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« on: November 26, 2010 05:11:38 AM »

Chanukah is almost upon us (starts the evening of Dec 1) so I've been cutting like crazy to try and finish enough cards

Each of these takes me *hours*, so it's been a bit of a long week...

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Dreidel 1:

The writing says "Who performed miracles for our ancestors in their days at this time", part of the blessing we say on the Chanukah candles

Dreidel 2:

The writing is the first line of the Chanukah hymn, "Maoz Tzur" - "Mighty stronghold of my salvation, to praise You is a delight"

Moroccan Menorah:

The writing says "Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light" (another bracha said on the candles)

Upright Menorah:

Hanerot Halelu- "We light these holy lights for the miracles" - from another Chanukah hymn

Oil lamp:

the text is from Hanerot Halelu again

I still have more to do, argh. My poor fingers!

C&C welcome, I'd love to hear what you think. They're a bit more traditional than my Judith and Holofernes card, heh heh. I'm pretty pleased with them though - the oil lamp ones aren't as well cut as I'd like, but I really love the dreidel ones.

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010 05:22:00 AM »

Stunning work!

The time and effort to do papercuts is substantial, and you really have such skill and talent! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010 05:38:20 AM »

Those are amazing. The dreidels and the Moroccan Menorah are definitely my favorites, but they're all unbelievable.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010 06:41:01 AM »

these are gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010 07:21:50 AM »

Exquisite work! It is great to see some Chanukah work being posted!
Thanks so much for sharing!
MazelTov!
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010 07:27:55 AM »

You must be so patient! All this work...

I like the white cutting against the blue background.
Wonderful! Keep it up.
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010 07:40:35 AM »

So much work! They look great, well done Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010 09:01:15 AM »

I think these are one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a while! :-) I love the bits of hymns you used...Very nice!!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010 10:14:31 AM »

Beautiful work!
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2010 10:41:42 AM »

I love them! great work!
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2010 01:36:22 PM »

Really beautiful, intricate work! I'm no good at detailed stuff like this so I am in absolute awe of anyone who can do this work. Have a lovely Chanukah!
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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010 05:32:39 AM »

Wow. You have developed a lot since the Zine- swap we did. Congrats! Hitting this rocks...
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2010 09:02:15 AM »


Wow, thanks guys! How lovely to log in after Shabbat and find all these nice comments Smiley

Wow. You have developed a lot since the Zine- swap we did. Congrats! Hitting this rocks...

Thanks, I hope I have! I look back at my first papercuts now and can't believe how naive they are. Mirtz Hashem I hope that in another few years I'm able to look back at these ones and say "wow, I can't believe how bad they were!".
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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2010 11:43:58 AM »

Dear G-d, these papercuts are stunning. I think the oil lamp one is my favorite... it looks so delicate, so lacy, and yet still like it could be an oil lamp made of clay or something else equally of the earth! Chag Samach, have a wonderful Chanukah!
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2010 12:27:45 PM »

So beautiful -- when I saw the featured thumbnail I assumed they were prints of some kind.  What an incredible labor of love, and how fortunate your recipients; any one of these would be framed and on display year-round in my home.
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« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2010 12:54:29 PM »

they are sooooo amazing.
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« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2010 01:33:22 PM »

Utterly magnificent!  Do you use a scalpel or a razer?
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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2010 02:14:23 PM »

Utterly magnificent!  Do you use a scalpel or a razer?

I used an x-acto knife, though I'm not too happy with it - I used to use a swann-morton scalpel, and I don't remember the blades wearing out as quickly as they do with this x-acto knife. It's the only kind of blade I can get here in Israel, but I'm looking for an alternative, because I get through blades like water - the metal seems to be quite soft, it blunts quickly and another problem I keep having is the very tip of the blade keeps actually snapping off when I do tight curves. Each of these cards used about 3 blades, which is ridiculous! They're so expensive here (35 shekels for 11, which is about $11 - a dollar a blade!), it's unsustainable. I can't afford to keep going through this many. When I lived in the UK, I got my scalpel blades much cheaper, and they seemed tougher, though maybe that's my nostalgia. The only drawback was that the shape of the scalpel handle made cutting quite painful. For financial reasons, I may have to get some swann-morton blades sent over from the UK though Sad

If anyone here has any advice about prolonging blade life, or more hard-wearing brands, I'd be really grateful!
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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2010 04:27:23 PM »


If anyone here has any advice about prolonging blade life, or more hard-wearing brands, I'd be really grateful!

