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2019 Custom Gift Annual

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A&E MID-MAY 2019 • a-e-mag.com 65 CUTTABLES: Characterized by adhe- sive-backed strip or sheet material that can be cut by hand. I prefer an Exacto craft knife using a #14 blade. Examples are masking tape, shelf liner, and detailing tape or pin striping, as found in an automotive supply store. Industry-specific resists made of vinyl or soft rubber are staples, and come in a wide variety of thicknesses and widths. Most can be found at stained glass supply sources, both retail and online. A plotter to cut the resist and an artistic software are a great asset for the stiffer and/or thicker resists. Another great option is the pre-cut stencil. There are some splendid sources to order from. PHOTOS: These are stencils created through a photographic process, but can include photographs used as the artwork for the creation of a stencil. Artwork is devel- oped in a black-and-white state, usually in computer software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or CorelDRAW. The design is then densely printed onto a specific transparency and placed face to face with an emulsion applied to a carrier sheet. UV light is then passed through the transparency to the emulsion, causing a chemical change, rendering part of it brittle or water soluble, depending on the character of the film of choice. After developing, the films are often self adhesive and adhere to the glass. Many films have a short-developed lifespan, and are sensitive to light, temperature, and humidity. Photoresist films come in many thicknesses, adhesive options, and detail sensitivities. They can be a bit pricey and require some specialized equipment and storage consider- ations. But they are fast to develop and use. FOUNDS: They are just that… things I found lying around — anything I find that will resist the effects of the abrasive. For instance, a paper doily, a piece of lace curtain, a diamond punch grate, a latex glove, a piece of twisted wire, bits from a scrapbooking punch, stickers from the craft store, glue or paint brushed on and left to dry, a leaf… the options are endless. Some things can be treated with spray adhesive; others can be clipped or taped in position. So many choices can be intim- idating until you work with them a while. My best advice is to let each project guide you. Work with what is easily at hand, explore the options, and request samples. A&E The Founds category: an ornament using an edge of a paper doily, like cakes are displayed on at a bakery; and an older piece using Elmer's glue brushed around the edge with a flux brush and a bit of copper wire twisted and curled, then glued in place.

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