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I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby miles01110 » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:17 pm UTC

These are the only ones that I've bothered to take pictures of, but they are fun to make. The bottom two are silvery because I painted it with silver paint (ran out of white)

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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby MFHodge » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:18 pm UTC

Wow! Those are really great. Keep up the good work and please post more.
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby CountingSheep » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:30 pm UTC

Those are great looking. If you could reproduce that on cloth you could make a killing selling doilies. :P

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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby SoapyHobo » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:47 pm UTC

Wow, that is seriously awesome! I like the first one the most, post more please ^_^
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby Cheese » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:34 pm UTC

Wow. I think I know what I'll be doing in my next english lesson...
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby bbctol » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:20 pm UTC

Whoa! Like those weird paper snowflakes I was forced to make in middle school art class, only times a bajillion cool-points.

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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby Birdman » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:41 pm UTC

Very nice!

If only you could find some emo paper...

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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby Azrael001 » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:45 pm UTC

Good work, you win... the game.
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby gormster » Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:08 am UTC

YOU FUCK
YOU FUCKING FUCK

Those are awesome, by the way.
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby miles01110 » Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:08 pm UTC

I updated the original post with a third one I just made today for a musician friend of mine...

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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby MFHodge » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:07 pm UTC

Holy crap! I would also love to see some "in progress" shots and maybe some information about how you do this incredible art. Thanks!
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby Aleril » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:43 pm UTC

Azrael001 wrote:Good work, you win... the game.


Oh I hate you so much.

But amazing paper cuttin's. They are like snowflakes, but with flair
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby SoapyHobo » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:49 pm UTC

Don't quote people when they say stuff like that! grr

That 3rd one is too awesome for words. How long does it take you to make them?
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby miles01110 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:45 am UTC

VTHodge wrote:Holy crap! I would also love to see some "in progress" shots and maybe some information about how you do this incredible art. Thanks!


There you go!

SoapyHobo wrote:That 3rd one is too awesome for words. How long does it take you to make them?


Thanks! If I sit down and cut it straight through, probably about 3 hours. Someone more creative could probably do it in less time, but I hit a lot of creative ruts. The folding is the most annoying part- for every one that I fold correctly I fold at least 1 or 2 incorrectly. Tracing paper is really annoying to work with, but it has the easiest consistency to cut with an Xacto knife that I've found so far.

edit: how to (because I'm bored)

1. Obtain a large (preferably flat) piece of thin paper (tracing paper works best.
2. Use a compass and draw a circle on said paper.
3. Fold resulting circle in half.
4. Using a compass/staright edge or a protractor, mark on the edge of the resulting semicircle 60 and 120 degrees.
5. Fold semicircle into thirds using the marks you made in part 4.
6. Fold resulting third in half so you get a repeating pattern of 6.
7. Use an Xacto knife (or scissors, if you want to be crude... but scissors dont work well for cuts on the interior part) and cut the pattern.
8. Unfold carefully as the paper rips easily. Put in a large book or under something flat for a bit to flatten it out.
9. I usually go over the paper with white paint (if you're doing a small one and have no white paint, white out does the job just fine) or a silvery art marker.
10. To mount, get a sheet of black paper and a glue stick.
11. This is the tedious part- use a toothpick to apply glue a little at a time to the underside of the snowflake as you place that area on the paper. This prevents excess glue from showing up on the paper and makes it look much nicer.
12. let dry, take pictures, and post here.
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14. Profit!.

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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby Aleril » Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:57 pm UTC

It actually seems a lot easier that it looks when you say it like that.
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby miles01110 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:06 pm UTC

Aleril wrote:It actually seems a lot easier that it looks when you say it like that.


But it actually is easy, which is why I am capable of doing it :-)

They make really good presents. Plus if you "mess up" you can just cut your mistake out (literally). It's cheap, not that time consuming, and sometimes you get a result that you are really, really happy with.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby crazyjimbo » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:25 pm UTC

Wow. Just wow. I'm currently raiding my flat for the supplies I need to do this.

  • Tracing paper Greaseproof paper - Check!
  • Compass Plate - Check!
  • Craft knife Leatherman - Check!

