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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have always hated my stock cheese wedges and have been dying to replace them. There are many options on the market but most of them cost an arm and a leg. Here's my home made covers that cost under $10.









The base is a small aluminium skillet from walmart painted with truck bedliner. I had the bedliner already and the skillet cost $4.50. I knocked the handle off and sanded the coating down for the paint to stick better.



The plate on top is a round electrical box cover separated by some rubber washers and painted flat white. I found it the electrical plate at Lowes for a buck or two. The paint is just some rustoleum rattle can.



The image started out as the picture on top and I photoshopped it to better suit the colors of the bike. The picture on the bottom is the final image. I thought a classic looking WWII pinup girl would go good with the style of the bike but you can really use whatever picture you want.





The trick to getting the image on the metal is tissue paper.

1. Find an image that you like, size it to the proper dimensions, and print it.
2. Take the printed image and cut a piece of tissue paper just larger than the image and tape the edges over the paper copy. Try and tape the tissue paper taut to minimize wrinkles.
3. Re-print the picture and cut the image out of the tissue paper.
4. Brush a light coated of regular old white elmers glue over the electrical cover.
5. Center the tissue paper over the glue, smooth it flat, and do your best to keep the wrinkles out. The paper will give you a little wiggle room to smooth out but keep in mind its just tissue paper and can rip really easy.
6. Spray clear coat it till you're happy with the results.

The best part of this setup is the price. You can really make as many of the covers as you wish and change them as often as you like.
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I love the great looks and sheer simplicity of this.



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Love this ...... Will you do the same on the primary ?

I read your post 5 times and still did NOT understand how you transferred the print fom paper to tissue onto the aluminum or plastic plate ?

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I was thinking of making it flat black with the gear painted white and an image in the inner circle. In reality, I'll probably try masking off the gear, get frustrated, and just flat black the whole thing.
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I like it, well done!
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That really looks great, I love the old fashioned pin-up art. Now if you would make some t-shirts...

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Love this ...... Will you do the same on the primary ?

I read your post 5 times and still did NOT understand how you transferred the print fom paper to tissue onto the aluminum or plastic plate ?
I printed it once on regular computer paper. Then I taped a small piece of tissue paper over computer paper and ran it through the printer again. This was done so I the tissue paper would line up for the printer.

I cut out the tissue paper and glued it to the aluminium plate. Once the glue dried, I sprayed it with the clear coat. Tissue paper turns clear once it's wet. The clear coat wets the tissue making it clear but still showing the image. It also seals the image to the aluminium plate. The end result is that you can't see the tissue paper and it looks like its painted directly on the plate.

If that still doesn’t make sense, let me know and I'll print another and take some pictures.
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That really looks great, I love the old fashioned pin-up art. Now if you would make some t-shirts...
I did (sorta) at one point. I set up one of those cafepress stores with this picture.

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Excellent work! Where did you learn of the idea with tissue paper? Is this tissue paper something you get at an arts and crafts place? Great work on the photoshopping too. Really turned out amazing.

It really does look professionally done.
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