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« on: December 31, 2005 10:49:54 AM »

I feel silly that I never post any of my stencil work here, I used to do so much of it...

This is my brother's apartment warming present. I made the stencil in welding class this semester out of steel (talk about durable!).  They are two 16"x20" canvases done with spray paint.


The stencil:



The Warhol:


and a close-up:



And my favorite, the Glow in the Dark Jester:


I couldn't get a picture of it glowing, but I assure you, it's Bright!

The Warhol one almost killed me, I had to re-do some of the squares two or three times.

Questions? Comments?
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2005 11:00:30 PM »

i definitely love the first one, the colors look great. i wish i could make all my stencils out of steel instead of flimsy freezer paper, what a difference!
did you have to use spray adhesive, or was the steel heavy enough to just. . not fly away? (does that make sense? haha i don't do much spray painting. . ever). if so, what brand did you use? i want to start experimenting with canvases.
but yeah. anyway. love them both!
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2006 10:20:48 AM »

I didn't need spray adheasive for this, the steel was more than heavy enough to stay in place.  I usually use manila folders or posterboard, which can last through many uses.  As soon as school starts again, I can definitly see myself sneaking back into the metal shop to use the plasma cutter and make more stencils.

As far as brands, I think I am currently using 3M for spray adheasive, but mostly because it was the cheapest.  For spraypaint, I mostly use Rustoleum, occasionally Kryolan but I don't like it as much.  This was my first time uses canvas to paint on, and it was incredibly easy.  I used pre-primed canvas out of sheer laziness, and would suggest that you either prime your own or buy pre-primed.  It'll make a difference in how much paint you need to use to have a good color.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2006 03:18:52 PM »

mmmm..plasma cutter.  my favorite tool in the WHOLE WORLD. Grin
the welding shop where i work just purchased a giant cnc routing machine that can make all these amazing three dimensional shapes and i keep pissing them off wanting to use it for "dinky" two-d stencil cuttings.  they just don't know what's cool  Tongue    Anyhow, i like your stencil, it's cute and you did a great cutting job.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2006 07:01:45 PM »

Thanks tiph.  I was terrified of the plasma cutter at first, and now I laugh at myself for that.  That machine is AMAZING!  I will admit that I did a lot of clean-up and detail work with a Dremel (another favorite tool), not to mention having to file all the edges!

Just curious, what do you do?  I'm a sculpture major, so I use my collage's metal shop.  What's your connection to a metal shop?
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2006 07:57:08 PM »

yeah...the whole electricity thing in particular was scary to me at first too - it's a simple process but somehow the potential to blow a hole through one's self, or cause some sort of big sparky thing to happen was all i could invision.  Obviously not a real concern upon closer inspection  Wink

I love the world of metal and scrap in sculpture, but, alas, i am but a meager tradesperson  Grin .  I'm heading to school in september to get my actual welding-fitter cert., but for a while now i've been working/assisting in various jobs as a metal fabricator.  I want to be a wicked good welder so I can do it for work and fun - all part of my plan to become the girl from Flashdance.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2006 08:17:46 PM »

I wasn't so scared of the electricity, although several times I did use my hand to steady the stencil and got a tingle-ly sensation.  My professor decided to tell us that day about the time he welded his eyes shut by looking at the light for too long.  We were all kinda nervous after that.

My big brother is starting at a school in Albany, NY this week for welding. Between the two of us, there is going to be some weird sculpture and furniture at our parents' house.

You should check out the clothing forum, there's lots of tutorials on off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and leggings. ;-)  "She's a maniac, maniac....."  Sorry, couldn't resist!
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2006 10:23:14 PM »

I wasn't so scared of the electricity, although several times I did use my hand to steady the stencil and got a tingle-ly sensation.  My professor decided to tell us that day about the time he welded his eyes shut by looking at the light for too long.  We were all kinda nervous after that.

My big brother is starting at a school in Albany, NY this week for welding. Between the two of us, there is going to be some weird sculpture and furniture at our parents' house.

You should check out the clothing forum, there's lots of tutorials on off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and leggings. ;-)  "She's a maniac, maniac....."  Sorry, couldn't resist!

Holy Good Grief! Welding the eyes shut is a new one!    And yes...ha ha ha  Tongue...you think you're funny, but what's REALLY funny is that i HAVE made some of those shirts and leggings.  Who's funny now, huh? HUH?  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2006 10:47:00 PM »

that is cool
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2006 06:40:06 PM »

Just a quick update:
My college had an art auction tonight to raise money for senior projects. I wanted to donate, seeing as how it would benefit me too.  I recreated the Warhol-esk Jester canvas and donated it....

....and someone bought it for $20!

Now, I know that for art that's unbelievably cheap.  Some of the work tonight sold for several hundreds.  I don't care. I'm WAY too excited that someone bought MY art.  The idea that someone who doesn't know me, bought my art and is going to put it in their house.  That's crazy! I'm sooo dorky about this right now, but woah.
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