I love design templates for drawing (since I cannot draw well).
I also love making and DIY.
I want kids to be able to make their own thing, what they need or want.
So the question was how to go from store bought templates to your own
A Twitter friend recommended this mylar product.
12”x12” sheet that is 10 mil thick. NOT balloon mylar.
I measured it to be 0.26 mm (mil is another measurement) and closer to 1/64th than 1/128th of an inch, so I verified what it is/should be :
Now I also wanted to play with https://cuttle.xyz , a browser based design site. I created a file with some shapes that would fit on a 12” x 12”. Then I used the “Export SVG for Cricut” since I don’t have a laser (i would like to try to create these with a laser because it would be faster).
I imported into Cricut Design Space and tried to make it using various settings on the dial….to no avail. It was scoring the material, but not cutting through.
I ended up going to the hamburger in Design Space (three lines) and “Manage Custom Materials”. I was looking for the highest pressure number for my Cricut Air 2 and how I could set something to that. I found “Stencil Film - 0.4 mm” and set the cut pressure up to 349 and three passes (350 is the highest). It cut through most shapes. So I changed it to 4 passes. It finally worked for all 3 shapes. (I changed my cut file to be only 3 shapes instead of all of them)
This might be the extreme edge for the Cricut Air 2 (hence the Cricut Maker) , though you could always add passes.
Or I might need a new blade
Or you could try the 7.5 mil material…
A laser cutter would be a nice option also.
Now kids can make whatever drawing/painting template they want.