It’s all about the circles

It’s time for the circles.  I’ve had a love/hate relationship with them over the years.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the masking tape to form a circle. Doing them free hand just doesn’t leave the nice, crisp edge that I like.

I’ve tried many different ways to get them right.  The latest attempt was using a stencil film to cut out the circle, then with some Krylon Easy-Tack set it on the wood and stained away.  Circle fail!  Or, maybe it’s stencil fail.  As, you can see.

I know, I didn’t manage to cut the stencil film very well, but I still don’t think that would have helped the process.  Doese anyone have any ideas?  I’m going to try one more idea, but I don’t really think it will work.  So, does anyone out there have any inspiration to share? Please, let me know.

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4 Comments on “It’s all about the circles”

  1. Tom H Says:

    There’s something called Micro-Pore tape or something like that. I think it’s used in the medical industry. I’m not sure what it’s original purpose was, but guys use it to make a type of gasket for their harmonica reed plates. They stick it on the comb and then cut the spaces out where they need them for the reeds. I gather it’s a sort of durable masking film. I believe it has a tougher film strength (and maybe leaves a finer cut edge) than masking tape. That might be something to Google.

  2. Tom H Says:

    I thought of something else, Tina. They make masking tape for painting custom designs on cars. It’s extremely narrow stuff, and you can bend it into all sorts of curves without it breaking – like how you would tape around the edges of a flame job on a care, those nice, curvy flame licks. One online source that springs immediately to mind would be Eastwood. I don’t know if this helps at this late point, but maybe for something down the road.

  3. Tina Says:

    Tom-
    Brilliant! I’ve never thought of that one. I will give it a try. Thanks!


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