My daughter & I landed reservations on the Galactic Starcruiser next month. (!!!) I have used friggin’ (my Glowforge) make a few templates for things like stripes for sleeves and pants and logos for our flight suits… But have run into a snag I hope some of the more crafty of you out there can help with:
What kind of paint would work best on dark colored cotton/denim? (and PLEASE say there’s a spray alternative because there are hundreds of rectangles in some of theses stripes…) Star Wars sleeve example shown below - it doesn’t need to be a puffy paint (not that it might not be cool…)
There are puffy heat transfer vinyls available that could get close to the example pictured. Some HTVs are safe to cut on a laser despite the word “vinyl” but you have to check out the product details. Some HTV products can also be layered so you can make pretty cool designs! But, to apply them you really really should have a proper heat press. Doing it with a hand iron is not easy.
Here’s one puffy example, I have not used it though:
I don’t know what that is, are you … going to … space??
Cut a mask out on the , stick that to your material, heavy hit with spray paint that’s close to the colour you want, and then coat with flocking that finishes the colour, allow to dry for at least 12 hours.
Stripflock is not laser safe, but if you are ok with cutting it a different way, that works, too, and Stripflock can be layered.
If you are looking for puffy HTV, i have purchased from this store online this Puff HTV and the owner was pretty responsive when I asked a question, if I remember correctly. It looks like it may be laser safe but I’d ask specifically about this material and the specific colors you are looking for. It says “polyurethane based foaming vinyl that expands during heat transfer. It gives your design texture and a 3 dimensional effect.”
I am also a fan of the Siser products. The nice thing about that is you can cut a strip of rectangles and they will all stay aligned on the backing. Just stick it to the material, iron and peel. Fun stuff.
Thanks all for the suggestions (keep 'em coming if you’ve got more!) I had been avoiding the stick-on stuff because there is gonna be a lot of flexing around the joint areas (and where the belt/boots meet the pants) but it might work for the logo on the back of the flight suit.
EVA foam would be what I would start with if you’re looking for elements that have some thickness to them, but that’s a lot of gluing in place that’ll need to happen, so I would also look at thick spray media, like the Plasti-Dip or Rustoleum Peel Coat and mask/templates.