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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Silk Screening w/ Kids on: January 17, 2006 01:37:08 PM
Hi there... I work weekly with kids who are abused/neglected/abandoned and who live at a group home for children. We do various arts and crafts projects with the kids (ages 8-11), and we are thinking about trying to do a silk screening project with them next week since they have been bugging us to make t-shirts.

One of the volunteers offered to bring some of her own materials to class, but I was wondering if anyone on this forum has done silk screening with children before. If so, do you have any suggestions or stories that might help us avoid a disaster or just any insight or helpful references to share?
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / 2006 Magnetic Calendar on: January 12, 2006 10:23:55 AM
Hello! Long time reader, first time caller here.

I had this idea to make a magnetic calendar... The calendar pages would just be color printouts on nice paper and then the gray backing would be a metal sheet. Super industrial strength concentrated high powered mega magnets strategically positioned in each corner would hold the 12 calendar pages in place throughout the year, and when each month goes by, you could just move the current month's picture to the back of the stack.

This seems like a good idea, but I'm at a loss as to where I might be able to find a decent looking, not too heavy sheet of metal to put behind the calendar. It would be cool to have it just be a shiny sheet of thin metal, sort of industrial looking. Any ideas where one could find something like this?

Another idea I thought of was maybe taking a block of wood and painting it with that magnetic paint, but I've never used that paint before, so I'm not sure if it works well or not. Would it be strong enough to hold up 12 sheets of paper for an entire year?

I know it is 12 days into the year already, but maybe if I can get this idea straightened out now, next year all I'll have to do is make new calendar pictures using my template from this year!
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