Best media and procedure for working with small stencils

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Miller29
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Best media and procedure for working with small stencils

Post by Miller29 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:30 pm

Say you have a Roland GS-24 and you want to cut some stencils (mainly text, some of it as small as 4mm in height) in order to sandblast/soda blast or possibly airbrush over anodised aluminium. I'm trying to reproduce a nameplate basically, without the expensive laser engraver.

What would be the optimal way to go about it? What type of vinyl would work best?

Also, is there a way to avoid the transfer-paper step? Maybe a special kind of vinyl that can be stuck and then weeded directly on the plate?

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Re: Best media and procedure for working with small stencils

Post by woolly » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:08 pm

Sandblast vinyl for heavy duty. Frisk film for air brush.
But standard vinyl will do quite a good job at both. Tend to use mat vinyl as the glue is normally a removable type.
Cut the graphics don't weed apply application tape fit then weed as required.
For multiple pass work cut several so you can replace bits to mask as required

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Re: Best media and procedure for working with small stencils

Post by Miller29 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:03 am

Thanks woolly, great tips. I will transfer first, then weed. Am I too optimistic to expect commercial, laser-like quality to the end result? Especially with small letters.

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Re: Best media and procedure for working with small stencils

Post by woolly » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:11 pm

This sort of thing is down to the individual skill level you can do but try and practice.
One other thing is you need to use the spray what ever it may be square on as with the small graphics the thickness of the material will mask one edge slightly
Gold leaf can work well like this
All it needs is imagination

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Re: Best media and procedure for working with small stencils

Post by Miller29 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:31 am

Great stuff, thanks!

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