transferring layouts to metal

Materials and Equipment

Scribe Transfer

  1. Use a black permanent marker to thoroughly coat the surface of the sheet metal.
  2. Using a scribe, carefully scratch through the marker surface to make a thin clear line. Drafting tools such as templates, french curves and steel straight edges should be used if a clean regular shape is desired.

Carbon Transfer

  1. Remove any oils from the sheet metal surface with soap and water or isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Paint on a thin coat of a water-based white paint such as Chinese white tempera and allow to dry.
  3. Cover the back of the pattern to be transferred with graphite using a soft leaded pencil, or carbon paper may be used instead of coating the back of the design.
  4. Place the design over the sheet metal face up, and trace over the design with a ball point pen or a hard leaded pencil to transfer the pattern.
  5. Remove the white paint by sanding.

Adhesion Transfer

  1. Apply a coating of adhesive to the back of the pattern and allow to dry thoroughly (3M Super 77 spray mount works best).
  2. Place the pattern into position on the sheet metal, and use a burnisher to rub it down completely.
  3. Saw along the pattern lines cutting through the paper.
  4. Peel off the paper pattern.