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Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl: Made Easy

Did you know that glitter heat transfer vinyl is magic?  When you cut it, the cut lines magically disappear! I've learned a few tricks to help reveal the lines to make weeding easier, and you might be surprised, click below for some ways to make glitter HTV easier to work with.
4 tricks to try to make glitter heat transfer vinyl weeding easier- see what worked and what didn't.

If you've ever worked with smooth heat transfer vinyl, you have probably relied on the lines that your blade leaves behind as a guide on where to weed... when you work with glitter heat transfer, those lines are quite hard to see.  It's like magic, they just disappear!  Here are some suggestions I've tried to try to make them reappear (thus making glitter heat transfer easier to work with).

I created this adorable owl hat using glitter heat transfer:

Tips and tricks on how to weed glitter heat transfer vinyl.  Adding vinyl to a hat!

Get a full tutorial on adding heat transfer vinyl to a hat without any special attachment, click here.

When I cut the design, I got ready to weed and noticed there were no lines in sight!  The machine had cut the material, but there were no cut lines to help me weed the interior parts of the design:

Cutting glitter heat transfer vinyl, plus tips and tricks on how to weed.

I did some research and pulled together some suggestions on how to uncover the weed lines once again.  Here are my findings...

Glitter HTV weeding trick#1- use a light table.Trick #1: Use a light table

Methodology: If you put a glitter heat transfer design on a light table, you may be able to see the light shine though where the design was cut.

My results: I don't have a light table, so I tried holding the design up to a brightly lit window.  It actually helped a little, but wasn't project friendly.  If you're doing a lot of glitter heat transfer, it's totally worth the investment to get a light table.  Helpful, but not helpful today.

Verdict:  Plausible.

Glitter HTV vinyl weeding trick #2- freeze the vinyl!Trick #2: Freeze the vinyl!

Methodology: Throw your cut design in the freezer for a bit.  Vinyl shrinks when it freezes which should pull the design pieces away from each other, creating a larger gap that is easier to see with glitter heat transfer.

My results: I tried it out, it didn't work that well. The design warmed up to room temperature (which did not take long), and then I was right back a square one.

Verdict: Fail.

Glitter heat transfer vinyl weeding trick #3- use a sketch pen

Trick #3: Use a sketch pen

Methodology: Before unloading your design from your machine, swap the blade for a sketch pen and have the machine draw the design with a sketch pen.  This will leave you with a visible outline that you can then use to weed.

My results: I did not attempt this.  I was putting my design on a lightly colored hat and did not have another hat, nor more heat transfer to do it all over again should the pen bleed through the vinyl or show on the inside of the hat.  I'd give this a go with dark vinyl and dark vinyl, but probably not otherwise.

Verdict: Plausible.

Glitter heat transfer weeding trick #4- use baby powder!Trick #4: Use baby powder.

Methodology: Cut the design and dust with baby powder.

My results: This sounded harmless and easy enough, so I gave it a whirl:

Add a dash of baby powder to glitter heat transfer and watch the cut lines magically reappear- it's magic!

Verdict: Perfection!

Just a touch of baby powder will help your weed lines appear on glitter heat transfer vinyl.

Give a (very) light dusting of baby powder, rub it around on the design and it magically highlights all the cut lines making it easy to see where you need to weed.

The baby powder did not seem to have any effect on the vinyl.  The vinyl stayed stuck to the carrier sheet without any problem and transferred to the hat easily as well.

Have you used one of these techniques with success?  What works for you?  If not, give one a try and let me know how it goes!

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4 thoughts on “Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl: Made Easy”

  • Yvonne Carson

    I was wondering what your thoughts would be on using cornstarch could be used instead of baby powder.

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  • Cheryl

    I've tried the light table but doesn't show the lines well with light coloured glitter htv. Works well with dark colors. Haven't tried the sketch pens but I wonder if a pencilcrayon would work.

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    • Kala

      I have thought about a pencil too... I will have to give it a go and see what happens! Thanks for the tips about the light table too!

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