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Using Waterslide Decals on your Paint Boxes…

November 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Craft Paint Boxes

Well the last time I showed you how to make any size of paint boxes. To follow up with these three tools:

1) the PDF plan used to discuss the construction process,

2) TRW Episode 103 video on how to make the box and

3) the free Dynamic Box Calculator used to create custom box material lists.

Today we are going to talk about using a very neat process called “water-slide decals for wood” So what is the water-slide decal anyways? This is a simple process used to create custom decals for your custom paint boxes.

What tools do you need:

1) Computer and Laser color printer or a color photo copier and the water-slide decal paper.

Please note: You can also use the Inkjet printers but these printers need one more step to prepare your graphics. The Inkjet printer prints water based graphics so you need to spray the surface of the decals with a light acrylic coating. Be sure to coat with at least three thinly based coatings.

See this YouTube video on the steps to create and place your decal on the ceramic cup. Please note that you can add to the wood boxes just as easy. Sorry for the video it’s a bit dry but tells the story.

To prepare your paint boxes:

1) I would spray them inside and out with a base under coat then let dry,

2) Lightly sand and then add a color coat with one or two coats,

3) Let dry and again sand lightly with 600 grit then use the acrylic to coat the finished box. (at least 2 coats maybe 3 and lightly sand between the first and second using 600 plus grit paper.) The better the finished again the better the product.

4) Create the water-slide decal and apply to the top of the paint boxes.

If you decide to completely finish your painted boxes it will be your creativity that will determine your success or not in the sales department.

Try and create theme boxes using the scrap-book technique and be sure to use graphics that have good sense of taste. Better the graphics more money they will pay for the box. With the finish and creativity of the decal the box will command higher price.

Now instead of the $3.00 to $5.00 for the unfinished box you are looking at $30.00 to $50.00 to a piece of furniture or special feature piece for the coffee table.

So Buying Graphics:

If your going to buy someone’s scrap book graphics that are for sale be sure you are buying the commercial rights to the graphics. You need these rights to sell your boxes with the author’s graphics. Don’t get just the personal use rights.

It’s best to explain what you intend to do with the graphics. Your conversation might go like: I need the commercial rights to these graphics so I can sell them with my paint boxes. Also remember all graphics need to be CYMK format and at least 300 dpi? (That’s dots per inch)

That’s it for now…Next Post, and last part to this sequence on Craft Show Products.

I am going to show you how to make your purchased decals into a personal theme quickly. Again with the personal decals comes a price increase. So how can you make the decals personal, you are going to have to wait until the next post to see.

Hit product for your local Craft Show…

November 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Craft Paint Boxes

Have you ever thought of using your woodworking talents to create wood products for the next Craft Show? Christmas is coming and selling products for Christmas is a good way to supplement your income and help pay for your woodworking hobby.

Here is One Idea:

How about making paint boxes out of 1/2″ MDF and sell them unfinished to your customers. Let them paint them as they need.

Project cost for materials is approx. 45 cents per box depending on the size of the box and they have the resell value of $3.00 to $5.00 each. You can mass produce these very easily and create an inventory of product quickly. We have three key tools used to help you create your Craft Show Inventory.

A. Your copy of our PDF plan as the how to build the Magic Box,

B. Click here to try this FREE calculator that creates custom material lists.

C. How To TRW video on the making of the Magic Box.

So what kind of custom boxes do you want to make,

Think about the following:

1) Create boxes that will fit your customer’s specific needs or

2) Create series of boxes that are designed to fit with one or more of the online custom picture books. It could be a custom gift box. Go online to find the common sizes.

3) Use the calculator to customize boxes of a variety of sizes and using the inside measurement feature on the calculator you can do the following:

a) Build 5 boxes that fit inside of each other.
b) Build a box to fit photo albums found at your local store.
c) How about making the boxes to hold home video CD’s or DVD’s

How to use the calculator with inside measurements:

a) To make the 5 boxes, Start with the smallest then add 1 inch for the next box, add another inch to the next box…etc. Once done you have 5 boxes from smallest to largest each fitting inside of the other.

b) How about creating a box that can hold common items like CDs or Photo albums. Just measure the sizes of the physical items and put the numbers in the calculator questions add the quantity push the calculate button out comes your material list.

Idea one: a series of CD’s of various numbers, made for 2, made for 5 and maybe made for 10. Here we use the inside measurement tool to create the custom materials list.

Idea two: Pick up some sample photo albums then measure and use the inside measurement tool again to create the materials list quickly and easily.

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