When I launched Creative Cutters in August 2017, I had two primary goals in mind: (1) provide a way for crafters to get together in my local community and (2) share some of the many different ways the Silhouette machines can be used. I’m happy to say that over the last 18 months attendance has grown (as well as enthusiasm!). We’ve completed a potpourri of projects using a variety of materials and techniques – everything from cardstock to canvas, glue to glitter, and heat presses to hammers. And I’m always looking for more to share!
One material that I’ve been eager to share for quite some time now is Oracal 8300, a transparent vinyl manufactured by Orafol, the same company that makes Oracal 631 and Oracal 651.
Oracal 8300 is primarily used for decorative projects on windows and other glass surfaces but can also be used in unique ways such as tinting headlamps or laminating chrome on vehicles*.
Oracal 8300 cuts like a dream and is easy to work with, making it perfect for our January Creative Cutters project – faux stained glass suncatchers.
To create the suncatcher, a pattern outline cut from Oracal 651 was applied to a 5-inch acrylic blank (available from Craft Chameleon). We then added various shades of Oracal 8300 to complete the design.
Everyone enjoyed working on their piece and I think they all turned out quite beautiful!
No meeting is complete without door prizes! Cynthia, one of our first-time attendees, went home with a Mint, courtesy of Silhouette America.
When it was time for the group photo, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to fit everyone in, but we did! You know I love seeing those smiling faces at the end of any class!!!
I really love this project and look forward to teaching it again in June as part of the Ultimate All Things Silhouette package, which includes your choice of ONE three-hour, hands-on class, limited to only 30 students. In this class, you’ll take your software and vinyl skills to the next level by learning how to create a faux stained glass project from start to finish. Other classes include Designing with Rhinestones and Creating a Reverse Canvas (in addition to the already sold-out Curio Boot Camp). You can find out more about the All Things Silhouette Conference by clicking here.
If you’re in my local area, why not join us for the next Creative Cutters meeting on Tuesday, February 19, in Carthage, TX? It’s so much fun and we’d love to have you! If you can’t visit in person, be sure to leave a comment below or pop on over to my Facebook page and say “hello” so I can still connect with you!
Until next time,
*Note: Applying vinyl on automotive headlights or taillights is not a warranted application of Oracal 8300. It may also be a violation of automotive safety regulations, so be sure to check your state and local laws.
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Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.