Keeping Pattern Pieces together to use again

by Sammi
(Kentucky)

We all get many items in the mail that include return envelopes that we can't or don't use so I have been saving them and putting my pattern pieces in them for projects I want to make again. I put the name of the project on the outside in marker and they don't take up much room and can be easily filed and kept together. (This would be for patterns on thinner paper) I have not lost a pattern piece since I started doing this.

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Local Printer

by Carrie
(Windsor, Ontario)

I work in a print shop and have all sorts of card stock available for me. We keep a box of off cuts for schools etc. You can go in and ask for some at your local printer and it's most likely free. Also I have my patterns laminated, various thickness, 3 mil, 5 mil, 10 mil which is very thick, for projects you plan to do numerous times. Hope this helps!

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Grinding to Pattern

by Hubert Stephens
(Medfield, MA)

My accuracy has much improved using this technique:

I use mylar exclusively for pattern pieces because it does not stretch like paper. It is held onto the glass with vaseline, which is painted on with a brush trimmed short for strength. Since the mylar has a curl after a trip home from the store, it has a tendency to lift off the glass. The curl can be removed by warming with a hairdrier.

The edge of the pattern is painted with magic marker with a contrasting color to the glass so it is much easier to see the edge. I found my fingers were the cause of the pattern sliding so I made some push blocks using 1/8 plastic so the pattern never gets touched.

As to lighting the work, I have two clamp lights on each side using 16 watt energy saver bulbs. The clamps allow more flexibility in eliminating shadows. Energy saver bulbs don't get hot so you can really get in close.


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Protect your pattern

by Lori Ann Shumey
(Castlegar, BC)

While I am working on a project, I protect my patterns in ziplock bags, sandwich size up to the large freezer bags. I put my patterns inside and then I can tape my pieces to the bag as I cut. The bags also protect my pattern from getting wet as I am using my grinder.

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Paper Pattern Pieces

by Pat
(Las Cruces, NM)

When using paper patterns, one of my students discovered that brown paper bags work best. The pattern does not fall apart when it gets wet. If I am using a pattern for a large panel I iron the creases out of the bag first. Don't use the double thick freezer bags. The top layer comes off. It works really well with beginners who need to grind more.

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Overhead Transparencies for permanent patterns

by Mickie
(Texas)

Given a few sheets of mylar, since it was a plastic type and clear, it was great to put my patterns on for repeating that project. However, I found the cost prohibitive. I had a box of transparencies, which are plastic and clear and used same permanent markers and 100 to a box. It does not wash off, a little thicker than mylar, and for $25 instead of the expensive by the sheet mylar, it works just as well and I love it. Well worth the $ spent & can use the patterns repeatedly. I just put the pieces in those brown envelopes with a picture and name on it and stay organized.

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Grinding a Perfect Piece:

by Rhonda Schaible
(Yacolt, WA.)

I have had good luck taking stick glue and putting it on the back of your pattern and then putting it on the glass you are going to cut. Scribe around the pattern, remove excess glass then if you have to grind your glass, grind right to the pattern and follow it all around your piece.(a perfect fit) The pattern will come off with a little warm water.

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Pattern Pieces

by Len Martin
(Beverly Hills, Florida)

I use both mylar and/or shelving contact paper for my pattern pieces. Contact paper has a thin plastic side and the paper side does not dissolve when grinding. Also glue stick does not work well on bumpy glass, I use rubber cement. A little messy but it works.

Len Martin

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Laminating Patterns

by Eileen Russell-campbell
(Liverpool UK)

Laminating Patterns, I use the same pattern over and over, just wipeing clean after use. I ruined a lot of patterns in my early days (3-4 years ago) When using the grinder, I can lift the wet glass straight on to the Laminated Pattern and it just slides into place. Hope it works for someone as it does for me.

Eileen.

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