Step 3 : Cutting and layout
I used a cheap disposable break away cutting knife. What you cut the paper on will determine how many cuts out get before having to break the blade off for a fresh knife edge.
Where ever possible I left the letters on the same sheet to keep the original font spacing, and to ensure I didn't make a mistake when mirroring the letters.
At first I had planned on only creating a cut out for 1 of each letter needed, but I discovered it was a lot easier to lay it out, tape it down and leave it. Besides the cutting got faster the more I did it.
The plastic shown in the picture is a 4x6 ft sheet of economy ceiling light diffuser. This one came from OSH for $5. It was a lot cheaper then a sheet of clear plastic and it had a shimmer effect on the light. I choose to face the rough side out and the marked flat side in. This meant flipping the letter overs to be reversed and mirrored.
Everything looks good right side up, but watch out when you flip it over...
Since posting this HowTo there has been several discussions about fast / easier ways to create the LETTERS from computer fonts. Check out this forum post:
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Another even faster way to get the Computer Sign. Check out this forum post:
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