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Post by FlashM on Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:12 am

I think I want to cut my own custom stencils with an Exacto knife. Does anyone have any experience with doing these?

Does anyone know where to get the thin plastic they use for commercial stencils like the BadAss ones? And what would I call said plastic if I wanted to search for it on the web?

Thanks, in advance, for any tips y'all can give me. Laughing
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Post by Stacia on Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:30 am

Most craft stores carry stencil material that's made by Provo Craft (for use with a Cricut), and if you have a cricut you can cut your own intricate stencils with that...but I'm sure it'd work for hand cutting too, as all a cricut does is cut with an itty bitty xacto-like blade.
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Post by FlashM on Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:57 pm

Thanks, Stacia! That's a big help.
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Post by Stacia on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:29 pm

No problemo Wink

I used to have a Cricut...I miss it Sad
I'm gonna buy another one when I'm done sinking every dollar I get my hands on into paint.
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Post by Stacia on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:10 pm

BTW I think the material is Mylar. Might help to know that if you're asking around craft stores.
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Post by aridan on Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:32 pm

I picked up blank stencil material at Walmart the other day. It was in the craft section, with the rest of the stencils. It was three blank sheets meant to be used with an exacto for $2.99 I think.
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Post by MelindaT0813 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:18 pm

Speaking on a quality vs price it is probably a better value to buy them.
If you don't buy the vinyl in bulk and have SCAL 2.0 (or a similar program) with a compatible cutting machine I can't imagine the stencils would be worth it.
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Post by aridan on Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:21 pm

I haven't tried cutting by hand, but I could see it being worth a try for something really custom that you don't want to have a third-party produce.
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