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Poseable Paper Tentacle

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A poseable tentacle to download and make! Scroll down to see the model in animated action.

This project comes in two version,

Print and Make – a pdf file for you to print out onto thin card then cut out with scissors and make.

Cutting Machine Pack – A zip file packed with files! Silhouette Studio files ready for you to use with your Silhouette Cameo 3, svg files for use with other cutting machines, background jpeg images as well as the original Print-and-Make jpeg.

Print out the model onto thin card (230 micron) I used coloured card for a colourful model. If you are making the hand-cut version, score along the dotted lines then carefully cut out the parts. For the machine version, follow the instruction supplied with your machine.

Fold round and glue the #1 section then gently curve the long tab.

Roll up the core and glue it down. Fold over the end tabs without gluing them.

Fit the core into the first section, wrap the long tab around the core and glue it to the other side of the first section. Don’t get any glue on the core. The core must be a tight fit but free to rotate.

Repeat this process with the other five sections and the pointed end. Don’t forget, the cores must be free to rotate.

Spread a little glue on the second section core tabs then glue it into place in the first section. Make sure it can move back and forth.

Work your way along adding the sections, all the time making sure they move freely.

Finish off by adding the pointed end.

If you like you can add suckers with a marker pen to complete the model!

 


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Print and Make, Cutting Machine Pack

9 reviews for Poseable Tentacle

  • Thanks for this Rob! I’m opening up the SVG file to try to use this on the Cricut. One thing I have to do on the Cricut is attach the score lines and any internal cut lines to the object that will be cut or scored. There are lots of little separate cut and score lines so it would be helpful when you create the SVG file if you could select all the score lines for each piece and make them a compound path, and then do the same for all the internal cut lines for each piece. That way there would only be two objects I would have to find and attach for each piece. I’ll provide more updates as I work on this.

    I also have Silhouette Studio software and opened the studio file for comparison to the SVG. I don’t have a Silhouette machine though so don’t know much about the actual cut screen, but I don’t see anywhere on there where it is telling it to score rather than cut.

    (verified owner)

    • Please check my comment below… and the downloadable test file.

  • 5 out of 5

    @dreamer if you update to the latest Silhouette Studio [4.2 at present], click the SEND tab top right and you can select which action each cutter performs – Cut, Emboss, Score,etc. – from the list below.

    @Rob, I love your work, I am going to try this out using my new Silhouette Curio, it will be the first moving model I have cut. I am glad to see that your pdf files are also very clear and will be suitable for use on the cutter too via Silhouette Studio. I’ll need to do them with the Print and Cut feature as they’ll need registration marks to ensure that they line up properly. I’m going to try out the 2 Giraffes one next.

    Which plotter / cutter do you use [if any]?

    (verified owner)

    • Hi Richard, I have used a Silhouette Cameo 3 for this project using the second blade holder for a ratchet blade set to minimum cut for score lines.
      I also have a Cricut Maker but have really struggled with the useless, locked down, restrictive software, grrr. the Cricut is the far better machine, looking forward to them releasing stand alone software rather than web based…

  • Richard – thanks for the info. So in the case of this particular file, you would still need to select each individual line that was to be scored rather than cut and change it’s setting? Is there any indication in the file itself that would indicate which lines are to be set to score vs cut?
    I’m trying to figure out how much easier it would be to cut on a Silhouette machine (library maker space) using the Studio file versus cutting on my own Cricut machine using the SVG file.

    (verified owner)

  • A few more thoughts about using the SVG and JPG files on the Cricut. For this project, I didn’t really need the glue graphics, and could just cut and score. But wanted to try a version to see how I could those graphics to a print then cut version. I found that the glue graphic would work better if just a solid gray rather than with the words, especially since they are white words. The white gets interpreted as part of the background when I upload it into Cricut and so those glue graphics have cut out edges where it took out part of the word. It may be nice even to have the glue graphic just a bit smaller than the tab, at least on the fold side. That way if the print and the cut lines don’t quite line up after begin cut by the machine, the gluing graphics are less likely to show up on the finished model.

    (verified owner)

    • Thanks Nancy – please check my comment below and my uploaded test file…

  • Thanks for your comments everyone. This is the fist cutting machine project so obviously there will be a few teething problems, comments have been invaluable!
    I have added a couple of test files to the download area for this model.
    TentacleSilhouetteGrey is the background jpg with the text in the glue area removed and the glue areas shrunk slightly. I’ve done th first page, let me know how it goes…
    TentacleSVGTest is a zip file of the svg file with the score lines in red. Let me know if this helps. (I had to upload a zip for now until I can work out how to enable svg uploads!)

  • Thanks Rob, I’ll try out the new download. I got the original cut but not assembled yet. From just a first looks at it as I removed it from the mat, it looks like it cut and scored perfectly! Unfortunately, I’m having some issues with my print then cut calibration on the Cricut so won’t test cut that until I get the problem figured out. Planning a call to them on Monday. But I can play with the file using the graphics and prep it for cutting and see how that part goes.

