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How can you add graphics to your e-cig?

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Mods' started by Zben504, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. Stormynights

    Stormynights Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2009
    Bristow, Ok.
    Check out the nail art supplies at Sally beauty supply. Those stores are everywhere. That is pretty durable.
     
  2. ViciousCircle

    ViciousCircle Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Since the atomizer can get quite warm on some PV's, I wonder if that would cause problems when using nail polish type things...
     
  3. Liberate_Yourself

    Liberate_Yourself Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Nov 14, 2008
    U.S.
    We have a laser-marking service that will become available very soon. If you would like some info on what the possibilities are, let me know. :)
     
  4. RazorNribbonz

    RazorNribbonz Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I mostly paint walls and furniture for a living but, I totally agree with Vandal when he advices > " If you are going to paint you will need to scuff the surface with at least 1000 grit sand paper. ".. How you prime the surface before any design work will determine its durablility...Any paint will peel right off of a slick surface... They do also have liquid sandpaper, you can brush on before any high detailed work (stenciling etc..) Paint, then follow with a spray of sealer ( I'd tape over holes etc really well) I'd probably use a water based sealer since oil based sealers tend to turn yellow over time.. However, no longer then the battery would last this might not be an issue... Again, with as short as the battery life is the fingernail polish or basic acrylic paint would probably hold up just fine with the heat and good prep work..But If you wanted to take extra precaution, they also make heat resistant paints...

    I could so get into the elaborate designs lol.. But, the short battery life keeps me from playing too much with it... Heck, I can barely stand to sell something I paint after spending hrs on it.. To have to throw a way a gorgeous battery would kill me lmao..I would like to try something like glass etching on one...Just to check it out..Or embossing one with a lil raised design then hologram or gold leaf it...There again, Id have a box of batts I just couldn't bare to throw a way..Hmm maybe I could incorporate them all on a canvas for e-cig art ( that only I would understand and love. ha!) ...
    Sure would love to see pics if anyone does some fun stuff

    Hope you share your lazer-marking info Liberate..Sounds like that could be pretty kewl..
     
  5. Bee

    Bee Full Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 24, 2009
    Corona, Ca
    I have been using Swarovski Crystal beads. The small 2mm or the 4mm work very nice I use gorilla glue to keep them on yes it takes a steady hand to get the glue just right but in the end well worth it. Other glues have not held up like the gorilla glue. I have blue, red, and orange crystals. I have placed the 2mm around the end near the light so that it sparkles when I take a puff. :)
     
  6. MSF
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    Jun 4, 2009
  7. willsgirlie

    willsgirlie Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 30, 2009
    Fort Meade, Maryland
    I wanna see some animal prints :) I would so pay more for that :) I love being creative, but I suck at it.. so a DIY thing would fail for me. haha

    Edited: I just clicked the link to the skins... I love them! does anybody know how well they stick?
     
  8. imsewsure

    imsewsure Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 13, 2009
    Stuttgart, Germany
    I love the con-tac paper idea for ease of use, quick change outs, etc. I also love the crystal idea except that I'd worry my battery or atty would go out as soon as I finished the design. If someone comes up with a good sleeve idea I hope you share it with us. I have a pen-style PV so I will be checking out real pens, straws, etc. to find something that can be used as a sleeve that would stay on with an o-ring or some other form of rubbery friction, maybe the inside of a bigger straw could even be coated with a liquid rubber or silicone. Cardboard is another option but I'd be worried that it'll wear over time.

    A third option for designs is, as mentioned earlier, the decal option. I bought one of those nail polish/stamp kits for my fingernails but they don't come with very many stamp options. For example, sports team logos could very easily be created on a computer and printed out on decal paper while you don't even have that option with the stamp set. They sell decal paper for your computer...it's just like decals you'd use for your fingernails or toy car models (water, soak, put in place, clear coat).
     
  9. imsewsure

    imsewsure Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 13, 2009
    Stuttgart, Germany
    P.S. I had some black marble con-tac paper lying around and have already covered one of my PVs. Can't wait to check out the craft store for more designs.
     
