Re: making reusable stencils

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Posted by Paul Cerra on July 9, 2002 at 19:07:40:

In reply to: making reusable stencils posted by Tom on July 4, 2002 at 01:29:59:

I'm a bit behind on reading the forum these days... anyway, Tom, if
you see this post: I've made quick-n-dirty stencils using packing
tape. It's a really simple procedure, although it's not exactly what
you were looking for.

Put a strip of packing tape onto wax paper (so that the tape will
release easily). Draw or transfer your design onto the tape. Then cut
out the design areas using a razor blade or an 'exacto' knife. You
are left with a piece of tape that functions as a stencil. Just peel
it off the wax paper and apply it to the person's body part.

However, you specifically said you wanted a reusable stencil (I've
never had cause to reuse mine), so this may not be a workable method
because despite its strength, packing tape is somewhat flimsy. Also
because it may lose its adhesive after one use. But to strengthen the
stencil, you could try laying down several strips of tape onto the
wax paper, one of top of another, thereby forming a thick layer of
tape. Do it carefully so that they smoothly attach to each other
without any bubbles or creases. Three or four pieces of packing tape
right on top of each other will form a fairly durable piece of
plastic. Then cut your stencil out of it.

And if you have a bottle of pressurized spray adhesive (available at
most hardware stores or any art supply store), you should be able to
reuse your stencil. Wider packing tape is also available at office
supply stores (if you need a square design instead of a fairly narrow
rectangular one.)

Regardless of how you approach it, IMO this method only works for
bolder designs. Cutting really fine detail work is easy enough when
the tape is flat on the wax paper, but once you start handling the
sticky tape, it has a tendency to want to stick to itself, and that
will probably ruin the stencil if it happens.



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