Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 092

Day 92 of my epic papercutting quest, using the Dover Books “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book for inspiration

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 092

This is papercut 092 of my epic papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book), where I’m adapting the designs for papercutting, and then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days. Eventually I may may incorporate them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.

 

Er, I think something has gone awry at the top of this one!

papercut 092 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

papercut 092 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 091

Day 91 of my epic papercutting quest, using the Dover Books “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book for inspiration

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 091

This is papercut 091 of my epic papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book).  I’m adapting the designs for papercutting, and then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days. Eventually I may may incorporate them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.

 

papercut 091 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

papercut 091 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 090

Day 10 of my epic papercutting quest, using the Dover Books “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book for inspiration

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 090

This is papercut 090 of my epic papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book).  I’m adapting the designs for papercutting, and then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days. Eventually I may may incorporate them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.

Only 10 more to go! And I’m still improving.

papercut 090 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

papercut 090 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 089

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 089

This is papercut 089 of my epic papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book).  I’m adapting the designs for papercutting, and then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days. Eventually I may may incorporate them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.

I like this design:

papercut 089 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

And I finally started with a sharp new blade in my X-Acto knife. Makes it much easier to cut. (Although also much easier to accidentally make the wrong cuts, too.)

papercut 089 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 085

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 085

This is papercut 085 (only 15 more to go!) of my papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book.  I am adapting the designs for papercutting, and then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days. Eventually I may may incorporate them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

Because of the many repetitive elements in this design I think it might be one of the designs that would look better if cut by laser.

papercut 085 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

However, I’m not too disappointed by the hand-cut version. The ‘sun ray’ bits are quite crisp, actually.

papercut 085 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

As well as the central sun/flower design, I can also see things in this design that remind me of fish.  (Or sharks. Or maybe birds.) When I move onto my next epic papercutting project (of creating all of my own designs from scratch) then I might remember this one, and try to hide some fish or animals in an abstract-looking design.

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 084

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 084

This is papercut 084 of my papercutting quest (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 really like this design, and it didn’t seem to take very long to cut. That reminds me – I must start timing how long the cuts actually take, because I really have no idea how long each design takes to cut. I enjoy the process so much and find it so ‘therapeutic’ that sometimes I can be cutting a really big project and it feels like the time is just flying by. And then other times, of course, I could be fighting with a fiddly design, in fading daylight, and using a blunt blade that I can’t be bothered to change – and in those cases the cuts seem to take forever.

papercut 084 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister.JPG

I’m also getting better at tidying up the cuts before I take close-up photos of them!

papercut 084 - 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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Latest Papercutting Designs

I’m still cutting my way through all of the designs from one particular book. This is how far I’ve got so far…

Latest Papercutting Designs

Following on from this post and this post, I’m still working my way through the designs in the Dover Books publication “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments

This is my latest batch:

Latest papercutting designs

…with some close-ups:

Latest papercutting designs - grapes

Latest papercutting designs

Latest papercutting designs - corner flower

…and my favourite today:

Latest papercutting designs - art nouveau flower

 

Laser Cut Fridge Magnet Souvenir

Following on from yesterday’s post, here is another laser-cut souvenir that I picked up on holiday

Laser Cut Fridge Magnet Souvenir – Bucharest

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’d come back from our recent holiday with a few laser-cut souvenirs that caught my eye while we were away. Here’s another one. We visited Ceaușescu‘s bonkers giant palace while we were in Bucharest, and it was amazing and frightening in equal parts.

This piece is a bit more complex than the previous fridge magnet, because it’s also coloured, somehow. I’m not sure how it’s made, to be honest, apart from the shape itself being laser-cut from a sheet of wood. Maybe it’s a transfer/decal applied to the surface of the wood?:

laser cut fridge magnet - Bucharest Romania
laser cut fridge magnet – Bucharest

If you know what the process is, please give me a shout – I would be very interested to find out! You can use the contact us form, or Twitter or Facebook or the comments section below. Thanks!

Laser Cut Souvenir Fridge Magnet

Laser cut souvenir fridge magnet: I went on holiday away from my laser cutter, and ended up buying some laser cut souvenirs.

Laser Cut Souvenir Fridge Magnet – Belogradchik Rocks, Hungary

We got back from holiday last week and only just finished unpacking today – and I’d forgotten that while I was on holiday my eye had been caught by several laser-cut souvenirs.

This one is a laser cut souvenir fridge magnet from Belogradchik Rocks, in Bulgaria. Mmmm, laser-y!

laser cut souvenir fridge magnet - belogradchick rocks bulgariaI like the way that it has two layers to it. But whoever made it has left quite a bit of scorching/smoke-marking on the front, and I’d be really disappointed if I sold a piece like that. On the other hand, I’m too much of a perfectionist. Weird how it didn’t stop me buying a piece, but it would stop me selling one. Maybe I’ve got things the wrong way round?!