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I'm thinking of getting in to the rhinestone transfer and template making, i was wondering if anyone was cutting templates for rhinestone with a laser cutter and what were the results?
 

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My template stock for rhinestones has PVC in it and I was told that PVC will screw the lens up and corrode the laser
 

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You can use styrene engraving material such as Rowmark to make stencils. They work great and are reusable almost forever.

It is the "C" in PVC that is bad. Burning PVC plastic gives off chlorine gas which is very damaging/corrosive to some of the metals in laser engravers.
 

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I use whatever unsellable rowmark we have had forever. We have an inventory of about 100 different colors, thicknesses, & types (lasermax, lasermark, ada, reversibles, etc.. We make trophys & awards so there is always some color you bought 3 years ago for some job that there is still 3 sheets left.

raster engrave the holes to the depth you desire for the stones.
 

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I use whatever unsellable rowmark we have had forever. We have an inventory of about 100 different colors, thicknesses, & types (lasermax, lasermark, ada, reversibles, etc.. We make trophys & awards so there is always some color you bought 3 years ago for some job that there is still 3 sheets left.

raster engrave the holes to the depth you desire for the stones.
Yep, OK. I got lots of leftovers etc. I was originally thinking vector, but after I looked at the process I figured out it would need to be rastered. I bet wood would work well also. Might be a little easier to engrave to that depth.
 

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IMO 2mm acrylic glass will work.
How are you going to transfer stones to garment? I think the clear transfer film for heat transfer is to sticky for that template stock your wanting to use. My template stock is made from sand blast stock, but has PVC in it. Not good for lasers:rolleyes:
 

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How are you going to transfer stones to garment? I think the clear transfer film for heat transfer is to sticky for that template stock your wanting to use. My template stock is made from sand blast stock, but has PVC in it. Not good for lasers:rolleyes:
Are you saying that the transfer tape product that is sold for this purpose is too sticky to use on acrylic? Acrylic is not the only option by any means. I don't see where your coming from by saying that sandblast mask would be a better alternative in that respect..explain please. I was thinking that mat board would work for a laser cut template.
 

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Are you saying that the transfer tape product that is sold for this purpose is too sticky to use on acrylic? Acrylic is not the only option by any means. I don't see where your coming from by saying that sandblast mask would be a better alternative in that respect..explain please. I was thinking that mat board would work for a laser cut template.
I just think heat transfer tape is to sticky for acrylic and and mat board is a paper product so thats not going to last for long term and this has nothing to do with a laser. It was to do with transferring stones to garments. How about this, the backing from paper from vinyl. The kind that you make window graphics from. We just throw it away. Now we can recycle it into rhinestone templates . The transfer tape will release from it very well. And if you don't have a vinyl cutter, you could get some from your local sign shop for free i'm sure,:) being they throw it away.
 

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How are you going to transfer stones to garment? I think the clear transfer film for heat transfer is to sticky for that template stock your wanting to use. My template stock is made from sand blast stock, but has PVC in it. Not good for lasers:rolleyes:

Acrylic glass cut on laser is for template, put stones and brush it then stick the transfering tape, remove it and put on garments.
 

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Willy, I have a cutter and generate release liner that we toss. I was just thinking the template needed to be thicker than than that. I have not done this before, so I am looking for a way to utilize my equipment. I am thinking like Jay about the 2mm acrylic. It might be that the release liner could be bonded to the acrylic and then either engraved or vector cut for the template. I am thinking -drop the stones in the holes and cover with the tape, then pick them up as the transfer.
What are other people using to make templates from? I saw some on e-bay but they did not say anything about the thickness etc.
 

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I have cutter also doing templates using sign vinyl and placing stones manually using tweezer, but I'm tired of it.
Just preparing all my design and send it to laser cutter outside for few bucks.( friend working on model making company):D
 

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I have cutter also doing templates using sign vinyl and placing stones manually using tweezer, but I'm tired of it.
Just preparing all my design and send it to laser cutter outside for few bucks.( friend working on model making company):D
Jay, what is he using to make the template? 2mm acrylic as you suggested? Is he cutting out the hole for the stone or just engraving it part of the way through the material?
 

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the engraved rowmark becomes sorta like screens (for printing)... one template for each different stone/color. The transfer tape is to lift them off the template. You need a jig to hold the transfer tape & templates so registration is good (if doing multi-color or multi size transfers)
 

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Jay, what is he using to make the template? 2mm acrylic as you suggested? Is he cutting out the hole for the stone or just engraving it part of the way through the material?
Thanks for this question that ends up me to measure the standard 10ss stone thickness which i got 1.2mm, so using 2mm acrylic and cutting it all will not work. 1mm will be fine and .2 is enough space for transfering tape to grab the stones.
 

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Jay, yes, I suspected that the template material would be dependent on the size (height) of the stones. I may just need to make each template for the sizes used in the design.
 

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when making a template with a laser from rigid plastic stock (acrylic or rowmark) you would not cut through the material like you do with a plotter and sandblast film. You would raster engrave to whatever depth you need so the stone sticks up enough for the tape to grab.
 
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