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  1. #1
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    Red face Do you have experience cutting letters from tin? - interested in paid work?

    Hi everyone
    My name is Rachael and I am new to this forum. I am looking for someone with experience cutting sheet metal into small letters (5-10cm high) to help me make a anniversary gift for my husband. 40 letters and numbers in total using tin.

    im good with general craft but haven't ventured into metal art yet... unfortunately I don't have time to learn this skill before our anniversary so I am looking for someone who has already mastered this skill who might be interested in a small paid project.

    I can't pay a lot but am sure we could come to some agreement.

    I live in Brisbane so can meet if your in the area. Also happy to work with someone out of state.

    i am trying to create something like the attached image. I have sourced a 1 meter cork map, built the frame and created the backing image with photoshop. I am just having trouble with the lettering. 10 years is tin the anniversary 😊, I thought this could be a fun interpretation.

    Is any body interested?
    Thanks
    Rachael
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    Novel idea Rachael.
    Letters that small will be very fiddly to make (so cost a fair bit). What I would suggest instead would be getting a piece of metal (tin) and having that engraved - which could be done lots of places. The engraving could be filled with paint to provide a contrast. Not sure where I'd buy tin sheet in Australia though.

    Michael

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    Hi Rachael, you've thrown the team using centimetres, letters 50-100mm aren't that small but I reckon talk to an engraver who could cut them out for you to glue onto the corkboard. If your local engravers can't cope, have a look for LASER cutting people in Brisbane. It ought to be a piece of cake for any of them. If your lettering is unique you may have to provide them with the artwork to scan. You don't need to use pure solid tin, tinplate would be quite Kosher, it is just pure tin on steel after all. Model shops used to carry tinplate sheet for people to fabricate fuel tanks for model aircraft. Failing that coffee tin lids or some such might be a suitable source. Cheers.

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    I am guessing that Rachael means using sheet metal. Tin is a generic term used by "other people".

    Keith Fenner has done a bit of work like this using his plasma cam. CNC plasma, water jet or laser would be the way to go.

    Dean

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    Look for a laser cutting service in Brisbane, they will give you some advice on materials and costs. Also they will advise you on the file formats they can handle.

    Looking at the graphic, I'd suggest you might have to build it up in layers.

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    Lead free pewter is up to 99% tin - try a search for pewter sheet or letters?
    Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil317 View Post
    Lead free pewter is up to 99% tin - try a search for pewter sheet or letters?
    Neil

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions they have given me a few good options.
    thanks
    Rachael

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