Based on some messages posted here a little while back, I got an
EtchOMatic to mark things. Looks ok, but the instructions are geared
around using a typewriter to make the stencil. Anybody remember what
those are? Anyway, I would like to use the 'puter with some custom
graphics. No info that I can find in the instructions, and their web
site seems to be totally geared to industrial users with no info for
shmucks like me.
Anybody know an easy way to make a stencil with the 'puter and an
Or other, useful, advice?
Injet? No. Dot matrix..yes, they will make stencils. Pick on up at
the second hand store for $5
That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's
cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays
- George Orwell
As I tried to send to Jim earlier, one of the best ways to create a stencil is
to use an old Thermofax machine. You can take any line drawing and when copied
on the T-fax, the intermediate pink sheet is etched away by the heat of the
process. Used A LOT in tattoo trade and coveted by anyone doing embellishment
on fabric (quilters, etc.). They are still around at garage sales and such for
$5-20. On EBay, the go for several hundred. At any rate, you could take a one
time original to a local tattoo shop and get it done. I've used the
printer-type stencil that came with the Metal Marking Methods kit. If using a
dot matrix printer, use a BOLD font to get good penetration. It is usually not
that well defined on very small images or fonts.