    (verified owner)

  • Oh, I was also going to add another comment/question. The SVG file loaded into the Cricut software at what I believe was the intended dimensions. This is very good since all of SVG files that I save myself from Silhouette Studio come in at the wrong size in Cricut Design Space and have to be rescaled. Are you creating the SVG files in Illustrator, or are you saving them from the Silhouette Studio software? Just wondering because if it is saved from SS, I would like to know what settings you use or what magic you perform on the file such that it will load into DS at the correct size.
    Unfortunately, the JPG graphic file does not come in at the correct scale, page 2 came in at over 18 inches. I’m kind of used to that with the Cricut uploaded images, another design flaw with the software. I can generally check what size the Silhouette software loads it as and then scale based on that same measurement. However not everyone is going to have access to both the Silhouette and Cricut software. So if you figure out any magic for correctly scaling the JPG too, that would be great. Otherwise, just some text in the file itself saying what size it should be scaled to in order to match up with the SVG file would be an option.

    (verified owner)

  • Thanks, Rob, for your efforts in getting this to work with the Cricut also, and not just the Silhouette machine.

    Unfortunately, the limitations of the Cricut DesignSpace software are showing themselves. When I uploaded the test SVG I could clearly see the red colored score lines where it showed what was uploaded. When I actually inserted that upload into the project, it made all of the lines black. In fact, it makes the fill black also – very unhelpful. I can change the fill to white; there is not a transparent no-fill option. Is there a way to include a picture in this comment section? I did a screen capture. Or if you want to take this discussion to email I could do that too.
    It would siiill be helpful to have all the score lines for each object attached together as one object – in Silhouette studio I make them a compound path. And the same to have all of the internal score lines for the object attached together. Then, even if the color of the lines didn’t come through I could tell by the pattern of the attached lines which was the score and which was the cut. Right now the layer panel just shows 24 individual slanted lines and two curved lines for each outer wrapper piece. I need to select each one that will be scored individually to attach to the main outline piece. I then have to select each of the internal cut lines and attach them to the main piece. I have a picture that shows this too.

    (verified owner)

  • 5 out of 5

    I finished the cut only model that I cut on the Cricut maker! The only thing I would add about the cut file that we haven’t already discussed would be that the cut lines in the wrapper pieces all still were just a tiny bit attached at the outer tips and I had to snap each of them apart just at that tip. If the cut line were just a smidge longer that would have been a clean cut. The other thing was that the last two cores were a pretty tight fit between the legs of the larger piece they attach to. I had to turn the tabs for the cores down a little further than where they folded easiest from the score line.

    It looks great and is even more fun to play with in person than watching it move on the video. I think I’ll add some circular cut pieces over the ends of the last core just to give it a more finished look until there is a body to attach it to! I found with a little play it extends its range of motion, especially to the side with the glued overlap on the wrapper, which has now softened up a bit . I also hadn’t been paying attention with the final assembly and there are wrapper joins visible on all four sides, I didn’t end up with clean front and top sides that don’t have joins. But it is barely visible so no matter. Just something for me to keep in mind next time.

    I hope you keep trying to get the designs into formats for the cutters. I’m willing to help and provide any feedback on what seems to work or not for cutting on a Cricut.

    (verified owner)

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9 reviews for Poseable Tentacle

  • Thanks for this Rob! I’m opening up the SVG file to try to use this on the Cricut. One thing I have to do on the Cricut is attach the score lines and any internal cut lines to the object that will be cut or scored. There are lots of little separate cut and score lines so it would be helpful when you create the SVG file if you could select all the score lines for each piece and make them a compound path, and then do the same for all the internal cut lines for each piece. That way there would only be two objects I would have to find and attach for each piece. I’ll provide more updates as I work on this.

    I also have Silhouette Studio software and opened the studio file for comparison to the SVG. I don’t have a Silhouette machine though so don’t know much about the actual cut screen, but I don’t see anywhere on there where it is telling it to score rather than cut.

    (verified owner)

    • Please check my comment below… and the downloadable test file.

  • 5 out of 5

    @dreamer if you update to the latest Silhouette Studio [4.2 at present], click the SEND tab top right and you can select which action each cutter performs – Cut, Emboss, Score,etc. – from the list below.

    @Rob, I love your work, I am going to try this out using my new Silhouette Curio, it will be the first moving model I have cut. I am glad to see that your pdf files are also very clear and will be suitable for use on the cutter too via Silhouette Studio. I’ll need to do them with the Print and Cut feature as they’ll need registration marks to ensure that they line up properly. I’m going to try out the 2 Giraffes one next.

    Which plotter / cutter do you use [if any]?

    (verified owner)

    • Hi Richard, I have used a Silhouette Cameo 3 for this project using the second blade holder for a ratchet blade set to minimum cut for score lines.
      I also have a Cricut Maker but have really struggled with the useless, locked down, restrictive software, grrr. the Cricut is the far better machine, looking forward to them releasing stand alone software rather than web based…

  • Richard – thanks for the info. So in the case of this particular file, you would still need to select each individual line that was to be scored rather than cut and change it’s setting? Is there any indication in the file itself that would indicate which lines are to be set to score vs cut?
    I’m trying to figure out how much easier it would be to cut on a Silhouette machine (library maker space) using the Studio file versus cutting on my own Cricut machine using the SVG file.

