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stark1261
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I was wondering if anyone has a good source for custom stickers. I am looking at needing some markings on the sides of wooden cubes and was thinking stickers would be the easiest for a large run. (If I ever even get there, got to keep this wishful thinking from getting in the way!)

Gargoyle
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i can't actually help you with a place, but i was just questioning how well stickers will adhere to wood.

i would have thought they'll peel or flake off really quickly, unless you can get some special stickers (not like normal ones that you can buy at a newsagency).

Anonymous
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Try wood stains.....Lowes has like 40 colors...

ROFLMAO had to say that before someone else did LOL

hpox
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I use a product named "Avery Label Sticker Sheet" for micropul and it sticks very well considering my wood blocks are somewhat porous.

The real problem is that the "print" (Laser) is not holding up. It's starting to disappear a little after a two years.

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leadingedge wrote:
Try wood stains.....Lowes has like 40 colors...

ROFLMAO had to say that before someone else did LOL

Hmmm I think someone is picking on me ;)

And rightfully so, though I would have told you to go to Home Depot and not Lowes :P

Actually the first thing I would ask, what size stickers?

stark1261
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Well right now I just use different color pens to right on my little cubes of wood. For a cleaner version, whether self production or later on I though stickers would be easier. The cubes are 1/4 inch. Each side has two numbers, one represents a relative strength of unit and changes as it is damages and then a second number corresponds to which unit it is. I am just trying to find out how expensive it is to create stickers. (I imagine the die cut is the most expensive part!)

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If your looking for stickers. My company can give you a quote if you can give me some information. I will need to know:

Size
Quantity
colors
If they are square corner or rounded corner

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hpox wrote:
I use a product named "Avery Label Sticker Sheet" for micropul and it sticks very well considering my wood blocks are somewhat porous.

The real problem is that the "print" (Laser) is not holding up. It's starting to disappear a little after a two years.
I suggest a thin coat or two of Krylon Clear Coat on top of the sticker sheet before you pull them off. It slightly "melts" the toner and, at least with paper, fuses it much better to the surface and tends to make it last a lot longer. I suspect it would work great for those stickers, too.

-- Matthew

hpox
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Interesting solution. I thought of putting a second clear sticker over it. But they're expensive.

Oracle
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FastLearner wrote:
The real problem is that the "print" (Laser) is not holding up. It's starting to disappear a little after a two years.

I suggest a thin coat or two of Krylon Clear Coat on top of the sticker sheet before you pull them off. It slightly "melts" the toner and, at least with paper, fuses it much better to the surface and tends to make it last a lot longer. I suspect it would work great for those stickers, too.

You've been talking about that Krylon Acrylic for years, and I finally gave it a try in the past couple of weeks with labels from my inkjet. It's excellent stuff, I should have listened to you years ago.

The ink is water soluble and even hand moisture would smude a dry printout and transfer ink to the person's hands. Splashing a drop of water on the label would ruin it. For heavy color or black, the ink would rub off even dry.

A couple of coats of the spray acrylic and all those problems are gone. It's far more durable and not at all sensitive to dampness. I went with the gloss version imagining getting a result like a glossy photo. It's not nearly thick enough to do that but it really brings out the grain in the paper. It's an interesting effect.

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If you want to make your own custom stickers, I found something interesting at Micheal's (the craft store). See, there are good things that happen when your wife does scrapbooking.

Anyway, there is a company called Xyron (www.xyron.com) that has a Create-A-Sticker line of products. From the very simple $10 one that does anything up to 1.5" wide to a monster that goes up to 9" wide and even laminates (was like $130 or something). I got the Xyron 250 for $15 (should have go tthe smaller one but didn't see it) that does anything up to 2 1/2" wide.

I also picked up a circle whole punch that is almost exactly the same size as a plastic poker chip. So now I print out my game pieces on photo paper, punch them out in a circle (although I really want hexes, haven't found a hex punch yet) and run them through the sticker maker. I can then easily stick them on the poker chips. Very good for prototyping.

I know I could just glue them, but come on, this thing is so much cooler :)

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Oracle wrote:
You've been talking about that Krylon Acrylic for years, and I finally gave it a try in the past couple of weeks with labels from my inkjet. It's excellent stuff, I should have listened to you years ago.

I'm really glad it's working well for you.

And hey, on any advice I give, it's all in the wording. When I write "this will do x," you can be sure I'm very certain and have tried a wide variety of things. When I write "it seems like this would work," watch out!

:)

-- Matthew

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