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« 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:

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« 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!
« 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.
« 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.
« 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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« 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?
« 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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