Sunday, December 29, 2013

Etched Locket

Etched Locket

This is just one example of what you can do with your Silhouette Cameo cutting tool!  I sell the lockets and chains on ebay here and here.  Just add a vinyl stencil and some etching cream, and you have a custom keepsake for yourself or a gift! 
Instructions for etched locket:

  1. In your Silhouette Studio software, create a circle approximately .935 inches in diameter.
  2. Insert an initial in the center of the circle.  I used Feel Script, available here.  
  3. Cut your stencil out of Oracal 651 or outdoor grade vinyl.  Weed out the letter, being careful to leave the inside pieces of loopy letters (like the 2 inside pieces on my L and other letters like B, P, O, etc.).  
  4. Using transfer tape, transfer your stencil to the front of your locket.  First, make sure that the locket is screwed all the way on so you don't end up with a wonky monogram.
  5. Burnish all edges very well so none of your etching cream seeps under the vinyl.
  6. Apply etching cream in a thick coat and let it sit for an hour or so.  Ignore the instructions that tell you to let it sit for 15 minutes.  You really need an hour.  Nothing bad happens if you leave it on longer!
  7. Remove excess etching cream and rinse under cool running water.
  8.  Remove vinyl and give it one more rinse and dry.
  9. Open locket and fill with your family's birthstones and/or some charms to make it truly yours!


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