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« on: May 20, 2004 02:31:04 PM »

Hey, i'm chris... that is my intro to this site. 

anyway, i've really been getting into stenciling and want to make my own t-shirt.  i have my stencils, i have my textile medium with the acrylic which works very well... but it runs.  I was wondering if anyone knew of any kind of adhesive type stuff what would make my stencil stick to the shirt, but not so much that is stays there. 


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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2004 11:40:47 PM »

i don't know if this helps cause you already have your stencils made - but next time try making the stencils out of contact paper.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2004 11:03:23 AM »

i don't know if this helps cause you already have your stencils made - but next time try making the stencils out of contact paper.

i was thinking of doing my first stencil out of contact paper. but i was wondering how it holds up to being pulled off the shirt when you're done. can you use it again? i'm afraid the cutting out will be the hardest part for me (i'm horrible when it comes to fine motor coordination things like that) and i was hoping to be able to use them more than once. what have you experienced stencilers found?

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2004 11:23:40 AM »

the last time i made stencils i used sticker paper. i got away with using them twice, but after that they lose their stickiness and start falling apart.

you can also try using acetate, it's kind of like the stuff they used for transparencies in elementary school. it's not sticky, but you can use tape to hold down the edges. i like to use medical tape cause it's strong but pulls off pretty easily.

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2004 05:52:03 AM »

You can purchace a lower-tack contact paper if you're worried about it sticking too much.


« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2004 02:03:57 AM »

Contact/shelf paper is pretty easy to cut, and it isn't really that sticky.  You can buy it in about three levels of stickiness.  I used the mid range sticky to make stencils for temporary tattoos (tribal style).  You can cut the stick factor by a little, if after peeling the backing, press it on your jeans once or twice to add a little lint.

If you have acetate or plastic stencils, you can spray them with a low tack spray glue.  Be warned that you will never get this stuff off the back and they will always stay sticky.  So you will have to hang them up, or wrap them carefully to store.
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2004 03:48:59 PM »

Aha! I have the winner! Aresol spray glue is fantastic for textile stencil stuff because you can just peel it off when you're done with it. At least i think it's called spray gule...spray adhesive? Well here look at he picture of the materials form a toutorial i did....maybe that will help  Grin
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2004 04:33:12 PM »

I haven't tried anything else, but I swear by quilt basting spray. It's by a company called June Taylor. I think my mom got it at Wal-Mart, but they probably have it anywhere that has quilt supplies. The best thing about it is the fact that its washable. You can wash it off your stencil and the shirt, eventually the stickiness will wear off the shirt on its own, but washing it removes any traces left.

« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2004 10:49:32 AM »

Go to Hobby Lobby and buy actual stencil adhesive.  It's aerosol.  It holds your stencil down and doesn't leave any residue at all.
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2004 08:59:24 PM »

I use a glue stick. The purple kind. You probably have one lying around and they work just fine, without any residue (that I can tell, anyway).


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