home improvement - polyester film tape
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Stencling is a simple, inexpensive and expressive decoration technology, especially suitable for furniture and surfaces such as walls and floors.
Beginners can get skilled results through simple projects when they first try.
Process including application color (usually paint)
Pattern or template by precise cutting on the surface. Stenciling-
Supply Store listed in yellow pages with pre-
Cut the template in a series of designs, or you can make it yourself.
Printing equipment can also be purchased in art-
Supply shops and some walls
Shop covered and painted.
For beginners, the easiest way is to print a design on a surface that requires little or no preparation at all, using only one color.
A good project could be to decorate a painted wardrobe or cabinet.
Never template on antiques;
This reduces its value.
Select a flat surface;
Printing does not attach well to a smooth surface.
It is also possible to stamp the bare or dyed wood.
In all cases, by cleaning the surface with mild soap and water, gently polish after the surface is dry (
This is necessary only if the surface is rough)
And then wipe with alcohol or mineral spirits.
AD select a pre-
Cut the template from the store, or make your own template by cutting the design with polyester film (Mela is a well. known brand)
The thickness is 3 mils to 5 mils (
One ear equals. 001 inch).
Other pretty hard paint
The wear-resistant material will work, but it will not.
The advertisement draws the outline of the design on the matte side of the film.
Cut with a craft knife with a blade.
Simple designs like stars, hearts, or circles can be made with a cut.
Well-designed patterns like flowers may require several cuts and bridges that are thin strip template materials without color.
Cut in bridge connection design.
Without them, the delicate design is often unrecognizable.
Designing bridges for templates requires some artistic skills and experiments.
Print shops and public libraries offer excellent books for beginners on this topic.
Any kind of paint can be used for printing, but very fast
The best dry varieties.
Select a water for large indoor projects
Avoid filling the room paint with harmful steam.
Valuable options include acrylic latex paint and acrylic resin used by artists.
Other options are Japanese colors of oil
Dry almost immediately, milk. based paint.
The latter contains lime, which is corrosive and can only be applied to bare wood or waterbased paint.
There is also paint in the printing shop, especially for printing.
These paints are usually water-based but are thicker than normal paint.
Some have consistency of lipstick.
Brushes and the right technology are critical.
The best option is to draw a line brush or an artist's point painting brush.
Both are round and have a square short hard bristles at the end.
Brush sponge or roller can also be used;
The effect of ordinary brushes is very poor.
If the paint is mixed with a tube or powder, it will be very thick.
Simply dip the end of the bristles into the paint and wipe the bristles thoroughly on the paper tray or paper towel until almost all the paint is removed.
Coat the sponges and rollers evenly, and then apply or roll them over the absorbent material for similar results.
The ad securely pastes the template onto the surface decorated with masking tape.
Then paint on the opening by applying or rolling from the edge to the center.
It is helpful to practice this technique before trying the real thing.
Templates can be removed immediately.
To protect the design, wait for it to be completely dry and then spray or paint on it with a clear acrylic varnish.
On some furniture, the appearance of aging can be achieved by applying stains after painting, and then applying varnish after the stains are dry.
Big work requires careful planning and often requires physical strength, especially when you have to work on a ladder.
To arrange the pattern evenly on the wall, measure the length of one wall in inches.
Decide how much space is needed between each Design Center (also in inches)
, Then divide the length of the wall by this amount.
Let's say you want to make a template on a wall 12 feet long (144 inches)
The design looks like the interval is 10 inch (
Measuring center to center).
10 divided by 144 is equal to 14 and the remainder is 4.
14 is the number of designs suitable for walls.
Next, add one to the number of designs to get the amount of space between the designs on the wall.
In this example, there are 15 spaces between designs (14 plus 1).
If the remainder is generated by dividing it, as in this case, by the number of spaces on the wall (
In this example.
Increase the spacing between designs by this number (
1/4/15, or about 1/1)
So the rest is eliminated.
To determine the placement position of the template, gently mark the wall with a pencil at the same interval ---
In this example, 10 1/4--
Close to the ceiling.
But do the first mark half apart--5 1/8 inches --
From every corner
Draw a line in the design center on the template.
When placing the template on the wall, match the line on it to the line on the wall, moving from one end to the other.
The procedure for repeatedly arranging adjacent walls for advertisements.
Then copy the mark on every face-to-face wall.
Before coloring the floor, draw a scale chart and carefully plan the location of the design.
If you want a border, templated it first.
After all printing is completed, cover the floor with at least three layers of polyurethane varnish to protect it.
There is no need for protective finishing.
A version of this article appears on page C00004 of the National edition on July 29, 1993, with the title: Home improvement.