  10. Bee

    Bee Full Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 24, 2009
    Corona, Ca
    I like the decal and the con-tac paper ideas I will have to try those. When a battery or atty dies I pop off the crystal and reuse it. I usually only use one nice crystal on each battery or atty so that I can tell them apart. Helps when I grab one to know if it is one that is having issues.:cool:
     
  11. WiiD

    WiiD New Member

    Jun 5, 2009
    if any of you live in the bay area, go to the good guys show in pleasantan. its a giant car show, but the have building you can go into with people that do pinstriping. they'll do it for pretty much everything you have. ive seen them do i pods and cell phones, and i dont think they charge. if they do, its very minimal. im going to try it next time i go.
     
  12. dedmonwakin

    dedmonwakin Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2009
    Destin,FL.
    Look up Friendly plastic. These are thin plastic sheets that are heated with a blow dryer to make what ever shape that you desire. People into arts and crafts use this to make jewelry and re-design pen cases. Scroll down this site and you'll see examples. The Art of Friendly Plastic: Friendly Plastic Pen Fever - By Mylene Hillam

    This is what the sheets should look like. One and a half inch by seven inches. 6 Friendly Plastic 7" LOT Solid Mix Metallic Sticks - eBay (item 180368174548 end time Jul-12-09 09:21:01 PDT)

    Of course, that's for a pack in the example above. But you can go to most arts and crafts store and purchase individual sheets for a buck fifty or online. There are hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from.

    Also, if one should go this route, which I haven't done yet, but will for a future box mod. This plastic cannot take over exposure to sunlight, meaning don't leave it on the dash, window seal, or on the heater....which shouldn't happen to your ecigs anyway for the reason of the delicate battery in there. But once that plastic has cooled, it's really durable.
     
  13. imsewsure

    imsewsure Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 13, 2009
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Ooh, Friendly Plastic would be a great decorator. Since you mention it, I'll bet you could use Fimo clay as well. I used to mess around with Friendly Plastic yeeeears ago. Either of them could be used alone to decorate or you could make a sleeve out of it (with the plastic, just heat it long enough for it to be pliable).
     
  14. bethanylee

    bethanylee Full Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    S. Florida
    hmmm...that might help with the sometimes leaky cartridge, too!
     
  15. startgroup

    startgroup Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2009
    Marina Del Ray, CA
    Laser etched would be cool. Especially if was a brown model... (I know I am strange)
     
  16. willsgirlie

    willsgirlie Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 30, 2009
    Fort Meade, Maryland
    laser etched... somebody needs to get on that.
     
  17. Mighty Cowphin

    Mighty Cowphin Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 27, 2009
    Oregon Coast
    What a GREAT IDEA!!!!!! I am trying it tomorrow!!!!! You guys ROCKKKKK
     
  18. jerseyguy72

    jerseyguy72 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jul 3, 2009
    New Jersey USA
    I am a sign guy by trade and I do custom prints to wrap cars, computers, etc. As soon as I get my 510 I will be playing around with different ways to customize it and I will report back to you guys. If there is enough interest in it I will throw a website together and become a merchant member here to sell them. I was thinking about doing graphics for PPC's and other cases also. I would need to make templates up for everything which would mean that I would be looking for people local to me who have different models that would be interested in a free customization in exchange for letting me make a template of their cases etc. So if anyone would be interested let me know.
     
  19. Scubabatdan

    Scubabatdan Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 14, 2009
    Dothan, AL
    I guess I am lucky, I have access to a laser etcher, I have used it to make glass etched and wood etched plaques. They also do pencils and pens, you guys and gals just gave me some ideas to try :)
     
  20. Archer74

    Archer74 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 26, 2009
    Illinois
    Anyone want a Laser Etcher? I found this for you. some guy made one out of a CD/DVD burner for $60

    Tools You'll Need
     
  21. PatriciafromCO

    PatriciafromCO Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2009
    Colorado
    It's been a long while .. but it like a powder you put on metal or glass using a stencil and it does all the etching just like a laser would depending on what your stencil is..

    something like etch-O-Matic Martronic Corporation
     
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