|Every piece (even the door) is made from a template.|
I very RARELY use commercial textures in my work...I make my own using photopolymer printing plates...but the roofs of my birdhouse pendants are an exception. I have a nice wood texture that really fits the bill. What I hate about using commercial textures is that I then have to cut out my pieces without the use of the templates I build into my PPP's (I'll be explaining that process more in a presentation next year at the Metal Clay Mojo Retreat). I never seem to have the right size cutter, or the exact shape I want, so.........
I could just make my own template out of plastic or paper, but that's not precise enough for me. When I got my Silhouette Cameo Cutter recently, it seemed like a great option for making the templates. I take a playing card, put packing tape on both sides to avoid it soaking up moisture from the clay and distorting, and simply cut out the template. When I have two of something to cut (the the roof pieces) I cut 2 pieces out of the template. Makes no sense to roll, texture and cut something twice...just do it in one fell swoop.......oh, my.....how I love the word swoooooooooooooooop:)
Since I also don't like to think, I write down the rolling instrux right on the card (THEN put the tape over so they won't smudge). The 4/3 simply means to roll a slab 4 cards thick then roll onto the texture at 3 cards. Even though you'd think I would remember, when a few months goes by between bouts of making a particular thing, I tend to forget.
Remember, you can make any awesome shape for a template on the Silhouette...so much easier than cutting nice curves through plastic....and then you can adjust the size up or down easily.
For any interested parties, I use a setting of Speed 3, Thickness 33, Blade 8 to cut out the cards.