Creating the Line of Symmetry on Backsplash Panels
Working with the 1005 design backsplash panels may be intimidating when the thought of cutting metal comes to mind. I am here to ease your mind and to give you some helpful tips when cutting your metal backsplash panels.
One of the first and most important things to be aware of when cutting metal is wearing protective eye wear and gloves!
The next step is to mark the line of symmetry. For those of you that are new to working with metal there is a “harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance” in the 1005 Design decorative metal backsplash panels better known as symmetry. The other definition of symmetry is the “patterned self-similarity with rules of geometric transformations-reflection and rotation.”
Protective Film and Label
On each backsplash panel there is a protective film covering and there is also a label on each panel that has a line marked on it instructing you to extend the line to the end of panel. This is so that each panel may be marked for the line of symmetry to assist you in cutting and installing your panels successfully and without error.
The purpose of this line is to help keep the pattern aligned after you have made a cut. But more importantly the line will also help ensure that the reflective properties will stay the same as well. Therefore eliminating a “flip” in the metal or being upside down. The flip is only necessary when matching a specific pattern such as the weave pattern.
Avoiding the Flip
What is a flip? A flip occurs when changing the direction of the panel or turning it upside down. By changing the direction of the panel or flipping it will change the refection of the pattern in the metal. Depending on the person, this may go unnoticed or it may not. It is best to use the line a symmetry to avoid flipping the panel. Most importantly it helps ensure that you have cut the panel properly for installing it. And gives you the desired appearance of the backsplash panels after installation. 1005 Design only has one pattern where the flip is mandatory when installing and that is the weave pattern. In order to keep the flow of the pattern every other panel must be flipped.
One of the best ways that we have found to cut the metal is by using a metal T Square and a utility knife. This tool helps keep the line straight when scoring and in the same spot. The T Square also helps with bending the metal after scoring to keep the edge straight.
We hope that this helps give you confidence when installing your new DIY backsplash kit by 1005 Design. Working with metal can be intimidating because it is a different material from wood and ceramic. However, working with the decorative metal backsplash panels is rather uncomplicated and easy!
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