338muskie

Stencil cutting

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Do most of you guys freehand cut your stencils? Or do you find some kind of art that fits your likeing and copy it. Also what do you guys like to make your stencils out of. I have some old film that I'm trying to cut them out of.

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I use blank plastic stencil sheets from the local craft store. To cut the shapes I use my dremel router, just tape your stencil pattern and stencil material to a pice of foam insulation set the bit to cut just under 1/8" deep and rout out your stencil.

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I put mine on a pc of glass, and freehand with a wood burner with a sharp tip for stencil cutting. You have to be fast at it though, it does like to melt.

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338muskie - Not as much work as freehanding each lure - there a few other ways too but you seem to have it covered with the razor knife and light table. I and probably 'cheesehead' are now wondering why you asked!!! pete

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Hi there, I like to use the clear vinyl material that comes in about 4 foot widths at WalMart. You can buy it by the yard and in different thickness's. The real light stuff doesn't work real well. I think they have 4-5 different thickness's. I use either the second or third heavier. The reason I like the clear is because you can see where you locating the stencil on the lure. Spray your paint, dry with a hairdryer, remove and then wash off the paint, reverse or put the side that just had the paint on it against the lure on the opposite side. Spray your paint, dry, and then remove and wash paint off vinyl stencil with water and a stiff brush in a small pan. When I make the stencil I put the pattern on by using a sharpie pen. Then lay it on a piece of tempered glass and cut it out using a razor knife. One stencil will last for alot of lures. One other big reason I like the vinyl is that even if your lure is hard to get the stencil to fit, you can warm it up with a hairdryer and stretch it tight to fit. Just don't over heat it or you could ruin your paint job on the lure. I hope this helps out. Ken

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You guys are making this way more complicated than it is. A stencil is nothing more than something that blocks paint except where you want it to spray. That's it. Doesn't matter how you get the design, how you cut it, where you cut it, or even if you cut yourself doing it. The only differences are how long it'll last, and how bendy the material is.

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I use Mt Dew 2 liter bottles!!! I like how they are bent.. That shape helps.. Plus I like TUFF STENCILS they last longer... and you can do alot of stuff with them...

The Rookie

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