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    • #15377

      i am just wondering can anybody give me any stenciling tips because i am finding it very difficult to stencil around a image for a desigh for the customer with the carbon paper. the lines are not very visible through the paper. do i need something like a lightbox?

    • #23616

      I built a light box, and it really helped me.
      I think that having a super hard, really smooth surface
      (in this case tempered glass) behind the spirit paper helps.
      For me, it makes the carbon mark better.

    • #23617


      A hard surface is the way to go. Metal or glass.

      And to make the designs, a lightbox is a good start. And actually its cheaper to DIY then buy.

    • #23618

      In a shop I worked at in Texas the owner was such a cheap a….. they wouldn’t shell out the money for a thermal. So we did our own research going from the old Brothers fax machine idea to make stencils. And found that a dot matrix printer (you can get an older one for under 100,) will make a very decent stencil copy. Otherwise you are stuck to hand drawing stencils which sucks! A mini thermal is not all that expensive nowadays and well worth the cost in time. Otherwise, yep glass is the best to use, building your own lightbox is a definate way to go, and to get a decent sized glass, visit your local thrift store and buy a framed picture! Gives you the glass in a frame ready to rock and roll…

    • #23615
       Jester Ink

      i rigged up plexiglass nailed to my table and a clip on light under it, works perfect enough. the hand drawn out stenciling takes alot of time, only way i do it though. gets my hand used to curves and stuff before laying down the tat.

    • #23619

      The thrift store idea is actually a really good one! I’ve been wondering where a good place would be to get glass, and that’s actually perfect!

    • #23620

      Here are few good stenciling tips. Use a Professional Tool as Stencilling brushes, work from the outside and don’t overload a brush with paint as it’ll seep under the edges of the stencil.

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