by Mary Eccher - Page 1 of 1
Kemper cutters have long been available for ceramic work. Since the emergence of modeling compounds, they have become vital to the miniaturist for food, plants, flowers, picture frames, toys, etc.
Kemper makes several designs of cutters, but the most useful for miniaturists are the Circle, Heart, Flower and Leaf.
Various SIZES of these cutters are available but the most popular for miniatures are 3/16", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2", and 1" sizes.
HOW TO USE KEMPER CUTTERS
Roll modeling compound out on a flat surface to desired thickness. HINT: After last roll, lift the slab of compound from the flat surface, rub the surface with a clean tissue, then lay it back down. Your cut-outs then will not stick to the surface and distort when you pick them up. Use the cutter as you would use a cookie cutter (do not use the plunger inside the cutter as it will leave a mark on your cut-out).
SOME EXAMPLES OF USE
Flower and Leaf cutters speak for themselves for creating flowers and plants.
The 1" Circle cutter and the 1" Heart cutter are wonderful for cutting out cake shapes, perhaps also using the 1/2" Circle or Heart for a second tier.
The 3/8" Flower cutter is great for Gingerbread Men. Cut out flower and gently stretch two of the pettles to form legs, then score features with a toothpick.
The 3/16" and 5/16" Flower cutter is useful for creating the calyxes on strawberries, eggplant, squash, etc.
The 5/16" Circle cutter cuts just the right size one-inch scale donuts. Use a round toothpick to make the hole.
Any of the smaller size cutters can be used to decorate cakes, frames, etc.
Cookies of all shapes and sizes can be made using the cutters, then decorate as you desire.