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Ss, I've been seeing a growing number of people around San Francisco with peculiar facial adornments.

Under each eye, they wear a sticker, mainly black, with an icon in the middle that apparently represents some local sporting organisation or team.  They say it is "football" or "baseball", but the former looks more like the famous game of "hand-egg", and the latter does not seem to be a sport, as it appears to consist largely of consuming large amounts of beer and junk food whilst watching grown men have public temper tantrums.

Anyway, I thought, why can't we proclaim our support for Instructables in the same decorative manner?  One presumes that such adhesive icons could be printed commercially, but this is Instructables, and there is a laser cutter in the corner...

Thus was born the Robot Face Decal Stencil.

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Step 1: Create the stencil

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Using Corel Draw, I started with an EPS file of robot (available from here for your own experimentation), and simplified it dramatically.

I then split the image into three sections for stenciling purposes - an outline of Robot as a whole, a background to create the "greasepaint" stripe, and the details of Robot's body.

That took only a couple of minutes to type, but took a couple of hours to actually do...

(I have attached several versions of the file to this step, so that you can create or modify your own stencils as you wish.)

Step 2: Cutting the stencil

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Cutting the stencil was a s simple as putting the card in the cutter, powering up and hitting "Print".

I took a couple of preliminary runs to check that the detail worked, and to get the power and speed settings right (check your own cutter's manual for better details), then ran off two cheek-sized stencils, and one larger (possibly for a shoulder?), before I realised that I had run out of the thin card I scavenged from a small box.
Is that kite wife??? i thought u 2 were alder then that (no offence still a big fan weather or not)
Kiteman (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
No, Kitewife doesn't like her photo online.

The models are Carley and Nicole, both based at HQ.
Ahh ok still i'm sorry for think u were old =#
Kiteman (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Is 44 old? I feel it, sometimes...
yapoyo Kiteman2 years ago
my dad is 45 and my mom is 42, so not too bad i guess....
Well my dad is 50 and mum is 46 so not really but don't tell them cu then i can't call them old
ilpug2 years ago
Very nice, but it would come out better if you airbrushed it.
Kiteman (author)  ilpug2 years ago
... if I had an airbrush!

(If somebody else wants to give it a go with air-brushing, feel free!)
ilpug Kiteman2 years ago
Oh and great ible!
iceng2 years ago
Very cool....
But my hands tremble and shake when that close to a lady..