Custom Curves…

One of the most fabulous things about a tissue blade is that they can be curved when cutting to make lovely shapes. blade2.jpgIf you have a need in your work to replicate the same curve over and over OR a need to cut some really tight curves the blade can be customized. The blade pictured here was heated with a butane torch until red hot, bent and then allowed to cool.

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5 Responses to “Custom Curves…”


  1. 1 Trina October 17, 2007 at 4:25 am

    Shades of Mike Buessler. I remember when he used to do this for his students way back when I was too intimidated to try and do it for myself. Thanks, Lindly!

  2. 2 lindly October 17, 2007 at 4:59 am

    You are welcome, Trina. While it can be “scary” to heat up metal and bend the blade= as fire is involved, in the long run it is safer to make the cuts as the blade won’t snap back.

    YES- at the first Ravensdale in 1996- I saw a number of custom bent blades, some had polymer clay harnesses, others were mounted with nuts and bolts on flat pieces of metal and some were bent and folded the same way as the one pictured. That blade was fashioned by Blair Davis, Cynthia Tinapple’s husband.

  3. 3 Susan Gantz October 17, 2007 at 11:54 am

    What do you hold the blade with while you’re heating/bending? I’d like to try this so I need more details. Thanks, S

  4. 4 lindly October 18, 2007 at 4:19 am

    I checked with Blair and placed the torch on his workbench and used two pairs of pliers to hold and bend the blade.


  1. 1 Polymer Clay Notes » hot tip from haunani Trackback on October 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm

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