After seeing a picture of some similar ninjabread men cutters on Amazon I HAD to have some. Not being one to just buy something, I thought I'd have a go at making my own using strips of 0.5mm stainless steel and a jig to bend it around.
Not being a dab hand with graphics software I twisted the arm of my friend gmjhowe to make me some outlines. The ninjas in the PDF he sent me back are pure awesome, and should be a wee bit easier to make than the shapes of the originals I got my inspiration from.
Once the artwork was done I could cut out a template to use to bend the strips of sheet steel I had bought into the desired shape.
Read on to see details on how to get the best result and how to make the all important template.
Step 1: Tools, Materials & Ingredients
Tools: ( a selection of, not all necessary)
- tin snips
- long nosed pliers
- a fat, straight, round pen
- a thin, straight, round pen (a felt tip would be handy, since it can also write on steel)
- gloves (may be useful if you have soft hands)
- sand paper
- a vice
- a printer
- a spot welder / pop rivets / araldite
- ply wood (or acrylic)
See step 13.
Step 2: Choosing the steel
I opted to buy some strips of 0.5mm stainless steel. Mine were £0.90 each for strips 500mm long and 20mm wide. I found a seller of stainless steel offcuts on ebay and sent them a message to see if they'd be interested in selling me the strips I needed.