencil/'Army' style fonts, many of which look like they could plausibly work as actual stencils.
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Interlocking cuts for a truncated cone

From the image of the white lamp shade i think the tabs are not interlocking, but rather interlaced and glued. Proper interlocking would not need gluing .. for instance if the tabs where cut as ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

You can use old bullet casings as punches, in a pinch. Hit them with a ball peen hammer.
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How can I cut a (reverse) waterdrop shape out of a cardstock perfectly?

Xacto knife is the artist standard for cutting mats when mounting pictures. Mats are made from a very thick cardstock. You already have the stencil, you may want to get a French Curve ruler. That ...
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Can we cut and score on colored card stock paper?

As many have described in the comments, there are a variety of computer-guided cutting machines, ranging from the cricket and silhouette level machines which are designed for home use, to more serious ...
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