I do adore trying new things with my KNK machines and this is a new material for me. I’ve engraved plastic sheets, glass tiles, and metal tags but this plaque material is very different. It is a metal base with adhesive on the back (covered with a non-stick sheet), and has some kind of painted surface. I cut a template from craft plastic to frame the plaques on the mat so they would not move during the engraving. Because of the non-stick backing, and having to hold the template in place, I used my stickiest mat. This particular surface needed a little more force than what I’ve used on plain metal tags when engraving. But once I had it right it really looked fabulous!
Settings (KNK Maxx Air):
- Cutting Grafix Craft Plastic
- f = 190
- v = 300
- p = 2
- Engraving Trophy blanks
- f = 140
- v = 300
- p = 2
- Measure the engraving blanks. Add a small amount (.02) to the dimensions so that the blank will slide into the template easily. You can create this by using the shadow layer function in Make-the-Cut.
- Hide the original shape and ‘lock’ the template shape so that you don’t accidentally move it while placing your engraving shapes.
- Use a very sticky mat and press the craft plastic down well with your brayer. Use painters tape to ensure it will not move on the mat during cutting or engraving.
- Using a standard blade, cut the shape from the craft plastic and remove only the cut piece from the mat. Do NOT turn off the machine so that you don’t lose your origin point.
- Leave the protective film on the trophy blank. Insert it into the cut shape in your craft plastic template.
- In MTC, place the engraving design over the cut shape. Use the center marks to center the engraving over the blank/template. Hide the blank.
- Insert the Engraving Tool into your KNK digital cutting machine.
- Change the settings for force, speed and passes as needed. Uncheck the offset.
- Engrave the blank and apply to your trophy.