Good (Monday) morning everyone! Last week, while reading a thread about a starter setup and a question of what to do for a blade bank, I started up a conversation with AceByTerror, who created an awesome custom wrap for blade banks made from a broth/soup can. I had made a blade bank from a broth can, so his design really sparked my interest. I ended printing one up, and applying it later that evening when I got home from work. The following day, I swapped some of his pics, and created my own custom version of his wrap. I then started PMing with AceByTerror, who was totally cool with the idea of starting a thread based on his DIY blade bank wrap. First, I'll show the before pic of my basic blade bank, and the after with his custom print on it. Then, I'll give an outline of how you can make your own custom wrap. Additionally, AceByTerror has said that he is going to be working on a reproduction of the old style Gillette tin, which I will also picture. I'm guessing he will add it to this thread when it is finished. So, without further ado...
My original blade bank:
My blade bank after applying AceByTerror's wrap:
The basic blade bank is easy- Punch a hole, large enough to pass a razor blade through, in the top of a broth can and drain. I heated mine on my gas range with a bit of water to boil out any potential funk (be careful not to burn, as these are lined with plastic). I then took the can outside, and sprayed the top with silver spray paint. After I let it dry for a bit, I placed a blade on top, and lightly dusted the entire can with black spray paint, multiple time, until the entire can was thoroughly black. Then, I removed the blade, and left it to dry. I would be interested to see what it looks like in different colors- I could see sport team motifs here.
At this point, you can download AceByTerror's wrap, print and cutout. Tape/glue it in place, and you have a sharp blade bank like the one pictured above.
Now for the customization portion...
I have collected about 30-40 vintage ads, mostly from Gillette, that you can download and use to customize your own blade bank, like these:
Download the Vintage Shaving Ads
(11/21/12: Added 3 Gillette ads- Blue Blades, New Improved, New Improved American Craftsman)
After you have downloaded the ads and extracted them from the zip file, go to pdfescape.com to edit the blank template. Choose "Load PDF from Internet" option, and paste the following address to load the blank blade bank template:
By clicking the "Image" button toward the top left of pdfescape, you can upload the ads of your choosing. Once the upload is finished, you'll see instructions above the blank template that read "Click and drag on page to insert a new object." You can either click on the top left corner and drag your mouse to the bottom of left of one of the three sections on the template, or tap to past the full size ad. You will, have to resize by dragging the black squares at the corner of your uploaded ad though, so you might as well save yourself the time and drag from corner to corner to paste. After you've placed your ad, click the "Image" button, each time for the remaining two ads. When you have completed your placement, click on the button on the far left edge that has a green square with two white "v" shaped arrows pointing down. Then just open the file from any computer with a printer, and print your wrap. You can alternatively click the print button right below the green square, but this wont save your label for reprinting.
Added step for water protection: (Thanks to Icemanxxxv) You can additionally spray both sides of the your printed wrap with a clear coat spray sealer to help protect it from water.
You could use other images too, like sport teams, or wedding pics, if this is for a spouse- whatever tickles your fancy. Please upload whatever you come up with, and would like to share. I would really like to see where people take this. Special thanks to AceByTerror for sparking this DIY! I hope to collaborate with him again, and I can't wait to see his reproduction of the original vintage Gillette tin.