clyde

stensils

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i am wanting to try some painting, but i am having trouble finding a materail to make them out of. what do some of you guys use for making them?

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I bought a roll of frisket material. It's a thin transparent plastic film with a peel and stick paper backing. About 10 bucks gets enough to last almost forever. The nice thing about frisket is it's purpose-designed for making stencils. Draw the design on the paper backing and it cuts out easily with an Xacto knife. Tip - leave on the paper backing. Flip it over to do the other side of the bait and then save the stencil for future baits.

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At hobby and craft stores everywhere, look for clear plastic stencil making material made by Plaid. It cuts best with a stencil cutter, the same basic tool as a woodburning pen with a purpose built tip; and there are tools available which do both simply by changing tips. The advantages to clear plastic stencils are that they last indefinitely; being clear they allow for exact placement; and when using waterbase paints they can be wiped off with a damp rag. Other scrap plastics work also, and often have ready-made slits and holes. Perfect holes can be made with hole punches in these this plastics too. Also look for common items from combs to fly-swatters to give you some ready-made unique patterns.

And if you get real serious about making permanent form-fitting stencils, follow the directions in this excellent tutorial posted by Birdman. http://www.tackleunderground.com/forum/hard-baits/15949-how-make-hardbait-stencils-using-plastic-milk-cartons.html

Dean

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