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Laser-Cut Golden Wedding Card

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Happy Anniversary to Uncle Keith and Auntie Norma! Here is a card cut from thin white card which was then mounted onto gold mirri card.

 

Laser-cut golden wedding card

Laser-cut golden wedding card

 

and this is a scan of it in more detail:

golden wedding card scan

golden wedding card scan

 

Laser-Cut Fairy

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was practising my knife skills by cutting out a design based on a Cicely Mary Barker fairy. Today I had a go with the laser cutter:

flower fairy papercutting

flower fairy papercutting – cut with a knife

flower fairy laser cut

flower fairy – laser cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was doing some research on CMB, and I think she lived in Storrington, which is sort of down the road from me.

She died in 1973 and her work is still in copyright, so these pieces are for my own enjoyment and I won’t be developing any for sale. I might try to find where her ashes were scattered though, and leave a couple of fairies there…

Non-Laser-Cut Papercutting

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve joined the Guild of American Papercutters (I couldn’t find a British one). To practise my knifey skills I have temporarily eschewed the laser cutter and have had a go at making one of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies:

flower fairy papercutting

flower fairy papercutting

 

I’ve accidentally torn quite a few of the delicate lines though, so it might be time to go back to the laser cutter!

Pet Silhouettes…

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment

I am still looking for inspiration for a new “Silhouette Biography” like the one I did for the 7MSN Ranch, but in the meantime I have been making silhouettes out of people’s pets and turning them into Christmas tree decorations:

dog silhouette Christmas tree decoration

dog silhouette Christmas tree decoration

cat silhouette Christmas tree decoration

cat silhouette Christmas tree decoration

 

…and for a silhouette that lasts all year and not just for Christmas? How about a marquetry pendant?!:

marquetry cat silhouette pendant

marquetry cat silhouette pendant

 

 

If William Morris had had a Laser Cutter…

…I think he would have done something like this:

william morris laser cut flower

William Morris laser cut flower

I’ve been researching William Morris designs recently, and these are my attempts so far at creating designs suitable for the laser cutter. The papercutting is adapted from a detail of the “Kennet” design by Morris (1883), and the “S” wooden brooch is a design from 1886.

William Morris laser cut letter "S"

William Morris laser cut letter “S”

(Laser-Cut) Apple for the Teacher

July 20, 2013 1 comment

My latest commission was to create something to give to a teacher as a leaving card.

The only shapes I could think of that were associated with teachers were a blackboard, a mortarboard hat thing, an owl, and an apple. They all seemed a bit inaccurate (and/or old-fashioned), but the apple won in the end because it was a nice simple shape.

Then I cut out the names of all of the children in the teacher’s class (being careful to make sure that the dots on the “i”s were all attached to something so they didn’t fall off when they were cut out):

laser-cut apple for the teacher

Laser-cut apple for the teacher

Paperwork – the fun kind

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

My papercutting adventures continue. The last couple of days I have been adapting more art nouveau flowers from Polly Pinder’s book and have been cutting the designs from white paper with a craft knife (the pictures below are scans of the actual pieces):

bell-flower on white paper

bell-flower thing

daffodil on white paper

daffodil on white paper

daisy on white paper

daisy on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

tulips on white paper

tulips on white paper

rose on white paper

rose on white paper