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« on: September 20, 2003 03:06:30 PM »

Soooo, after attending the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, I have become inspired to learn the art of silkscreening.  What do I do next?  Where/How do I learn the basics?  What's the best place to get supplies? Are the supplies pricey? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2003 05:58:11 PM »

If you can get your hands on Issue 7 of Ready Made magazine, there is a great tutorial on how to silkscreen....

Or you can start out w/something a bit more simple and use stencils. Check out
www.stencilrevoluti on.com

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2003 07:08:10 PM »

Thank you so much! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2003 08:03:43 PM »

speedball is a great company for silkscreening stuff..
my boyfriend bought me a kit from some store in toronto. its awesome.

and silkscreening is easy and fun... not very cheap tho. hehe

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2003 08:21:16 AM »

That stencilrevolution site is AMAZING!!  Shocked
The tutarorials page is wonderful.
IDEA:  there's a tutatorial on how to make stencils out of color photographs with photoshop...you could use this to take regular photographs and print their images onto fabric for some really amazing skirts or dresses...also, you could use the stencil that you make to do crazy cool glass etching projects.

let me know if anyone tries this.  i'm going to try it out next week...

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2003 08:29:49 AM »

i was at the atlanta home show this weekend and these guys were i guess trying to sell equipment to help you start your own business - and its some sort of onsite silkscreening machine that lets you use your own laptop or computer to make designs print them and then use some sort of light to print the design on the screen - the set up cost $4000 and they said they finance and there is no credit check - but its sound like a rip to me --- anyone know about these guys - and how much it really should cost to start silkscreening on your own....
i would never do it - this way - i would rather make my own stuff - but i am wondering if anyone knows what technique these guys are using etc?
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2003 08:59:55 AM »

There's a "desktop silkscreening" device you can buy called the Print Gocco.

Here's a link:
http://www.gocco.com/prod.HTM

I bought one not too long ago but haven't had time to use it yet.

It costs about $100 and comes with some screens and ink. I've heard that it works great but when you have to buy more screens and ink it can be kind of expensive.  I think that it can screen a design that's a maximum of 5" by 8" or so.  If you buy an extra attachment and some special ink, you can screen onto t-shirts.

I bet that overall, it's cheaper to do silk screening "from scratch" like the ReadyMade article describes but this Gocco thing seems to be good if you want to do small batches and you don't have a ton of space.
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2003 03:47:46 PM »

$4000?Huh!!!

thats a RIP OFF AND A HALF.

you can buy the screening fabric at an art store, probably along with the ink.. as for printing stuff off your computer, you can get this stuff called "photoemulsion" and its cooool.

i have yet to try it. i have it sitting in my closet at the moment [i have to buy more screen]

and for the frames, you can make them yourself. you just stretch the fabric over the screen and staple it with a staple gun. then spread the photo emulsion over the screen [i think you might have to have a special bug light on, becuase the photo emulsion reacts with the light] then you print your design out on a transparency and lie it down on the screen, expose it to light for the right amout of time, and take the design off and rinse the screen out. you're left with a perfect stencil.

then you just screen it onto something.

you can do all that for well under $4000. probably well under $100.


my friend and i used to screen t-shirts for local bands for a while. it was fun, but a little time consuming.

hope that helped.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2003 06:43:42 AM »

i definately believe what you are talking about is what these guys were doing - they had a blueish "bug light" and were printing out thier design and then placing it on the buglight thing and they didnt go into detail because last night they had a big seminar at a hotel and they wanted me to come - but i didnt go - i think they would have gone into more detail then

I would love to understand the whole process better - are there any websites that explain this process in more detail?Huh
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2003 07:04:15 AM »

yeh.. this one is a little elaborate, but it has pictures. you dont have to get as complicated to do it yourself.
http://www.homecashbusiness.com/tutorials.htm

theres also another method that im more familliar with.
i should take a picture of my finished screen.. yes i will...
[time lapse]


you basically make a negative image by hand on the screen with this stuff called 'screen filler'. its sooo easy. thats the brown stuff on the screen. what i do is print out whatever i want to screen [high contrast, easy shapes] and use a paint brush to apply the screen filler [be VERY careful!! this stuff doesnt come out.. of the screen, your clothes, etc... its very permanent!] to the areas that you DON'T want ink on in the final print. then you squegee the ink onto the screen to make your print.

these are some undies i screened with that particular screen.



please excuse the model wearing the undies! hehe they're little boys undies. i thought they were cute.
anyways.
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