How To Make A Stencil

Making stencils is not too hard, if you have the right tools, a good image to work with and a steady hand.  

First, you need the right type of material to use as your stencil.  I use Grafix Matte Dura- Lar Film which is matte and .005 thick which is a good size.  I buy it in booklets at 11-inch by 14-inch.  If you want to run these through a printer you’ll have to bust out the scissors to trim them down a bit to make them 8.5 x 11 inches.

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Next you need a good stencil cutter which is usually a burner. I started with an exact-o knife on a cutting mat and after my hands begin to hurt, I researched new methods.

Now I am smart and  I use the Wall Lenk L12SCK.

It is pretty straight forward. You just plug it in, wait for it to heat up and go.

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Mine would get really hot and once it burned my hand, so after I waited for it to apologize,  we made up and I took some athletic tape and wrapped it around where I grip it.  This also helps with holding it steady.

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All that is left is to cut out your drawing by tracing your lines or creating your own as you cut.  Go slow and steady. Use a metal ruler for straight lines.

**Important reminder!** You will need a glass or granite type of surface to cut your stencils on as you will burn any other surface.

#PROTIP: Take out a piece of glass from an old picture frame.

 

That’s it. No go try to make a stencil and have fun!

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