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 Post subject: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:20 pm 
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Hi everyone,

If you are new in this forum this may help you cutting your puzzle mod's stickers by hand.

A scissors is enough. If you have this it would be great!

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So this is how I make my stickers:
- Cut a small sheet = puzzle face.
- Use your nails to mark on sheet.
- Seperate them.
- Make the sticker fit the cubie.
(*) If you have scanner, skip the first 3 pictures. Just scan the face, flip the image(microsoft office picture manager), print it on white paper and then glue the paper on the back of the decal sheet, and cut it.

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Anyone have other ideas? Share with me.

I hope this help :wink:
Minh Thang.

Ps: yes I know that I should make the red stickers for that face, when I took these images I've just finished making the white and greeen stickers. I chose blue for a brighter look. I still make the red stickers for that face.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:20 pm 
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cubervietnam wrote:
Anyone have other ideas? Share with me.

Yes, NEVER use scissors. Use a steel rule and small sharp craft knife / scalpel.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:57 pm 
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cubervietnam wrote:
If you are new in this forum this may help you cutting your puzzle mod's stickers by hand.
Thank you for sharing your method. I had wondered if scanning a puzzle would work. I've started cutting my own stickers using a hobby knife, steel ruler and a cutting mat. What do you use to make the smooth curves? Someone suggested nail cutters, but that didn't work so well for me.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:42 pm 
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To make smooth cuts on the corners I use those craft scissors used to cut wobbly/wavy cuts. You can get them with many different edge shapes, so there will always be one which will suit any corner.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:08 am 
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Tony Fisher wrote:
cubervietnam wrote:
Anyone have other ideas? Share with me.

Yes, NEVER use scissors. Use a steel rule and small sharp craft knife / scalpel.


I get used to using scissors, I tried the sharp knife one time but seem like I'm not good at using it. It leave the scratch on the surface. Maybe I will try the scalpel next time.

@Pete The Geek: yes Gus is right. Scissors is my choice for the smooth and round corner ;) Or you can follow Mr. Tony Fisher steps here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSNvyuEN5no&feature=plcp

This is an easy way to make the round corner sticker

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:50 am 
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Does anyone know how to cut round stickers? I use a circle punch, but the edges of the stickers are not neat, when I use the punch on paper the circles are perfect , on sticker not good at all.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:25 am 
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I usually use a stencil that I make from plastic sheeting, so each sticker is a perfect match with the other stickers. I scan the face of the cube in and print a version to paper and adjust the stickers as I need to so they are even and fit the face almost perfectly. Then I place the paper on the plastic ssheeting and cut a stencil out. That way I also have them for future use should I want to make another mod or puzzle for a friend or myself to improve the quality of my mods... still meed a massive amout of practice though.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
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Before I bought my STIKA, I used a drawing software and a printer.
I draw the outlines by the software, and reverse the image, and print them to the sheet's reverse side.
And later, cut them along the printed lines.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
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If my puzzle is a Shapeways one I tend to design a sticker template and get it printed along with the puzzle. Thhis does not cost very much. See hereand here. Otherwise, I design the the stickers using a 2D drawing program, print them out onto normal paper, stick this onto the reverse side of the vinyl and cut them out. This makes it easy to re-use the vinyl sheet when it get cut into strange shapes which would probably jam in a printer.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
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I usually draw round the piece I'm stickering onto the back of the sticker. Then I use an ruler and pencil to mark out the sticker by drawing lines inside the outline, leaving a reasonable border and neatening up. Then I cut out with either a scalpel and ruler or scissors. Lastly, I round off the sharp corners with nail scissors.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:24 am 
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I use vinyl 'backing' to mark out my templates, its thicker than paper but thinner than cardboard and plastic sheet, so its easy to cut/shape and manage, yet thick enough to draw around once I get them just right.

For cutting - I've always used scissors (the blue ones pictured here have done all my mods) and I gently snip points and corners on stickers 'twice or more' to round them off, this makes a big difference on the overall appearance of the finished puzzle, but it is alot more time consuming.
In the past I had tried to round off the sticker with a knife when its on the puzzle but that often showed by marking the spray paint and plastic.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you cut your stickers by hand?
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I think someone mentioned it already but I just scan the face, mirror it, print it out then cut them with a steel ruler and xacto knife.


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