Oramask 813 Stencil Film – What I Like About It & Why

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If you’ve spent a little time in the Silhouette world, you know that there are endless possibilities of what you can do and create. Even after many years of being a Silhouette user, I’m learning new things all the time, not just about techniques but about different tools and supplies as well. A product I’ve been using for some time now is Oramask 813 Stencil Film. It’s been a real game-changer for me and today I’m sharing with you three reasons why like it so much.


Versatility

Oramask 813 Stencil Film can be used on wood, glass, ceramic and even fabric. It’s great for paint projects on both wood and fabric. It’s also perfect for etching glass and ceramic, whether you use a sandblaster or an etching cream such as etchall.

  1. Ease of Use

Stencil film cuts beautifully and is so easy to weed! Using settings of Blade=2, Speed=5, Force=10, and Passes=1, each of these designs cut perfectly on my Cameo and I was able to weed all 15 in less than 10 minutes.

  1. Effectiveness

Oramask 813 is designed for use as a stencil while other vinyl products such as 631 and 651 are not. It is thinner than adhesive vinyl and easier to work with. It has just the right amount of tack, meaning it adheres well to the base material, yet is easy to remove when ready. And because it is translucent, air bubbles or edges that aren’t sealed are easy to spot and can be fixed before they become a problem.

When using 813 on painting projects, there is a lower risk of paint bleeding under the edges of the stencil and less likelihood that the base layer will peel off when the stencil is removed.  When used for etching, there is less likelihood of cream bleeding under the stencil and I have yet to suffer a “blowout” when sandblasting over a stencil made of 813.  As a fabric stencil it’s much easier to use than freezer paper, especially if your design includes small pieces that could be lost in the transfer process.

Creative Cutters

If you haven’t used Oramask 813 stencil film, I encourage you to give it a try. Purchase it online at places like  Swing Design, H&H Sign Supply,Amazon, or Expressions Vinyl. If you do, pop back in and leave me a comment and let me know what you think. It’s always great to hear from you!

Until next time,

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4 comments

  1. Venae King says:

    Can you advise your settings such as Autoblade, blade setting, Speed, thickness and material type. I have a cameo 4 and I have tried several methods.

    • Lycia says:

      Hi Venae! If I use a ratchet blade in my Cameo 4, I can use the same settings as mentioned in the post (Blade=2, Speed=5, Force=10, and Passes=1). If I use the Autoblade, I increase the force a bit to around 15 or 20, depending on how my test cut looks.

  2. Diane says:

    How do you get bubbles out of the ORACAL 813? I purchased it in 20′ rolls and when I unroll it to cut something, there are so many bubbles. Like lots and lots through the whole roll.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Lycia says:

      That happens to me too Diane! Are you cutting on the roll or using a mat? If you’re cutting on the roll, you’re probably not going to get the bubbles out but your stencil film should still cut fine. If you’re using a mat, adhere the stencil film to the mat and then smooth out any air bubbles with a squeegee. Again, even if there appear to be bubbles after using the squeegee the film should still cut fine. Hope this helps!

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