These engraved monogram pendants were a huge hit with my nieces for Christmas. I did some research on different metals and settled on silver plated brass blanks because brass is such a soft metal. They were relatively inexpensive on Amazon and I was able to pick up this this pack of 25 for about $10. If you can’t find brass, aluminum and copper also make great choices. These soft metals etch easily and beautifully. They often need to be etched only one time. whereas harder metals like stainless steel require many passes in order to get a good impression. These charms are great for making jewelry pieces or accents for packaging or gifts.
You need to make a shape in Silhouette Studio the same size as your blank. The etching blanks I purchased were 20mm and my Silhouette Studio is currently set to inches so I did a quick google search for the conversion.
Make a circle to match the size of your engraving blanks in Silhouette Studio.
Now to create your design.
I love the Vine Monogram font by Font Bros. If you are using it and you want to get the engraved look, I suggest you use the “inline” setting. It engraves beautifully.
If you can’t see the mat grid lines then you are going to want to show them for placement. Go to your DESIGN PAGE SETTINGS (view > show design page settings) and underneath the cutting mat it says “Reveal”. Move that slider until it is easy to see the mat reference grid.
Now we need to tell the machine where to etch the design. Place your pendant design on the grid at least three blocks down. You can see that I placed mine at three down and 5 across. (Be sure to avoid the rollers, on the Cameo 2 that is Columns 1,4,6,11&12)
Cut a piece of contact paper a good bit larger than your shape. I’m using a scrap piece that’s at least 4″ long on each side. Apply it sticky side up and roughly centered over the spot where we will etch.
Now load your mat and insert your The Etching Tool. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR MAT AGAIN UNTIL THE ENTIRE PROCESS IS COMPLETE.
We are going to etch a circle into the contact paper where our pendant will go. We don’t want to etch the entire design, just the circle. So Under Cut Style select “Cut Edge”. This will only etch the outside circle.
Set your blade to “Sketch Pen”, Speed to “9”, Thickness “5”, and check Double Cut. Then Send to Silhouette but do not remove your mat when the cutting is complete. You should be left with a nice circle impression on the Con-tact paper.
Without removing your mat, place your engraving blank in that circle and press it down into the contact paper. It should not move if you try to wiggle it.
Now we are going to etch our design. We don’t want to etch the outside shape because it could scratch our blank or knock it off. So select the outside circle and choose NO CUT. Now, only your design should be showing in bold. It is the only thing that will etch.
Set your blade to “Sketch Pen”, Speed to “9”, Thickness “33”. Then Send to Silhouette.
With the brass blanks, I’m usually happy with one pass. But you might need to send it through several times for a harder metal. As long as you don’t remove the mat or the blank, you can send it through as many times as you’d like to get a deep etching.
Here’s my niece Evi showing off her engraved pendant. She chose to pair hers with a charm necklace. Adorable!!
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