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    Default Making Decals youself = easiest way?

    Hello. I've seen the most amazing customised uke's on this site when doing some research to customise mine ( searched for decals, painted ones, etc. ) and a lot of people have amazing decals they made themselves by going trough some graphic society.
    Now my question is, what is the easiest way to get a custom decal made for your uke ? for example if I want this in white ( my uke is black )


    I guess i'm not going to be able to print this with a regular printer ( except if some paper exists for that ? ), so what should I do ? Car customisers, Print shop, ... ?
    Thanks

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    damn I just googled that and it seems like the PERFECT solution indeed. Sadly no I know nobody that owns one.

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    Look on etsy for custom sticker makers. Most will do a custom order.
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    Thanks, i checked it out.
    To people whom it may interest and who are looking for Decals too, I think this one is pretty complete for everything pop-art/geeky/gaming related http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluegrassgraphix?page=1

    They seem to be making decals for car windows, that's safe for ukulele's right ?

    thanks again for the quick help, I just ordered them !
    Last edited by NumberFive; 06-08-2012 at 11:30 AM.

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    If you don't already have a cutting plotter, the best way to do a one of a kind decal like that is to cut it yourself by hand with an x-acto knife. You can probably get a small sheet at a local sign shop for a couple of bucks. Then just trace the pattern onto the vinyl, and hand cut it.
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    I'll be sure to try that out for my next uke. It seems like a good way to cover bigger surfaces instead of painting it.
    For this one, one of the custom decal makers from Etsy provided the solution. ( except I have no idea when they ship, it's not like Amazon)

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    Any shop that makes signs can cut that in vinyl. Should not be that much and look super good. that is what I do.
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    The first thing I thought of when I heard the word "decal" are the water-based transfers I used as a kid in model building. You can find transfer paper for your printer and make any graphic you wish.

    www.decalpaper.com

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    Oh those water-based ones seem to be easy, considering you can do them yourself at home with a regular printer. But would they still work on a uke ? it's quite a slippery surface

    (in the meanwhile, i ordered some online on Etsy, hope they arrive soon ! )

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