Me too!
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2010 08:44:22 AM »

Gorgeous works of art.  You can really see the love, time, and attention that you put into them.  Definitely cards to keep!  Best Chanukah wishes to you and your family.
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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2010 09:23:23 AM »

Congrats on being in the HOT PROJECTS! I showed these to my mom last night. I especially like the way you shared the text meanings. I have to make a few cards for next week, and this gave me some inspiration!
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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2010 04:20:23 PM »

Utterly magnificent!  Do you use a scalpel or a razer?

I used an x-acto knife, though I'm not too happy with it - I used to use a swann-morton scalpel, and I don't remember the blades wearing out as quickly as they do with this x-acto knife. It's the only kind of blade I can get here in Israel, but I'm looking for an alternative, because I get through blades like water - the metal seems to be quite soft, it blunts quickly and another problem I keep having is the very tip of the blade keeps actually snapping off when I do tight curves. Each of these cards used about 3 blades, which is ridiculous! They're so expensive here (35 shekels for 11, which is about $11 - a dollar a blade!), it's unsustainable. I can't afford to keep going through this many. When I lived in the UK, I got my scalpel blades much cheaper, and they seemed tougher, though maybe that's my nostalgia. The only drawback was that the shape of the scalpel handle made cutting quite painful. For financial reasons, I may have to get some swann-morton blades sent over from the UK though Sad

If anyone here has any advice about prolonging blade life, or more hard-wearing brands, I'd be really grateful!
Can you order online for any less? What about changing the cutting surface? Are you cutting on a cutting board or something that would dull the blades possibly?
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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2010 11:41:42 PM »

omg, your cards are stunning!
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2010 12:16:29 AM »

Can you order online for any less? What about changing the cutting surface? Are you cutting on a cutting board or something that would dull the blades possibly?

Ordering online is a good idea, thanks!  Though the postage cost to Israel is often so high that it works out no cheaper Sad Maybe I'll get a friend with better Hebrew to help me brave Israeli websites. I've actually asked my brother to send me over some swann-mortons from the UK, so we'll see how that goes. If I do order online, I want to get a different brand because the metal of the xacto blades seems pretty poor quality.

I use a self-healing cutting board because if you cut on card or whatever, it dulls the blades immediately. The problem usually arises when I'm doing a tight curve - the tip catches and snaps off. I worry it might be more to do with my technique, as well, but I don't know how to do it differently, and don't know a more successful papercutter to ask Sad
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« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2010 12:22:32 AM »

The dredel ones are my favourite, too.

I'm sure these will be treasured. I don't really care for mass produced generic holiday greetings, but I would love to receive something like this.

Well, I'd love to gift them as well - but I can't manage not to mess up papercutting.
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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2010 05:34:59 AM »

Those are so awesome!
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« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2010 08:00:01 AM »

Those are incredible, I can't imagine the time and patience required to make sure beautiful cards.
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« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2010 05:22:06 PM »

i'll just echo everyone else and say your cards are astonishing! I'd be happy to send you blades in exchange for art Cheesy
happy hanukah - hag sameach
and i was just going to put up my plastic dreidel window clings and call it a day....
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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2010 08:29:23 PM »

These are absolutely beautiful!
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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2010 07:55:29 AM »

Absolutely stunning! This made me rethink my card scheme for the year, I may do blue/white papercutting snowflakes for my Christmas cards.

BEAUTIFUL!!! Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2010 08:00:30 AM »

I am seriously in awe of your design skills. Those are all so beautifully drawn and laid out, on top of being tremendously intricate! Do you start from scratch or do you have an image that you work off of when designing them?
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« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2010 10:34:48 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2010 12:49:24 PM »

 Wonderful! Makes me wanna cut more paper...again.

 Thank you.

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« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2010 01:58:02 PM »


Maybe I'll get a friend with better Hebrew to help me brave Israeli websites.

