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« on: July 26, 2005 08:35:27 PM »

http://www.barrysfarm.com/my_silk_screen_tutorial.html

I've been silk screening for a little while, and while I'm still ironing out some problems in my technique, I know a great deal. I learned primarily from books, and tutorials on the internet. However, the books we're extremely dated (like 1957), and none of the websites had photos, or any imagery whatsoever. I went through a good deal of trial and error, but have found a system that works well. It's kind of an amalgamation of the books, internet sources, and my own experiments, all summed up with photos, and steps I find important. I'm sure that some of my techniques could be improved upon, and if anyone has any questions or comments, leave on here, or on my site.

This tutorial is intended for someone with little money, and a great sense of DIY. While, not the simplest process in the world, I tried to be as articulate as possible.

Contents:
Part 1: Constructing Silk Screen Frames at Home
Part 2: Applying a Photographic Emulsion
Part 3: Silk Screen Printing with Multiple Colors

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2005 09:42:22 PM »

certainly one of the best tutorials i've seen.  i'm really impressed.  i wish i could go back in time to right about 1 year ago when i was teaching myself.  sadly, i do not have access to a time machine.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2005 12:35:55 AM »

That was incredible. And very helpful. Thank you! You covered many questions I had.

One day you will have to let us know how you built the registration unit. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2005 04:48:57 AM »

That is a really great and comprehensive tutorial!  Thanks for posting it!

I have been doing screen printing with just the stencil set up - no emulison etc. so I'm very interested to give it a go now!
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2005 09:15:58 PM »

Great tutorial!  But your links are slightly broken, at least to my old computer, I had to fix it by hand...
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2005 09:20:06 PM »

We do a ton of silkscreening & your tute is right on!! Simple instructions and you cover everything!! Very well done!
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2005 09:09:42 AM »

those tutes are very helpful! i just have one question- do you have plans for that register thing you made? it seems cheaper than buying one premade. if i'm silly and missed it in the tute, can you point me in the right direction? thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2005 03:53:59 PM »

I don't have plans up there yet. It's been requested a couple of times, so I'll probably make one. Basically it's a screen frame (that's just the wood, no screen) that is just big enough to let the actual screens fit inside of it. And it hinges in the back to a piece of hard board (think thin mdf), which is screwed into the desk.

I'll post a tutorial for it once I take some pictures.
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2005 04:01:59 PM »

thanks! i'm looking for a good way to have a free hand- i'll try that.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2005 09:58:34 PM »

=O Thanks so much for the tutorials!!!
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2005 07:15:05 AM »

GREAT site!  Wonderful Tuts too!  Thanks for posting them!  I shared them with everyone I know.......Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2005 11:58:47 AM »

WOW ! That's a lot of steps and time to  make a screen that will be at best substandard. There are companies that sell prestretched screens. It cost less to buy than to make. I started out making my own screens but soon found that it is indeed cheaper to buy ready made screens than to make your own.

Check out these links:

GM Graphics  http://www.gmcompanies.com/graphics_index.html
Victory Factory  http://www.victoryfactory.com/
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2005 03:16:29 PM »

it is indeed cheaper to buy ready made screens than to make your own.

Check out these links:

GM Graphics  http://www.gmcompanies.com/graphics_index.html
Victory Factory  http://www.victoryfactory.com/

just to put in my two cents- when i first started screening, i wanted to learn for the hell of it, and i figured i could make a small run of t-shirts for my boyfriend's band.  i'm in college... so while buying pre-stretched screens may be less costly PER SCREEN, it certainly is not cheaper when you only need/want/can afford 2 or 3 screens, and the companies that sell pre-stretched screens tack on a $10 fee for anything less than 6 screens.  after buying the emulsion, the ink, the screen cleaner, etc etc, i certainly didn't have the funds to drop around $80 on 6 screens when i made my own screens for about $10 a piece.  i don't think that's too bad, and i personally didn't find it was that difficult of a process... nor did i think my prints came out "substandard".
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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2005 11:37:55 AM »

it is indeed cheaper to buy ready made screens than to make your own.

