Silhouette Cameo at the Chicago Public Library Maker Lab, about to cut out a TARDIS Tshirt transfer.

Silhouette Cameo at the Chicago Public Library Maker Lab, about to cut out a TARDIS Tshirt transfer.

I had so much fun at the Laser Cut Earrings Workshop at the CPL Maker Lab, that I went back for another workshop. This time, it was learning how to cut vinyl on the Silhouette Cameo.

I was hoping to learn to use the Silhouette Studio software better, but wouldn’t you know it, we didn’t use that in the workshop, we used the open source program, Inkscape.

Did the librarians know that you could also cut un-fire metal clay on the Silhouette? I asked them. “Wait, what’s metal clay?” they asked. I explained what metal clay is and what Wanaree Tanner does with base metal clays and the Silhouette. One of the librarians did the little “exploding gesture next to the head” with sound effects. (You know, mind, blown.)

Always fun to blow people away with metal clay!

If you haven’t seen Wanaree’s videos, here’s a collection of links to the terrific work she does:

Video on making Scratch-foam texture plates on the Silhouette:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeIEvUnW6k0

Video on cutting un-fire metal clay on the Silhouette:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d-33oaVN7k

And, I missed this somehow, but she also has a class on craftcast that you can buy the download of:
http://www.craftcast.com/class-or-recording-item/1663279-new-metal-clay-possibilities-using-the

What I’ve mostly done with the Silhouette so far is make stencils for use with metal clay and acrylic paint. (Plus make insanely cute and detailed cards and holiday decorations.)

How about you? Have you tried it?

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