So many dogs!
My wife suggested giving home made dog biscuits to some friends and family as an inexpensive gift idea for the holidays.
I agreed and thought it cool if we could make our own biscuit cutters in the shape of a dog bone.
Step 1: Starting the Cut
Cut the can. You can use a knife but go very slow and (saw) it back and forth gently. To avoid cutting yourself try scissors.
Step 2: Using Scissors
Scissors can be used for all cuts. Cuts made around the can perimeter with scissors will be crude. The rough areas will be removed later.
Step 3: Add Tape to Aluminum for Strips
Make 2 aluminum strips with common 3/4 tape. The tape edges will be guides for cutting perfectly straight edges for the cutter and it provides additional reinforcement. The cutter strip will need to be perfectly straight (on the bottom) to work well.
Step 4: The 2 Strips
I used red marker to highlight the strips, totally unnecessary.
Step 5: Fold One Strip for Backer
The backer is made by folding one aluminum strip in half.
Starting this over a table edge makes it easier
Step 6: Holding the Backer With Cutter Below
Step 7: Start Bending the Backer
Approx 2" from an end, start bending the rounded ends with a pencil
Step 8: Backer Half Finished
It will take some fussing to get here, and it doesn't need to be perfect. After one side is shaped, press the two ends together forming a loop. Tape closed the loop. Determine the opposite position for the other bends and bend them using the pencil to help form the tight bends.
Step 9: Insert the Cutter Into the Backer
The hardest part. Some destruction of what you done is unavoidable. Slip and slide the the cutter into the backer while bending and forming it with the pencil.
Step 10: Forming the Cutter to the Backer
The backer is the form for bending the cutter. No magic here just keep working and forming cutter to fit the backer shape. I took off the tape holding the backer together, to help move the cutter along the backer seam.
Step 11: Fasten It Back Together
When the shape is right, fasten the backer/cutter together to make it whole again. Keep forming the shape as you proceed.
Step 12: Pinch It Into Shape
Everything is about right here. Pinch the sides to help form it. Hold it together with some tape
Step 13: Add a Handle
It will be more durable with an aluminum strip instead of tape.
Step 14: Test It
I made some dough to test it. It worked fine but cutting on a soft surface would be more effective by cutting completely through the dough. My wife had better results cutting a denser and thicker (real) dog biscuit recipe.
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