I just purchased some nice brass pattern plates. I’ve only patterned with natural materials, found stuff and paper so far, but I’m pretty new at it. This is more of a survey than a question:
Do you cut your pattern to match the metal for your project or simply roll the precious metal with the intact pattern plate? Why or why not?
I’d like to get as much use out of my patterns as possible naturally. Cutting them limits the sizes of metal I can roll with the same pattern in the future, yet cutting will make more pieces I can use for jewelry. What to do? My thoughts were to cut my required size off the long edge (the patterns are 6 x 4-ish) thereby preserving a 6 inch long pattern in case I want to make a bracelet in the future. Thoughts?
I might be overthinking this!