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I am looking for tiny raised characters, somewhere around size 10 font or smaller. It doesn't matter what they are made of, but I need the entire alphabet, preferably multiples of each character . The 'Made In China' text you find on almost anything plastic is the character size I'm in search of.

Anyone have any ideas? Label maker characters are too large. I didn't see any rubber stamps with tiny characters at the local craft stores. I don't know if Ponoko can cut characters this small, but I don't think I could get something back from them in time. 

Thanks!!!

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steveastrouk (author)2011-02-19

You can use laser etching to make a mould for tiny letters.

Steve

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thenewgirl (author)2011-02-18

I was looking for the same thing and found these: http://railwaymodels.tripod.com/

They are for train models! :)

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wizgirl (author)thenewgirl2011-02-18
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crapflinger (author)2010-12-14

if you can find an old style label maker, those used to emboss the letters onto the label tape. i would imagine that they had some that could print that small (maybe?)...then you'd have tiny raised letters that are self adhesive

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wizgirl (author)crapflinger2010-12-14

thanks! i got an embossing label maker, and modified my design a bit (letters are bit bigger than i planned). it's working great!

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Goodhart (author)2010-12-14

If you can find an OLD typewriter, you can experiment with a variety of sheets (vinyl, acetate, etc) without the "ribbon".


Oh wait, that will make them backwards.....hmmm, let me think about this a bit more.  

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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2010-12-14

That is the easy way out...you should be using submicro rapidograph technical pens with a triangle and t-square by hand and walk 5 miles barefoot through a snowstorm up and down the valley on a dirt path to get to school...

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2010-12-14

Hey, being a Featured Maker doesn't entitle you to that sort of nostalgia.

You have to be an old Featured Maker...

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wizgirl (author)Kiteman2010-12-14

Hmmm, that may work. I am looking for something a little more raised, like the numbers on a credit card, but I can't seem to find anything like that.

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2010-12-14

I second kitemans suggestion, I have used this on a range of unorthdox surfaces, and had fairly decent results.

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-12-14

Do you need freestanding individual letters like cutouts that small? Or do you just need to paint "Made in China" on a label and apply it? You could use a toothpick to paint it on or try the shrinky dink method of cutting it out of certain kinds of plastics(grocery bags), print in large type, heat with a hair dryer or bake carefully to make it shrivel up. Maybe use that 3-d paint or puffy paint that gives the embossed look when heated. Can you woodburn it into the object with a heated pin or nail/soldering iron? It all depends on what you need. Good luck.

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