When working with cut vinyl, burnishing is used to place transfer tape on weeded material or place material on a surface by rubbing on the tape with a smooth plastic tool, such as the Cricut Scraper ensure adherence and prevent bubbles. This process ensures that the transfer tape sticks to the material to ensure proper placement. Burnishing also ensures that the material sticks to the surface you’re placing your vinyl or other material on.

In art, burnishing involves layering and blending your media such as colored pencils or markers. Burnishing allows the colors to mix and blend so that the paper underneath is completely covered.

Burnishing is also used in sculpting and pottery to make the clay shine without the need for glazing.

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Sources: Cricut, Artists Network, Ceramics Art Network



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