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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.

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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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