This pin is made with a “cookie cutter” die I made myself from a sketch titled “Kitty in PInk”. Each pin is cut from rolled polymer clay and baked, then hand-painted. Designs come in black, white, gray, tortie, black tabby and ginger tabby. Pins are approximately 1.75″ wide x 2.5″ tall.
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I worked out the manufacture of my own “die” or basically a cookie cutter to use for creating consistent shapes of one of my sketches. It’s true—I’ve never found a cat cookie cutter that I liked or wanted to use. Most are arched-back Halloween cats or so distorted that I doubt the designer knew what a cat looked like.
I had the idea from last year when I began making tiles and thought about other shaped items too, decorating them with colorful floral designs, and cat markings, of course! I browsed all the cookie cutters I could find just to cut the shape then add my own idea to the surface, and there wasn’t one cat I was remotely interested in using.
The idea was burning in my head while I worked out the best way to put it together. Like when I worked out imprinting my art on tiles I knew it would take time to play around and make a few mistakes, and that’s part of the fun of design. I asked my retired friend Bill if he had any lightweight flexible scrap metal and ideas for how to shape it into what I wanted. There are specialized tools for this, and I took shop class along with a lot of other middle school girls so I am familiar with them and even own a few. Bill gave me some pieces of metal, and I know has the tools but I wanted to start simple. A little experiment would tell me if it was going to work at all.
I started out by choosing shapes that would work well for a silhouette, one sitting and one in a loaf, and printed them out to a good versatile size for all the purposes I had for it. Then I got my strip of metal and, holding it on its edge around the art, I began bending it to fit the outlines of the shape using the needle-nose pliers I use in framing. It was rough going because the shape is small, but when I got all the angles in and pushed the overlapped ends of the metal together and it looked like my sketch I was so excited I wanted to call someone immediately and share it. Instead I pressed on, clipped the shape together with binder clips, refined it a little more, and determined the best way to hold the ends together, decided on a small bolt and nut. I drilled a hole through both pieces of metal and connected them, then ran upstairs and turned on the oven to start making kitties! Cutting the clay with it worked so well that in just about 10 minutes I had a dozen kitty shapes. Making the cutter only took about an hour.
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