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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Smallest (Cameo) Cut

I have often been asked, "How small can the Silhouette Cameo cut?". I don't cut intricate stuff very much but in today's post, I'm going to show you what is possibly the smallest cut that I have made with my Cameo yet.

I usually lay out the image on the virtual mat before I send it to the Cameo to cut and last week's Coo Coo Ca Choo Clock was no exception. I increased the image to what looked like (to me) a good size and started placing my papers on the mat for cutting. What I did not expect was that there was a very, VERY small layer included in the image.

The tiny layer was for the stamen of the small flowers. When enlarged, this is how the cut looks like.

Since I had already started cutting out the other layers for the clock before I discovered the tiny part, I decided to go ahead and attempt to cut out the teeny stamen. I can't use cardstock for this layer because it is so small and intricate, so I cut it out of vinyl instead.

This is how it turned out:

The size of the cut out is about 0.56" x 0.6" 0.25" x 0.25" and I was blown away by the details of the cut. Seriously, take a closer look at the rounded ends.

I can't even measure the size of the circles! They are the size of a dot!

Not convinced yet? How about this:

It looks like a tiny spider, doesn't it? Yeah, I even freaked out my kiddo with it (heehee!). I cut out several of these "spiders" just to see if the Cameo can make this insanely small cut more than once and it did.

So now we know how small the Cameo can cut. :-)


  1. Wow!! Cutting a tiny part with a vinyl is a fantastic idea! Clever!

  2. Wow !!!! That is amazing !!!!


  3. Love it! Love it! Love it!
    Thanks for the impressive post!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. Oh my! This is insane and I think you have the solution for the very small hard to cut on paper items...just use vinyl. Super Jin :D
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  5. That's amazing. This is the only review (and I have seen tons more than I should, really) that has cracked my commitment to getting another machine. I've been pining for the Gazelle since it first came on the market, but it's so hard to come by in my country that I am willing to wait a couple more years and just get by with my Slice. Silhouette has licensed resellers here, but I was ignoring it because I so convinced that I had to get the other cutter.

    Thanks for opening my eyes to a more affordable cutter that apparently does all I want it to do and probably more.

  6. When you cut these, did you use the default vinyl settings or did you do something different? I am attempting to cut a small font and having issues.

    1. I used the default settings for cutting vinyl in the Legacy version of the software - speed 8, thickness 9, blade 2.