Template Material ?
Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:40 PM
I'm looking for more permanent material.
Flexible, cutable with utility knife 0r scissors.
I've been to hardware store and arts and crafts store.
Closest to to what I want is the material for those large portfolio cases, plastic like.
And if can get it locally even better.
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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:42 PM
One time I got some clear, flexible, fairly thick plastic place mats for about $1.00 each at a Christmas Tree shop. With an exacto knife, I cut out a pattern for a somewhat complex box. Worked great. Lasted forever. It is still under a pile somewhere.
It was the type of plastic that smells bad. Had to air it out for a while.
Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:53 PM
I use Illustrator to do my designs then print them out, laminate them in clear packing tape strips, then cut them with an x-acto knife or scissors. The patterns stick just enough to the clay and are flexible but do not get wet. If I need to replace, I just print another out. Drawing in Illustrator allows me to to scale, match pieces of slab to each other, take measurements while throwing, compensate for shrinkage etc. I highly recommend for some applications.
Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:54 PM
You could also use Tyvek . . . either from building supply, or cut apart a couple of Tyvek mailing envelopes.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:50 AM
I have used rolls of decorative adhesive vinyl/paper. Double it by adhering one piece to another. The rolls can be purchased pretty cheap in dollar stores. Need a larger piece, use two pieces one direction, then cross the other direction. Joining the pieces can be a two man job-one smoothing while the other pulls the liner sheets off, both at the same time.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:58 AM
Plastic place mats from the junk store, 3/$ for larger things, political signs from along the road, free after the election, I store them until needed. I want my templates to be sturdy enough to run the needle tool or knife point against the edge.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:35 PM
You know the reusable shopping bags we Eco-conscious folks always forget to bring to the supermarket?
Check in the bottom of those: they have a great 8x12" semi rigid black plastic.
That stuff is perfect if it's big enough for you.
I use it for all kinds of things around the house !
Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:01 PM
Tyvek is good (the stuff priority mail envelopes are made of). Easy to cut, waterproof.
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