Lots of info, so hope you guys don’t mind reading =)
Ahoy! I think some of you know me already from the Plexi cover stuff =). So in relation to that, I’ve had some requests for Clear Dust covers. Well, while I looked into making those, several ideas crossed my mind and I think I have a few things that may interest you guys in that category.
Oh and please forgive some of my pics. The lighting wasn’t so great at times and I was doing this quickly.
So first the simple stuff. Here’s what I was able to cook up for your basic Clear, White and Blacks.
And of course, why not etch too!
And also, for those who want a dustwasher to fit without the Shaft Cover!
Now I decided to investigate other colors. While other colors exist, the catch is they are 1/8" thick. This is actually pretty thick and I’m not sure if this will really work as a dust washer. It depends on how you play your game… do you hold only the joystick top? If so this may work for you. If you find yourself resting against the dustwasher, or actually using it in your gameplay, then this may not be the best option.
You can see here the 1/16" and 1/8" difference:
Nonetheless, I will offer the option should there be people who really want to pimp their stick.
And FYI, I do have a transparent Red in 1/16" coming in. It needed to be shipped. On a similar note, it took a lot of effort, but I did find some Colored Transparent Acrylic in 1/32"! Sounds great right?! Well… the cost doesn’t. Just a few square feet of that stuff is $150, before shipping… no joke! Sooo I’ll have to look around a bit more and see about getting a better price. I’ll do my best to bring those to you.
Now… For the real Juicy Stuff!!!
I’ve been experimenting with this for a bit, on whatever spare time I had, to come up with something that finally worked. And upon talking to a few respectable sources, it didn’t seem like this was done before. Well… I say why not take customizing your stick to a new level!
Introducing, the Custom Dustwashers… With your artwork… only limited to your imagination… No more will Ryu’s Fireball be covered up!
- these are just samples of what you can do. I will not be selling these as is, due to copyrights*
And samples of no Shaft-Cover versions:
Some of your first thoughts might be printing directly on the acrylic. This isn?t the case as it would be way too costly for this to be for ?everyone?. So here?s the run down of how it?s done.
I have a Dustwasher template where I apply the artwork to.
Laser print it on Glossy Sticker stock
Stick to 1/16? sheet of acrylic. Laser cut using the center as the start point.
In this case, the laser cutting helps ?fuse? the sticker edges to the acrylic, so it?s not easy to peel off.
Now here?s the kicker. You may be concerned about the ink eventually smudging off. No worries! Spray a couple coats of Acrylic Clear Coat Spray. Wait for it to completely dry and not only do you get a nice glossy look to the art (trust me, it really brings it out) you get a very good layer of protection. You actually have to intentionally scratch deep into it before you really damage the art. I took some time and experimented with this first to make sure it worked. And I was very satisfied with the results.
With all that said, you guys can do this yourselves! Print on an inkjet and apply the Clear Coat Spray and there won?t be any worries of ink smudging. I will be ?going green? and taking plexi covers that didn?t make my quality cut and cutting them to dust washer sizes. Those will be made available cheap so you guys can play around with your own designs. In fact, you can also use Krylon Plastic Fusion sprays (and any other plastic sprays) to make various colored dustwashers for your purposes. I still strongly suggest to apply a couple coats of the Acrylic Clear Coat Spray to give it an extra gloss and extra protection.
I don?t have the time at the moment, but I do want to provide a brief tutorial on some of this stuff as well as make the Dustwasher PSD template available. So hopefully I can at least provide you with the templates in the next couple of days. I don?t have them converted to PSD at the moment as the correct dimensions are in Corel.
Of course, if you guys would like me to print and cut your designs for you I?ll make that service available, similar to your artwork submissions.
So anyway, I hope this sparks some interest and bring in a new element of customization. We take pride in customizing just about everything on our sticks? why not this? =).
It would be great to someday see a thread like ?The Official Dustwasher Template Thread? where some of the great SRK artists can lend their talents. Mivlives?
Anyway, I?ll be making this stuff available on my site early next week.
Your feedback on this is greatly appreciated so I know whether to do more research on obtaining the thinner transparent colored acrylic sheets, and whether I should put greater effort in providing the customized service.
Feel free to ask questions. But I’m going to be busy with fulfilling plexi orders and at my day job, so I may not get to your questions right away.
PSD Templates for the JLF Custom washers can be downloaded here:
Thanks for dropping by =)