how to transfer proper notch cut pattern to ceramic tile

Help! I am having troubles figuring out the best/easiest way to transfer the right cuts to the right corners on ceramic tile.
Signed, Stupid homeowner thinking "I can do this!"
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Best thing to do is make a pattern. They use'em all the time in the home repair business. Get some plumbers putty and roll out some long thin pieces. You remember playdough when you was a kid? Then lay it out adjacent to the notch, the way you want the tile cut. Then pour some quick set epoxy in the dammed area. WaLA! PrestO ChangeO. After it sets you have a perfect pattern. Just lay it over a full tile and make your cuts. What would you home improvement wannabes do without me?
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Thats not fair, you can call Artie lots of things but Pro is NOT one of them.
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This is easier to show than to explain.
Place the tile to be cut on top of the last full tile closest to your obstacle. Take another new tile and place it on top of the to-be-cut tile and push it against the wall, jamb, or obstacle. Draw a line onto the to-be-cut-tile on the opposite side. If the tile needs to be cut 2 directions, you may have to move it onto another full tile you already did lay to mark the other direction. After you have done one or two, you will get the gist of it. You will need to make allowances for grout and the spacing lugs on the tile, if you have them.
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This is the best way to do it. Don't waste time with patterns.

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On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 17:00:04 -0500, "stupid home owner trying to be

Cardboard and a knife? Trim the cardboard to the same dimensions as a full tile. Next cut the cardboard fake tile to fit perfectly. Trace the pattern on the real tile. Cut and install.
Barry
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Rectangles can be traced onto a 2nd tile and sawn.
More complex shapes, repeated cut-and-try with a template of heavy paper, which you then transfer to the full tile for sawing.
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