MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – Vinyl 101
Earlier today, I talked about the Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter: MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review. So if you buy a Silhouette Cameo, you’ll probably be making a variety of vinyl projects. Not all vinyl is the same, so here’s a little Vinyl 101 brought to you by high school librarian Dani Fouser.
Oracal 631- Semi-Permanent
Use for walls, windows and anywhere you want to eventually remove your vinyl.
Oracal 651 – Permanent
Use for car decals, cup decals, etc. This is water proof.
Use to transfer an image onto a surface. In a pinch you can use clear contact self-adhesive shelf liner, though it doesn’t work as well as the Oracal Transfer Tape.
Oracal Transparent Vinyl
Use to get a stained glass look. Best prices at www.craftvinyl.com
Heat Transfer Vinyl/Iron On Transfer Vinyl
Use this to do things like making t-shirts. It comes with transfer tape and you need print it mirrored. There are a few exceptions to this rule (like patterned paper) so be sure and read the specific instructions for the vinyl you are using.
Easy Weed Vinyl
Use this for more complicated designs that will require a lot of weeding.
Easy Weed Stretch
Has a little give in the vinyl making this good for t-shirts.
Siser – Most people prefer this brand
Pro-Vinyl – Comparable to Siser
As always, if you have additional tips and tricks, please add them in the comments.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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