Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

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Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

Postby redhotcomet » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:31 am

So our story begins with me wanting a new vanity plate for my 64 Caliente and not being to find what I wanted. I wanted something like this:

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I had mentioned this to my girlfriend (who is pretty artsy/crafty) a few times, suggesting she paint me one, but she didn't think it would turn out very well. Anyways, she ended up borrowing a cricut (apparently prounouced "cricket") machine for some other craft project she was working on.

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They are pretty neat little machines. They're a 2D paper cutting machine, and this particular brand is mostly used by scrapbookers and those crafty types. With this model you mainly have to purchase cartridges that have the images you want to cut. You can also hook it up to a computer and do some basic letters and things, but you have to have the rights to the fonts. Its a pretty cool little unit, but you are very handicapped by the software and the copyrights to images.

Anyways, she ended up finding a font that would match the lettering, and the "Disney Cars" cartridge had the checkered flags image. Got them loaded up on the laptop:

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So then you get some vinyl sheets from the craft store in the colours you want, you stick em to the cricut cutting board (one colour at a time), hit the cut button, and you end up with something like this:

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Then using transfer paper/tape (and a little help from some youtube videos) you apply it to whatever you want. In this case my laptop:

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You can also cut it out of paper as a test before you cut your vinyl.

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So I did the same thing with the checkered flag and the black vinyl. I then applied it to the back of a spare vanity plate I had. Then I applied the red Mercury lettering, and I ended up with this. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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I'm not sure how well it will last long term, but it only cost a few dollars. Now what else do I want to make?
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Re: Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

Postby poboyjo65 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:47 am

That is cool!! :D :D good job!! :D
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Re: Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

Postby SASSY » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:59 pm

Good job!!,,, and I get accused of having time on my hands,, lol
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I'd rather do it myself if it's done right or not,,,isn't that what hotrodding is all about?
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Re: Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

Postby comethead » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:21 pm

Nice!!
You need to mass produce these!
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Re: Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

Postby loman » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:16 am

That turned out great. Very cool project.
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Re: Fun with Vinyl (or, a New Vanity Plate)

Postby redhotcomet » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:44 am

Thanks guys! I might be inclined to make up some decals for board members, but I no clue about licensing for mass production. I also don't know how well they'll last long term.

Fred, my excuse for having so much time on my hands is that I'm recovering from a broken arm! Otherwise I'd be wrenching on the car!
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