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#1 Biglou13


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:40 PM

I've been using roofing paper. For templates for some of my hand built pieces.
I'm looking for more permanent material.
Flexible, cutable with utility knife 0r scissors.
I've been to hardware store and arts and crafts store.
Closest to to what I want is the material for those large portfolio cases, plastic like.

Suggestions please.
And if can get it locally even better.

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#2 Karen B

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:42 PM

One time I got some clear, flexible, fairly thick plastic place mats for about $1.00 each at a Christmas Tree shop. With an exacto knife, I cut out a pattern for a somewhat complex box. Worked great. Lasted forever. It is still under a pile somewhere.


It was the type of plastic that smells bad. Had to air it out for a while.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:53 PM

I use Illustrator to do my designs then print them out, laminate them in clear packing tape strips, then cut them with an x-acto knife or scissors. The patterns stick just enough to the clay and are flexible but do not get wet. If I need to replace, I just print another out. Drawing in Illustrator allows me to to scale, match pieces of slab to each other, take measurements while throwing, compensate for shrinkage etc. I highly recommend for some applications.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:54 PM

Roofing paper is pretty permanent. Are you using the thin or thick roofing paper? I use the thin and it cuts with scissors, box cutter, x-acto.

You could also use Tyvek . . . either from building supply, or cut apart a couple of Tyvek mailing envelopes.

#5 jrgpots


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:29 PM

I have used Vellum and Tyvek.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:50 AM

I have used rolls of decorative adhesive vinyl/paper. Double it by adhering one piece to another. The rolls can be purchased pretty cheap in dollar stores. Need a larger piece, use two pieces one direction, then cross the other direction. Joining the pieces can be a two man job-one smoothing while the other pulls the liner sheets off, both at the same time.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:58 AM

Plastic place mats from the junk store, 3/$  for larger things, political signs from along the road, free after the election, I store them until needed.  I want my templates to be sturdy enough to run the needle tool or knife point against the edge.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:35 PM

You know the reusable shopping bags we Eco-conscious folks always forget to bring to the supermarket?

Check in the bottom of those: they have a great 8x12" semi rigid black plastic.


That stuff is perfect if it's big enough for you.

I use it for all kinds of things around the house !

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:01 PM

Tyvek is good (the stuff priority mail envelopes are made of).  Easy to cut, waterproof.

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