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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kits

Crafty Graphics Stencil Embossing Kit

Kit contains stencils, embossing tools, and other items needed to create tactile graphics by dry pressure embossing. You supply your own light source to place underneath sheets to be embossed (for example, APH's Mini-Lite Box or natural light).

The types of graphics you can create are almost infinite, including graphs, clock faces, cards, flash cards, street maps, flowcharts, etc.

Kit Includes:
  • Nine Brass Stencils, such as Block Letters, Geometric, and Bold Plaid Stripe
  • Eight Unique Stenciling Tools, such as Stylus with Medium and Large Tips, Serrated Tracing Wheel, and Standard Braille Signage Stencil
  • Twenty Whole Objects Stencils: such as Apple, Teddy Bear, Heart, etc.
  • Stenciling Accessories Pack, with items such as Soft Wire Screen, Foam Pads, Clear Vinyl Sheet
  • Bold Line Graph Paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets, 1/4 inch grid
  • Wooden Braille Eraser
  • Guidebook with instructions, tips, and techniques for creating good embossed graphics
  • Guidebook included in large print and on PC-formatted floppy disk
  • Optional Braille Guidebook available
  • Carrying case
Crafty Graphics Kit:
Catalog Number: 1-08844-00

Replacement Guidebooks:

Large Print Edition:
Catalog Number: 7-08844-00

Optional Guidebook:

Braille Edition:
Catalog Number: 5-08844-00

Additional Bold Line Graph Paper, 8 1/2 x 11, 1/4 Inch Grid:
Catalog Number: 1-04062-00

Optional Items

Mini-Lite Box:
Catalog Number: 1-08661-00
Click this link to purchase the Crafty Graphics Stencil Embossing Kit.

Crafty Graphics II

Crafty Graphics II Kit

Crafty Graphics Kit II provides supplemental tools to be used with the original Crafty Graphics kit. Some items can be purchased separately, as noted below. Includes:

  • Clear SimBraille Stencil: can be used for making simulated print braille dots. 40 cells, 4 lines.
  • Clear Plastic Pocket Braille Slate/Stylus: allows you to see where to place braille labels.
  • Three plastic stencils: Point symbol stencil, Multi-line stencil, Directional line stencil.
  • Graphic Boundary Frame: helps with placement of graphics for thermoforming.
  • Three Spur Wheels and One Compass with Spur Wheel: use for making tactile lines and circles.
Crafty Graphics II Kit:
Catalog Number: 1-08852-00

Optional Items:

Guidebook, Braille:
Catalog Number: 5-08844-00

Additional Bold Line Graph Paper, 8 1/2 x 11 with 1/4 Inch Grid:
Catalog Number: 1-04062-00

Replacement Items:

Clear Plastic Pocket Braille Slate/Stylus:
Catalog Number: 1-00078-00

Three Spur Wheels and One Compass with Spur Wheel:
Catalog Number: 1-08852-01
Click this link to purchase the Crafty Graphics II Kit.

Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kit Video

Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kit Video

This VHS video, produced in the nuts-and-bolts style of APH's Homegrown Video Series, demonstrates a variety of uses for the Crafty Graphics Stencil Embossing Kit, as well as briefly exploring some tactile graphic concepts. Features a parent, a teacher of the visually impaired, a transcriber, and an art teacher.

Discover from them:
  • how they use the kit
  • for which projects and applications they use it
  • some tips and tricks
  • their favorite features
  • how they used the finished results

Runs approximately 17 minutes. Closed Captioned.

Crafty Graphics VHS Video:
Catalog Number: 1-30013-00
Click this link to purchase the Crafty Graphics: Stencil Embossing Kit Video.

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