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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Squeezy Jefferson, Jun 8, 2018.


  1. Squeezy Jefferson

    Squeezy Jefferson Young Tutorling

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    Hi all! I want to make a stencil of a design that I want to put on tee shirts. I'm new BTW. What is the best, most durable type of material to use for a stencil, so that I can use it over and over? I'm not there yet, (I'm still shopping compressors), but will be there pretty soon. Is it plastic of some sort, and where do I get it? I have a lot of Exacto Knives. Thanks in advance, I appreciate your time.
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    ilzeairbrushing Needle-chuck Ninja Very Likeable!

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    I use the backing of vinyl heat press, draw the pic, cut it out and spray with adhesive glue aerosol before I place it on the medium... works for me
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Very Likeable!

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    Mylar sheets, there are several suppliers around New York who sell this, might want to look into a stencil burner too.
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    I use a3 createx mylar sheets. H&S also has them. I buy them bulk, 100 pieces at once so I get good price. Then I use cutter with non-original knifes which I bought for this. Original knifes were crap. I would go bananas cutting stencils by hand... I did try it on vinyl, but that was just not my cup of tea. I would probably need one month to cut one stencil...
  5. Joe T

    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Same as huskystafford here. I use Mylar and use a 60 deg blade in my Graphtec...cuts like butter. That reminds me, got another to cut. Lol
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    I use 45 but I have bunch of 60 at home also. Did you try the difference between those 2?
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    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Yup, i get better cuts with the 60 and find i don't have to use as much force and blues last longer
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    thanks. I have 3 x blade holders, I am gonna fill one with 60.
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    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Made a few of these bad boys today[​IMG]


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    Looks good!
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    this is my latest stencil. Lighter is for size comparison. No way I could do that by hand...


    WP_20180609_002.jpg WP_20180609_001.jpg
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    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Did you do that in illustrator? I’d like to have that file good man. You must of took forever weeding that. Lol
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    This is on mylar :p No weeding. I would go bananas weeding that lol

    edit:yep that was illustrator. But first i took jpg and use it in photoshop. One sec ,need to check on disk if I still have that picture...

    nah I deleted jpg. I have illustrator or dxf file if you need it.
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    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Yea, I need to figure how to turn a image like that into a raster..no way illustrator trace could handle that
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    I used jpg and I used levels so I got nice contrast on picture. Then I vectorized and send to cutter.
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    If anybody else beside Joe T needs this file you can pm me. I made sharable link to my drive to ai and dxf file.
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    What a guy! Awesome

    What ever happened to the file share area on here...it’s like empty
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja

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    we have place to share files on forum? -.-
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    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    I thought there was
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    Check into these if you aren't ready to invest in a plotter cutter , they are like woodburners that hold exacto blades or sometimes that's exactly what they are.

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