Custom US Navy ball hat with stencil

Gio80

Active Member
I'm thinking to customize my US Navy ball hat, with stencil. I know is not usual make stencil on this kind of hats, but could be cool.
In this thread I saw some amazing selfmade stencil on bags, hat ecc... https://www.vintageleatherjackets.o...tune-aviators-kit-bag-an-6505-1.21168/page-12

Below is the stencil I wish to print. What do you think about it? :)
Then two pics to undertand what's size is better. What's size do you prefere?

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1/2" SIZE STENCIL
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3/4" STENCIL
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Gio80

Active Member
1/2" text doesn't look too tiny? On those two caps above it looks to be 3/4"...
I thought to delete the USN and print the service number only, I think will be more clean and ordered job.

I was thinking of using brush and water paint for fabrics...

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If is there someone with stencil experience, any advice is welcome :)
 
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Cocker

Well-Known Member
1/2" text doesn't look too tiny? On those two caps above it looks to be 3/4"...
I thought to delete the USN and print the service number only, I think will be more clean and ordered job.

I was thinking of using brush and water paint for fabrics...

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If is there someone with stencil experience, any advice is welcome :)
Go for it, use fabric paints (for dark textile), and a large brush with a flat tip. Dip it in the paint, dry it on a towel so that there's only very little paint left on it, and brush away. You'll have to repeat it a couple time to get it to cover well, but it will look way much better than using too much paint (which will drip and sink UNDER your stencil, giving a sloppy appearance).

As for the size, I'd go with 1", but do what you like, it's up to you!
 

ausreenactor

Well-Known Member
1/2" text doesn't look too tiny? On those two caps above it looks to be 3/4"...
I thought to delete the USN and print the service number only, I think will be more clean and ordered job.

I was thinking of using brush and water paint for fabrics...

View attachment 44396

If is there someone with stencil experience, any advice is welcome :)
That's 'neat'. No leakage or bleeding.. Great work.

Where did you get your stencil cut?
 

Gio80

Active Member
Steady hand Sir. Great work!
Thanks Ausreenactor :)

If I can give you a small tips, you can use heavy paper, it'll be a bit more pliable than cardboard and easier to apply on surfaces that are not flat while still having a nice clean cut.
Thanks Cocker, yes that is an heavy paper sheet not cardboard.
Day ago, I ordered a couple of stencil made with the original WWII era cutting machines, from a guy here that has those machines since 40's. They are quite cheap. I like the idea to stencil with the original one :)

Now I will do a test on an old hat with my stencil to get hand, then let's see what comes out when I'll receve the original stencil :)
By the way, I will post the test soon. :)
 

Gio80

Active Member
Thanks, I hope to be ready to make it on the good one :)
Do you think better to put the number only or U.S.N. too?
 
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