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      Thursday, June 13, 2019

10:06 AM - 06/13/2019

The topic: I hate it when that happens


So, I've got a Silhouette Curio. It's for etching and engraving and stuff like that. It still does the same things the Cameo does, but it has more power to do other things.

I've been trying my hand at engraving. I last posted about that here, back in February. Now that I'm back on my feet, I'm getting back into it.

Well, I found a YouTube video that described how to make a template for the Curio, for engraving files, so the method described in my weblog entry (linked above) is actually a lot less labor intensive. I bought the plastic sheets and figured out a way to get more than one cutout on the plastic sheet. My first try I have eleven different cutouts on the same template, spaces for small etching blanks. You know, dog tags, circles, hearts, etc.

This past month, I started working with the bracelet blanks and made a template for the four different sizes I have. For some reason, the first one I tried etching was a little bit off, so it etched wrong. Ruined. I did some comparisons and the template in the software was off about 1/8" from the actual plastic cut template. It took some time to get everything lined up again. And what I decided to do was to take the plastic templates and have them on their own cutting mats, so I didn't have to switch anything out.

I ordered the mats, they got here earlier this week. I was looking forward to working on them today.

I get everything out, setting it up and I open up one of the brand new mats. NOOOOO!!! I ordered the wrong ones. It's not like I'll never use them, I will, but I'll probably never need to buy another one. I needed cutting mats, not embossing mats.

And if I'd paid attention to the difference when placing my order, I'd be working with the Curio right now.


Anyway, when I finally am able to do what I planned, I'll take pictures and give links.

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lisaviolet is seventy something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

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