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September 11, 2017

Comic Book Decoupage PC Mod

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If you’ve ever wanted to customise your PC and as Cooler Master say “Make It Yours”, but you’re all little short on cash, you’ll want to read on.

What we’re showing you today is a simple mod that can take your PC to the next level and make it truly unique. So what is it and how do you do it?

Its simple really. The mod is a form of Decoupage. If you’ve never come across that before here its a way of customising an object using paper cutouts and glue. If you want more info, check out the link below

www.wikipedia.org/decoupage

What you’ll need

To carry out this mod, you’ll need a few basic supplies. The first thing you’ll need is a good pair of scissors and your source paper. This can be comics, magazines etc. If you’re using comics, make sure not to use any valuable ones and try to buy newer as they can be easier to replace.

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The next thing you’ll need is a paint brush, some PVA glue, a pot for the PVA and some spare time.

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How to do it

Doing a decoupage is quite a simple task and really just requires a steady hand, some patience and like mentioned time to carry out the mod.

First up is to remove the side panels that you want to mod. This will likely be the side panels and possibly the top and front if your case allows it. If your case can’t have the top or front removed, then make sure not to do this with your PC components still inside the case. If you do, then it could potentially ruin your system as the PVA may run into the interior. If you want to avoid this, then remove all the components and try to tie the front panel connectors out of the way.

Next you’ll want to start cutting up your source material. You’ll then want to lay down your design first and get an idea of how you want it too look. That way you have a better idea of how it will all go together, once you’ve started its a bit messy to correct any issues.

Now you’ll want to start by making the PVA mix. An ideal mix would be around a cup of PVA and half a cup of water. Make sure to add the water slowly to make sure it doesn’t end up too runny. If it does, you can thicken with a little more PVA.

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You’ve now got the panels you want to apply the mod to, you’ve decide how you want it to look, and you’ve mixed the perfect batch of PVA. The next process is to give the panels a clean and then make sure that they are dry. Once you’ve done this, you then want to apply a layer of the PVA to the panel.

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If at any point you get stuck here is an article that may help www.wikihow/decoupage-how-to

Once you’ve applied your base coat you can lay down your first layer of the decoupage. You do this by carefully positioning your cutouts where you want them and building your first layer. Once you’ve done that, you can then apply another thin coat of PVA. If you’re happy you can leave as is and let it dry. If you want to add more, then let that layer dry for around 2 hours.

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You can then begin to add the next layer and fill in any gaps or just to complete the look that you are going for. Next you’ll want to trim any rough parts or overhangs around the edges. Once you’re happy, you can add a layer of PVA and let set. It will set clear and should give you a nice shine to the finish.

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You can then start on the next section and repeat a similar process to complete the entire mod. If your case has any corners or awkward shapes, be sure to take your time and try and get it looking as good as possible.  A little tip for edges and corners is to leave a bit more to wrap around it. You can then fold it to the inside and stick it with some PVA. This will take some patience and time, depending on how complex your case is.

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If you’re wrapping around a perspex window this can be a bit tricky. If it is perspex then you should be able to remove it. If you can then it makes life a lot easier. You want to pick thin strips of the source and line it up first before sticking. Again be sure to leave a little excess to tuck under the window. This should give you a cleaner line when done.

Once you’re happy with this, you can re-install the window. This maybe a bit trickier as the gap is now smaller thanks to the added thickness. If it is too thick, then carefully remove any of the material in the way and try again. It may take some time to get it perfect.

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Once your happy with your mod, you can then rebuild your PC and Marvel at your glorious work.

Here is an example of what you can do. This is done by Ryan and if you want to check out the video, click the 1st image below.

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And that is what you can do, if you have the patience and time to make it work. Of course you can go themed if you want or do a mashup of different things, which is the beauty of a decoupage mod.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to leave a comment. Also a massive thank you to Cooler Master for supplying the MasterCase Maker 5 for this project. Check out their products below. 

http://eu.coolermaster.com/uk/

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Hey I’m Weston and I’d definitely say that I’m a technology enthusiast. I’ve been in the tech space a while and I really love pretty much anything tech or tech related.

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