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The Best Tools and Supplies for Engraving with Your Cricut

The Cricut Engraving Tool allows you to do all kinds of projects with your Cricut Maker that you may never have dreamed are possible. It can engrave acrylic, wood, and my favorite, metals. I love engraving metals SO much, I just spent the summer writing a book all about it. And in the process of experimenting and crafting, I discovered what I think are the best tools and supplies for engraving with your Cricut Maker.

Coming from Holiday Maker Fest?

The supplies and tools that are marked with a * are ones I introduce in my Maker Fest Class, Engraved Christmas Photo Cards and Ornaments!
The extra supplies for Maker Fest that aren’t strictly for engraving, like the Printable Vinyl and the Clear Printable Sheets are listed and linked at the bottom of the post. Thanks and I’m glad you’re here! ❤️


Best Tools for Engraving with Your Cricut

Best tools for engraving cutting aluminum with a guillotine cutter
To get straight cuts in metal use a guillotine cutter

Engraving Basics

Cutting Tools

  • Guillotine Cutter, 8.5” * OR get the Guillotine Cutter, 12” *- If you plan to use the flashing then I’d go for the 12″. I just upsized myself.
  • Jeweler’s Shears *- I LOVE LOVE LOVE my jeweler’s shears! Any jeweler’s shears probably work the same but this pair from Vintaj is inexpensive and what I use.
  • Tin Snips– These have a serrated edge so I don’t use them for detail work- I use the Jeweler’s Shears.
  • Bolt Cutters, 12″– This is to cut bracelet blanks in pieces to make rings, or to cut the stems off of silverware.

Hole Punch Tools

  • Hole Punch Pliers– This is the size you’d use for jewelry.
  • Screw Hole Punch– With two sizes this another tool used by jeweler’s
  • Power Hole Punch– A versatile tool because it does lots of different sizes as well as punches holes in leather and thicker gauges of metal.
  • Crop-a-Dile *- A tool you may already have for scrapbooking or crafts. It has two sizes of hole punches. The smaller size is perfect for cap rivets and the large works well for grommets or snaps. Punches through both metal and leather.

Shaping Tools

  • Ring Bending Pliers– A small shaper that helps you get a rounded bend but making multiple small movements. A smaller circumference than the bracelet bending pliers.
  • Bracelet Bending Pliers– Similar to the Ring Bending pliers but it has a larger curve for bracelets.
  • Bracelet Bending Bar– A metal bar that you can use to curve your metal bracelets.
  • Flat Nose Pliers*- A must for working with aluminum flashing as it will help you avoid cuts (you use to gently flatten the edge). I also use mine for opening and closing jump rings all the time.
  • Needle Nose Pliers– A good precision tool.

Finishing Tools

  • Buffing Block (matte) and (high polish)
  • Metal Files– These are designed to help you get a smoother edge to your cut metal edges or ends. Mostly used with higher gauges of metal.
  • Mini Grinder/Polisher– Totally not a necessity but I LOVE having mine. It’s a pretty inexpensive buy that you’ll be happy you have if you plan to do any production work at all. It grinds the cut ends, but it also buffs and polishes out scratches to a beautiful shine. Use with compound polishers.
  • Crop-a-dile Corner Chompers (rounded)– Another new fave of mine! These are great for rounding the corners of metal flashing pieces, or Cricut Aluminum. They give a nice finished look to your engraved designs as well.

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Best Supplies for Engraving with Your Cricut

What Metals Can We Engrave?

There are more metals that you can engrave then you maybe knew! Cricut lists two metals in their official list of what can be engraved, although their Material Settings give us six settings for metals.

So far I’ve found 14 different metals that can be engraved. If you want to know what’s possible, and you’d like to know what Cricut Material Setting to use then you’ll want to check out my blog post, 14 Surprising Metals You Can Engrave with Your Cricut Maker.

Where Do You Find Your Blanks?

I get my blanks primarily in the jewelry section of my local craft stores, and I find my spatulas and servers on Amazon. Depending on what you want to engrave, you really just have to consider the depth of the project. Cricut allows you to engrave max at 2.44 mm.

Note: If you’re using a Silhouette Cameo 4 you have 3mm clearance, and if you have a Silhouette Cameo you have 5mm of clearance.


Engraving Supplies

Supplies for engraving spray painting aluminum sheets
Spray paint common aluminum flashing for a custom metal look!

Probably my favorite source material for engraving is Aluminum Step Flashing. I get a little more into this metal in my post, How to Spray Paint Metal for Engraving. You’ll really appreciate how inexpensive and easy to source this metal is.

