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Old 05-14-2017, 11:58 AM
margaretc margaretc is offline
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Cutting through lino

I can cut a large piece of lino into smaller blocks by using a knife then bending the lino and, lastly, cutting through the hessian backing. However, I find it very hard to cut any other shape if I want to make a second block that needs to be cut to the shape of the image. My hands are not strong and cutting curves from a block defeats me at present! Do you have any advice? Thank you.
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:13 PM
BeLing BeLing is online now
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Re: Cutting through lino

This is probably no help whatsoever, but I usually cut the canvas-hessian- backing first.

Linoleum is not a very precise medium. I've tried shapes, but since I needed a margin to print them (so they wouldn't crumble) they wouldn't fit into each other like puzzle pieces. I think you'd need wood for this.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:07 PM
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Re: Cutting through lino

Remove the canvas backing of the linoleum. Dip the linoleum 10 minutes in hot water and you can pull off the canvas.
Afther that you can use a fret saw to make blocks with a curved edge.
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Old 05-17-2017, 09:02 AM
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Re: Cutting through lino

Thank you both- knew I would get good advice here!
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:46 PM
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Re: Cutting through lino

You might like to try this product - I much prefer it to the hard lino. It is easier to carve and I cut out shapes with scissors or a Stanley knife.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:35 PM
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Re: Cutting through lino

Did you end up finding a technique that worked for you?
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