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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Engraving with the Cricut Explore

Ooooh wait till you see what the Cricut Explore can do!  How about etch or engrave aluminum tags!!?  I used the Chomas Creations engraving tip to make these tags.  I did use a multi cut of 2 and the highest pressure in the software.  I'm still trying to figure out the software for the Explore, so I don't have a tutorial just yet.  If anyone has ideas on making this easy, please share!
I used some of the chalkboard fonts for these.  You can see more about these here... chalkboard fonts
These dog tags and other aluminum shapes and sizes can be found at Ohax Industries!

Here is another tag I did as well!  I love these chalkboard fonts as they show up really well over any open font.






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35 comments:

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.blogspot.com) said...

Thank you for posting this! I have your engraving tip and needed some ideas for using it!

I did post about your pen and marker holders on my blog. I love using them! Check it out: http://www.withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com/2014/10/explore-writing-options-and-alternative.html

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Laura said...

Hey Amy, I'm curious to know if you've tried this little tool with leather?

Amy Chomas said...

Laura I have not tried leather. If you do try it let me know how it works! Amy

Homespundeb said...

Hi! I received my etching tip for the explore. I have a question - do I need to put a popsicle stick under it when I put it in the holder? When I drop it in mine, the tip is on the mat. Also, How thick do you recommend metal clay be rolled and dried for etching? Thanks!

Homespundeb said...

I figured out how to install it properly. However, when I went to engrave, it barely scratched the surface of a sheet of copper. Is there a way to get a deeper etch?

Amy Chomas said...

Try using a multi cut of 2-5 depending on how well it works. Some metal pieces are just too hard for the machine. It doesn't have the power to engrave on things like steel. Aluminum works very well!

Michele Weller said...

I used the engraving tip in the Explore on blanks & it barely scratched the surface. How can you change the pressure or use multi cut if it is in the pen holder slot? Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I bought this engraving tool but couldn't get it to engrave at all . I have the explorer , any tips?

Sonia Rodriguez said...

Here is what I did... Go into your owners Explore Manual and you will find all the info in Section 2B Page 2-10...

-Sonia

tsweb8033 said...

Will this attachment work with the Cricut Expression?

Amy Chomas said...

No the tip for the Explore will not fit in the other Cricut machines. You can find one that will fit here.... http://www.amychomas.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=19&zenid=ouquu6crqaeuf6045orlo11em6

Unknown said...

I just got the Cricut Explorer etching tool, and I can't get it to etch much at all on a variety of materials. It's the same as the standard scoring tool even with max pressure and multicut

Megan Pinion said...

Will this tool work this the Cricut Explore One?

Amy Chomas said...

I'm sorry it will not work in the One. It is a different sized blade holder.

Standing Beside Your Marine said...

Hey! How do I order one of the engraving tips? I started my own home business and I've have tons of requests for engraved tags

Amy Chomas said...

They are in my store! www.amychomas.com
If you have an Explore machine look for the Explore category.
They are on back order but will be back before January 18th.

Anonymous said...

bought all 3 pieces for the explore air would like to know if you have or will do a video on using the engraver on different materials I learn best visually as I now many othersdo Thank you

amycastle said...

I'm about to go insane trying to "trick" my new Explore into embossing into an aluminum soda pop can. I have watched endless videos about using the scoring pen (doesn't work) even when using the pressure on the highest setting. When I am able to get a great result (with cushion under the metal, I have those awful roller marks.
Also, when I practice using pre-loaded art I get a better result but when I use my own uploaded art I get only a ---- (scoring look). Any suggestions?
I bought this machine for this purpose only and I'm about to take it back after like 20 hours of trying!!!!

FE COT said...

Does this work on veneer sheets

FE COT said...

Does this work on veneer sheets

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ebeifuss said...

Would this work to etch into a very thin wood?

Amy Chomas said...

It sure will! As long as the wood is thin enough to fit under the rollers on the machine!

Unknown said...

Amy, is there anything available for the Cricut Explore One model?

Amy Chomas said...

Yes there sure is! The Explore One engraver can be found here... http://www.amychomas.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=27&products_id=142

L Wallace said...

Hi, would this tool work with the new cricut explore air 2?

Amy Chomas said...

Yes this will work in the Explore Air 2. All of the Explore tools will.

Carol DeLong said...

What thickness of aluminum like tags found on amazon.. or other sites.
Where do you recommend

Busylizzie said...

Do you think your engraving toil could be used with card to create an embossed image? I've tried with the scoring stylus, bit that doesn't work....

Amy Chomas said...

The engraver may rip paper depending on the thickness. The machine doesn't have the pressure to emboss on thick cardstock. It can emboss on vellum and thin metal sheets though.

Anonymous said...

My daughter placed first at the Louisiana HOSA Convention in the Foresics category. She received a gold medal and I would like to engrave it for her. Can you recommend a good font to use and how many times should I go over the writing?

Amy Chomas said...

You would have to be able to fit the medal under the rollers in the machine. If you can do that you can give it a try. Search my blog for chalkboard fonts. And I would go over 3-5 times depending on how hard the medal is.

sharon j said...

Amy I just purchased the explore air 2 and am wondering if I can use the engraving tool in it. If so, which one, the pen or the actual tool you show here in the blog.

Amy Chomas said...

You can use all the tools that fit in the Explore in the Explore 2!!