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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: No more transparencies!!!! on: May 13, 2008 07:41:19 AM
actually i haven't had any problem getting the oil off of the screen .. since i'm sticking the paper to a piece of glass first.. most of the oil is between the paper & the glass .. and what little bit winds up on the screen washes off when i'm washing out my image (sometimes i use a little drop of soap to help .. but it's not usualy a problem)

I've been using this method since i first posted up ..wow .. almost 2 years ago.. with great results .. granted i can;t recall if i've done any really fine line work .. but i can think of 1 or 2 that had fairly small dots that came out good
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: probs with peeling emulsion on: October 16, 2006 05:55:38 PM
w00t!!! congratz :-)
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: If at first you don't succeed, ask someone on Craftster. on: October 12, 2006 08:50:11 PM
as far as thickness goes .. i spread it as thin as possible with an old credit card .. i only apply the emulsion to the side of the screen that will come in contact with the shirt.. but scrape and spread on both sides with the credit card ...

"the winner is the thinner Won't have to take her skinny ass out to a fancy dinner Like Sizzler"

sorry .. that song really does pop into my head every time i think about applying emulsion ..   can't help it .. i think it's some sort of blood hound gang disorder ..  i bet they make some sort of medication for it ... anyway .. enough pointless rambling
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: If at first you don't succeed, ask someone on Craftster. on: October 12, 2006 06:28:33 PM
also could have happened if the screen wasn't clean enough .. if it was laying on something, or leaning on somthing before you applied the emulsion there could have been oil or dirt that may have kept the emulsion from bonding to the screen
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are silkscreens reusable? on: October 12, 2006 10:27:44 AM
yep .. they can be re-used.. even if you burn it into photo emulsion .. you can use emulsion remover and clean it out and do it again
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help My Image isnt showing up on: October 10, 2006 08:25:38 PM
not sure exactly what i'm looking at in that picture .. was that the original image drawn on paper? or was that it on a transparency?

i wouldn't say the lines are too thin .. but they do look more grey than black .. which may have let light thru .. or perhaps if the trasparency wasn't flat on the screen (with glass on top to hold it flat) light may have went under the image.. also possible that the screen got too hot.. heat will cure the emulsion as well

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What type of bulb to expose screen? on: October 09, 2006 07:27:58 PM
a few seconds in the sun??? is it about the UV-rays?  Shocked

why not use a blacklight lamp then?  Grin
or take it to the sunbed  Roll Eyes

atg, who is desperately looking for a silkscreening supplier in germany  Undecided

uv is correct ..  but it's all about UVB .. black lights only put out uva .. which will cure a screen .. but not as rapidly as the sun  which has both....
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: clover's Needle felting tool on: October 04, 2006 06:04:37 PM
just a tip for those of you using the clover tool ... if you unscrew the back part .. and put a small wad of wool in there .. it helps out greatly with the noise the tool makes!!!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: my silkscreen project (paper stencil) on: October 04, 2006 06:00:32 PM
i believe threadless uses plastisol (not quite sure of the spelling), which you need a special press for.

i use speedball ink for fabrics and have great results. don't forget to add water and retarder fluid!

You can use plastisol  .. no special press needed .. however it is a major pain in the rump to clean out .. you'll need solvants and other fun stuff to get everything cleaned up ...

speedball inks are great and clean up nicley with plain 'ole water
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: problems with emulsion on: October 04, 2006 05:57:07 PM
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each time, the image didn't completely burn. (i can upload a photo later)


gonna need a little more info to help you out ... are you saying the whole screen washed out? .. or only parts of your image washed out?  ...  or did nothing wash out at all

also what brand of emulsion are you using


i'm thinking it was probably underexposed .. using a single bulb it's really easy to get "hot spots"  .. where the light is more focuse on one area more than another .. which makes it cure unevenly ... a good reflector can help with this .. multiple bulbs are better... and the sun works great ... otherwise you may want to look at special lighting tables and all sorts of other expensive gadgets..

but even that is guessing since i'm not certain what the symptoms are
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