Need tips on using Glitter Iron-On HTV? Have you tried or scared to try using the iron-on glitter sheets? The glitter iron-on HTV is definitely harder to weed, but here are some tips and tricks on how to use it without pulling your hair out!
I was so excited to make a glittery, shiny shirt, and after buying ALL the glitter HTV I was ready to go! However, I wasn’t prepared for the challenge of weeding it!
Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help use the glitter iron-on without a lot of hassle!
How to Place the Glitter Iron-On (HTV) on to Your Cricut Cutting Mat
I always measure the iron-on size needed and cut it down to the most accurate size possible so I don’t waste my vinyl! So, if my design is 2 inches by 3 inches, I’ll cut it down just slightly larger than that.
You will place the shiny side of the glitter iron-on (HTV) down on the Cricut mat.
I tend to use the green Standard Grip mat for cutting my iron-on vinyl.
Tip: Don’t forget to MIRROR the image in Cricut Design Space before you cut it!! Otherwise, your image won’t be facing the correct way and your lettering will be backward!
Another thing I will do when placing the vinyl on the mat is to use some paper tape to keep it in place. Yes, the mat is sticky, but the glitter HTV can be a bit thicker and want to roll up on the sides. I will put down some small pieces of the paper tape (washi) where this happens. Just be sure not to let the tape come down over the area that will be cut.
How to Weed Glitter Iron-On HTV
I use a weeding hook typically, as I find it the most helpful. You can also use tweezers to help pick up stubborn or small areas. (I love the basic toolset to get all of the needed tools!)
It is incredibly difficult at times to see the lines on the glitter HTV in order to weed it. You really need good lighting. I find an Ott Light to be one of my favorite things to help illuminate my craft projects.
If you are still having difficulty, you can get a Cricut Bright Pad. This is basically a very thin lightbox that will illuminate your project from underneath it and you can weed it right on top of the light. I do not have one of these, yet. However, it’s on my wish list for the future!
I also find that it’s helpful to view the backing at a birds-eye level and sometimes that can help me see the lines better. So, move around and get down on a different level to help you find those lines.
Patience is the best practice when it comes to a difficult weeding project! Go slow and take your time! Take breaks for your eyes if it’s a very intense project.
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Putting the Glitter Iron-On Onto the Fabric
Once you finish weeding it, rejoice because the hard part is done!
You will need a heat source to put it on the shirt or fabric of your choice. I highly recommend the EasyPress because it takes the guesswork out of the temperature and timing of the heat.
The EasyPress 2 even comes with a sample project and it happens to be glitter HTV!