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Stencil Developer

Discussion in 'Making Your Mark' started by Eric B, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    does anyone no if the developer solution for stencils is the same stuff used for photo developing? The reason i ask is i just bought an etching machine from usaknifemaker along with a sheet of stencil material to make my own stencils.Since usaknifemaker is sold out of there developer concentrate, im looking for another alternative (if there is one) or another place to buy some preferably canada?

    thanks!
     
  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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  3. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    I use sodium carbonate.
    1 teaspoon per liter. You can find it at swimming pool stores.
    The trouble is, the amount you have to buy will last for 1,000,000 years.
    I think in 20 years I have only used about 3 teaspoons.
    I buy all my etching supplies from IMG Electromark in Utica, NY
     
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  4. ConnorBC

    ConnorBC Active Member

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    If anyone wants to make money making stencils, I'm in need! :) No joke! Please shoot me a PM if anyone is interested.

    Connor
     
  5. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    thanks john. i searched there website and found nothing.

    thanks forge! i will have to try that out!!
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Last time I emailed them and they said they have the chemicals on hand and can get the machines in. low order numbers at the time so not on the web site.
     
  7. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    thanks john! i ordered some from usa knife maker,now that they have restocked the item.
    i recieved my personalizer last week and have tried one of the stencils that comes with the kit
    and im very happy with how it turned out. maybe ill post a picture later.
     
  8. Dave Hodson

    Dave Hodson New Member

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    I know this post is a few years old Forge but I was wondering what development time you use for the Sodium Carbonate. Also, are you still using 1 tsp/L of water?

    Thanks for your help
    Dave
     
  9. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Don't really know. Put the stencil in a bowl with the solution and take a tooth brush an start scrubbing it after about 30 seconds.
    When the "resist" is gone from the stencil it should be done.
     
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  10. Dave Hodson

    Dave Hodson New Member

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    Ok thanks
     
  11. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub New Member

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    I was just going through this. I took some baking soda and baked it in the oven to turn it from sodium bicarbonate to sodium carbonate. Dumped some in a bottle of water and it worked. I think I need to dilute it down though. I just winged it to see if the concept would work so I don't have any recommendations on amounts.
     
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  12. Dave Hodson

    Dave Hodson New Member

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    Thanks Scott - I'll try that
     
  13. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub New Member

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    It's tough finding some of this stuff in canada and you get hosed so bad for shipping and brokerage. I just made an order from alpha. $180 us shipping. I had it shipped to my us address and it dropped to $25

    I'm fortunate that I can zip across the boarder and be back in under an hour.
     

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