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Thread: Ideas on Tools to Make a Stencil

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    Senior Member grocifer's Avatar
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    Ideas on Tools to Make a Stencil

    I want to cut my own stencil but have discovered that olfa no longer makes a cutting knife. Have read that xacto has a knife with a double blade but unable to locate same at AC Moore's or online. Does anyone have a idea of what I could try?

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    for a while, you could buy the cutters here http://quiltingstencils.com/olfadoub...etailonly.aspx They had purchased the entire available stock. Now, however, they have a note on the page that the mfg discontinued making them and they are no longer available. I have heard that some folks use a woodburning iron to cut the plastic. i've never done that, though. The last couple of times, I just cut my template out of paper and it worked for the quilt I was doing at the time. I doubt that it would last for too long. But I usually customize my designs for each quilt, so that's not a problem.
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    I found a stencil burner at JoAnn for about $14 - if i remember correctly it was by the woodworking stuff. It has different tips of difference sizes. I've used it once and it takes a little practice, but worked well.

    Here a bunch of examples from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=i...0Burner&page=1
    Last edited by Dandish; 02-21-2012 at 10:31 AM. Reason: add link

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    I've tried it with the exacto knives, even have the one with the head that turns, supposedly for marking circles/wavy lines...hate it. I think the burner would be the way to go, although I've never tried it.

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    Whatever you do, dont buy the eletric stencil cutters!!! IMHO, takes too long and stencils are cheap to begin with (for the most part). I just HAD to have one, such a pain.
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    I use a pair of small craft scissors. I use a RADA knife sharpener when I have to.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    I just saw a "stencil cutting pen" in the most recent "Connecting Threads" catalogue. It's on page 40 and only costs $14.39. It says it heats up and comes with 2 different tips. It seems that the cutters are still available.
    Sue

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    I use my wood burner to make stencils. It works well and leaves the edges very smooth. The smell of burnt plastic does smell so I make them in the garage or out side of the house.

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    Hello. How thick is the plastic sheet you use? I bought a stencil burner/cutter and some plastic sheets. For me, it made a big mess. It wouldn't burn all the way through, and then it would melt the plastic in a blob instead of a smooth line. Do you think the plastic was too thick?

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    Try Harbor Freight if there is one in your area. I went there yesterday to get some rotary cutter blades and I was told they no longer carry them. I did see a lot of hand held cutting tools. May be one will suit your purchase.

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