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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY multi color screen printing? on: November 29, 2005 01:10:17 PM
When you're working with bulky stuff, use something called transparent overlay registration. All you need is some acetate and tape.  Before starting each new layer, place a piece of acetate on your printing surface.  Tape down one side of it to make a hinge so you can flip the acetate on and off the printing area.  Now make your first print with the acetate flipped ON the printing area.  When you're ready to print on a tshirt, slide the shirt underneath the acetate and position the shirt using the acetate print as a guide.  Once you've secured the shirt where you want it, flip the acetate OFF the printing area and print directly on the tshirt. 

This gets more useful in the following layers.  For each new layer remove the old acetate, attach a clean piece, and make your first print.  Now when you position your shirt you can see through the clear parts to the previous colors and get really nice alignment (or purposeful misalignment, depending on your goals). 

I wasn't printing tshirts, but I tried this for the first time on a set of holiday cards this past weekend.  You can see pics (including a few of the acetate layer) here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katy/sets/1414455/

Good luck!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupaged boxes on: November 20, 2004 05:31:13 AM
Those are really awesome!  it would be a great way to personalize all those endless kraft photo boxes I have lying around..  Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: our playroom (okay, its really our sons) on: November 16, 2004 07:57:13 PM
Definitely one of the coolest playrooms I've ever seen..    Smiley
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silkscreening CDs? on: November 15, 2004 06:43:35 AM
Sigh.  In doing a little more research, it looks like professional cd shops use UV curable ink because of its durability and lack of solvents and off-gassing.  Not really for the do-it-yourselfer..   Sad

But I did find a few alternatives that I want to try:

  • Inkjet printable CDs.  They are pre-treated with a white absorbent coating so they can be sent through a printer.  If it can absorb ink, it can be silkscreened!  But it would be a little more difficult to get a full edge bleed.

  • Sheets of adhesive CD labels.  This might end up being my solution - screen print the cd labels while they are still on their paper backing so you can get a full bleed, then apply to the cd.  I really wish someone would make cd labels out of something other than bright white paper, though.

Neither are as cool as I'd like, but they might be my only option.. 
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Silkscreening CDs? on: November 11, 2004 03:50:02 PM
Has anyone out there silkscreened on a CD before?   I'm thinking of making a small run of music mixes off of iTunes for Christmas presents, and I wondered if there were instructions/ideas/tips out there for silkscreening on the surface of a blank CD.  I figure if there are businesses out there offering this service, *some* crafty person out there has tried it on her own.  Smiley

Mostly I'm wondering what type of ink to try, and if you need to put some type of primer on the cd to make sure the ink doesn't chip off in a cd player.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: cre8tiv storage solutions on: November 04, 2004 01:25:30 PM
Wow, I really love the wine rack!  It could adapt itself to storing all sorts of fun stuff, too..  craft supplies..  gardening hand tools and accessories..  towels and linens, all neatly rolled into each cubby.. 

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: "No Paint" idea for Apartments on: November 04, 2004 01:22:35 PM
Shrine or no shrine, I think it looks really cool!  I've lived in apartments for the last few years now, and I'm always coming up against that challenge of decorating without physically altering anything.  I can't wait to own my own place - I will be a whirling dervish with a paintbrush!  Smiley
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Wineglasses on: September 29, 2004 06:28:54 AM
I sometimes use overly-loved wine and champagne glasses to start various cuttings from my patio plants..  They look cheery with three or four lined up along the windowsill with little sprigs of ivy in them.. 

I've always wanted to try that etching stuff, though..  Post pics if you try it!  Smiley
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: christmas presents for a variety of people - financially challenged! on: September 28, 2004 01:32:13 PM
I have made candles for friends and family for a few years, and I've had a lot of success with it!  Once you are set up with the basic supplies you really don't need to spend a lot, and you can customize based on the recipient's decor, scent preferences, the holiday, etc.   

Although it helps that I have mostly female relatives..  Smiley 

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: starter kits? on: September 23, 2004 06:02:10 AM
Speedball makes kits (some are more for paper printing, some are for fabric).  I'm sure you'd probably be able to find them in stores that have better international shipping or even local places, but this gives you the right idea of what to search/ask for.. 


Good luck!   Smiley

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