Carving letters on a foamkin Questions.

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Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:10 am

Every time I try carving a pattern with letters ( like a logo ) I end up unhappy with the results. This year I am looking at doing the "Red Hat Society" for my mother. I assume some of my frustration stems from taking a flat pattern to a uneven rounded surface. Letters never quite end up uniform, straight, etc. Any thoughts or tips on how to improve my skills in this area? I know practice makes perfect ( or better any way ) I've done lettering from patterns transfered with the old push pin method, and gluing the pattern on. Would I be happier with the results if I used transfer paper ( saral, carbon etc.) ? I never use the cutting the lines with an exacto (seems an unnecessary step to me) would I be better served doing this with lettering? Any thoughts/comments would go a long way.
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Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:41 am

Xacto the letters. Trust me.
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Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:49 pm

Doh wrote:Xacto the letters. Trust me.
Alright Doh, I tried, and you are 100% correct. I don't know that I need to use the exacto every time. But for letters it is a must. Thanks. Pictures will follow as soon as it dries.
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Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:51 pm

werehawk wrote:
Doh wrote:Xacto the letters. Trust me.
Alright Doh, I tried, and you are 100% correct. I don't know that I need to use the exacto every time. But for letters it is a must. Thanks. Pictures will follow as soon as it dries.

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He does not recommend with-out testing himself. :!con_p_wink:
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Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:45 pm

Doh wrote:Xacto the letters. Trust me.
Seconded! I follow the Doh method and it's the key to crisp logos (for me, still a novice at foamies).

Side question for Doh - how often do you switch out your Xacto blades?
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Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:18 pm

I went through about 100 per year. I found some titanium ones this year.
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