    (verified owner)

  • A few more thoughts about using the SVG and JPG files on the Cricut. For this project, I didn’t really need the glue graphics, and could just cut and score. But wanted to try a version to see how I could those graphics to a print then cut version. I found that the glue graphic would work better if just a solid gray rather than with the words, especially since they are white words. The white gets interpreted as part of the background when I upload it into Cricut and so those glue graphics have cut out edges where it took out part of the word. It may be nice even to have the glue graphic just a bit smaller than the tab, at least on the fold side. That way if the print and the cut lines don’t quite line up after begin cut by the machine, the gluing graphics are less likely to show up on the finished model.

    (verified owner)

    • Thanks Nancy – please check my comment below and my uploaded test file…

  • Thanks for your comments everyone. This is the fist cutting machine project so obviously there will be a few teething problems, comments have been invaluable!
    I have added a couple of test files to the download area for this model.
    TentacleSilhouetteGrey is the background jpg with the text in the glue area removed and the glue areas shrunk slightly. I’ve done th first page, let me know how it goes…
    TentacleSVGTest is a zip file of the svg file with the score lines in red. Let me know if this helps. (I had to upload a zip for now until I can work out how to enable svg uploads!)

  • Thanks Rob, I’ll try out the new download. I got the original cut but not assembled yet. From just a first looks at it as I removed it from the mat, it looks like it cut and scored perfectly! Unfortunately, I’m having some issues with my print then cut calibration on the Cricut so won’t test cut that until I get the problem figured out. Planning a call to them on Monday. But I can play with the file using the graphics and prep it for cutting and see how that part goes.

    (verified owner)

  • Oh, I was also going to add another comment/question. The SVG file loaded into the Cricut software at what I believe was the intended dimensions. This is very good since all of SVG files that I save myself from Silhouette Studio come in at the wrong size in Cricut Design Space and have to be rescaled. Are you creating the SVG files in Illustrator, or are you saving them from the Silhouette Studio software? Just wondering because if it is saved from SS, I would like to know what settings you use or what magic you perform on the file such that it will load into DS at the correct size.
    Unfortunately, the JPG graphic file does not come in at the correct scale, page 2 came in at over 18 inches. I’m kind of used to that with the Cricut uploaded images, another design flaw with the software. I can generally check what size the Silhouette software loads it as and then scale based on that same measurement. However not everyone is going to have access to both the Silhouette and Cricut software. So if you figure out any magic for correctly scaling the JPG too, that would be great. Otherwise, just some text in the file itself saying what size it should be scaled to in order to match up with the SVG file would be an option.

    (verified owner)

  • Thanks, Rob, for your efforts in getting this to work with the Cricut also, and not just the Silhouette machine.

    Unfortunately, the limitations of the Cricut DesignSpace software are showing themselves. When I uploaded the test SVG I could clearly see the red colored score lines where it showed what was uploaded. When I actually inserted that upload into the project, it made all of the lines black. In fact, it makes the fill black also – very unhelpful. I can change the fill to white; there is not a transparent no-fill option. Is there a way to include a picture in this comment section? I did a screen capture. Or if you want to take this discussion to email I could do that too.
    It would siiill be helpful to have all the score lines for each object attached together as one object – in Silhouette studio I make them a compound path. And the same to have all of the internal score lines for the object attached together. Then, even if the color of the lines didn’t come through I could tell by the pattern of the attached lines which was the score and which was the cut. Right now the layer panel just shows 24 individual slanted lines and two curved lines for each outer wrapper piece. I need to select each one that will be scored individually to attach to the main outline piece. I then have to select each of the internal cut lines and attach them to the main piece. I have a picture that shows this too.

    (verified owner)

  • 5 out of 5

    I finished the cut only model that I cut on the Cricut maker! The only thing I would add about the cut file that we haven’t already discussed would be that the cut lines in the wrapper pieces all still were just a tiny bit attached at the outer tips and I had to snap each of them apart just at that tip. If the cut line were just a smidge longer that would have been a clean cut. The other thing was that the last two cores were a pretty tight fit between the legs of the larger piece they attach to. I had to turn the tabs for the cores down a little further than where they folded easiest from the score line.

    It looks great and is even more fun to play with in person than watching it move on the video. I think I’ll add some circular cut pieces over the ends of the last core just to give it a more finished look until there is a body to attach it to! I found with a little play it extends its range of motion, especially to the side with the glued overlap on the wrapper, which has now softened up a bit . I also hadn’t been paying attention with the final assembly and there are wrapper joins visible on all four sides, I didn’t end up with clean front and top sides that don’t have joins. But it is barely visible so no matter. Just something for me to keep in mind next time.

    I hope you keep trying to get the designs into formats for the cutters. I’m willing to help and provide any feedback on what seems to work or not for cutting on a Cricut.

    (verified owner)

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