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ProbablyANinjaProbablyANinja2ヶ月前
Calling all DIY enthusiasts! Er, well...maybe just the ones on here. lol

I was wondering if anyone had any experience creating custom tattoo decals for figures. Something along the lines of ITEM #816739. I'm not super familiar with decals outside of ordinary stickers and what I've read about water slide decals, but I'm sure there are lots of different kinds.

I love tattoos, and unfortunately there just doesn't seem to be a lot of figures with them. I'm guessing this is probably a cultural difference thing in Japan, or perhaps it comes from the added difficulty of drawing tattoos in every frame of animation (or panel of a manga).

Anyway, if anyone has any DIY solutions for how to make custom tattoos, post 'em here! :)
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These decals are a cooler version of what you linked ^^ they're on amiami currently.

If you can do any sort of graphics art, check out your local model kit hobby scene and there's usually a few people who can print decals :)

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2ヶ月前
ProbablyANinja2ヶ月前#80284347I've heard about MicroSol. That's probably what I'll do then once I have the decals made since the surface I'm putting them on will be rounded. Do you have to worry about over-melting them with MicroSol?
MicroSol shouldn't damage decals by itself, but it makes decals very delicate when they're drying, so it's easy to accidentally nudge a drying decal and warp or tear it.. Luckily, if you're printing the decals yourself, you have pretty much infinite tries! I'd recommend looking up waterslide guides for Gunpla or similar to really get a feel for the process.
2ヶ月前
plasticizer very mild
accidias2ヶ月前#80283964You can use MicroSol or Mr. Mark Softer to help avoid this! It "softens" the decal by very gently melting it, so it'll adhere to curves much better.
So yeah, I'd also recommend waterslide decals. You can get some practice in before applying them to your figures by buying model kits-- some either come bundled with waterslide decals, or they have matching decal sets that you can get for pretty cheap.


That is real neat-o! I'm gonna stick them at the top of my wishlist.
2ヶ月前
S1MP50N2ヶ月前#80284288I've been looking into custom decaling for a long time. I've never actually ever had the opportunity to actually do it, but I've learned quite a bit. Depending on what your trying to do it can be super simple or super complicated.
If you're just trying to make simple black tattoos it could be super simple. Just find some waterslide decal paper which most craft or hobby stores carry. One thing to note is if you are using an inkjet style printer the inks aren't always waterproof, so that will cause issues.
If you're trying for other colors that's when things can get more complicated. For the most part the way colors look when printed is reliant on them being printed on white paper. If you've ever tried printing on not white paper you'll see drastically different results of the colors. Water slide decals are transparent, so whatever the color of the surface you're applying them to is will effect the colors.
So if you're alright with the colors looking different once applied to the surface than it won't be too much more complicated than printing black.
If you want to control the way the colors look that's when things get the most complicated. You'll need to find a printer that can first print a base print that's white,the you'll print the color on the white base. When you apply them to your surface the colors will look the right. Unfortunately most commercial printers can't print white and the ones that can are stupidly expensive. It's best to look into finding a company/group that already has one of these printers that prints custom decals.
accidias2ヶ月前#80283964You can use MicroSol or Mr. Mark Softer to help avoid this! It "softens" the decal by very gently melting it, so it'll adhere to curves much better.
So yeah, I'd also recommend waterslide decals. You can get some practice in before applying them to your figures by buying model kits-- some either come bundled with waterslide decals, or they have matching decal sets that you can get for pretty cheap.


I've heard about MicroSol. That's probably what I'll do then once I have the decals made since the surface I'm putting them on will be rounded. Do you have to worry about over-melting them with MicroSol?
2ヶ月前
S1MP50N2ヶ月前#80284288View spoilerHide spoilerI've been looking into custom decaling for a long time. I've never actually ever had the opportunity to actually do it, but I've learned quite a bit. Depending on what your trying to do it can be super simple or super complicated.
If you're just trying to make simple black tattoos it could be super simple. Just find some waterslide decal paper which most craft or hobby stores carry. One thing to note is if you are using an inkjet style printer the inks aren't always waterproof, so that will cause issues.
If you're trying for other colors that's when things can get more complicated. For the most part the way colors look when printed is reliant on them being printed on white paper. If you've ever tried printing on not white paper you'll see drastically different results of the colors. Water slide decals are transparent, so whatever the color of the surface you're applying them to is will effect the colors.
So if you're alright with the colors looking different once applied to the surface than it won't be too much more complicated than printing black.
If you want to control the way the colors look that's when things get the most complicated. You'll need to find a printer that can first print a base print that's white,the you'll print the color on the white base. When you apply them to your surface the colors will look the right. Unfortunately most commercial printers can't print white and the ones that can are stupidly expensive. It's best to look into finding a company/group that already has one of these printers that prints custom decals.

That's good information, thanks! I know a little about printing and color because I've designed a book cover. I didn't know there were printers out there that will lay down a white base though. That's pretty cool. Unfortunately all I have right now is a laser printer, which isn't the last word in image quality so I may just have to send my designs to a company to get them printed.
2ヶ月前
I've been looking into custom decaling for a long time. I've never actually ever had the opportunity to actually do it, but I've learned quite a bit. Depending on what your trying to do it can be super simple or super complicated.

If you're just trying to make simple black tattoos it could be super simple. Just find some waterslide decal paper which most craft or hobby stores carry. One thing to note is if you are using an inkjet style printer the inks aren't always waterproof, so that will cause issues.

If you're trying for other colors that's when things can get more complicated. For the most part the way colors look when printed is reliant on them being printed on white paper. If you've ever tried printing on not white paper you'll see drastically different results of the colors. Water slide decals are transparent, so whatever the color of the surface you're applying them to is will effect the colors.

So if you're alright with the colors looking different once applied to the surface than it won't be too much more complicated than printing black.

If you want to control the way the colors look that's when things get the most complicated. You'll need to find a printer that can first print a base print that's white,the you'll print the color on the white base. When you apply them to your surface the colors will look the right. Unfortunately most commercial printers can't print white and the ones that can are stupidly expensive. It's best to look into finding a company/group that already has one of these printers that prints custom decals.
2ヶ月前
plasticizer2ヶ月前#80283603
Only thing to note is that you can't wrap them on extremely complex surfaces or they'll tend to buckle and fold.

You can use MicroSol or Mr. Mark Softer to help avoid this! It "softens" the decal by very gently melting it, so it'll adhere to curves much better.
So yeah, I'd also recommend waterslide decals. You can get some practice in before applying them to your figures by buying model kits-- some either come bundled with waterslide decals, or they have matching decal sets that you can get for pretty cheap.
2ヶ月前
Not for tatoos, but I did print some custom decals, both stickers and waterslide.

I would recommend the waterslide kind, I find them easy to work with and they're also probably easier to take off the figure if you want to change.

I got the paper from a website called craftycomputerpapers.co.uk but they don't seem to sell them anymore. You can probably find an equivalent if you google for "printable decal paper". Well, provided you own a printer...

I you don't, I know that some websites out there provide a custom decal sheets printing service for model kit builders, you should look into these. I've never used them so I can't really recommend any.
2ヶ月前
plasticizer very mild
Waterslide decal paper. Available at most in-store and online hobby stores. There are inkjet and laser versions and they are very easy to use. Some come with colored backing and others are transparent.

It's as easy as loading them into a printer, grabbing an image, and printing on them. All you have to do is cut them out, drop them in water and slide them onto where you want to place. This is basically the only way to go if you want clean, intricate designs on your figure.

Only thing to note is that you can't wrap them on extremely complex surfaces or they'll tend to buckle and fold.
2ヶ月前
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