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How do you store your stencils?

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  1. huskystafford

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    Basically there are few solutions on internet which I found out. One was if they are to big, you can put them under your bed lol

    then there are people using hangers


    and folders


    and plastic pockets/wallets which I use


    Anybody have some nice solution? I have little issues with a3 size stencils. Need to figure out something nice for the future.
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    I used to use folders in a file cabinet, but found I was forgetting what I had to work with - I now use "command" wire hooks to hang them along a wall in my studio - easy to add more hooks as needed, move them around if I have larger ones to hang, etc...

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    Thank you DaveG for idea.
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    ehe. I buy a new stencil I slice along the top with a razor blade and keep the original packaging. So each stencil has its original backing.
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    I make my own, so this wouldn't work for me. But still good idea for the ones using stencils which are bought in store. Just wondering... How much you already spend on stencils from the day, you started your airbrushing adventure? Are you getting close to the sum of the new cameo 3 ?
    https://www.swingdesign.com/collections/silhouette-cameo-3-white
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    The bigger stencils are making me storage problems. I am still new to this, but I see I will have issues in future if I don't do something. Thank you for idea.
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    That’s a good thought and something I have thought about. I bought an Artool stencil for £15, another no name brand from EBay for £5, Six Pack o Skullz for £40, Artool freehand shield £12. So I guess I’m about £80 all in although some of those I got as gifts for Christmas.
    The issue for me is that I don’t think I’m computer literate enough to work any programme and a plotter. But then again I’ve never tried it, so I may be surprised.


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    If you ever looked how the hanging file folders in a filing cabinet hang that how my friend had his set up. I even think Terry Hill had a set up like this. I know Mark Rush had his like this when I worked with him a long time ago. If I can find a picture I will post it for you.


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    Here’s an idea I thought of for stencils. Using a letter holder laying down. Then it has ventilation for airing out. I don’t actually use this idea. I ended up buying small drawer unit to store stencils.

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    I have also used mechanist toolbox in the past.


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    you got bunch of people here to ask them what to do, including me...

    if you don't trust us, you can pay for your trust :D
    https://www.airbrushaction.com/product/scott-mackays-plotter-mastery/

    nvm, I'll ask you the same question after one or two years from today. :)
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    I have few dvd's from Terry, but to be honest I didn't pay attention how he stores his stencils... I need to watch it again. I am rather space limited, but looks like this will be issue all the time, cause I keep buying new stuff for airbrushing.
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    all ideas are welcomed here! :D
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    That is very true Buddy. And of course I trust you guys. I can totally see me going that way eventually. I need to replace my old laptop soon and am already thinking about something to run design programmes and work with a plotter. All of that is a little way off yet, but I will absolutely be asking some questions and probably for advice too when the time comes.


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    you just need something for vectors if you gonna do stencils.
    for vector based work(stencils) you don't need power computer, cause vectors are not power hungry. Photoshop on the other hand is a hungry beast if you do large stuff or bunch of layers. But you don't use photoshop for stencils. I can run vector program on my mamas computer which I gave her like 5 years ago or even more then 5 years, cause I bought new machine. So bottom line, if you up to it you can try vector program on your old comp. You may be surprised.
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    Thanks for the info Bro. I have Vectornator for iPad that is supposed be pretty good, I just need to learn to use it. Ideally I guess I’d like to shoot for making stencils and cutting vinyl a lot like Scott MacKay does. So from what you’re saying it wouldn’t need to be a super computer which is great as only really use a computer for pretty basic tasks.


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    In the ''old'' days, when some program was to much for our pc, we got older versions which were ''less'' hungry. But like I mentioned, vector programs weren't the problem. I see on you tube people also use gimp, but I don't have a clue about gimp. -.- According to this girl, gimp is free.



    For learning it's the same like with your airbrushing. You picked your airbrush and started. It just take some time, and few tutorials and you good.
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    Thanks Husky, I appreciate that man. You’re right, I guess it is a case of sitting in front of some tutorials and giving it a try. I really need to make time to do it.


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