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Topic: Stenciling Lotsa Tees, Whats the best way to do it?  (Read 951 times)
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Liberry Booked
« on: September 13, 2007 07:53:43 PM »

I'm considering buying a whole bunch of brightly colored tees from micheals and stenciling our logo on it. Its a little outline of a cute robot that say's we're the robotics team in a speech bubble. I'm wondering if there was an easy way to do this without making multiple stencils. The outlines are kind of thin though.....
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ellebelle
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007 02:25:25 AM »

you could use plastic OHP sheets you can just wipe the paint off of them and reuse the same one. if your doing loads though it might be worth trying to borrow a silkscreenfrom somewhere.
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craftytatt
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007 01:56:07 PM »

The way that I did it (bulk printing) was I actually bought acetate paper from Dick Blick.  It is plastic.  The only problem is that you have to be careful, because the problem that I found was that if your paint is too thin, it will bleed under the stencil.  This allows for me to make my stencil images however big I want to make them!! Smiley
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DirkDynamo
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 07:24:48 PM »

if you have a screen printing frame, you can use it with your stencil.  what you do is tape your stencil to the bottom of the screen printing mesh. Also tape around the outside of the stencil to keep ink from coming through. at first, the paper seems to be flimsy on the frame, but after the first pass with the squeegee the ink saturates the mesh and acts as a glue to keep the paper stuck to the bottom. because of this, do a test print on a sheet of paper or something disposable before you use it for any shirts. this will substitute for buying emulsion, which is usually the most expensive part of craft screenprinting. if you use wax paper it will last for at least 15 shirts. if you don't have a screenprinting frame, you can look in the screenprinting discussion forums to see some alternatives. some crafsters have gotten good results with a wooden picture frame and curtain material.

or you could cut your stencil out of corrugated cardboard, and spraypaint each shirt one after the other. It is harder to get the fine detail in cardboard but it is more durable and rigid enough to support itself.
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