How To Etch Copper With Vinyl

Recently I’ve been interested in metal smithing and jewelry making. While researching different methods I learned some people use their Cricuts and Silhouettes as a tool in making etched jewelry. I was so excited to try it! I love finding new ways to use my cricut! 

I followed this awesome tutorial over on Rings and Things blog, except I used vinyl as a resist instead of Sharpie or toner transfers.

Here are some pictures of my process.

First I created my design then cut it out on my Cricut Explore and applied it to my copper.

First I created my design then cut it out on my Cricut Explore and applied it to my copper.

Next I submerged it in the ferric chloride using packing tape to suspend it in the chemical.

Next I submerged it in the ferric chloride using packing tape to suspend it in the chemical.

Once it was done and I cleaned it up I applied metal paint to the inside design with the vinyl still on and let it dry.

Once it was done and I cleaned it up I applied metal paint to the inside design with the vinyl still on and let it dry.

And here it is all clean up and formed!

And here it is all clean up and formed!

I'm IN LOVE with this process and can't wait to make more beautiful things! If you've made jewelry with your Cricut I'd love to see it! Just tag me on Instagram at @MeanRightHookDesigns

Etching copper with the cricut explore | MeanRightHook.com

New Years Resolutions 

Happy 2017!! I know most people resolve to make healthy changes in the new year and that usually means working out. One way I stay motivated is with new workout clothes. I love making a new shirt and wearing it to the gym. So I've added a bunch of new fitness designs to the shop to help you kick off your year in the right direction, no matter what your favorite way to work out is. 

You can find these designs at: MeanRightHookDesigns.Etsy.com

For The Love Of All Things Pumpkin

This isn't a surprise to those who know me but I love all things fall and pumpkin. I would have a pumpkin spiced latte every day if they had them all year round. And with it being Fall it just puts me in the mood to crochet. A few of my friends also have a love of coffee and pumpkins so I made one for everyone and I cut out a little cuff card with my Cricut Explore. These are so easy and addictive to make. I might have to make different cuffs for every season.

Baby Shower Crafts

I love getting to craft for new babies! My sister-in-law is due at the end of the month and I can't wait to finally get to meet him! I whipped up a few onesies and a monthly stat board. I hope she loves everything.

How to Cut Freezer Paper with the Cricut Explore

How to Cut Paper with the Cricut Explore | MeanRightHook.com

I use to really want to get in to screen printing but there's just so many steps and lots of things to buy to get started. But a few years ago I heard about freezer paper and how to use it to make stencils for t-shirts. Back then I had to use an Exacto knife to cut out my designs. It's so much easier now being able to do it with my Cricut. And it is really easy, I promise.

Here's what you need:
1. Freezer Paper
   – I bought mine at the grocery store in the storage bag/foil isle but you can also get it on Amazon.


2. Fabric Paint
   – I used actual fabric screen printing ink. I found mine at Dick Blick but again Amazon is your friend. Just make sure you're buying ink for fabric not paper.


4. Foam Craft Brush
   – I picked mine up at Jo-Ann's.


3. Standard Grip Cricut Mat
   – It's my go to for cutting all things really


4. An item to print on
   – I got this shirt from Forever21 for $4 and it worked great! I've also used this method on canvas tote bags.

• First, cut out your freezer paper to fit on your mat. Then you'll place the freezer paper SHINY SIDE DOWN on the mat. So no need to mirror your design. 

• Send your design to cut and change your material to Paper, Parchment - 0.04mm

• Then weed out your design and place it on your shirt (SHINY SIDE DOWN). Iron the freezer paper to your shirt. I used the cotton setting on my iron. Make sure it's totally adhered, with no gaping between the stencil and the shirt. You don't want any ink bleeding around your cut lines.

• Next place something in between the layers of the shirt. You don't want ink to bleed through to the other side. Then paint your ink on using your foam brush.

• I let mine dry for about 30 minutes just so the ink was dry enough that peeling the paper back wouldn't smear it around.

• The last step is to heat set it with the iron again to make sure the ink is good and set. 

I LOVE my new shirt! I can't wait to wear it to the next pow wow! I really like the look of actual ink instead of HTV. It has a softness that is so different from HTV. I already have more ideas of things I want to make next.

I'd love to see your freezer paper projects! Tag me on Instagram, @MeanRightHookDesign, so I can see what you've been making! 

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