Using Inkscape to Create Decorative Paper Piercing

Asked by Bertille

I use Inkscape and a plotter cutter to create designs for cardmaking. I would like to be able to use a piercing tool (available) in the plotter to create an outline of a design. To do this I would need to ensure that Inkscape will allow me to produce a single piercing and for it not attempt to cut a small rectangle. Traditionally in paper piercing a needle is used to pierce a hole in the paper/card. It is this effect I wish to reproduce.

With respect to an earlier posting, I too would be extremely interested to know whether there is any possibility of writing into the software an instruction to allow a simple single pounced line rather than the rectangle that is now produced. For fine work (ie creating crease lines) the dashed line is not suitable.

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RIco (rico-rootscore-deactivatedaccount) said :

I think pbhj solution from question#62878 will work for you as well. Use the Pattern Along Path (Path menu>Path Effects>Path Effect Editor (Shift+Ctrl+7)).

this will only work if your cutter interprets a 1px x 1px (or less) dot as a single piercing

1.trace a straight line with the bezier tool with 2nodes. make it H:1px W:1px, like this you'll have your dot
2.while it's still selected copy it (Ctrl+C) then Path Effect Editor panel the curve you want dotted
5.Apply new effect>Pattern Along Path ->Add
-pattern source>Paste path (that's why you copied the dot in 2)
-pattern copies> Repeated/repeated (stretched)
-Spacing>whatever spacing you want between the dots
(this are basic settings, tweak them as you like)

I don't know how your cutter will interpret this kind of line, maybe you need to turn it to a path before cutting (Path menu>Object to Path)

hope this helps

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Bertille (thepellings) said :

Many thanks Rico. This is a great help.