How To Use A Template In Plasma Cutter Metal Art

Are you going to work on a metal art project? Or

Need to design a heavy duty piece of art with a logo?

You’ve a great project idea and designs. But to make this idea real, you must need various working tools for ornamental iron such as rollers, nailer, welder, plasma cutter and more.

Like many other metal working tools, the plasma cutter is one of the essential tools for ornamental fabricators to quickly cut various metal sheets for metal art or ornamental iron furniture.

plasma cutter art
But do you have a clear concept of how to use a template in plasma cutter metal art?


Definitely, after going through our article you’ll be knowledgeable enough to perform your jobs more precisely and efficiently.

Undoubtedly, you’ll find it amazing once you’ve done the project successfully.

Let’s Go!

The two basics of metal art are:

  • Cutting shape and designs
  • Cutting a perfect circle

Let’s go to learn how to freehand cut shapes and designs and cut a perfect circle.

Cutting Shapes And Designs- Using Freehand

plasma cutter designs

If you like to do your artwork with a plasma cutter, certainly you’ll need to learn some forms of object cutting. Undoubtedly, cutting shapes is a crucial skill to learn, but the efficiency of your future work depends on how efficiently you can cut shapes and design it. In this case, you need to practice a lot on your own. After a good practice, you’ll feel comfortable to cut any shapes.

Cutting A Perfect Circle- Using Freehand

This is another basic learning of plasma cutter metal art. You may frequently need circles to be cut out for art pieces. It’s true that cutting circle is one of the tough shapes to get freehand. Using a quick jig, you can make a great circle at home. It’ll not only make your task easier, but also save your time.

How To Make Templates For Plasma Cutter Metal Art

Plasma cutter and design template.

Yes, with a template and plasma cutter, you can produce identical and multiple pieces of art within a very short time. You know, plasma cutter uses an extremely hot flow of gas to cut metal. It allows a metal artist to cut precisely any sheet metal. If you require creating multiple of the same piece of art, a design template can be most helpful. You’ve two options to follow:

  • Trace your design onto the sheet metal using a marker
  • Clamp the template directly to the sheet

These will guide the plasma cutter to cut the art piece. If the metal sheet seems greasy, you need to clean it with metal solvent. Soapstone pencil or metal scribe can help you in this regard.

Remember, if you’re a DIY enthusiast and your aim is to decorate your home, you can’t overlook the out looking of grout. Before hanging your attractive sculpture, give a new look to the grout by using best grout sealer.

Hobart 40i or Miller spectrum 375 both tools are excellent for making detail works such as garden art, plasma art, signs or any type of scupltures.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Plywood or particle board
  • Cardboard
  • Soapstone
  • Jigsaw
  • Two or more metal clamps

How To Trace

Step 1: Draw the logo or design onto the piece of cardboard.

Step 2: Cut out the template. You may use a sharp knife to cut it.

Step 3: Clamp the template to the sheet. You’ll require at least two clamps to hold the template firmly in place. In case of large design, you may require three or more clamps.

Step 4: Trace around the template with soapstone. You should do it slowly. Be more careful when tracing around the clamps.

Step 5: Take away the clamps and template. You’ll now see an outline of the design.

Step 6: Cut the sheet using a plasma cutter. Place the plasma cutter tip directly over the outline. You should work carefully and slowly to get the precise cut.

How To Clamp

Step 1: Take the measurement of the distance from the center of the cutting tip to the edge of the tip.

Step 2: Outline the logo or design on a piece of plywood or particle board. In this case, you should deduct/ subtract the measurement that you’ve got in step 1.

For example, if the measurement of the center of the cutting tip is ¼” from the edge, you should draw the logo ¼ “ smaller than the desired.

Step 3: Cut the logo or design from the wood piece. You can use a jigsaw. You should work slowly to get the precise cut.

Step 4: Mount the cut wood piece onto the sheet metal. Use the clamps to hold the finished cut piece in the place.

Step 5: Trace around the cut piece/ template using a plasma cutter. Keep the edge of the cutting tip against the template. When the tip will reach near the clamp, you may require stopping cutting. Then replace the clamp to a new position. Continue the cutting process along the outline.

Things You Should Remember

  • If you need to use the template frequently, it’s wise to make a durable template by using a scrap piece of sheet metal.
  • Always try to practice with simpler cuts before cutting out complex shapes.
  • Don’t forget to wear safety equipment
  • Never ignore the manufacturer’s instructions.


An art is not only an art, it’s also an impression. But you don’t need every minute details. No matter whatever the design of your art, whether it be an indoor freestanding sculpture, wall art or a heavy duty piece of art with the company logo, your work will definitely be pretty one, if you can follow the right procedure of plasma cut metal art. Car Care Ninja helped me for some information.

Undoubtedly, our article on how to use a template in plasma cutter metal art will help you a lot to make your project successful as well as fun.

Thanks for reading our article. Hope, it’ll inspire you to start creating with metal.

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Ronald Wilson

I’m Ronald, Specialist engaged in the manufacture of fabricated metal products. I’ve been involved in the fabrication industry since 1998. To continue my love in welding and to share my experience I've formed a research team and have created this website for our valuable customers.

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