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Metal and Vinyl Decal Valentine's Day Sign

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The last time I was in Dollar Tree, they had these galvanized metal signs , so I picked up a couple and decided the heart-shaped sign needed a Valentine's Day themed decoration. I found this free design from SVG & Me and set it up in Silhouette Studio to cut out of permanent vinyl. I sized the design and made sure it was set to vinyl settings and sent it to the machine. I have an ancient Silhouette Cameo , but it still works perfectly for cutting vinyl (well, truthfully, it could use a fresh blade after all these years, but otherwise, it works great). I plopped a 12 x 12 sheet of permanent red vinyl onto the craft mat (yes, you can cut vinyl without the mat, but it loads into ye olde machine a bit better on the mat). After I cut the design, I got out my metal sign and wiped it down and grabbed my weeding tool and got to work picking out the excess vinyl after the pattern had been cut. A few swear words were uttered as I realigned letters that pulled up and remembered that the

Valentine's Day Craft Collection

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This week's print project failed...twice...so check out all of our Valentine's Day projects to tide you over!  

3D Printed Faux Stained Glass Cardinal

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I was browsing Thingiverse looking for things to print when I had the idea that I could make a faux stained glass suncatcher using UV resin. So I went looking for stained glass frames that I could fill, and found that someone went to the trouble to design a few of these lovely faux stained glass birds--including designing the "glass" pieces to snap into the frame. So I figured I had to try it out. I selected the cardinal because it was only two colors (and they were two colors that I had). I printed the frame in black pla . The instructions suggested using 100% infil for the interior "glass" pieces (so you couldn't see the infil pattern--unless that's the look you're going for). I opted to set all the pieces to 100% infil and standard resolution (.2). The frame section took about an hour and a half to print on our printer . This print was pretty easy except that there were 10 separate pieces that needed to be printed. Our printer has a tough time with

Should I get a 3D Printer?

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So, you're thinking about getting a 3D printer, but you're just not sure if it's for you. I'm still a beginner when it comes to 3D printing, but we got our printer about a year and a half ago, so I hope I can answer some of your basic questions. 1. How much do they cost? Anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. There's a really wide range of features and abilities available. If you're looking for something basic, they've gotten much less expensive in the last few years. There are some really nice printers under $500, and if you're willing to DIY the set up a bit more, you can get a nice basic printer for just a few hundred dollars. We ended up going the basic DIY route and got a Creality Ender 3 Version 2 . There are tons of articles comparing printers . We ended up getting an inexpensive one because we weren't sure how much we'd end up using it.  2. Are they hard to use? Well, there's a bit of a learning curv

2022 Year in Review: Best of the Blog

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Happy New Year from Sarah Jane's Craft Blog! As has been a tradition for the last several years ( Best of the Blog Lists ), I've tallied up the most popular posts/projects of the previous year to share with you. The #1 most popular post of 2022 was this adorable 3D printed octopus . The #2 most popular post on the blog this year were these blown Alcohol Ink Mugs . This wasn't my first time inking mugs, but it was my first time using these mugs from Dollar Tree. The third most popular project on this year's blog was my Alohamora Key Rack . Once I finally found the right sized screws to hang this up, it's been holding our keys ever since! The #4 most popular post of the year was this lovely heart plate I made with alcohol ink and a vinyl heart to block the ink. The #5 most popular post of the year was this alcohol ink Rose Bowl.  Trying to achieve a rose pattern with alcohol ink has been something I wanted to try for quite a while. I was excited when I got it to mos

Turning Perler Beads Characters into Christmas Ornaments

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Earlier this year, I made some Perler bead characters from a kit off of Amazon . Since I've been slowly but surely making ornaments for a small tree themed after Harry Potter , I thought it would be fun to turn the Perler bead characters into ornaments. This is a pretty quick project. On most of the characters, there was a center bead in the top rows of beads. I used a vinyl pick (but an awl or large metal needle should do the trick too) to poke a clean hole through the middle beads. For some characters, there isn't a middle bead, so to keep the ornament hanging mostly straight, I made a new hole between two beads in the middle. This required using a lighter to heat up the metal of the vinyl pick and then to poke a hole. Once the holes were poked, then I added a jump ring (small metal rings that are sold with the jewelry supplies) to the hole and pinched it closed with a pliers. Once the jump rings are added, you can use a cord or thread or, like I did, just an ornament hange

Alcohol Inked 3D Printed Ornament Blanks with UV Resin

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted a project where I printed ornament blanks on our 3D Printer and then topped them with recycled Christmas cards and UV resin . The blanks turned out so well, that I thought it would be fun to try to ink them. I've used alcohol ink on tons of ornaments (from plastic to glass to wood to ceramic ) and have had mostly good results, so why not. I have inked on 3D printed plastic before, but I've only stamped it (like these ornaments from last year) on. The reason I've only ever stamped 3D printed plastic is because of the grooves that are left from the printing process. The ink soaks right into those lines. So, I had an idea, why not put a tiny bit of resin on the bottom of the ornament to seal up those grooves. So I printed 3 ornament blanks and two of them got the UV Resin skim coat. As you can see in the first photo, I put very little resin on the ornament. Then I used a small piece of cardboard to swipe it around the ornament. Unfortunatel