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Making your own clay cutters

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Making your own clay cuttersI don’t know if I’m theonly one, but every time I have an idea for something, it usuallyinvolves spending money on new supplies. So wherever possible, I liketo save my pennies and come up with alternatives to expensiveshop bought products. It’s also good for some instant gratificationas quite often, by the time something has arrived, I’m off on a newidea and the new tool sits in it’s packet until I get back around to it.Something I use a lotof is cutters. I have lots of favourite shapes and sizes, butsometimes, I either can’t find what I need, or it just isn’tavailable in the size I want. So I make my own.To start, you need acan of fizzy drink. Drink the contents and wash out the can and leaveto dry.Now for the safety sideof things…*Warning… Cutting cans can leave very sharp edges, Irecommend you wear gloves if making cutters using this method!So with your gloves on!Take a sharp knife and carefully cut around the can, removing the topand the bottom. You should be left with a cylinder of metal. Slicedown this with scissors so you have a sheet of metal.Flatten it out and cutin to strips. I make mine between ½ – 1 inch depending on the sizeof the cutter. If it’s going to be a small cutter, don’t make it toodeep, as you need to be able to poke your clay out to remove it.Bend the metal in tothe shape you want. To make sharp corners, use a pair of flat pliersto bend the metal to whatever angle you need. Don’t pinch corners tootightly, as the metal is quite thin, it will split along the edge andspoil your cutter.Make sure the bottomedges line up, it doesn’t matter too much about the top, and usesticky tape to secure them folding it over the top edge. It’s a good idea to put tape around thetop rim of the cutter too to give your fingers a bit of protectionwhile you’re using them. Use them as you wouldyour normal cutters. They are a little more flimsy than shop bought, and you might need to smooth your clay back in to shape a little bit before drying/baking, but you should get plenty of use out of them before they needreplacing!Happy cutting!Caroline

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