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By: Nancy LT Hamilton

Last updated: 11/2/20, 4/10/20, 6/21/19, 11/25/17

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The Patterns

Split card setting

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Information on attaching and adjusting patterns

  • I cut close to the patterns to allow me to see the metal beneath the pattern.  This allows for more efficient use of the metal and creates less waste.

why-to-cut-parrerns  In the image on the left, I can wiggle the pattern into tight spots while, with the pattern on the right, I cannot see where the metal is beneath the pattern.

  • I glue my patterns to the metal.  First, I sand the area with 400g wet-dry sandpaper. This removes dirt and also gives the glue a little “tooth” to hold onto.  I either print my patterns on  Avery-inkjet-labels Avery Shipping Labels (full sheets) or use a glue stick to attach the pattern.  Wait 10-15 minutes until the glue dries.
  • After sawing, I soak the pattern and metal in water (for the glue stick method), or with the Avery method, I try to pry off the label.  If stuck, I soak off the paper and either use a green scrubby: Scotch Brite Heavy Duty Scouring Pads   and soapy water or employ a little “Goo Gone“.
  • I also like to glue two sheets of metal together to be able to get two pieces from one sawing session.  I use Cyanoacrylate glue (superglue) for this process. I sand the two sides that will be facing each other, with 400 or 600 grit wet-dry sandpaper first and then wipe off the metal dust.  Then clamp them together with small metal spring clamps  Adding a tooth to the metal helps the glue to hold.  Warning:  the glue sets FAST!  You will probably only be able to place it once so, have a good aim!

TIP:  Spread the glue with a toothpick that has had one end pounded flat.  These make great disposable brushes!

  • To separate the sheets of metal, after sawing and sanding, I use my torch to burn off the superglue and to release the bond.  There are NASTY FUMES produced so, you need great ventilation – if you can smell it, it’s not working!

TIP:  While the metal is glued together and after sawing, you can sand your edges so that the pieces come out exactly the same.  Great for matching halves and also for cleaning up two sets of edges at one time!  Booyah!

  • Another way to remove the superglue is to soak the pieces in Acetone.  Once again, VENTILATION, gloves, masks, goggles!

***See my video and webpage on Ventilation. Please.

  • The patterns can be resized with a photo editing software app like Photoshop or Pixlr Editor.  Please see my webpage: Photo Editing Software for some of the programs available – some even free!

Project Videos


2 thoughts on “Patterns

  1. Nancy, thanks for all these charts and patterns. I have also thoroughly enjoyed a lot of your videos and am learning a lot! Just made a few bails yesterday from your patterns..thanks. My question is about the leaf design on your ring… is that something you cut out yourself ( I bet it is!) or is that a silver component that can be purchased? If so, could you please divulge the supplier? regards,
    Jenni Connolly

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