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Have you ever wanted to engrave aluminum with the Cricut Maker? Today’s post is all about how to engrave aluminum whether that be a jewelry blank or just an aluminum sheet. Grab your Cricut Maker and the engraving tool and start making your own personalized gifts and so much more. You really will not believe how easy this project is!
Supplies needed to engrave on the Cricut Maker:
- Aluminum blank (here is the version that I use that was painted or you can purchase jewelry blanks like these)
- Cricut Maker
- Engraving tool
- Strong grip mat
- Masking tape
- Black marker for engraving
- Cricut cut file (click here for the one that I used)
How to Engrave Aluminum with the Cricut Maker
I have both a video as well as written instructions for engraving just about any aluminum piece with your Cricut Maker.
Engraving Aluminum Video
First, if you would rather watch the steps, you can just play the video below.
Want to read about how to engrave aluminum with the Cricut Maker instead? Just keep following along below.
Adding Aluminum Blanks to the Strong Grip Mat
First, you’ll need to add your aluminum blank to your strong grip mat. The aluminum blanks that I am using were pre-painted but if you were going to use a plain aluminum blank I would recommend either spray painting it or using a marker after engraving to make the engraving itself stand out a little more.
Be sure to remove any protective coating from both the front and back of your piece. Then add your aluminum blank to the strong grip mat and be sure to put on either the 1“ x 1“ mark at the corner or center on the 1-inch mark. You just need to know where the blank is located on the mat in order to locate your design in Cricut Design Space. You will then want to put masking tape all the way around the outer edge of your blank in order to keep it from moving while engraving. Your mat is now ready for your machine.
Designing Your Engraving
Start by designing a cut file that you want to engrave into your aluminum. You can click here for the cut file that I used or design your own. Then click make it in Cricut Design Space. You will notice that on the file that I designed that I have the blank drawn as well as the design I want to engrave onto it. That is because you will need the square or the circle shape of your blank in order to locate the engraving on the mat.
To do that, remove the excess engraving off of the first mat. Click the three dots to pull up the menu and hide selected to get rid of the one you do not want to engrave.
You just want the one left that you will be using on your screen. Then move the blank that is on the second mat to the first mat so that the blank and the engraving are both on the same mat. To do this, pick it, click the three dots and click move to another mat.
You should be left with the design you want to engrave and the blank that you want to put it on both located on the same mat.
Align the blank with the 1-inch mark just like you have it aligned on the mat itself. Then move the engraving to where it is located exactly how you want it to look on the blank.
Then hide the blank itself using the hide selected function so that you only are left with is the engraving on the mat.
Using the Engraving Tip on Aluminum
Now you are ready to engrave your aluminum. Add the engraving tip to the housing and put it inside of your Cricut machine. Remember that the engraving tip itself only works with the Cricut Maker.
Then load the mat with the blank in place into your machine and click go to engrave your aluminum. Be sure to pick the aluminum setting for cutting. Please remember to move the white wheels all the way to the right so they do not mark your surface.
This process is exactly the same for small aluminum sheets as well as things like jewelry blanks.
Completing Your Engraving
Once complete you will want to run masking tape or a lint roller over the aluminum piece to remove any debris. Use caution as the aluminum shavings can get into your skin. Then remove the blank from the mat by removing all of the masking tape and peeling back the mat from the aluminum blank.
For engraving on plain aluminum, be sure to use the marker on it, wait a few minutes, and wipe away any excess. This will help the engraving on these pieces to stand out.
When you are adding an engraving to a painted piece, you don’t need to do anything further to it. It is simply stunning right out of the Cricut Maker.
You have now learned how to engrave aluminum with the Cricut Maker. Be sure to order plenty of blanks because you’re going to want to do this again and again. It really is easy to do but it looks simply amazing once complete.
So, have you used your engraving tip on any projects yet? This tip has so many uses that it is definitely one that you need if you own the Cricut Maker.
So, now that you can engrave aluminum with the Cricut Maker, what else can you make? Try these other links as well!
- The Best Way to Engrave Leather with the Cricut Maker
- Engraved Bracelet with the Cricut Maker
- Engraving Dog Tags and Earrings
- DIY Engraved Quote Bracelet
You can also try these other materials on your machine!
- How to Cut Wood with the Cricut Maker
- How to Cut Metal with a Cricut Machine
- Can the Cricut Maker Cut Acrylic?
- How to Cut Fabric with a Cricut
- How to Cut Acetate with the Cricut
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