Anyone else guilty of holding their vinyl and HTV up to the light or window at every possible angle to try to get an easier read on where to weed?
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The beauty of any light box is it provides back light or light from under the vinyl/htv, illuminating the cut lines and making it easier to see where to weed and where not to weed.
The OttLite is a simple plug and play LED lighting tool, with three brightness settings, that goes on with the touch of a button....but would it work for vinyl and HTV?
To test it, I cut the same design, in the same size on three different types of vinyl - glitter htv, smooth htv and adhesive vinyl - to see how the OttLite LED Light Box might help with weeding. In order to really put it to the test, I specifically picked a very intricate feather and sized it to just 3.75" x .975 inches in Silhouette Studio. I did this intentionally knowing some of the cut areas would be very small and difficult to see while weeding.
Here's how the cut vinyl looked after it was cut - with no back lighting.
When I turned on the OttLite's LED light the cut lines for the adhesive vinyl became very clear with even the lowest light setting. This made weeding very easy despite such a tiny, intricate design. Definitely a huge difference from when the light was off.
Glitter HTV is notorious for being difficult to weed. Here's what the feather looked like cut, but with no back light. I promise you the design is cut into the htv. :)
Even on the OttLite Light Box it was still difficult to see cut lines in the glitter htv. The issue, I believe, is the thickness of the material and the clear backing.
However, when I slightly bent the glitter HTV the weeding lines became much easier to see while on the light box.
Turning the OttLite on definitely helped. The LED light box proved more effective with the HTV than with the glitter htv, but didn't make the cut lines quite as obviously as the adhesive vinyl. Again, I think this has more to do with the paper vs clear backing as opposed to the light itself.
As you can imagine, it's extremely difficult to photograph the material on the OttLite, but in this photo you can clearly see the cut lines are much more obvious while being back lit by the LED Light Box.
Keep in mind how just small this design is while you watch me weed - in 4x speed - this HTV design on the OttLite. I apologize my hand is in the way part of the time.
The OttLite LED Light Box and Tool Task Station is sold Hobby Lobby stores or through JoAnn Fabrics' online store in the US and Canada. It should be available in Europe this summer.
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