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The first thing I wanted to do when I got my new Cricut Maker was make wood earrings. This cricut earring Idea was made out of balsa wood.
I didn't need an SVG file, I just used the shapes in design space. Although it would have been easy to make these earrings as a small project, I wanted something huge and 80s style.
This Cricut Cutting Machine is perfect for so many project ideas.
Cricut Basala Wood Earrings
I thought about vinyl crafts, and paper crafts and even fabric crafts (yes it cuts fabric). But knew whatever I made I wanted it to be something I had never done before, so when it came to me! I want to make some oversized hoop earrings. I got some basswood and a knife blade to also try out during my Cricut Maker review.
What Materials Does The Cricut Maker Cut?
First things first, you may be asking yourself why do I need a maker I have my Explore machine. Well for starters the Cricut Maker comes with a rotary blade specifically for cutting fabric. I will definitely be doing some sort of Cricut maker sewing tutorial in the near future. It also cuts hundreds of materials just as the other machines do.
This cutting Machine also has a knife blade you can use (sold separately) that allows for cutting thicker materials, and it is the only machine that has a scoring wheel you can use for razor-sharp folds.
If that's not enough, in the box you get:
- Cricut Maker machine
- Rotary Blade + Drive Housing
- Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing (comes pre-installed in the B clamp).
- Fine-Point Pen
- FabricGrip™ Mat 12” x 12”
- LightGrip™ Mat 12” x 12”
- Welcome book (us only)
- USB cable
- Power adapter
- Materials for your first project
Plenty to get started. And although I didn't decide to use those for my first project, I do have some plans for it.
Set up for me was pretty easy, I am already a Cricut user, I have a Cricut Explore Air, so my maker is an extreme come up! Anyway, all I had to do was go to the Bluetooth settings on my mac and find the Cricut Maker and connect it, of course, this was after I plugged in and turned on the machine.
Can Cricut Cut Wood?
The Cricut Maker has a whole line of tools that aid in making cutting easier. The Cricut tools include.
- rotary blade
- knife blade (cuts wood)
- single and double scoring wheel (don't worry you can still use your original scoring stylus)
- perforation blade
- fine debossing blade
And the cricut maker can cut wood, cut faux leather and real leather. Take a look at these teardrop earrings!
Listen I have extreme plans to make ALL the things with my maker, this machine can cut and create so many things! You can use your imagination or there are tons of ready to make projects available, including sewing patterns. This machine has the ability to cut everything from balsa wood to the fabric so the ideas to create are endless!
I am super excited to learn more about my Cricut Maker and the fact that it has given me the motivation to dust off my old sewing machine and get sewing again. With the washable fabric pen, and using the maker and cutting mats to cut my fabric, I may actually be able to get some projects done that I have been putting off.
And with the Design Space Software and Cricut access, I should be able to get tons done!
Does Cricut maker use cartridges?
No, the new Cricut maker cannot take a cartridge, that has been replaced by the ability to make your own designs, and Cricut access. To be honest I didn't use the cartridge for my Explore Air at all. I totally enjoy the freedom of making my own designs.
So now the moment we have been waiting on, you got the skinny on my new Cricut but I'm sure you want to know how it cuts... Like butta baby!
I have listed below all you will need to make some amazing earrings like theses and instructions.