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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2008 10:02:21 AM »

Ahh!  I've been planning on making a periodic table quilt for myself, too!  I haven't put much behind it yet (too big of a project to just do for myself.. I have fabric)  If I were you, I'd probably use stencils. 
Really, I have nothing helpful to suggest, but I just wanted to say how AWESOME that will be!
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2008 10:33:08 AM »

I'm not sure I understand you, this Bubble Jet stuff....do you mean for printing the letters or to make squares glow in the dark?
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2008 11:38:30 AM »

I'm not sure I understand you, this Bubble Jet stuff....do you mean for printing the letters or to make squares glow in the dark?

For the letters...

You can print with your inkjet printer right onto the fabric - very cool, and you get a pretty high quality print.
I use this stuff called Raycafix which is the same idea but different brand which I get locally. Fabric has to be 100% cotton, and you'll need freezer paper to stiffen the fabric so it feeds through your printer.

That's definitely what I would do - cutting the stencils for all those letters would drive me crazy. You'd def. save yourself a lot of time if you printed them.
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2008 02:02:46 PM »

That sounds interesting, but what does it cost? If the only reason against stencils is the cutting, then I'm not worried because they are only letters and numbers and I can pick up pre-made stencils of those at Michaels for a couple bucks.

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement!
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2008 02:54:43 PM »

I bought a 500mL bottle for about $12, and you use it a few tablespoons at a time. Plus a couple of bucks for the freezer paper.

Plus the bonus would be you could put the actual names under the elements in the smaller lettering  - not just the big letters - and it wouldn't be any extra effort at all.
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2008 04:23:13 PM »

Yes, exactly what Zoma said.  Use your computer to set up a square (of the table). I have no idea how to do that, then with your fabric in the computer it will print directly onto the material.
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JerseyGal
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2008 11:13:41 AM »

I'm with Zoma on this one.  Maybe you can find a computer geek to help you; art majors that work in the fabric arts are good at this, they use this kind of stuff all the time and it produces great things.
My son is a chemist....but he's never getting a quilt like this!  Your BF is a lucky guy!!  The best my son got was a plastic-y placemat of the periodic table!
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cherry_blossom55
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2008 01:35:41 PM »

Sounds easier than I thought. I think I will look into that because no doubt it will be much faster and I already have a lot of work to do just sewing.

Thankfully I am an art major and use computer graphics quite often so I think I should be able to figure out the placement. (but I will definitely be testing in on scraps first. Tongue)

I'll keep the progress posted!
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2008 09:50:47 PM »

I am SO jealous!  I want a nerdy boyfriend for whom I can make an awesome periodic table quilt!  What a great idea!

I think you should just embroider the squares.  For some reason that seems easier to me than sending fabric through a printer.
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JerseyGal
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2008 05:39:10 PM »

There's a group on this site called "Image Reproduction Techniques."  Check them out and see what's up there in printing on fabric.
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