In this adventure we will be making some old fashion cookie cutters using some scrap I found, some simple tools and a TIG welder. Of course when you make your cookie cutters you will want to use some nice clean material. I just used some scrap to demonstrate how easy it is to make these! You can make tons of different fun shapes by using different types of tools and bending your metal in different ways.
Step 1: Measuring out your material
First you want to have an idea in mind of what kind of shape you want to create. Once you have the shape in mind measure out how much material you will need. The good thing is that if you over measure you can simply just cut the excess material off so don't worry too much about having the exact measurment. The longer your strip of metal the bigger your cookie cutter will be. Also determine how wide you want your cookie cutter. I used a power shear to cut out 1/2" strips from my sheet metal. You can also use a beverly shear or just simply buy your metal in strips.
For one of my cutters I made a diamond shape. I marked a spot in about the middle of the my strip of metal.
Step 2: Using a finger press to make your shape
After I measured out my strip and marked it, I brought it over to a finger press. This will put my bends were I need them.
To create my first bend I placed the line I marked directly under one of the fingers on the press. Using the side levers I clamped the fingers down on my strip. Then I pulled the lower handle up to about the degree of bend I wanted to achieve. After the bend I am left with a V shape to start my diamond off.