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pressyourluck
« on: April 04, 2006 06:20:46 PM »

so recently i've been attempting to learn to screen print.  i have had the equipment for months, but for whatever reason was too intimidated to try.  that is until one of my friends showed me how easy it really was to use photo emulsion.

here are the first couple shirts i've printed:
http://leeann.io.nu/sewingshirt.jpg

http://leeann.io.nu/chando.jpg
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MissMeshell
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2006 06:23:53 PM »

Oh my gosh, I LOVE them, both of them!
Absolutely Fabulous Cheesy
Good on you for learning!
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3beadgirls
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2006 06:24:55 PM »

wow! awesome job! would you please share a little more information about photo emulsion? thanks in advance.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2006 06:26:10 PM »

Those are absolutely fantastic. Perfect images for the prints. Did you use a start up kit, or buy the materials from separately? Congrats.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2006 06:38:16 PM »

i LOVE LOVE LOVE those... the chandelier one is spectacular, and printing the sewing machine in a neon pink is a great contrast to the antiquity of the machine. i know nothing about silk screening, but it never seizes to amaze me
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pressyourluck
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2006 10:03:57 AM »

Those are absolutely fantastic. Perfect images for the prints. Did you use a start up kit, or buy the materials from separately? Congrats.

I bought a beginners kit a long time ago.  But over the course of the last couple months I had bought some screens and a better squeegee.  My friend told me that a lot of the ease in screen printing really has to do with the quality of squeegee you have and that seems to be true.

as far as preparing the screen, it's pretty easy with the photo emulsion.  you just have to work a thin layer of it on both sides of the screen.  basically just enough of the liquid until the screen in covered.

the images i just manipulated in photoshop.  converted them to grayscale, increased the contrast and then converted them to a bitmap.  once you do that you get a couple options for output and the chandelier i just did at a 50% threshold.  photocopied them onto transparencies and then exposed them on the screen with a regular ole' desk lamp (with a 150W bulb).
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2006 12:58:11 PM »

looove them. especially the sewing machine.
how long did it take to burn with a desk lamp?
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pressyourluck
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2006 01:10:51 PM »

45 minutes.  it all depends on the size of the screen and the wattage of the bulb.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2006 06:31:44 PM »

wow those are so perfect!! geeze! perfect!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2006 08:10:42 PM »

those are amazing! great job
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2006 06:22:47 AM »

Wow, great shirts!  Love the chandelier!
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2006 05:01:55 AM »

Great work!  I especially like the sewing machine.

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2006 11:40:45 AM »

Those are goooorgeous
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2006 01:07:49 AM »

mind sharing the chandelier image?
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2006 04:48:29 PM »

Very nice.
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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2006 04:55:40 PM »

45 minutes.  it all depends on the size of the screen and the wattage of the bulb.

how do you know how long it takes?
I've been doing it at Uni but they have a huge darkroom and this big uv light thing that only takes 2 minutes and stuff.
and Im thinking about doing it at home.
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pressyourluck
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2006 07:46:54 PM »

the booklet that came with my screenprinting supplies had a chart of wattage/times, otherwise i would have no clue.
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« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2006 08:03:56 AM »

AGH! i lovelovelove the chandelier one!
argh i REALLY want to work on an intricate gold metallic stencil of wings and maybe your method would be the best way to do it..

great job!
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« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2006 09:01:41 AM »

Those are awsome!
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2006 03:48:12 PM »

your chandelier design is amazing..great detail! I've never tried the photo emulsion method but such intricate designs make me want to..hmmm
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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2006 04:43:21 PM »

Good lord.  I love these.  I've always wanted to try screen printing, I've been stenciling for ages.  Everyone says it's so expensive, so that scared me off  But these might make me try again.  Love them!
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« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2006 09:18:05 PM »

where can you get a beginners kit?
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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2006 07:43:12 PM »

WOW! WOW! WOW! those are amazing!! are you gonna sell them?
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« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2006 10:18:37 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2006 11:18:27 PM »

Holy Wow! Those are beautiful! I'm amazed at how crisp the pictures are. Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2006 05:01:24 AM »

You did an amazing job!!!
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