Firechief

I have help for the stencil maker in you

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I have just purchased a "Stencil Burner" (Micheals for $15.00) that is very much like a wood burning tool and it does a wonderful job with stencils. Just find a pattern that you need in picture form, or draw your own and place it under a piece of picture frame glass. Then take your stencil sheet which can be a number of mateials such as acetate film, frisket paper ect and place it on the top of the glass and then proceed to "cut" the stencil out just like using a wood burner. It makes for some very fine lines and is easy to use. I would encourage you not to "copy" a pattern in its finest detail but just use it as a guide as it may infringe on some copywrite stuff. Besides you want to be different anyway!!

Can you really copywrite a stencil pattern?" :?

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I had looked at those but was wondering if it would work, sounds like it does here goes $15.00 more because I cannot cut for poop :lol:. Thanks for the info.

Keith

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I found this article on the web.

Making Stencils Tutorial

It stated that it was particularly good for mylar, but the acetate forms ridges as it melts. Mylar should be a good stensil material though.

Dave

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Let it be known that acetate sucks :boo:just as Vodkaman has stated. I wish I had known that earlier but what the hey!!

Thanks Vodkaman

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Firechief, sorry about that.

Now you need to compile a list of materials that do and don't work.

Try the plastic milk carton material, ref a recent thread on molding a template.

I can visualise your house in a weeks time, PERFORATED!

Dave

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I can see right now that the list of "dont's" will far and away be greater than the "do's" in my house. My wife has added a dont that says dont burn holes in everything we own.

What a group of guys we are:teef:

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Several years ago I had a tip specially made for a wood burning tool when stenciling polyethylene (milk carton). I had no idea a tool already existed. What a waste of money that was!

I'd like to write more but I'm on my way over to Michael's. Thanks Chief.

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Re: acetate forming ridges during a burn, simple solution: lightly hit both sides of the new stencil on a sander.

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Havn't used it yet but I bought a stencil burner at Walmart in the crafts section. It has several different accessories and tips with it. I think it was around $20.00

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The only difference between a wood burner and a stencil burner is none, just different tips. You can also buy a "craft burner" or a "hobby burner" that has an assortment of tips for cutting stencils and burning wood. A burner is the only reasonable way I can cut stencils without smoke coming out of my ears :pissed:.

Dean

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