You speak the truth, senor. I draw the lines with a compass, then cut circles until I start to feel queasy
Tim said I could probably rig up some sort of Xacto compass, and I don't see why not. I'll look into it in the future.
For now, the key feature is that all the imperfectly hand-cut circles are juxtaposed to the messy randomness of the eaten apple core line, which is bolder as well. This lets the brain relax and just assume the circles are relatively perfect, even though upon close, sober inspection it is clear that they suck, especially the smaller ones. For the larger circles the wrist acts as a great pivot point for the radius of the cut, but the inner ones are too small and get a little wonky in places.
This disc was a particular challenge, namely applying the circles to the disc without either getting blue lines on the apple or really dark circle lines that endured both black and red dips before getting the blue background, all the while trying to not use the Xacto when the vinyl is already applied to the plastic.
In the end I had to perform some mid-dye surgery, but to minimize disc damage I put on a brand new blade for those cuts and used a great new technique previously unknown to me. The sequence of events went as such: cut the apple design out of one vinyl square, apply and dip the black/red parts like usual. Then, leaving the white core covered still, I re-cut the skin pieces from scrap and applied them precisely, so as to re-mask the red. Then I applied an entire new layer of vinyl cut with the concentric circles, over the masked apple parts for a double layer. With the new blade I then traced the apple pieces of vinyl to cut the circles to the exact border of the apple. What was interesting was that the circles-layer of vinyl is layered over the bottom layer's edges with a slight air space beneath, which minimized the danger of scratching/cutting the surface of the plastic. I was just gently dragging the blade over the vinyl, letting the knife's weight apply all the pressure. If you look really carefully at an angle you can see there is about 1 inch total of barely visible scratching around the core of the apple, but nothing serious like some of the butchered discs I've seen.
For everyone who made it through all that, I have a question for you: should we make a sticky thread for the Artwork pages that has a regularly updated 1st post FAQ? Like, people post a dye question to all the dyers here and we all answer, decide upon some reasonable, condensed answer that answers for different dyeing styles, and either edit in a new FAQ or modify an existing one? That might be awesome for people who want to start dyeing, have a lot of questions, and want a condensed page of Q&A&tips they can peruse.
We are not like those other golfers. We throw our clubs and keep our balls where they belong. -Ol' Bob