See how two easy techniques can make metal engraving stand out with your Cricut Maker
You have the engraving tip of the Cricut Maker but do not dare to engrave metal because you think you won’t get a nice result?
I understand your concern!
The best trick to enhance metal engraving made with the tip of the Cricut Maker is to use these two combined techniques: fill in the letters or drawings with hatches and use a product to darken the design.
This tutorial will show you both techniques so that you too can make an engraving just like this one.
But first, here’s what you need. This article contains links to affiliated products for your convenience and at no additional cost to you. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Several kinds of metal can be used. Here are a few:
- Galvanized aluminum sheets (this is what I use in this tutorial and I found them in the liquidation section at Michaels)
- Cricut Aluminum sheets
- Cricut Maker (it can be done with the Explore Air but it takes a tool that is not Cricut brand. Be careful not to cancel your warranty if you use it.)
- Maker’s engraving tip (and Quick Swap base)
- Purple mat
- Masking Tape
How to fill with hatches to make the engraving stand out
I have indeed created 2 SVG files, a file of hatches spaced at 0.020 inches with an angle of 60 degrees and another with the same spacing but at 120 degrees.
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You can see in the following video, all the details on how to use these files.
I chose 0.02″ after doing several tests with different spacings and hatching. Here’s a preview, but you can see it in detail in the video.
How to darken the design to make the engraving stand out even more
There are several products to darken the design and make your metal engraving stand out. My friend Jen, from “Well Crafted Studio” tested a lot of them. She even developed her own technique for engraving aluminum flashing. Go take a look at it!
Me, I would have loved to use Gilders Paste, but being in Canada, I could not find any (at least, not at a reasonable price!).
All this to say that I finally decided to try 2 products that I had on hand to darken my design:
- China Ink (or India Ink)
- Acrylic paint
You can see in detail in the video that China Ink is much more effective and that the acrylic does work but the result is more subtle.
I hope it inspired you to try your own engraving!
If so, come and show them to me in my Facebook group. It’s always nice to see your projects!