Wifey Wednesday: An exhausted wife tries out the Cameo…

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I’m not going to lie.

I intentionally chose something less complicated than a skirt because… 1) It’s Wednesday and 2) It’s February. I’m not sure if other teachers share this feeling, but February has always been a bit of a doozy for me. In January, I’m still somewhat rested from having 1-2 weeks off, and March brings the promise of spring break. February, though, just has some bad weather. And Valentine’s Day. It’s only the third… oy.IMG_0241.JPG

Anyway, this is the test of a new blade for our Silhouette Cameo- one for fabric! I obviously decided to cut out a brontosaurus. The flower is just to take a little more advantage of the space.

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Interface is a go

1) If you want to use the Cameo to cut out fabric, it needs interfacing. Silhouette makes its own, but I used leftovers from an old project without any trouble.

 

2) Make sure you have the adhesive side of the interfacing touching the wrong side of the fabric, and iron the smooth side of the interfacing (glue dots facing the board). 

 

3) Attach the fabric and interfacing to the cutting mat.

4) Make sure you have swapped out the normal blade for the blue fabric one, and line up the mat.

5) Use the fancy cameo program to choose a design. I would go into more detail here, but Max did it for me tonight.

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6) Watch it go! It’s more fun than it sounds. 

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What’s left after the shapes were taken out

Look at them! Aren’t they precious? Now I just have to go find something to put them on…IMG_0243.JPG

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Another New Toy! The Silhouette Cameo!

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A quick post for tonight-

Just received my new Silhouette Cameo! It is one heck of a machine. I have only tinkered a bit with it so far but I can’t wait to get cracking with it.  I will be able to do so many new projects. I bought it through Amazon.com and it came with many bonuses. It came with the vinyl starter kit and a whole mess of tool accessories.

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First Cutout

As you can tell, I need to practice.  I was a bit off center when I was playing around, but I am amazed at how precise the Cameo is.  I read that with the deep cutting blade, I can cut leather. I have 50 pounds or so of upholstery  leather samples. Should keep me busy. The tool review will come at a later date as I haven’t done much of anything with this machine yet.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the brevity! Till next time-

My New Toy: The Taurus 3 Ring Saw

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This, my friends, is my new toy. The Taurus 3 Ring Saw from the Gemini Saw Company.  Let me tell you, this is a beast.  Up to this point, to shape any broken pieces of porcelain, I would use clippers that risked cracking things in half.  Now, I can cut out any shape I want! It changes everything. I am going from circles and triangles, to dogs and whales!

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Look at my little whale!

I am so excited! Now, I make stencils and trace them out directly on the china with a paint pen. For those of you who don’t know what the ring saw is-it’s a diamond saw blade that can cut in any direction because of its round design. It is also a wet saw which keeps everything cool.  These types of saws are made for the stained glass world, but it is quite useful for porcelain.  I feel much better cutting things now, and I waste less material by cutting out instead of destroying all the bits around it. This allows me to use the leftover bits of china for jewelry projects like bracelet charms.

I decided to see if I could cut out the shape of a Brittany Spaniel…

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It could be my Hank or Sadie!

I give this machine a big thumbs up. It revolutionizes my production abilities. I am going to create a rating system to use now and in the future. Five Hammers =Perfect. One Hammer= Don’t Bother.

So The Taurus 3 Ring Saw is awarded…..(drumroll)…..

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Five Hammers out of Five! It is amazing!

Thanks for reading and remember tomorrow is Wednesday. That means it is the first edition of “Wifey Wednesdays.”  Alli will be taking the helm and posting tomorrow!

 

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Framed Up!