Engraved Charm Bracelet | Cricut Maker Engraving Tool. Learn how to make a personalized engraved charm bracelet for a beautiful custom gift.
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Gift-giving season is upon us! I love to make personalized gifts, especially for my family. I have made a lot of photobooks in the past, and those are wonderful, but sometimes I want to create something else to give along with the photos. My Cricut Maker makes it easy to do just that. Today, I am going to show you how to use the Cricut engraving tool to create an engraved charm bracelet. This is the perfect gift for your mom or grandma to include all the kids or grandkids names on a personalized gift.
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How to Make a Custom Engraved Charm with the Cricut Maker
- Cricut Maker
- StrongGrip Mat
- Engraving Tip and Quickswap Housing
- Metal Jewelry Blank
- Birthstone Charms
Start by creating a design in Cricut Design Space. I wanted to engrave on a circle and a heart blank. I added the shapes to my mat and resized them to match my actual blanks. Then, I sized the text to be sure it would fit on the mat. I used the Soiree Lettering – Grace Script font that I purchased from Design Space.
Cricut Design Space File: Engraved Charms
You want to choose Engrave from the drop-down menu under Linetype whenever you use the engraving tip.
The trickiest part about using the engraving tool is getting your design lined up on the mat to match up with your blank you are engraving on. I tried to line up all three at once and engrave them at the same time, but I found doing them one at a time was easier to make sure all of the designs turned out correctly.
Start by choosing Select All for the outline of your blank and your text or image. Line it up so that it is centered over the lines that cross for 1″ down and 1″ across on the mat.
Note: The lines on the mat you see on your design canvas line up with the actual cutting mat.
Once I had it lined up and centered, I used the eye tool next to the heart layer to hide it on the canvas. Now you can see where the writing is in relation to the lines on the mat. The letters are centered and are basically right on top of the 1″ line.
When you click Continue and go to the mat preview page, your design will move up to the left corner of the mat. You now need to drag your design so that it is lined up just like it was on the design canvas. You can use the zoom tool (at the bottom) to make this easier. I zoomed in to 200%.
Once you have your design lined up, click Continue. Select your material from the drop-down menu. I tried both the aluminum sheets and stainless steel settings for my metal blanks and they worked the same. You may have to test a few different material settings to get the amount of engraving you want. Then, it will show to place the engraving tip (41) in clamp B.
Load your blank onto your mat, centering it over the two intersecting number 1 lines on the cutting mat. Use masking tape to secure your blank to the mat.
Note: With a fresh StrongGrip mat, I didn’t need to tape my blank down, but as I used my mat, I needed the tape, so I would suggest using the tape each time. Make sure the tape doesn’t cover where the engraving tip will be used on your blank.
Load your mat into the machine and click Go. You can see below how I tried to line up all three and “Grandma” and “Olivia” were over a little too much to the left.
When I did the engraving on each one individually I was able to line them up more precisely.
Once your blank has been engraved, use a lint roller or cloth to wipe away any metal fragments that could be released when engraving. To darken up the engraving so you can see it better, I wrote over the engraving with a black Sharpie marker. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the excess marker from your blank.
I found some cute birthstone charms at the craft store. Open the jump ring at the top using needle nose pliers and add the engraved jewelry blank to the charm. Before closing the jump ring, attach it to the bracelet.
Repeat these steps for all of the engraved charms.
Making a personalized gift for Grandma with her grandkid’s names on it is so special.
You can also add the charms to a necklace or even a keychain!
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