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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2010 10:04:19 PM »

You need an x-acto knife with fresh blades, for sure. I use cutterbee scissors for all of my paper crafts Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2010 09:53:50 AM »

Very pretty!!!

Try an xacto knife and change the blade often.  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2010 11:00:29 PM »

Try an xacto knife or even a swivel xacto knife. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2010 10:25:25 AM »

i used to do silhouettes at a theme park, we used cuticle scissors. they work amazingly well. if you're working on a flat surface, though, for larger things x-acto blades work pretty well too.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2010 12:12:19 PM »

Wow, I love this! Nice job. I am not even close to being as talented as you are, but I find it much easier to use a circle cutter to do those tiny little cuts. That or buy a rotary cutter with a small blade and use that. They are under $10 each and they definetely make those tiny cuts a lot easier.
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2010 01:28:05 PM »

Thank you for all the tips. I am going to get an xacto knife from what I hear from you all.

i used to do silhouettes at a theme park, we used cuticle scissors. they work amazingly well. if you're working on a flat surface, though, for larger things x-acto blades work pretty well too.

I love this idea!  I was looking up silhouette cutting online and found this group that cuts silhouettes as entertainment at weddings, parties, etc.  Using scissors alone they could cut a silhouette in under 30 secs, and they were dead on!

Wow, I love this! Nice job. I am not even close to being as talented as you are, but I find it much easier to use a circle cutter to do those tiny little cuts. That or buy a rotary cutter with a small blade and use that. They are under $10 each and they definitely make those tiny cuts a lot easier.
Thanks for the kind words.  The part that is cut out is the brown, and the light color is the background of my table.  In this case I was cutting around the circles to give the illusion of them, so I'm not sure if the circle cutter would work in this situation, or maybe I don't know what you are referring to?  I'm thinking of a hole punch.  
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2010 04:04:43 PM »

Gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest!!
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2010 05:08:32 PM »

great!

i learned at school, that the angle one holds the blade is important for cutting without tears.
if the blade is very close to the paper in general, it won't tear. because it can slide trough the paper.
if just the knife's tip touches the paper, it tears more, because the blade can't slide along the paper like it should.

hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2010 04:28:50 AM »

I agree with the cuticle scissors, in both curved and straight. I would use them for all the tiny areas and the longer areas I would use Fiscar scissors, I have had a pair for 18 years and still wont let my kids near them because they have never dulled.

Beautiful work!
Just an idea, if you use a metallic paper behind them they will look like the old fashioned pictures I saw recently at an auction which sold for $50 a piece!
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2010 08:22:25 AM »

I agree with the cuticle scissors, in both curved and straight. I would use them for all the tiny areas and the longer areas I would use Fiscar scissors, I have had a pair for 18 years and still wont let my kids near them because they have never dulled.

Beautiful work!
Just an idea, if you use a metallic paper behind them they will look like the old fashioned pictures I saw recently at an auction which sold for $50 a piece!

Metallic paper-- that just opened a whole 'nother window of opportunities in my head.  Thanks!

Does anyone have sources they recommend for interesting paper?
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