How To Engrave Metal Using Silhouette Cameo

12 Jun

My grandma passed away a couple weeks ago. I had the opportunity to get there and say my goodbyes before she returned to our Heavenly Father. For that, I’m very grateful. While I miss her, I know where she is and I know that I will see her again someday. It’s hard to be sad when you know without certainty where she is and who she is with. Still, I wanted to make something for family members to hold on to, a memory of her of some sort. So I bought a Tungsten Carbide Scriber Pen, which fits perfectly in my Silhouette pen holder, and I went to town. Allow me to show you how to engrave metal using your silhouette cameo!
how to engrave using cameoYes, it looks squiggly, but most elderly hand writing is! 🙂 So it’s perfect. Let me give you the walk through of how I did this. 
I took a card with Grandma’s signature, scanned it to the computer, and traced it in my Silhouette program.
Pretty straight forward, and a common process.

Once I had my signature traced to my liking, I loaded print paper in the machine.
engraving using a silhouette machineReplace the blade with a sketch pen (or marker, or pencil, whatever you typically use), and send it to the machine using the settings for print paper and sketch pen.

engraving using a silhouette cameo
It’s very important that you do not unload the mat when it’s done scribbling the signature. You need it to stay loaded so you know exactly where to place your metal charm.
I bought my metal plates at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section. “The Paper Studio” Spare Parts, $3.99 a dozen were on sale this week 50% off. I chose to use the scrapbooking pieces rather than the metal plates that they sell by the stamping tools because they are thinned metal and fit under the rollers better. I used these CLICK HERE  and these CLICK HERE.
So place the metal charm directly over the sketch, and tape that sucker down real good.
engraving using your silhouette cameo machineI use the chipboard setting when cutting this. It is already set to “double cut”, but once it finished the first time (and without unloading the mat!) I sent it through a second time… just so you know, if there is a difference, I couldn’t tell. So from now on I’ll just leave it as a double cut once done.

how to engrave with a silhouette machineI added these charms to a necklace pendant that I made using her photo from her days in the Navy…
Isn’t she lovely? Don’t let her beauty fool you! She’s a pistol of wit and intelligence.

6 Responses to “How To Engrave Metal Using Silhouette Cameo”

  1. Brenda June 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    So cool!! What a great idea!!

  2. Justine Y June 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    What a great idea Mandy! Such a nice little memento of her! Neat that you can do that with your Cameo! 🙂

  3. Christine January 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    do you need a certain egraving pen to insert in your cameo or just use the regular blade?

    • Mandy December 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

      you definitely need the engraving pen. Attempting this with the blade will destroy the blade and/or machine

  4. Ashley August 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Does this pin just go In the holder or do u need something else to? I’m new to silhouette so I’m trying to learn these things.

    • Mandy December 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

      It depends which package of the silhouette you purchased. If it came with the pen holder attachment, the pen goes into that. Otherwise, it won’t fit in the spot the blade usually goes

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