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« on: January 15, 2009 03:48:14 AM »

Does anyone know how to use these?



I thought that I just had to put the clay in there and it would make a nice smooth shape but it's not really working.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009 06:32:47 AM »

Those are actually bevel cutters- you use them like cookie cutters.

http://www.theclaystore.com/pages-productinfo-product-881/beveled-edge-cutters-set-1.html
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009 11:11:34 AM »

Here's the info I have at my site about those "bevel edge cutters":

Bevel Edge Cutters, by Amaco --orig. sold by Poly-Tools, I think
 (various shapes of double-ended plastic cutters--same shape on each end but one shape larger than the other end)

(the instructions are confusing, I agree, and the cutters are not quite what we'd assumed from the name)
... so, I think they're not cutters necessarily only for making beveled edges, but cutters which are themselves beveled to allow one to more easily make freestanding bezels-frames, or to simply make the impression of a "frame" of the same outline shape inside a larger same-shape cutout.
(I think the main beveled edge of the cutter unit is there only so that the second smaller cutter on the other end can be a continuous part of the larger cutter...and that the smaller bevel which creates the rim of the smaller cutter is beveled so that it can make that edge sharper and cut more easily)

...USES?... I'd guess these ways:
1. create a freestanding bezel-frame (which would itself end up beveled a bit perhaps depending on the thickness of the clay sheet being cut) .....press the larger cutter's end down through the clay to create a cut-out (or just cut around it like a template if it's not really sharp) .....then center the smaller cutter's end on the cutout, and press down through the clay .....remove the center cutout, leaving a frame-bezel
2. create a freestanding bezel-frame by making only impressions with one or both cutter shapes (in the same positions as above), but then actually cutting them out with something else like a blade --or stiff pin, etc.
3. create a frame line inside the larger cutout simply by making an impression of the smaller cutter line inside it (IOW, do as above but don't actually cut out the center part; simply press the smaller cutter onto the large cut out shape enough to make an impression --which would register visually as a "frame")
.... I thought at first that Amaco might intend one to use a long blade to make cuts using the beveled sides of the cutter as a guide for 45 degrees --actually would be much less than 45 degree angle... but that would only allow one to bevel the outside of the larger shape --IOW, not using the larger cutter as a cutter; but instead placing the cutter large side down on a clay sheet, then laying a long blade up against one of the beveled sides of the cutter and sliding it down into the clay sheet till the cut is complete. Diane B.
(for making beveled edges on cutout shapes yourself, see the "Beveled Edges" subcategory above)
:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm[/i]


P.S.  Of course, almost anything concave can be used as a "mold" for polymer clay, though it can be harder to remove the clay from a straight-sided (or nearly-straight-sided) item that's used as a mold.  So you could play around with making various thicknesses of clay shapes using these "cutters" as molds, but you may need to use a release to get them to come out easily (or remove them by pressing more raw clay onto one end and pulling out, etc.)


HTH,

Diane B.
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