As we all know by now I am never easy on my reviews and this one is no different. I had found some small ceramic dish things at my local bargain store for a dime, I think they might have suppose to been used for coasters or something. When I saw them I grabbed all 14 of them and even though I didn't know what I was going to do with them I figured for $1.40 I couldn't go wrong. I posted in my Facebook group Old Cricut Community about what should I do with them and a couple of members suggested making Ring Catchers that sit next to the sink and that inspired me to do a glitter vinyl review of the Explore.
The flat inside diameter of the dish is only about 2.5" and I had to think of what might look good as a design. I wanted something clever and different than just monograms so I could make some to have on hand and not be so personal. During a Google search I found the "When I said 'I Do' I didn't mean the dishes" and thought it was perfect for the wording. During my search for images of rings I came across the silhouette that I used. I know it looks big in the picture but you will believe how small it is in the next picture.
And before anyone asks, yes I did the design in Make The Cut and then exported to an SVG to upload in Cricut Design Space *okie still has no intentions of learning all the ins and outs of CDS since she is quite proficient in Make The Cut*.
I know different types of vinyl cut differently and I wanted to test how delicate glitter vinyl could be cut so I opted to use it for the silhouette of the hands. I was on the phone with my friend Carmen when I was cutting the glitter vinyl and I said a few cuss words and then said "I hate this damn machine!" and she asked if it messed up on me. I told her "NO! It cut those tiny little lines perfectly!". Carmen said I should be glad since I wanted it to cut good and I told her "Yeah but I'm trying to find something it can't cut!".
When I told her I needed something to show how fine the lines where and that I had nothing to compare it to she asked if the lines were as small as a tick mark on a ruler. I quickly grabbed my metal ruler and told her "yep, pretty much!" and we concluded that would be perfect for showing the true size of some of the line. If you click on the picture and view it larger you can see the detail a lot better.
MY HONEST OPINION: The Explore went beyond any machine I have ever seen used or tried in cutting the most intricate and delicate design using glitter vinyl.
If you would like to use this design you can download the appropriate file below:
Thank you for sharing. You are truly and artist.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I love this idea!ReplyDelete
It's very cute. Thanks for sharing. I met you at several SWARMS in the Midwest. I'm always impressed with your talent.ReplyDelete
WOW Okie that is great and I love the saying and designReplyDelete
Beautiful Okie! Thank you for sharing...ReplyDelete
Thanks for the file. Love it!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing! I've had the explore since launch and I'm still amazed sometimes at the detail this baby can cut! I'm actually in my second!ReplyDelete
Wow, I'm impressed with the way the Explore cut that image Shirley! Such fine and thin lines too! I love the dish and the saying/image. That is just too cute and will make wonderful shower gifts, or a gift or anyone that is married. Hugs BrendaReplyDelete
Thank you Okie!ReplyDelete
What a cool idea! Love your wording and the glitter paper is the tops! I Love my Explore also! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your file. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the file and your review and it sounds like pc finally made a useful machine.....but the only problem and I will "never' buy any pc (not worthy to use caps) machine is their catch.. you can only use the machine in cds ....so I say use the hell out of that machine ...it was free anyway..lolReplyDelete
Great project/ Love the saying. Wish I had heard of that 25 years ago. LOL Cute!ReplyDelete
Ohhhhh ... what an absolutely adorable ring dish. Both the design and sentiment are perfect! I am totally amazed at the cutting details ... especially when using glitter vinyl. It seems that each review you do of the Explore, impresses me even more than the previous one. Thanx for sharing the cut file ... and thanx also for doing these reviews. You are putting that baby through some mighty tough challenges.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Shirley! I love my Explore!ReplyDelete
Okie, I remember you from waaay back when on the Cricut boards. You haven't changed a bit (that goodness!) Still a character. Glad to have found you again via 2guys & a cricut. Love this cute project!ReplyDelete
Okie I'm SO very glad you are back blogging. You were missed :)ReplyDelete
I was hoping you would find all kinds of things wrong with this machine too!! Glad you are sticking with MTC. Super cute dish.ReplyDelete