Check out these links:

GM Graphics  http://www.gmcompanies.com/graphics_index.html
Victory Factory  http://www.victoryfactory.com/

just to put in my two cents- when i first started screening, i wanted to learn for the hell of it, and i figured i could make a small run of t-shirts for my boyfriend's band.  i'm in college... so while buying pre-stretched screens may be less costly PER SCREEN, it certainly is not cheaper when you only need/want/can afford 2 or 3 screens, and the companies that sell pre-stretched screens tack on a $10 fee for anything less than 6 screens.  after buying the emulsion, the ink, the screen cleaner, etc etc, i certainly didn't have the funds to drop around $80 on 6 screens when i made my own screens for about $10 a piece.  i don't think that's too bad, and i personally didn't find it was that difficult of a process... nor did i think my prints came out "substandard".

Didn't mean to ruffle feathers.
I guess if you are doing one color work on t-shirts as a hobby, home made screens will work. Like I said that is the way I started out. It is MY experience that buying pre stretched screens IS CHEAPER. It depends on how much you value your time. It got to the point where I did not have the time to make my own screens. I got several contracts right off the bat, I needed lots of screens. My time was better spent printing. I needed top quality screens so I let the experts do it. I concentrated on more valuable things. As they say TIME IS MONEY.
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2005 02:41:13 PM »

It may be a lot of steps, but it really doesn't take that long.

I look at this as more of hobby type thing. I'm not really in it to make money, so I'd rather choose to put more time in than to spend more money.

This is how I looked at it. I wanted to create about 10 4 color designs, each screen using 2 colors. That's 20 screens total. I also wanted them available at any time, so I couldn't remove the emulsion from them. The whole cost of the frames I built came down to about $3 a piece (minus the cost of my own time). At either of those two sites it's about 15 dollars a frame (with fabric) at the same size. If I purchased the frames my total would be around $300, compared to about $60. It doesn't even take that much time. I've made 10 frames in a couple of hours. I wouldn't call them substandard at best, either. I'm printing anywhere between 3-6 colors per shirt, and haven't had any problems with the design stretching or distorting whatsoever, and I've been able to remove the emulsion and reapply many times.

If this wasn't something i considered just a hobby, and if I wasn't a poor college student, then I probably would purchase frames, if I could find a decent price.
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2005 04:24:51 PM »

I'm sure it's a matter of where your priorities lie, and your patience, etc.  I doubt I would ever buy a premade screen, but more information is always good, so thank you ky-barrels for giving your input.
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2005 01:36:41 PM »

hi, i don't know if it's just me, but the links are not working and i would love love love to read what you have written up.
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2007 07:33:04 AM »

bump!

are these tutorials still available?
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2007 11:07:44 AM »

dang, the links are dead ;(
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2007 07:50:14 AM »

yeah...that's disappointing...Sad

any kind souls can help to fix the broken links?
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« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2007 05:57:57 PM »

Well, I found a cache of the tutorial, but the pictures are gone.  Here's a different tut with pics:
http://www.themediascience.com/fobclothing/shirtprocess.php

I used this free, downloadable zine when I was teaching myself to print:
http://www.reddingk.com/img/reproguide.pdf
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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2007 02:40:55 PM »

http://www.reuels.com/reuels/Silk_Screen_Printing_Instructions.html#PEM

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« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2007 10:07:25 AM »

ohh, that's a good one, thanks!
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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2008 01:16:07 PM »

Dead links  Embarrassed
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FYI, 'though the original site appears to be defunct, I found the pages at www.archive.org.  (You'll have to click on the original links first, though, so you have a page address to copy-and-paste.)  By clicking on the latest date option with an asterisk, I found that a few of the photos on the very last page were missing, but all of the rest (as far as I could tell) were there.
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