Israeli craftster reporting in Smiley
your work is very nice, so much detail. I'm sure whoever gets these cards would love them.
I'm not very familiar with knife brands, but I live online, so I can help you look for a local source for some better blades.
I'll do some digging tomorrow to see what I can find.
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« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2010 10:57:59 PM »

Holy detail and attention span, batman!  Those are literally insane Smiley  I wish I could make things so beautiful like that.  Any of my papercutting ends up looking like a 5 year old did it.  Teach me!!
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« Reply #35 on: December 15, 2010 10:22:05 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous! =O
I often make my own cards for the holidays (Hanukkah included Smiley ) but I don't think I'd have the time or patience to craft this number of detailed paper cut cards Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: December 17, 2010 09:39:40 PM »

very impressive, beautiful
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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2010 06:41:33 AM »

Utterly magnificent!  Do you use a scalpel or a razer?

I used an x-acto knife, though I'm not too happy with it - I used to use a swann-morton scalpel, and I don't remember the blades wearing out as quickly as they do with this x-acto knife. It's the only kind of blade I can get here in Israel, but I'm looking for an alternative, because I get through blades like water - the metal seems to be quite soft, it blunts quickly and another problem I keep having is the very tip of the blade keeps actually snapping off when I do tight curves. Each of these cards used about 3 blades, which is ridiculous! They're so expensive here (35 shekels for 11, which is about $11 - a dollar a blade!), it's unsustainable. I can't afford to keep going through this many. When I lived in the UK, I got my scalpel blades much cheaper, and they seemed tougher, though maybe that's my nostalgia. The only drawback was that the shape of the scalpel handle made cutting quite painful. For financial reasons, I may have to get some swann-morton blades sent over from the UK though Sad

If anyone here has any advice about prolonging blade life, or more hard-wearing brands, I'd be really grateful!

Wanted to get back to you on the blade issue.

Last week I made some centerpieces for our Bais Yaakov annual Shabbos dinner, and I used a lot of paper cutting to make them.

Used #11 Exacto blades and was using card stock, posterboard and some mat board as well. Did not have one blade break. I'm thinking the ones you're getting are not on par with what they should be.

If you need someone to ship you some from the US to Eretz Yisrael please let me know and I would be glad to do that for you.  Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2010 12:25:00 PM »

These are absolutely stunning. I am jealous of your talent. Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2010 09:18:53 PM »

Ahh, I can recognize your work from the thumbnail on the front page.  Beautiful and mesmerizing as usual.
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« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2010 11:29:30 AM »

I am seriously in awe of your design skills. Those are all so beautifully drawn and laid out, on top of being tremendously intricate! Do you start from scratch or do you have an image that you work off of when designing them?

Thanks Smiley

It's a mixture - The dreidels are based on antique silver filigree dreidels that I saw and fell in love with in a Sotheby's (auction house) catalog - I LOVE antique judaica, and I like the look of antique judaica being depicted in such a traditional art form, it feels appropriate.

The menorahs were from my head, but they're two very standard types of chanukiah, nothing innovative there.

The oil lamp I drew from a clay lamp that I thought was beautiful, though I changed the design on the side a bit.

Sometimes I base my papercuts on actual objects, other times I make them up from various elements of Jewish iconography I'm familiar with. I guess I like the traditional look that it gives when you work with traditional motifs and antique ritual objects. Though, recently I've been branching out - I hope to post more stuff soon


HSG - thanks for letting me know! It does sound like the blades I've got are substandard - I also had never had a problem until I used this brand. I'm hoping that soon my brother's package will arrive with my good old reliable swann mortons Smiley

Tanath - thank you, that's really kind of you! I tried Hobby and a couple other places, but not much luck - they wanted to sell me kits with the handle and everything, and just a few blades.

elociNNicole - heh, really? I didn't realise I had a recognisable style, thanks Smiley

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

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« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2010 01:45:37 AM »

This is AMAZING! I can't believe you cut all those out so perfectly. Your letters are gorgeous. They are all amazing. I would frame those immediately
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« Reply #42 on: December 28, 2010 02:10:50 PM »

Ooh, I wish I could come up with a good idea like this for a card. I've been wanting to incorporate card making into my papercutting for a while now but have not really known what would be a good subject. You have done a spectacular job. I bet everybody loved them!
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