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Forum topic by dawgsfan posted 01-30-2015 04:11 PM 1069 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2015 04:11 PM

My wife has bought a few signs, I would like to make them for her but I’m not sure how they are applying the wording. It looks like paint but it is really smooth and to precise to be done by hand.

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 04:16 PM

Could be stenciling, silk screen, or maybe a vinyl transfer. You could also compose everything on a computer and have a professional printer make up vinyl stickers and just mount that to the backing. Depends on how many you want to make I guess.

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 04:29 PM

that sign looks like it belongs at my parents house. Those are the same loose/ lack of rules they impose on my kids.

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 11:03 PM

There is a method of applying a LaserJet printed image on wood….
There has been a couple of threads here on LJs.
I’m sure if you do a search, you will find them.

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#4 posted 01-31-2015 02:29 AM

thanks for the advice and direction

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#5 posted 01-31-2015 03:37 PM

I make Water Slide decals when making something like this. Google Water Slide decals and there are several videos on how to do it.

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#6 posted 02-04-2015 03:43 AM

In a pinch, you can use your inkjet (or equiv.) to piece together what you want. A little Elmers and you’re off and running.

When all is glued in place, swab a layer or two of Elmer’s over the top.

I used to use Elmers by the gallon. Unlike other things, it will not cause bleed through (which will ruin a newsprint glue-seal-finish job). You can go over the top of it with poly, epoxy, casting resin and so forth. It leaves a smooth finish [with brush marks] and seals wood.

Just for reference, once I had the prints down, I poured them in epoxy, which I bought in two five gallon (50-50 mix) buckets at a go.

If you like to play and have a laser printer, try taping some wax paper to a piece of paper. Then run a photo (revers the image to have it come out the way it started and to avoid bass ackward lettering). IMMEDIATELY take it to a piece of wood and run a credit card over it to transfer the ink to wood. Fun stuff.

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 05:58 AM

Paint board white. Buy a Cricut. Apply vinyl decals. Paint black. Remove decals. Your wife will love getting crafty with the Cricut when you’re done with it.

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