Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 082

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 082

Papercut 082 : Oh dear! I’m in the process of changing over my website host, and have been a week without being able to access my blog!

I’ve moved the old pages and blog posts across to the new host, but there are still a lot of tweaks that I need to make in order to get the site fully working again.

In the meantime, I continued to do my papercuttings every day, so now (belatedly) I am finally able to update the website with my latest papercuttings:

Day 82 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book).

It might not look it, but this was quite a tricky design to cut. The design involved having to leave just tiny links of paper in order to hold the actual physical piece of paper together. So the overall piece got very lacy and delicate towards the end.

papercut 082 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

I’d cut similar designs to this one earlier on in this project (i.e. even before starting this ‘100 days’ project), but I didn’t really like the results, before. However, now that I’m getting more proficient at cutting by hand (and also at adapting designs so that they can be cut out but still look fairly attractive), the end result is quite close to what I had imagined in the first place:

papercut 082- Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Plus, it’s another art nouveau-style design, so that quite appeals to me, and it also makes any mistakes less obvious because the curves and swirls in the design make it harder to spot.

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 081

Day 81 of my papercutting quest (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 081

This is papercut 81 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

I thought this design was going to be a pain in the butt to cut, but it turned out to be quite enjoyable and therapeutic because of the repetition and the challenging aspects to it:

papercut 81 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

First of all I cut the teeny tiny little dots out. They are approximately 1mm across, so it’s a miracle really that any of them look even vaguely round. Especially since the blade was getting quite blunt by then, so I was having to hack them out of the paper instead of cleanly slice them.

Then I did the sort of stacked-hearts shapes, by cutting the left-hand curves first then rotating the paper so I could move onto the next shape, etc.

And finally I did what should have been the easiest bit, which was the hole in the middle. Which is the bit that turned out looking the most wonky! Never mind – I can always tidy it up later, I suppose:

papercut 81 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 080

Day 80 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 080

Day 80 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

papercut 80 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSisterpapercut 80 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 079

Day 79 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 079

Day 79 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

art nouveau papercut 79 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

art nouveau papercut 79 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 078

Day 78 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 078

Day 78 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

 

Weirdly, I think I might be reaching a stage where I’ve come to a bit of a compromise with the perfectionist in me. The image below looks OK to me…

papercut 78 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

…but then close-up I can see all of the flaws in the cuts (that I couldn’t even see with my magnifying glasses when I was actually working on it!). But the perfectionist in me is now getting a tiny bit less uptight, so although the annoying imperfections do still leap out at me straight away, there is also a little part of me that goes “Hey! Nice leaves at the bottom!”, instead of “Oh no – the entire thing is a total mess.”

papercut 78 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 077

Day 77 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 077

Day 77 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

Ha – I should have cut this one out last week for my birthday!

birthday cake papercut 077 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

birthday cake papercut 077 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 076

Day 76 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 076

Day 76 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

 

papercut 076 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

papercut 076 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 075

Day 75 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 075

Day 75 – I’m three quarters of the way through my papercutting adventure! (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

 

papercut 075 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Not many mistakes on this one, and I like the swirly Art Nouveau-type design:papercut 075 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laser-cut Personalised Jewellery Holders

This week I’ve been experimenting with designs for a personalised laser-cut jewellery holder. Free cutting file included for you to try it yourself!

Laser-Cut Jewellery Holder

Here is something I’ve been playing with this week – the design of a laser-cut jewellery holder.

I made one for my mum last Christmas…

As you can see, it can hold lots of different types of jewellery (rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, earrings). However, it still needs some tweaks.

What I like about it is:

  • As mentioned above, it can hold nearly all types of jewellery. The only exceptions I can think of at the moment are hat pins, scarf pins or brooches.
  • You can see all of the jewellery in one place. It’s not in a drawer or box, so you get to enjoy your favourite pieces like mini artworks.
  • It’s personalised and therefore unique.
  • It’s versatile, so (e.g.) the same horizontal bar can take either hook-type earrings or post-type earrings, and the vertical side bits can hold either rings or bracelets or watches.

Things to improve on the design:

  • Create a way to hang it so that it is held away from the wall, to make it easier to hang earrings.
  • Have a way to store brooches and pin-type jewellery (e.g. a tray at the bottom)

As a very basic version though, this is the design that I used:

If you’ve got a laser cutter and you’d like to have a play with this design yourself, I’ve made a vector file available below.

(Click here for basic jewellery holder design for lasercutting)

Basic jewellery holder design for lasercutting - copyright Kay Vincent - LaserSister 2018

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922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 074

Day 74 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 074

Day 74 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

papercut 074 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

papercut 074 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister