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Thursday, February 04, 2021

Engraving acrylic with the Chomas Creations Scan N Cut engraving tip

Here's a project I did using the new Scan N Cut engraver by Chomas Creations.  The regular engraving tip available now is awesome for filling in lines like I'm showing on my bulldog engraving.  
When you have details like this you have to send the project as a draw file, not a cut file.  You will lose all the little lines that make up all the details.  I also set the machine to draw and used a pressure of 9 and speed of 5.  You can find the new Chomas Creations engraving tip here...  engraving tip
Always remember to either use double sided adhesive or painters tape to secure your piece.
I got these acrylic pieces and the LED light bases from Craft Chameleon.
Here is the finished project!

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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

New Brother Scan N Cut engraving tip

By request I've started carrying the original engraving tip for the Brother Scan N Cut machines.  It will work in the entire line of Scan N Cut machines.
I like the engraver better on acrylic when you are filling in areas of a design, as seen in the photo.  
I've had requests to engrave on leather which you would need this original engraving tip to do.  
So yes this is different then the precision tip.  It isn't as sharp and has other uses.  It will engrave as well, I just find the precision tip works better for finer details and the engraving tip works better to fill in designs. They both have a use :)  The Chomas Creations engraving tip for the Scan N Cut is available here now... new engraving tip
Here is a comparison of the 2 tips.

As you can see the precision tip on the right comes to a much finer, sharper point and the engraver on the left is still sharp but less of a point.  I do offer these for other die cut machines such as the Cricut and Silhouette and wanted to offer them to my Scan N Cut users as well.
Here is a design I filled in today with the new Scan N Cut engraving tip.  I've got it on an LED light base here with the red light.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Warranty questions?

This is Amy from Chomas Creations!  Let me give you a back story before I get into the warranty questions some of you may have.
I got my first Cricut just a month after they came out almost 15 years ago.  At that time I got to cut paper with it and wanted to find more to do with it.  My first step was a mini gel pen holder.  Keep in mind I helped design this mini gel pen holder with the machines safety in mind.  I was addicted to my Cricut machine and would never do anything to harm it.  I worked with an engineer/machinist to come up with a safe way to do this.  I tested every product I have put out extensively before offering them to all of you.  
This all started almost 12 years ago.  I have yet to have anyone in those 12 years come to me and tell me that a Chomas Creations tool has harmed their machine.  These tools in no way modify the machine or any of the hardware or software it uses.  
I pride myself in making my tools out of quality materials right here in the USA.  I use small town machine shops and have close contact to the owners.  Quality control is very important to me!

With all that being said I have started researching more on the warranties for die cutting machines and whether a third party product can void a warranty.  The answer?  It isn't legal for a company to void a warranty due to a third party product.  Here is a blog post explaining this with a link to the law that protects owners that want to use third party products...  https://cuttingforbusiness.com/does-using-3rd-party-accessories-void-your-silhouette-or-cricut-warranty/
This is the same law that says you can use an Epson printer with an Apple computer, or use generic ink in a printer.  
Rest assured I stand behind my Chomas Creations tools and have for almost 12 years now.  I have many happy customers that come back for more tools when they get a new machine they love them so much!  Word of mouth is the best form of advertising and I appreciate each and every one of you that share your love for Chomas Creations tools and share your projects.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Etching on acrylic with the Chomas Creations engraving tip in the Silhouette!!!

After the last post I did on my blog (look below :) ) I had to learn how to do the photo etching myself!  I did buy Kay's at Cleversomeday's ebook to get a better idea.  You can find it in Facebook group of Kay's for the Silhouette here... https://www.facebook.com/groups/silhphotoetch/
The group is filled with amazing people that are so helpful and a lot of awesome ideas as well!  You can do this with your Silhouette and Cricut machines with the Chomas Creations engraving tip :)
Here is the picture I started with.
I used a program online called remove.bg to get rid of the background.
And then I used a sketch program on my iPhone to change the file to a sketch.  You don't need to do this step buy I wanted more contrast because of her light hair.
The rest you have to learn in the ebook! I just wanted to show my starting points.  Her tail was a bit cut off in the pic so I lined that up with the end of my engraved design.
Make sure when you add you acrylic piece to the mat  you use double sided adhesive or painters tape to hold your item in place. It is so important that it doesn't wiggle on the mat!
I did this with the Silhouette as I am waiting for my Explore to arrive and wanted to see how it would turn out. I was impatient and I wasn't let down at all!  I set the software to sketch, pen, and then put the pressure at 30 and the speed at 10.  

Here is my finished design!!!!  EEEEEEK!  
I did try to add a black piece of cardstock behind the acrylic piece here so you could see even more details Let me tell you how HARD it is to take a pic of acrylic LOL!  It is HARD!  You can see it so much better in real life and you can even see the detail in her eyes!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Chomas Creations engraving tip in the Explore Air 2

Want to know something awesome all of you Cricut Explore owners out there?  YES you can ENGRAVE with an Explore!  I have been doing it for years with the Chomas Creations engraving tip!  I see it out there all the time that you can not, but I'm here to blow you away with what Nancy Puleo shared on the Facebook page Cricut Engraving with Cleversomeday.  And she was nice enough to let me share it with all of you!  You can find the engraving tip for the Explore here... Chomas Creations

Yes she did this with the Chomas Creations engraving tip and she did it in the Cricut Explore Air 2!  I'm guessing you are all as amazed as I am and now I'm finding more fun stuff to do with the Chomas Creations engraving tips!  This is on a piece of acrylic.  There is so much you can learn in the Facebook group Cricut Engraving with Cleversomeday so head on over as I'm still learning how to do it!  Kay of Cleversomeday offers an ebook for a very reasonable price to get you started as well as a very informative group.  There is also another group called Engraving Metals with the Cricut Maker (which of course you can use your Explore instead) that has a lot of good info and ideas as well.  Can you tell I'm giddy with excitement?  
Here is another project that Nancy engraved with the engraving tip in the Explore, she also mentioned that the photo doesn't do the project justice as it was a bit blurry.  But WOW!  Can you even imagine it in person?
Thanks so much Nancy for letting me post this on my blog as I'm sure my Explore users are going to be absolutely thrilled with these ideas!  And more!

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