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1  Fun Halloween screen prints in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by petarver on: October 18, 2008 04:26:57 PM
I love Halloween just not the scary parts....weird I know Grin
Here's my two halloweeny shirts... I know...not scary Wink



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2  wrist warmers knit on color pencils :) in Knitting: Completed Projects by petarver on: January 28, 2008 10:48:35 AM
Normally I wouldn't use color pencils to knit but I left my DPN in my desk at work. ( I work at a school ) And of course it's a snow day... What better day to be crafty.
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3  Knit cap with Brim and Rasta hat (Image Heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by petarver on: November 22, 2007 11:12:20 AM
These are my first successful hats.  In the past they've either been "humongulas"  or too small.   I half followed a pattern and half BS it.  My son in the Rasta hat has way too much hair for anything in the stores to even try to accommodate.... wild curly  and past  his shoulders.  I'm surprised he actually tucked it all in there  Smiley    My other son loves brim caps, and aren't they always better made with love from Mama.  hahaha  Cheesy
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4  Space shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by petarver on: March 10, 2007 07:17:51 PM
I bought two pair of shoes at wally world to screen print for my son's birthday....and well I didn't quite make the deadline.  I decided to start on them today...and I scraped the screen print idea...might be tough.
So I just busted out some paint and sharpies...He loves them.  Now I just have to figure out what to put on the other pair....
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5  T shirt hoodie with super spy hood in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by petarver on: February 03, 2007 08:21:22 AM
Here's my first t shirt hoodie.  The  super spy hood is huge...that was kinda an accident but it's  actually perfect for my fro.  Cheesy
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6  First multi color and multi screen shirt- Abe Sapien in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by petarver on: January 26, 2007 08:24:21 PM
Here's my first attempt at a multi color shirt.  I used 3 screens...probably should have been 4...but it worked.  Not perfect but my boys love it, and that's what matters most.
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7  Re: Screen printing and Photo emulsion Kinda Tutorial (Image Heavy) in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by petarver on: January 14, 2007 07:17:33 PM
I bought my original screen from Michaels, in a speedball kit.  It wasn't long til I wanted to have several more.  I decided it was cheaper to make my own. So I got work and made my own frames and printing unit.   (actually my husband did most of it  Tongue) We made pretty basic frames that we trenched with a table saw and used that rubbery stuff (that you put new screens in sliding doors with) to press in the fabric. I bought some sheer material at the fabric store...and it works great.  Much cheaper way to start out....

I've never tried to reclaim a screen...I just simply replace the screen material. 

The Potassium Dichromate was pretty cheap...I can't quite remember.  I wana say that I paid between $10 -$15 for a pound.  Which will last forever.
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8  Screen printing and Photo emulsion Kinda Tutorial (Image Heavy) in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by petarver on: January 14, 2007 04:20:47 PM
Ok...I thought I would just start this on a fresh post...  Here are the pictures I said I'd post


Photo emulsion fluid....I use a recipe I found on the web.


http://www.goshen.edu/art/DeptPgs/photoemulsion.html

I bought the Potassium Dichromate at a clay arts center.  It's kinda this orange crystally powder.
 You just mix with water and then with elmer's school glue.  Really quite easy.  I then spread it on my screen with a squeegie (work in a dimly lit room, a little light doesn't seem to affect it) and let dry (I speed up the drying process with a regular old fan...no heat.)
While the screen is drying I print or draw my design on a transparency...when  the screen is completely dry I place the screen down on a dark surface...(I use a black pillowcase... )this prevents the light from bouncing around.  Then place transparency on the screen and and a piece of glass ( I use glass from a picture frame)  on the transparency...this keep it good and flat.  Then I place a photo  halogen bulb (bought at the photo store) about 1 foot above the frame.  Turn on the bulb and let sit for about 10 mins.... Then take to the sink and rinse with room temperature water....it takes a minute but then it starts to wash away everything that was black on the transparency.... keep rinsing til your happy with it.    Let screen dry....I fan again...then it is ready to print.


Have fun printing Grin
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9  Cloth Napkins = New bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by petarver on: January 11, 2007 10:01:22 PM
I had some scraps from cloth napkins... and well I've been wanting to make a bag out of them for a while.  I just finally found the time.
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10  Funky shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by petarver on: January 10, 2007 04:33:25 PM
I was snowed in today....so what better to do.  Get out the sewing machine...I'm not great with the whole sew straight and use a pattern thing.  I just cut, sew and hope for the best. 
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