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Silhouette Cameo - Cut some stencils

Discussion in 'General Airbrush Discussion' started by jagardn, Feb 23, 2013.


  1. jagardn

    jagardn Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    I've seen the Silhouette referenced in other threads, but I figured I'd show some stencils made with it.

    I took the basic shapes of some of the Arttool, and traced them as an SVG in Inkscape.
    Note: Silhouette Design($50) version is needed to import SVG's, I already have been using inkscape a while, I am comfortable with it. The same type of designs can easily be made with the software that comes with it. I was just eliminating the learning curve.

    I used Badger Stencil Film
    IMG_2274.jpg

    Here is the layout of the stencils in the software
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    The stencil paper on the adhesive cutting mat, while the machine was cutting.
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    Here is the same design after peeling off the outer portions
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    Here are the stencils I cut today, its pretty simple to use, if anyone is looking for a low cost plotter, I highly recommend it.
    IMG_2275.jpg
    IMG_2276.jpg

    Josh(Seamonkey), this is my attempt to make you spend money since you made me buy a Krome. ;)
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    Air_fx Young Tutorling

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    I had not heard of this plotter, but now that I have I'm very interested in knowing more....Especially from guys using it to cut paint masks.....I've been wanting a plotter for along time so I can stop buggin the guys at the local sign shop for my paint masks....this little plotter seems like just the ticket.
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    Talla Needle-chuck Ninja

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    I highly recommend this vinyl cutter. I got one for my birthday in January and cant stop plying with it. The software that comes with it does the job though as i get better at using it I am seeing some shortcomings. Just cut out a stencil using stencil vinyl for my latest project and it came out a dream Will be posted in WIP shortly. Also cut out some flame stencils, some french curves, a set of different size sperm (used in my last project) all cut out of the vinyl used for document covers.

    I love this machine its fantastic once you get used to it.

    If anyone is interested we could start a thread for swapping cutting files

    Andy
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    I have the cameo as well, it's pretty bad ass for the price. But I am interested to know what material that you used, also, what level did you put the blade on for it.


    Dylan
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    Talla Needle-chuck Ninja

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    Hi Dylan, . I use a mylar (at least i think its mylar) transparent sheet. I buy packs of 5 A4 document covers used for doing presentation documents. I then cut the spine area off and voila ... transparency sheets! I cut them on blade setting 2 - 2.5. speed 9 thickness 30. For my proper self adhesivestencil vinyl I cut at 1 - 1.5 blade setting and use the vinly option in the cut settings to get speed and thickness.

    Hope this helps.

    Andy
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    I've been reading reviews and watching Youtube videos on this little plotter, and other then being a bit noisy it seems like sweet little setup for the money....This might be my next airbrush accessory purchase.
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    For the Badger stencil film I used the "printer paper" setting that was in the defaults
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    I will have one in April because if this you dirty dog, lol!!! That cameo is sexy ;)


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    jagardn Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    Here is another Silhouette project I worked on tonight.

    Some times you need a stencil with some rough edges(Skulls, rock, etc)

    I was practicing with some torn cardboard to give me the rough edges, then a light bulb went off.

    I coated one side of the cardboard with Createx Opaque Black, and took a picture.


    IMG_2278.jpg
    Upped the contrast with then used the Threshold option in Pixelmator(Photoshop alternative for Mac)
    Ripped Cardboard 1.png

    Created my Silhouette project and cut. Now I can re create the unique stencil if I ever lose or destroy the one I have. :)

    IMG_2280.jpg
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    This is a design for my latest WIP cut from self adhesive stencil vinyl using the Silhoutte Cameo.
    WIP Bevelled butterfly.jpg
    Hehehe .... Its just cheating isnt it!:devilish:
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
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    jagardn Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    Awesome! An industrial butterfly. Are you laying this on something for a stencil or using it as a window sticker?
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    I got one of these for Christmas and love it. I can make my own stencils and do vinyl letters (custom logos, etc.) to make a little money too. One thing I fight with on this is the tracing feature I just can't seem to figure it out. I did find a separate software called "Make-The-Cut" and it looks a bit easier to use with video lessons on youtube and what not. Here's the link to the site Make the Cut!™ - Offical Website - Greatest cutter software yet created! Anyhow, one question I had was if anyone has a good source for free stencil downloads and what not? Just curious.
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    You just cut them out of paper, or is that just the setting?
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    jagardn Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    I used the Badger stencil film in my first post, it is for longer term use and is solvent resistent. Paper could be used for temporary light spraying applications.
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    Would you say they are as thick as a purchased regular stencil like from airsick or arttool?
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    I use thick paper, cardstock for My stencils workes great for me

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    I have cut some free hand stencils out of the X-Ray film I have. I have to figure out how to make a oval and circle one. Probably going to buy some since it is hard to hand cut perfect ovals and circles.
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    jagardn Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    Badger film is 3.5 mil. I've never purchased any stencils, sorry, I don't know how thick they are. I have double laminated 115lb card stock and used it.
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    Hey you're on here too. I just got a Cameo this week. I have Grafix Dura Lar from Michaels, 5 mil 25 sheet pack, seems about 1/2 the thickness of an Artool stencil. The cameo cuts it great. Not only that but vinyl too. So I can see using it to make adhesive masks for projects on metal and other hard surfaces. Never mind other vinyl uses.
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    As for the setting I have found to work with the Cameo and 5mil Mylar. Blade 3, speed 1, thickness 24, double cut. A youtube video also showed someone using these same settings for the Grafix 7 mil dura Lar. Grafix also makes Dura Lar on a roll up to 20 mil according to their web site. Unfortunately only thickness available in a matte finish is 5 mil. 5 mil seems to work fine, but a 10 mil would be better, the 5 is a bit flimsy, but I am sure I will get used to it.

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