I don't know about you but I am constantly finding cute little cutters that I would love to add to my stash. The problem is how expensive it can get collecting them all.
There is a set that I have had my eye on for doing gumpaste orchids. I have no need for them and so I have a hard time justifying spending $16 for the cutters or $31 for the cutter and veiner set. So the idea hits... make them!
I just used an averaged size can for this. If you want to make larger cutters then try to find larger cans or you might be able to put two pieces together, although I haven't personally tried it.
Please be safer than I was and use gloves! Start by cutting off the top and bottom of the can. Once you have done that then take your scissors and slice down the center so that you end up with one rectangular piece.
The edges will be pretty jagged at this point, so take out your ruler and measure out and draw on a perfect rectangle (I ran into some issues because mine is a little less than perfect as you will see later but, meh!) inside the rough edges and cut off the excess.
With the pattern of your can facing down take your ruler and lay it parallel with the longest side at the edge of either side, bend up 1/4" section towards the ceiling using your ruler to get a straight edge.
Move your ruler to the other side and repeat. It should look like this.
Fold both sides down flat. You could use your ruler to press it down for a straighter line but I just used my fingers.
Use the handle of your scissor to run across the folds to make a clean edge on both sides.
Take your scissors and cut right on the line, dividing it into two pieces.
After you have finished closing them up, they probably won't be in the perfect shape that you are going for and that's ok, just continue shaping them until you are happy with the final shape. Wash them with a little soapy water, rinse and immediately pat dry.
-Pretties and Pastries