Figuring out how to use glitter HTV can be a bit tricky because it’s so much thicker to cut than regular HTV. Glitter heat transfer vinyl is a thick, glittery iron-on vinyl that can be used to spruce up many things! Today, we’re going to go through the step by step process from cutting to pressing glitter HTV on a 100% Cotton tote bag. I am using a Silhouette Cameo 4 for this but the overall methodology will transfer to other machines as well. Read on for Cameo 4 cut settings and heat press settings for this material. Let’s dive in and make this super cute tote bag!
How to Cut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
Whenever I cut a new-to-me material, I like to start with the software’s recommended cut settings for that material. To minimize waste, do a small test (I use the test cut function in Silhouette Studio) of the cut settings to see if they work. If the factory settings do not work, the blade depth and/or force settings probably need to be adjusted. In my glitter heat transfer vinyl test, I found the following settings worked well with my Cameo4 and autoblade:
Cameo 4 Glitter HTV Cut Settings:
Blade Depth: 4
Also, remember to mirror your design! When you load your glitter HTV, load it with the shiny side down. The dull side is the adhesive, and the shiny side is the carrier sheet. You can cut glitter vinyl without the mat, but I still like to use a mat. Personally, it just works better for me than going matless.
While you weed the glitter HTV, warm up your iron or heat press. Use the heat settings from the brand of HTV that you are using. For Siser glitter HTV, the pressing temperature is 320F with firm pressure. I’m using my Starcraft heat press for this and setting it to firm pressure. Glitter HTV will need more pressure and a little more heat than regular HTV because it is thicker and a less uniform texture. For firm pressure, it will take some oomph to get the press closed and open.
Pressing Glitter HTV
First, prepress your blank. This gets out any excess moisture and wrinkles. I am also using a pressing pillow to compensate for the seams in the tote bag. Next, line up the weeded design and position it where you would like it. Press for 15-20 seconds at 320F for the Siser glitter HTV and peel the carrier sheet while it’s still hot.
Heat Press Settings for Glitter HTV:
Time: 15-20 seconds
Lastly, admire your craftiness. Isn’t that cute? Glitter heat transfer vinyl can kick a lot of projects up a notch! It comes in several different colors. It would also work great on shirts, totes, make-up bags, wall art, etc. Additionally, unlike other glitter projects you may be used to (Jeanette, I’m looking at you here), this really is NOT messy! The glitter vinyl sheds very little on work surfaces. I can’t find any glitter left behind from this project. Much less shedding than my doggos, I can guarantee you that!
Looking for cut settings and heat press settings for regular HTV? Check out this cute HTV Tea Towel Tutorial.
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