NOTE- DO NOT spray paint the aluminum UNLESS you are able to engrave it between 8-24 hours later. The paint bonds to the metal making it impossible to engrave through after about 36 hours. I do have a post on How to Spray Paint Metal for Engraving that I HIGHLY recommend you read. There is a window for engraving once you spray paint, this post gives you the info you need to get it right.

ETA My SECOND favorite source material for engraving is Cricut Aluminum Sheets. I’m adding these to this list because recently I discovered that I could use Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum metal and engrave through it. To see more on this visit my post, How to Engrave Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum.

Engraving project from how to engrave through Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum
Engraving Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum!

Sheet Metal

Engraving Blanks- Jewelry or Accessories

Engraving Blanks- Serving Flatware Pieces

  • Grill Spatula– The grill spatula I use in my book. I like that it’s not HUGE and it’s heavy duty.
  • Cookie Spatula– I use this in my post on How to Engrave Cookie Spatulas.
  • Spreaders– I tried a few types of servers but I liked how these had more area for engraving than the more pointed spreaders.
  • Pie or Cake Servers– This started the trend! I love this brand from Amazon. They have a good weight, are inexpensive, a modern design, AND they engrave really well!

Supplies to Darken Your Engraving

  • ImpressArt Enamel Marker, Black– An enamel marker that is useful for darkening jewelry designs.
  • Sharpie (Industrial)– Totally doable. It does wear off over time but it’s a great beginner’s hack.
  • Patina Gel– This is Liver of Sulphur in gel form. It requires some special handling so you’ll want to make sure you read the instructions. This is a more pro solution to darkening your metals and it can give a really nice, aged look to brass and copper. CAN NOT be used with aluminum.

Supplies to Color Your Metal

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Additional Maker Fest Class Supplies

Additionally, I recommend these supplies in the workshop. However, you do not need to purchase ALL of these for the class. I recommend that if you have the All Access Pass for Maker Fest that you watch the workshop and then purchase what you need.

Interested in Learning More About Engraving Metals with Your Cricut Maker?

Book Engraving Metals with your Cricut Maker on iPad.

You’ll find a lot of engraving tutorials and designs on this website! There are tutorials for engraving flattened vintage spoons to make bookmarks, engraving pie/cake servers, spreaders, and snarky desk signs. Each of these has a YouTube video to go with it. You can check out my Engraving Tutorials YouTube playlist for more inspiration!

I also have a book, Engraving Metals with Your Cricut Maker that I’m really proud of. It solves the common problems, and expands the limits of what’s possible with the Cricut Engraving Tool!

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I also have a new facebook group, Engraving Metals with Your Cricut Maker that I’d love to have you join. It’s a great group and I’m trying to go live regularly to answer your questions!

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10 comments

  1. Barb

    Hi Jen,
    Thanks for doing the video in the Holiday maker fest. I learned quite a bit of information.
    Thanks again,
    Barb

    Reply

    1. Jennifer Swift

      Hi Barb,
      Oh I’m so glad! Thanks for taking the time to say so- and if I can help I’d love to!

      Reply

  2. Faye Wylie

    Thanks Jenn for the video, I will need to watch several times lol.will need yo experiment with the picture part. I have learned so much from the maker fest, thanks again. Will send you a picture when I make something.

    Reply

    1. Jennifer Swift

      Sweet! I’m excited for you you to try it. ❤️

      Reply

  3. Raquel

    Thank you so much for all the great information! I Bought the engraving blad when I got my Maker, but kept reading horror stories about it (and the wood knife blade) that worried me enough that I’ve never tried them! You make it all seem so easy! Of course that’s how you know you’re learning from a pro. 😉

    Reply

    1. Jennifer Swift

      Hi Racquel! This is the BEST comment. I’m totally going to screenshot it! And would you mind if I quoted you on my sales page? And seriously- if I can help at all I’d love to! ❤️

      Reply

  4. Suzanne

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I loved your projects and never would have considered anything like this. Now, I can make some fantastic gifts for friends and family. This Holiday Maker Fest has given me so much new inspiration!

    Reply

    1. Jennifer Swift

      Hi Suzanne, Thank YOU! I loved reading your comment. Holiday MakerFest was totally amazing- and everyone who participated is so excited to create- I love it!❤️

      Reply

  5. Fran Fraser

    Thank you for the tutorials on engraving in the Makerfest! I didn’t think I would be interested and boy was I wrong! I’m anxious to start.

    Reply

    1. Jennifer Swift

      Hi Fran, I LOVE this comment! Seriously, this is the best. Thank you. If you have any questions then please ask. I’d love to help!

      Reply

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