I was wondering if there were an easier way to make my own biscuit cutters for modelling with the different clays. I came across some elaborate ideas online and simple ones. Ideally the ones without heavy metal looked easy to make. Here's my take on DIY Biscuit Cutters.
This instructable shows how easy it is to make your own cutters for clay sculpturing. Cutters are useful when you need every petal on a flower to look similar.
You could probably use these cutters to make real biscuits as well.
Step 1: Tools You Need
One clean aluminum foil BBQ tray
Put on gloves to prevent cutting yourself.
Trim of the sides, they may be used as well. But in this instructable I used the centre piece.
Step 2: Constructing the Cutter
Cut the length matching the cutter shape your desire.
Press the raw edge firmly over 5mm. The cutting edge needs to be pressed to a sharp, thin edge as possible for clarity when cutting out your shapes. I used a knitting needle.
Step 3: Join Sides
I slotted the raw edge underneath the folded edge and pressed the two firmly together with the knitting needle.
Then staple the sides together. Now you can easily bend he foil into any shape you like.
(You can fold under a longer piece of aluminium foil if its too difficult to staple a small cutter.)
Step 4: Cutting Through the Clays
I wanted to experiment with cutting through playdough, cold porcelain clays and plasticine.�t through and would it stick to the cutters?
I found that that only clay that stuck to the cutters was plasticine.
Step 5: Cutting Through Cold Porcelain Clay
I rolled the Cold Porcelain Clay thinly as well an it cut perfectly. To make leaves, add a centre vein by wrapping the centre with thin wire. Press the pieces against the back of real leaves to gain an impression of real leaf textures.
Step 6: Cutting Through Playdough
I rolled the playdough thinly with aa knitting needle and the cutter seemed a bit blunt. Shaking from side to side did the trick and the shape peeled off the board nicely.