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In order to further pin down the right orientation for curves, I’ve devised this test sheet:

Test patterns

Next chance I get to work on this, I’ll print out two copies: one for upstroke cutting and one for downstroke.

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This evening I printed out a sheet of my “Slits Round” design (like I said, I need better names for this stuff), and tried my hand at cutting it out.

Setting up:

Screen capture

The first test

I found that I’d been wrong about horizontal strokes. I drew them curved side facing down, but the more natural curving motion is to cut with the curve facing up, butting frol left to right.

Close up of cutting

more cutting

The artist at work:

The artist at work

Finished product:

all done

I found also that at this size, many of the letters felt rather skimpy. I might want to fatten them up. Also, I ought to try them with paint and see how they work in the field.

A colleague of mine raised an important point today.  She pointed out that safe cutting with a hobby knife means cutting away from your body.  This means cutting out text from bottom to top.  This reversal of stroke certainly affects my design using straight lines and curves.  Many curves need to be reversed to comply to this.  I think this may end up causing the left-handed and right-handed versions to swap.  I’m not sure that will work, I have to try it out on paper first.  Taking safety into consideration regarding the letter designs is probably a very good idea.  If you’re right-handed and insist on cutting from top to bottom, you can just use the left-handed version, and vice-versa for left-handers.