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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any cheap alternatives to kilns? on: March 10, 2009 02:25:00 PM
If you are just interested in trying out ceramics I would suggest you take a class first.  Typically in part of the class offering they will fire your pieces for you. Another less expensive alternative would be to join some type of studio where you would pay a monthly fee to join and perhaps a fee per kiln fire. I just recently purchase my first kiln and I found a used one on craigslist.

Hope this helps!

Madeline
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: March 10, 2009 11:23:24 AM
Thanks to everyone who helped me out with my mistake! I feel much better and I'm running out to Joann's to get some emulsion cleaner!

Take care!

Madeline
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: March 08, 2009 01:44:19 PM
I tried the Yudu machine for the first time today and sadly I made a mistake, the emulsion sheet has a layer of plastic on it that needs to come off?  After an impossibly long drying time and I exposed my pattern to the emulsion, I went to rinse the screen with water and I noticed a plastic film that would be impervious to the ink, when I tried to peel it off it took parts of the emulsion with it.

Can anyone help me?

Thanks!

Madeline
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: March 01, 2009 08:23:58 AM
My sister had a similar experience at the Joann's on Elston Ave. in Chicago.  The demo time was changed from the afternoon to the morning, my sister had called in the day before and was told it would be in the afternoon.  When she arrived in the afternoon she was told the demo was in the morning.  She was upset and left the store. 

My demo time was also changed, thankfully I was able to make it back to the store later on that day. Also, I was given a hard time when I asked if I could try it on clay, and the demonstrators were not very knowledgeable.

With a product costing $300 at full retail, in a bad economy, Provocraft needed to take better control of the demos.  They probably lost sales.  In my opinion, they should have sent  a free machine to an interested individual in the community and paid them to do a demo at the store.  Instead, many of us were left with Joann store employees that were uninterested and careless with the demo times.

Madeline
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 28, 2009 03:31:25 PM


I Just got back from the demo at Joann's and this was the result.  The image is a little light.  I will use darker glazes when I try it at home.  This is wet stoneware clay, it will need to dry for at least a week then I will fire it in my kiln.  I will post those results as well.

Oh, I purchased the machine!

Madeline
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 28, 2009 10:31:49 AM
Thanks everyone for your help!  I'll be attending the demo later on today, I'm bringing a small slab of wet stoneware clay and a small amount of glaze, I'll post my results on the wet clay.

As far as heat setting, I'll be firing the clay in my kiln at 1,200 degrees +.  The glaze becomes permanent after firing. I'll post the fired results in a few weeks after I fire my kiln.

Thanks again!

Madeline

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 28, 2009 07:10:13 AM
Thanks!

Anyone know where I can get 120+ mesh?

I'm going to the demo at Joanns today but I'm worried they won't know the answer.  I looked for the martha stewart demo and I can't find it.

Madeline Smiley
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 28, 2009 06:08:53 AM
Thanks so much! I still have 1 question:

Do you know what type of mesh the Provo Craft machine comes with?  I need to use 120-260 mesh.

Thanks! Smiley

Madeline
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 27, 2009 06:10:48 PM
Is this thread dead? Still want help if someone is listening Smiley
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: February 25, 2009 02:34:38 PM
Erin,

I'll definitely post my results! It looks like my results may be better on wet clay as per the book "Image Transfers on Clay" by P. Wandless.  In the book they mention the different types of mesh used in silkscreen.  In regards to your earlier post "Memory Making Crafts has the 110 Mesh Screens" Do you know what type of mesh the Provo Craft machine comes with?  The book recommends that you use 120-260 mesh. I have not yet purchased the machine, I was planning on attending the demo at Jo-Ann's on Sat. and purchasing the machine then.

Thanks!
Madeline
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