Step 3 - Cutting the Circle Shapes
Draw the circle onto the back of the tile using the template created from your pattern. Slowly use your tile nippers to form the circle shape that is drawn on your tile. Try to nip as close as you can to the line to reduce the amount of filing you will need to do. Using a flat file work your way around the circle to smooth the lines, I rotate the circle evenly to ensure that no flat spots are created during filing. I also use the finer side of the file as the rough side can create chips in the glazed surface of the tile.
Step 4 - Cutting the petal (including the tricky concave curve)
The outer edges of the petal are created using the same technique as cutting the circle, the tricky part comes when cutting the concave curve (the part of the petal that sits next to the circle or centre of the flower). I use a pair of parrot beak nippers to nip carefully away at the tile. I prefer to chip away with the glazed surface face up to ensure I get an accurate shape. A round file or sandpaper can also be used to smooth the surface of the concave curve.
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