Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cutting Vinyl on the Scroll Saw. It works great.

This is not your everyday scroll saw project. Yes it is a scroll saw project. In this project we will cut permanent vinyl with the scroll saw and apply it to a coffee mug or any other object you like.

Why would we want to cut vinyl on a scroll saw? Because we can. We can also stack cut several at a time to make many stickers at once. This is great if you have a family reunion or other event and want to make several gifts. In this example I will stack cut two stickers but I could just as easily have cut 20. I bought the coffee mug for $1.50 and the vinyl was only pennies per sticker.

The limitation to this technique over a vinyl cutter is that it's best to have a pattern that is one piece. In this case all the letters were designed to be touching. You can do individual letters but it's difficult.
 You will need a few things to get started. Oracal 651 Glossy vinyl come in several colors. It is designed for outdoor use and is very strong stuff. It is not dishwasher safe but I have put my mug in the dishwasher twice and it is fine. Your results may vary. Notice in the picture above that you can use these stickers for items like smart phone cases. The possibilities are endless.

 We will use 1/8" thick Baltic birch plywood as the carrier for the vinyl. Cut two pieces of BB ply just slightly larger than the pattern. Cut as many sheets of the vinyl as you want to cut the same size as the BB ply.