All About Vinyl Cutters

by MyVinylDesigner 25. January 2010 23:43

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No worries about the questions!  It sounds like you are set up perfectly to add vinyl to your business.  I would suggest that if you haven't bought a cutter already you don't buy a cricut machine.  They are slow and the size you can cut is very limited.  For only a little bit more money you can buy an entry level vinyl cutter that will be light years ahead of the cricut machine.  You can pick up a 24" cutter for about $500.  A cricut runs about $300 plus the Sure Cuts A Lot program that is $75.  If you already have the cricut, it will work fine.  But is you are looking to make the investment, a vinyl cutter would be better use of your money.  Oddly enough, ebay is usually the best place to buy a cutter.  Two companies that sell entry level vinyl cutters are MASTER WAREHOUSE at http://www.masterwarehouse.com or US CUTTER at http://www.uscutter.com  Be sure to check to see if they have an ebay special.  

You will love adding vinyl to your list of options for monograms.  Vinyl is inexpensive and has a nice profit margin that people are happy to pay.

We order our vinyl from Regional Supply in Salt Lake City, Utah at 800 365-8920.  They are very helpful.  Be sure to specify Oracal 631 for indoor projects and Oracal 751 for vehicles.  Also, ask about their free shipping.  Their quantities aren't very high to get free shipping.

 

Congratulations on entering the vinyl world!  You will love cutting vinyl and creating projects.  Vinyl cutters are all over the board as far as cost goes.  However,  I found that a cutter from Masterwarehouse.com or USCutter.com will work just fine for those starting in vinyl lettering.  They run around $400 though I do recommend spending the extra hundred dollars for the Flexi software upgrade.  Flexi is a very user friendly program that you can upgrade to more advanced features as your business grows and money is coming in.

I think a 30" cutter would be sufficient for you...especially if you are just doing lettering.  I have never had a project that could not be done on a 30" machine.  When I first bought a machine, I bought a 48" cutter...only to find I always cut on 24" vinyl.  I should have saved my money and put it toward the second flexi upgrade.  A 54" cutter is way overkill esp for letters.  You can't even buy matte vinyl that wide. 

Often these two companies have specials on ebay, so check there first.   Good luck with your purchase!

 
I love your site! I am so happy to have found you - I have purchased many items and will be back for more! I am in the market right now for a large professional vinyl cutting machine (48-54") and am wondering if there is anything you can recommend. Something that will work to cut large decals consisting of mostly letters (so pretty fine detail). Thanks for any help you can offer!

Congratulations on your decision to start a vinyl business.  You are in for a fun way to make some extra money. I am happy to give you some suggestions. If you do not have a cricut, I would certainly not recommend buying one.  You will be MUCH happier putting your money into a vinyl cutter.  You can pick one up on ebay for around $400 for a 24-27" cutter.  Masterwarehouse.com or uscutter.com both sell entry level vinyl cutters,  and we have lots of customers with machines from either place.  I do think it is worth the extra $100 to do the software upgrade to FlexiStarter.  It is very user friendly and great for those starting in the vinyl business.

There are certainly different types of vinyl.  For indoor use, we like Oracal 631.  It has a matte finish and looks great on walls.  Outdoor applications have lots of other choices.  They come in grades...Check out our blog for lots of details on vinyl and application tips...

http://www.myvinyldesigner.com/blog/

Good luck!  You will love working with vinyl! It has a great mark up and is relatively cheap to get started.

Also, contact Regional Supply in SLC, UT at 800 365-8920 to order your vinyl.  They are fantastic to work with.  Just specify what kind of vinyl you want. And be sure to ask them for a color chart.



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Wrought Iron Easels

by MyVinylDesigner 9. May 2009 04:39

Our favorite easel supplier is Elegance in Easels at http://www.easels.com/ ... they offer low minimums and great customer service.  (520) 325-8286 / 1-800-325-8286  Be sure to request their wholesale prices as the links provided are to their retail site.  Wholesale prices are about half of what is listed on their retail site.  Each box has 12 easels.  The specific easels we like are:

Black wrought iron stand (for 6x6 tiles) ..... #SHB02


Black wrought iron stand (for 12x12 tiles) ..... #AFB13

If the little foot protectors fall off in shipping, just hot glue them back on the easel legs.  They stand just a little taller than the tiles, have swirls at the bottom and top, and simply look classy.  A custom vinyl image on a 12x12 tile with the large easel generally retails for around $25.

They also have the simple black and brown wooden easels, as shown in the photo below.

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Clocks & Clock Parts

by MyVinylDesigner 8. May 2009 08:35

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Good evening!  Unfortunately, I'm not sure what to tell you on this project.  Not knowing your clock hands size, I cannot say for sure.  You will just want to buy hands made for a ten inch clock.  I do know on larger clocks you need the high torque movements or your clock will become slow quickly. 

Sorry not to be more help!


Good evening!  You will love creating clocks!  Good for you.  I believe you can get the wall clock units from http://www.clockparts.com


Good Morning!!

I would like to install the clock designs on a 12x12 tile. Do I make the design 10"? I wasn't sure if the hands of the clock would hit the numbers at the correct {time}. And, can I make them larger for say, a 16x16 or 18x18?

Thanks! You guys are amazing!!

Good evening!  You should be able to cut any of the clock faces to fit on a 12x12 tile.  I certainly do not recommend smaller than that.  It would be preferable to go like a 13x13 or bigger depending on the complexity of the clockface and your preceision of your cutter.

Hope that helps!  Good luck on your projects!
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Sheet Metal

by MyVinylDesigner 7. May 2009 08:44

 

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The sheet metal that is often used in crafts can be found in a couple of places.  First, and easiest is a craft store.  Depending on where you live...Porters, Michaels, or  Roberts Crafts usually have a selection of cut metal sheets.  If you do not live near any of these stores, you will find a local plumber supply store to be helpful. . . perferably one that will also cut the metal for you.  This way is usually much cheaper, but you do have to buy more at a time.




I keep seeing magnetic strips or sheets attached to wood on some of your samples.  Can you tell me where I can buy this?  I have looked at local hardware and home improvement stores and find some sheets but they are too large and don't have the shiney, textured look that I am seeing in your samples.  Thanks for your help!
 



Good morning!  Thanks for all your kind words!  We are ever a work in progress!

I find that plumbing supply stores carry sheet metal the cheapest.  However, they are not always able to cut it.  They can usually recommend someone with a lathe to cut it though.  This will be the most economical way to get sheet metal.  Craft stores like Roberts or Michaels will also carry sheet metal, but they will cost quite a bit more.

As for magnets, I do not know what that person used for a magnet, but I do like using EARTH magnets as they are super strong.  I normally go to my local Army Surplus store for these.

Hope that helps!  This is  a great time of year to get that vinyl business up and going!




You site just gets better all the time.  I haven't been too into my vinyl business but looking at all your designs is getting me inspired to give it a push.
 
I have a question.  Do you know where to purchase the metal sheeting that is used on projects such as the snowflake Christmas calendar?  Also, do you know what the person used for the magnet that looked like a snowball?
 
Thank you very much!

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