Recently I was contacted by the Silhouette company and offered the new Cameo to review. I was so excited. If you’re a regular around these parts you KNOW how much I use and LOVE my Silhouette SD.
I bought a clock at Wal-mart. This one was $4.97. I proceeded to take it apart. It was very easy, I only needed a small screwdriver. I also bought several clocks for $3.97.
I downloaded two clock faces from the Silhouette online store. That’s one of my favorite perks of owning a Silhouette! No cartridge, no run to the store.
I removed the outside “frame” on both of the layouts. Can you see the steps—1) Set Silhouette rollers to 13” 2) Set Silhouette display to Load Media. 3) Current settings 4) Load the media into the Silhouette. 5) Cut Page.
I didn’t have any vinyl wider than the standard 9 inches, so I used contact paper. I loaded it directly into the Cameo without the mat.
After the Cameo cut my vinyl, I peeled away the excess to leave only the numbers. I used some clear contact paper as “transfer” paper to put the vinyl on my record.
You can see that I took the hands off the clock movement. I used some double stick mounting tape from 3M to attach the movement to the record.
I used my favorite super glue by Gorilla Glue* to attach the hanger to the back of the movement.
I reattached the hands to the movement.
I apologize for the poor quality. It rained all day on Sunday and I couldn’t stage my clocks outside.
I suppose this would be possible to do with my Silhouette SD, but I would have to cut it in stages.
UPDATE: I spray painted some of the hands white so they would show up better. It’s impossible to find white hands on cheap clocks!
Note to self—straighten the clock before you snap that picture!
I struggled with getting the settings right with the Cameo. The directions call for setting the blade on 1. I was unable to get the Cameo to cut any contact paper or Silhouette Vinyl with a setting of 1. I moved it to 2 and it cut the contact paper with ease. You can see that I changed the settings above to a thickness of 3 instead of the default settings on the Cameo (for the contact paper). I will be phoning support to discuss the problems I had.
The blade setting is so easy to change. Where the Silhouette SD had 3 color coded caps, the Cameo has a dial directly on the blade housing. There is a little ratchet thingy right on the machine to turn the dial.
- Cuts larger media
- Has a pause button!!!
- Loads media easier than the Silhouette SD
- Adjustable rollers allow you to cut various widths of media
- Lighted display panel
- The program is easy to use (design)
- Online store has images for .99 cents each, with clearance images each week.
- The Cameo will cut any font you have on your computer (as does the Silhouette SD)
- Adjustable rollers are hard for these old fingers to manipulate.
- Settings needed to be adjusted to get a clean cut.
I have a LOT more records . . . I see some more clocks in my future if they sell at the booth.
Disclosure: Silhouette sent me the Cameo to review, however all opinions are my own. I do not receive any compensation for blogging about and/or sharing my many projects and tutorials with my readers.
How did you remove the clock hands? Having some difficulty. Thanks
On all the cheap clocks I've ever taken apart, they just pop off the top of the stem. Sometimes they may screw on and off.
This is such a cute project thank you for sharing it! I have some new Silhouette cameo projects on my blog please stop by anytime. I love your blog!
Love you ideas! Thanks for the promo code. Ordered my Silhouette Cameo for $249!!!!!! along with a few other Silhouette goodies at 40% off. Can't wait till I get them!
I love your clocks. Very cool. My DH bought me the Silhouette SD for Christmas last year. It's such a great machine and I love how you can just go online and download a shape, font etc.
I need to play with mine more because I'm still in the learning phase..a year later!
I enjoy seeing all the projects you come up with using your machine.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Just Stuff From a Boomer
Great idea! They could go in a kitchen or a familyroom or a bathroom even. How cute!
I Play Outside The Box
Too cool!! I instantly thought of the old song I used to dance to...Rock Around The Clock!! I think they should sell well for ya!! How neat the Cameo does wider cuts...sure 'expands' your possibilities now!! Look forward to more of your projects using it.
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
those clocks are so retro and cute!
and isn't it funny that as bloggers we have to apologize when it rains.... i just wrote my post for tomorrow evening and had to say the same thing! 🙂
really great idea i have made bowls from lp's before and will be using my silhouette to do this tomorrow x tfs
Such a cool way to use 45s! I know I could find a few of them around here,lol!
Is the code for the download store?
Oh, how I would LOVE to have a silhouette! Those discounts will have to be HUGE! Want to sell me your old one???? 🙂
Cool clocks! What a great way to use old records, too.
I can't wait to find out what the Black Friday discount is. I've been dying to get my hands on a Silhouette. The record clocks look terrific! Thanks for sharing.
Full Circle Creations
So cool! So glad you got a Cameo! Can't wait to see what else you make with it!
Oh I LOVE the clocks!
I would like to suggest that you paint the black hands white or some other light color so it's easier to read the time though. I've done it before on clocks that I've had that were hard to read and believe you me it makes a HUGE difference!
Love Of Quilts
I like your clocks. Trish
Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic
Love the album clocks! What a great repurpose!
Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic
I Love those clocks! That cameo looks amazing, too!
Your clocks are adorable...what a great idea for using old albums!
Lucky you to get to try out the new Cameo...my daughter would LOVE it if Santa brought her one of these...not sure it will be in his budget, but can't wait to find out on Friday!
Who "NEW" Creations
These clocks are the cutest! Any music buff will love them...I know I do! Diane