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« on: October 09, 2005 12:04:23 AM »

i want to make my own screens to print on fabric and I dont know what weight or gauge of mesh to buy...can anyone help me...thanks  =)
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2005 10:16:34 PM »

"A silkscreen is polyester mesh that is stretched very tight and glued to either a wooden or metal frame. This silkscreen is 19" x 21" and is made of wood (available for under $20.00 most anywhere in the country). The life of a screen depends on the care given. You can coat the wood with water protective material when you get them and they will last for well over 5,000 prints (your cost becomes less than 1 cent per print). Once you are done with an image you can remove it and place a new one on the same screen. The mesh that is used comes in different mesh sizes i.e. 110 mesh count is 110 holes per square inch and 300 mesh count is 300 holes per square inch. The more holes, the finer the detail your print can be and the less holes, the more coarse the print must be."

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005 09:41:13 PM »

it depends on what you're printing. for shirts, 110 is a pretty good all-purpose mesh. for posters,   you need at least 200.

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007 11:39:35 AM »

could i get like 150-180 and do both? I just want to buy one screen, to screen the same image on a few things (tees, muslin, totes, posters)
is this even plausible?

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008 09:49:16 PM »

could i get like 150-180 and do both? I just want to buy one screen, to screen the same image on a few things (tees, muslin, totes, posters)
is this even plausible?

Yeah, IMO if the poster paper is thick. As you know, too much ink on thin paper will warp it. Card stock type of poster paper will do fine. IMO.

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