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8 minutes ago, alexa said:

@webtrekker& @Tinfoil Hat Do you sell your work by any chance ?

 

I've not done, as I'm a beginner with less than a year's experience under my belt so definitely still learning the craft. When I'm confident enough to do it without guidance from an on-line tutor I wouldn't be averse.

 

I'd feel like a charlatan selling something I've copied off someone else. I got a gadget for cutting out mounting card and buy (grotty old, faded prints) pictures from charity shops to recycle the frames, so theyre on my wall apart from the 1st one which was a row of different songbirds on a branch. I gave that to my mum because she asked for it, and the last one I did, the otter, was for an old friend as a house warming gift.

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4 hours ago, webtrekker said:

 

Badges are dead easy to make.

 

First, you need a badge machine and lots of blanks. This is my machine ...

 

You can buy different sized dies to suit the blanks . This one is the 45mm die and I also have a smaller 25mm die.

 

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This shows (left to right): the metal blank, a printed design (just on glossy inkjet paper), a thin Mylar disc covering (supplied with the blanks, and a plastic back with pin (you can get plastic pins for young kids) ...

 

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Here's how to use it ...

 

 

And the smaller 25mm badges with a 'D clip' fastening ...

 

 

Hope that's of interest!

 

 

 

 

 

I love all this - thanks for showing it. It's bliss playing with gadgets to make things!!!  

 

 

I just got a sewing machine a couple of years ago - 1st use of one in my (then)57 years 😁 and enjoyed making a few simple garments. I'm like a kid with a favourite toy. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

 

 

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1 hour ago, webtrekker said:

 

I used to sell magnetic party invitations and sublimation printed items such as personalised mugs, keyrings and tote bags and tide clocks on ebay. I'm retired now but still have all of my equipment and often use it more as a hobby now.

 

 

 

I bet you could make little dangly charms for the Christmas tree if you felt like it too. 👍

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10 hours ago, Tinfoil Hat said:

 

I bet you could make little dangly charms for the Christmas tree if you felt like it too. 👍

 

Once you have a sublimation printer and a heat press you can buy blank Christmas tree ornaments in any shape (bauble, star, tree, etc) and print and press them. They can be made of acrylic, ceramic, aluminium or MDF and they have a polymer coating which is needed to accept the sublimation print.

 

I haven't made Christmas ornaments myself but have printed many designs on aluminium sheet, acrylic and ceramics (mugs mainly). I have also printed pre-cut cardboard jigsaws, MDF placemats, and MDF coasters.

 

Polyester material takes well to sublimation too and produces t-shirts etc with prints that never wash out, can be ironed over repeatedly, and have no 'hand' (ie. you cannot feel the print, unlike vinyl or screen printing).

 

Using my cutting machine I have made some Christmas stuff including these crackers for the family, and a papercut standalone design ...

 

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The crackers were finished off with a proper snap and filled with a paper hat, novelty toy and joke, then decorated both ends with ribbon. I placed 6 neatly together in a white pizza box. These were just made from glossy paper printed on my Canon inkjet printer.

 

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This ornament was again simply white glossy inkjet paper.

 

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Finally, a wine bottle cover. These are small polyester t-shirts blanks that can be sublimated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By the way, if anyone is interested in any of the following, either as a hobby or a small business, just ask me any questions and I'll help out as much as I can. Knowledge is to be passed on for the benefit of others, not kept secret! 😉👍

 

  • Sublimation printing (on many different substrates) including suitable printers, inks and materials
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl - HTV (for t-shirts, bags, cushions, etc)
  • Sign Vinyl (for, well, signs!)
  • Contour cutting and cutters
  • Heat Presses (for sublimation prints, HTV, heat transfers, plastisol transfers etc and mug presses/ovens)

 

 

 

 

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Sorry everyone, I keep coming across photos of stuff I made a while ago and just can't help sharing!

 

A couple of canvases I made ...

 

This one is a V-Ray rendering of a 3D model I designed myself in Rhino. Simple enough design which happened to look quite good when textured. Printed direct to canvas and varnished.

 

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This was an experiment to see if I could press an HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) design onto a cheap pre-made canvas from Wilko. The design was cut on my Silver Bullet cutter.

 

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11 hours ago, webtrekker said:

Sorry everyone, I keep coming across photos of stuff I made a while ago and just can't help sharing!

 

A couple of canvases I made ...

 

This one is a V-Ray rendering of a 3D model I designed myself in Rhino. Simple enough design which happened to look quite good when textured. Printed direct to canvas and varnished.

 

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This was an experiment to see if I could press an HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) design onto a cheap pre-made canvas from Wilko. The design was cut on my Silver Bullet cutter.

 

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Brilliant, Webtrekker! Lots of different items and experimentation. That's what I like to see. 👍

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51 minutes ago, Tinfoil Hat said:

Just thought I'd have a go at a completely different style. I think it will take me a lot of practice to become proficient but have learnt some mistakes from this that should hopefully lead to improvement on my next try...

 

 

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Love it! You're certainly not wasting your time doing ths, you're very talented.

 

 

 

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48 minutes ago, Tinfoil Hat said:

Thank you Webtrekker - I lost the plot a bit, but it's fun playing and I'd love to learn a few different styles for variety (but it's a big learning curve). Your mentioning pastels recently, I've been having a look at them, and fancy giving it a try next year. 🙂

 

The thing I really liked about pastels (not oil pastels) was the way you could get really hands-on by blending with your fingers. If you do get an oportunity though just be careful with over-blending as it's easy to get carried away and spoil the picture!

 

 

 

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32 minutes ago, webtrekker said:

 

The thing I really liked about pastels (not oil pastels) was the way you could get really hands-on by blending with your fingers. If you do get an oportunity though just be careful with over-blending as it's easy to get carried away and spoil the picture!

 

 

 

Cheers, I'll remember that tip. I already know before I start that I'll probably get finger-prints all over it! 😁

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On 9/26/2022 at 8:23 PM, Tinfoil Hat said:

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These are a couple of the watercolour paintings I've done this year. No idea what I'm doing so these are from on-line tutorials that I'm trying to learn from. (Not very good photo's though, the otter looks very faint colours compared with the actual painting - took them with my crappy phone, a bit skew-whiff and just did some bodging about to get them on my PC without any app or cloud or what have you - again, no idea what I'm doing. My lack of knowledge seems limitless 😆).

 

On the old forum I saw some jaw-droppingly talented art from members, and if anyone here does a bit, I'd love to see it.

 

Beautiful drawings, there's a great depth to them. Not sure what medium you're using but you use it well. 

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2 hours ago, Steven Tansell said:

 

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Some of the stuff I made for my grandkids, pic four is a hillbilly footstomper with a lead to an amp, and my grandson got a catapult I made for him! Every boy needs a 'cattie'!🤭

 

Great stuff, Steve. Have you tried making a shovel guitar yet? ...

 

 

 

 

 

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