This weekend I help someone with some decal stripes for his Subaru. Unfortunately, the material he had kept slipping in my cutter so I made some paper masks and cut them out by hand.
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A few weeks ago I had to help my oldest make a geodesic dome project for school. The directions had a bunch of loose references about cutting circles out around some size, and trying you best to make an equilateral triangle in the middle. That just would not cut it for this math nerd with a paper cutter. The real beauty is that with cardstock, I can use my silhouette cameo to cut one pass with a shallow blade for the fold lines (setting 1), and another pass to cut out the individual shapes (setting 3). Assembly directions can be found here, but I choose to tuck the round edges inside.
But that got me to thinking about what else I could use that form for. I decided to try cutting ornamentation into the sides and using it as a shade for a nightlight. A friend suggested next time tucking colored contact paper inside too! Anyway, it was really fun to make and I like how the results came out.
Here’s my pattern with 11 shapes. You need 20 to make a ball, but I made one alternate/stronger shape for the bottom piece the bulb goes through.
Here’s the files I made for the cutter. They should be sized to 8.5″ x 11″. They are really .dxf files, but wordpress won’t let me upload that, so just dump the .docx extension after you download them.
geo_shade_fold.dxf (use blade setting 1 on cardstock, should not cut through)
geo_shade_cut.dxf (use blade setting 3 on cardstock, will cut through)
I finally mentally prepaired myself (had a eureka moment and figured out how) to make a cherry blossom papercraft I promised a good friend far too long ago. The branches and petals were all drawn up in Mypaint, and then I converted everything to paths for my cutter in Inkscape. I added a lattice structure to hold the petals in place after the initial cutting. Once they had been glued to the branches, I cut it away. Over all, I was very happy with the results and have a feeling I’ll probably have to make a few more once people see it.
Here are some process photos:
More Craft stuff from this past weekend. We have a great family friend that just retired from 24 years in the Air Force, so we sent him this paper sign (his name was above the dates).
I’ve been wanting to try cutting fabric for some time now, so we bought some Wonder Under and made a shirt for our friend’s daughter who loves dragons, and my sister who’s all about her rabbits. Hopefully they will last for lots and lots of washings without separating.