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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: July 18, 2009 11:05:47 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention that Provo Craft will have the 220 mesh screens and kid size platens available soon...can't wait to try them out.  Grin
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: July 18, 2009 11:02:03 AM
Sorry I don't get on here often enough to answer your Yudu questions...feel free to email me if you need a question answered quickly (erinb@runbox.com)

kitschkween & craftADDchick - Great 1st shirts!!  Looks like you both are Yudu addicts now.   Grin

Those of you that are having trouble with your emulsion may want to check out my video tutorial on how to do it. 

I've printed a few images on one transparency so I need to mask the other areas while I print. What's the best way to do that?

You can either cut up your transparency & emulsion sheet & burn just what you need on to the screen or you can burn all the images that are on your transparency onto a full sheet of emulsion & tape off the designs you aren't using as you go.  I prefer to use packaging tape on the front side of the screen (so I can see through it), but others like the blue painter's tape.


Okay, I made my first shirt and it rocked! But, the next one came out a bit splotchy, and the 3rd one smeared a bit.

Do I need to clean and dry the screen between printings? I'm switching them out as fast as I can...

I'm printing on youth-sized tees, so I bought a piece of 11" X 14" plexiglass (just under $4 at Home Depot) and applied a coat of spray adhesive. Seems to be working okay, but now I'm wondering if I need to buy more so I can do multiple shirts in a row more quickly... What do you think?

Your splotchy problems may be from the weather, when it's hot & dry your ink will dry on your screen quickly especially if your design has fine details.  I live in Southern CA, so it's pretty hot here & the AC sucks any moisture we do have out of the air....I can usually get about 8-10 shirts printed before washing out my screen...but if you'd rather be safe than sorry you could rinse it out after ever few shirts. 

Also, don't be afraid to use a lot of ink on your screen...you can always reclaim what you don't use.

And, here's another question:

Do you think it would work to cut the emulsion sheet? That way, if I only had a small design, I wouldn't waste a whole sheet... If I taped it carefully around the edges, it should work... maybe?

Yes cut it up!  I tape off around it so the ink only goes where I want it to.



Please LMK if you have any other questions I can answer.   Grin

~Erin
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3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: March 06, 2009 09:03:55 PM
Printing a light color onto a dark color is on my "to-do" list...but I did find this info on yuduforums.com:

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Like with traditional screen printing, printing onto a black shirt is difficult. Basically you need to print white ink first (giving the color ink a base to print on), then let that dry and print your colored ink over that.

Its kind of a pain to do, but can be well worth it.

Option #2 would be to run your print with the color of your choice, let it dry, then print again. The ink become its own base coat and saves you the trouble of making multiple screens.

HTH!!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 28, 2009 08:34:40 AM
Anyone know where I can get 120+ mesh?

Madeline, Provo Craft is looking into making different mesh count screens...so hopefully they'll be available sooner or later.

Crystalpeace, so you did it!  How'd you like it???  For me it got pretty addicting...I was walking around going "what else can I print," LOL.  I see in one of your pix that you didn't put the shirt over the platen (it's just on top of it)...did you have problems with it moving around?  Provo Craft recommends the shirt going over the platen so the ink doesn't seep through the material & so the material will stay put while printing.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 25, 2009 01:11:38 PM
I am interested in using this machine (Yudu by Provocraft) to "print" on stoneware clay after it has been bisque fired. The pieces will be flat tiles.   The glazes I use are water based so I don't think they can ruin a screen or platen.  I do realize that  I may "I run" and not produce crisp lines, I would do simple designs only.  Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Thanks!
Madeline

www.evilcraftlab.com
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I'd love to see this done, so if you get the chance to try it please let us know how it turns out.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 25, 2009 01:09:05 PM
new screens are $40 each (for 2+ color designs) and the cost of accessories (inks, wash, etc.) were high. 

Memory Making Crafts has the 110 Mesh Screens for around $25.00, and 3-pack inks for around $19....not too bad IMO.  You could also use your coupon for Yudu stuff at JoAnn's.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 22, 2009 10:02:49 PM
Provo Craft is working on bigger & better bottles.   Smiley

I would be cautious about what inks to use though.  -You can see the results of using different inks here (scroll down a bit): http://www.whatdoyudu.com/tutorials/default.aspx

I have heard that some people have removed the emulsion with just warm water.  A friend of mine used Simple Green & warm water.  -I guess you could experiment & see...the worst that could happen is you'd have to buy a new screen.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 21, 2009 04:31:04 PM
Thanks!

~Erin
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 20, 2009 11:56:52 PM
Provo craft gave me a Yudu to play with and review on my blog...so far I'm loving it.  You can read more about it on my blog: http://erinbassett.typepad.com/creativite/yudu/.

~Erin
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