Transfer Your Patterns With Acetate
If you want to transfer a scrollsaw or chip-carving pattern onto a piece of wood, buy some clear acetate film. Available from office-supply stores, this film has a peel-off backing that allows you to adhere it to any workpiece. (Before you buy, check with a service technician or the company who makes your copy machine to ensure that the machine will accept clear acetate sheets.)
Now, to get your design onto the appliqué film, first draw or trace the pattern on a piece of paper. Then, place the paper pattern face-side down on the glass plate of the copy machine, load the appliqué film in the paper-supply bin, and photocopy the pattern onto the appliqué film. Now, you're ready to adhere the appliqué pattern to your project piece.
—Phil Maass, Rochester, Minn.