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby destroyerman » Sat Jan 12, 2008 7:12 am UTC

those are amazing. you should put a bunch of them on your website. I would definitely buy one like that cello (I have no idea if that's a cello or not, just a guess) or equally creative ones. if you fall in creative ruts a lot, you can take custom orders! let the customer do all the work, that's my motto.

(well, at least the hard part of the work)

seriously though. I'm obsessed and so impressed.
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby Birdman » Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:58 am UTC

miles01110 wrote:11. This is the tedious part- use a toothpick to apply glue a little at a time to the underside of the snowflake as you place that area on the paper. This prevents excess glue from showing up on the paper and makes it look much nicer.


I'd be tempted to get a spray bottle and fill it with PVA glue (I usually call it Aquadhere - a brand name. I think it's available as "Elmer's glue" in the US. It's a water-soluble white glue for timber) diluted in water and use that to spray the back of the snowflake with a thin, even coating. Should do the job and be quick too.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:48 pm UTC

you, sir, are beyond sanity. This could only possibly be the work of a madman.
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Re: I like paper cutting

Postby miles01110 » Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:20 pm UTC

Birdman wrote:I'd be tempted to get a spray bottle and fill it with PVA glue (I usually call it Aquadhere - a brand name. I think it's available as "Elmer's glue" in the US. It's a water-soluble white glue for timber) diluted in water and use that to spray the back of the snowflake with a thin, even coating. Should do the job and be quick too.


The only problem I see with this is that it is really hard to set the paper with glue down on whatever you are mounting it on evenly the very first time. I find it much more reassuring to glue a little bit down at a time so I can make sure that nothing rips or getes folded the wrong way.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby J Spade » Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:11 pm UTC

So spray the snowflake and lay your backing on top.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby happysmiley » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:49 am UTC

I love the cello one!

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby miles01110 » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:18 am UTC

J Spade wrote:So spray the snowflake and lay your backing on top.


Well, I don't think it's a good idea, but feel free to prove me wrong.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby J Spade » Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:49 pm UTC

I don't see why it would be dangerous to the small parts to lay a paper on top of it.
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby IronyandParadox » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:45 am UTC

Those are absolutely beautiful, especially the first one and the instrument one.
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby angel_jean » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:18 am UTC

Where do you learn to draw curves like that? I'm way too linear, which is not good because I want to design lace. Any tips?

Oh, and - they're absolutely gorgeous.
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby miles01110 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:52 pm UTC

angel_jean wrote:Where do you learn to draw curves like that? I'm way too linear, which is not good because I want to design lace. Any tips?

Oh, and - they're absolutely gorgeous.


If you're want for curves, sometimes if I'm feeling uncreative I just use the edge of a coin and trace a curve-like pattern and cut it. Anything goes really, and you're saved by symmetry because of the way you fold it.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby angel_jean » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

What I specifically love is the way you make your curves intersect and interact with spacing preserved. I'm inspired! That's what I've always had trouble with, but maybe it isn't that hard after all.
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby krick » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:50 pm UTC

I really like these. I think my favorite is the violin/miscellaneous string instrument one. I wouldn't have thought of the paint coat step, but it is a really nice touch.

I feel like trying it, so thank you for the instructions.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby GMThomas » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:39 am UTC

Wow... I wonder if it would be possible to do something akin to MC Escher's repeating lizard image.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby hyperion » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:28 am UTC

Those are awesome. I especially like the edge on the first one.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby miles01110 » Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:15 pm UTC

So, did anyone actually make their own? Pictures please.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby MFHodge » Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

I made one, but threw it away. It wasn't anything more than a what a kid makes in school. I might try again though.
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby steelfrog » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:32 pm UTC

That last one blew me away. Good show!
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby Wolf » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:35 pm UTC

Those are all totally incredible. I need to try this out sometime.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby b.i.o » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:51 pm UTC

Those are awesome :D.

I shall definitely have to try this next time I'm bored.

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby shorty » Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:22 am UTC

Wow those are gorgeous. I used to make those when I was bored in school, and when I left there were always little pieces of paper all around my desk. Yours make mine look like little kid snowflakes though. Have you ever tried using colours, or painting different parts of them different colours?

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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby apricity » Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:52 am UTC

This is the coolest post in the entire fora. I am amazed.
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Re: I like paper cutting (snowflakes)

Postby the Cow » Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:00 am UTC

Wow, those are incredible.
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