The information below is how I do my acrylic blanks. I am including some product information as well. Please understand some of the products may contain affiliate links.
⬅These mats are amazing!
Watch the video below to see how to arrange your images in Design Space so you can cut your vinyl all on the same mat! Be sure to arrange your different colors of vinyl on your cutting mat in the same places that show on your screen. Now your Cricut will cut the vinyl where you placed your images on your Design Space screen. So simple, but Such a big time saver!!
In the videos below you get to see parts of my workspace😊 I am a lover of old porcelain top tables- they look dirty and beat up, I promise they are clean haha- well- they actually are pretty beat up, but I love them! The table where I have my UV lamp was given to me by one of my dear friends, it’s a great space to work on! Crafting makes me happy, and having things I love around me makes it even better!!
Let’s make our ornament!
- owl acrylic keychain shape –the owl shape is listed in the keychain section.
- alcohol – small one touch pump bottle shown in the video
- lint free wipes, or a coffee filter works great too
- small nail file
- various tools you use for weeding your adhesive vinyl
- squeegee tool
- adhesive vinyl in your choice of colors
- transfer tape, paper or clear- I used clear in the video
- spray bottle with water and a small drop of dish soap (any basic type of dish soap that does not have special lotions, or extra added ingredients) You don’t need much dish soap, add a drop to your water in the bottle, shake your bottle and spray a bit on your hand- you should feel a little slippery feeling-if you can’t feel any soap add another small drop.
- bead reamer or you can use an exacto knife to cut out the hole
- silicone make up brush
- UV resin I like Miraclekoo or Limino, both work good-both smell!
- small butane torch-this is the one I use *note it does not come with butane, but you can also find small, filled ones, at hardware stores or dollar stores.
- UV lamp -my lamp is 54W, I personally wouldn’t use a lower wattage- the lower it is the longer it will take your resin to cure.
Sand lightly with your nail file-just enough to make scratches on your acrylic shape. The purpose of the sanding is so your uv resin has something to bind to when you apply it.
Clean your shape with alcohol using the lint-free cloth, or a coffee filter. This is to remove any dust from the sanding- if there are particles left behind it will show once you apply the vinyl. After you clean your shape set it aside and weed your vinyl.
Take a piece of transfer tape and apply it to your vinyl -use your squeegee to apply it to be sure to get it completely adhered to your vinyl. I like to use clear transfer tape because the shapes, and vinyl, are small- I need to be able to see through the transfer tape and you can’t see the best when using paper transfer tape.
Spray a small amount of soapy water on the acrylic shape and also on the sticky side of transfer tape that has the vinyl on it. I use my finger to help spread around the water/soap mixture. After you get the vinyl lined up where you like it, use your squeegee to push out all the excess moisture from the water. Once you feel it’s out, slowly pull back your transfer tape. Don’t pull it off like a band-aid, you need to go slow, this will also help eliminate any bubbles. Continue with the rest of your vinyl pieces- *note-I use a different piece of transfer tape after I use the wet method-you will find it is harder to get the vinyl to stick to the transfer tape if you reuse it.
After the vinyl is applied use your bead reamer to make your hole. I poke it through and then use the sides of the reamer like a nail file and file the vinyl out of the hole. You can also twist the reamer, but I find it sometimes twists the vinyl and I have ruined too many projects that way. So now I go slowly and push against the sides of the hole with my tool.
To apply your UV resin use a silicone make up brush. You do NOT need a lot of resin! Apply small dots, or a small line, and “paint” on your resin, or act like you are spreading jelly on toast. I tend to start in the middle and work my way out. Apply a thin coat-remember you can Always add more as you go if you need to! It’s very difficult to take it off after you squeeze it out of the bottle.
*PLEASE READ-UV resin has an awful smell! Especially after you torch it to remove the bubbles! I typically wear a mask because I am highly sensitive to all synthetic smells. Epoxy is another option for sealing, but that also has an odor- it’s not as strong-it’s more of a “fume”, but it still smells and can give you issues. Please be careful! If you are unsure of any of these products, please contact your doctor. I have heard of many people having bad reactions to these chemicals! You can ALWAYS leave your ornament with just the vinyl on it- it does NOT have to be sealed. This is just my personal preference because I like the shine. It is not necessary, especially because it’s not going to actually be “used”, it is meant to hang on a tree.
While applying your resin it’s best to stay close to a light source -NOT A WINDOW THOUGH- SUNLIGHT WILL CURE YOUR RESIN- DO NOT WORK NEXT TO A WINDOW OR ANYTHING THAT LETS SUNLIGHT ON YOUR WORKSPACE! Keep close to a table lamp, or something you can look at your blank to help it reflect the light. It will help you to see your surface and be sure you have resin all the way to the edges. Careful not to fill the hole! UV resin tends to pull away from the sides as you work and especially after you hit it with the torch. The torch is for popping any bubbles that may be in the resin. If you cure it before you torch the bubbles out, your piece can come out with tiny divots all over that top. Some people like to torch the blank and then let it sit a few minutes and check the resin and torch again before curing it. You will get a feel for what works for you. *Be sure if you let it sit for a while first, that your table is level! The UV will run off and you will have to reapply. There are several different types of UV lamps. Most have timers-some have to be reset every 90 seconds- so depending on the style you have, your cure time may vary. My lamp takes about 5 minutes. If I am using glitter, or any type of added coloring, I will cure it a bit longer. or take it outside and let it sit in the sun for a little while.
After your piece is cured let it sit a few minutes. If you touch it right away you can leave fingerprints. I usually take my piece out and let it sit on a window sill -it can sit and the sun can also help it to finish curing. Once it sits for a bit you can do the back. Again…use the wet method! You will love this technique once you master it! No bubbles AND you can pick up the vinyl and move it into place multiple times if you need to! Game Changer!
I created an inset for this file-that helps so your vinyl won’t hang over on the sides. Because this is an ornament I did not seal the back of it. You can if you like, totally a personal preference! If you do decide to seal it, be very careful not to let your resin spill over the sides- it can seep under the finished blank and ruin the side you have already completed. Many people use liquid latex on the completed side. That is a liquid that you can get, it dries kind of like a rubber cement type feel. You can apply it to the completed side and let it dry. After it dries you apply your resin to the other side, this way if any of the resin drips to the completed side it won’t stick, you just peel it off with the liquid latex. I don’t use this method very often for fear of latex allergies with my customers, but if I do I am always sure to notify my customer. Please be sure if you do use it to disclose that to your customer.
Again, use your bead reamer to cut out your hole on the back of your project. If you are not sealing the back then your ornament is now complete! Find yourself a cute decorative hanger and there ya go! You can get creative and add the year on him, or even personalize it with a name! Make a separate charm and add information there.
This is one I made last year, I made a small charm, with the year, a few stars and some glitter.
I hope this helps you to make an adorable ornament! I would absolutely love to see your finished projects in our Facebook Group!! Also, if you have any questions you can head over there and ask away!!
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