Seeing lots of talk about doing Glowforge marquetry and papercutting, I thought I’d share a little trick for picking up teeny cut pieces off the honeycomb, especially ones that you want to stay in a particular arrangement (such as unconnected letters or images with multiple parts that you want to glue directly to another surface).
Tape of various kinds is useful (especially blue painter’s tape), but it’s easy to bump things and have them
get jumbled when you can’t see through the tape, and for the tape to be too sticky. To prevent having to tweezer your little parts up or back into place, put mesh drywall tape over your tiny pieces while they’re still on the honeycomb, and smooth down the tape as firmly as needed. You’ll still be able to see your little bits through the tape and then pick them all up in one go. For larger pieces, you can put several layers together–the mesh is open enough that you’ll still be able to see through it.
If you’re gluing them down with something like spray glue, you can just flip the whole taped section over and spray the back, then press only the cut pieces down on your base. The pieces will be stickier than the tape, so the tape will peal off–without leaving marks in the cut pieces or base.
This is the stuff–it’s cheap and available at most hardware stores: http://www.homedepot.com/p/FibaTape-300-ft-Yellow-Self-Adhesive-Mesh-Drywall-Joint-Tape-FDW8243-U-FDW8243-U/100429161
Here’s a demo from someone else using the technique: https://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/magic-mesh-as-transfer-film-for-cardstock/