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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Heat press? on: January 20, 2005 08:25:52 PM
Thanks folks...

to clarify my question in the last part...if I've printed both sides of a shirt and I'm going to set them using a heat press (my set-up is water based and so prints are able to air dry),  will both sides be set with one heat-pressing, and should I slip a piece of something inside the shirt to keep the front from sticking to the back?

Razor Edge, where'd you come up on your heat press?

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Heat press? on: January 15, 2005 12:30:00 PM
So I feel like I've finally reached that stage where I want to move on up to a heat press, and say goodbye to my collection of irons.  I was just hoping to get some advice as to what's out there, where they are and what styles are best for what sorts of applications. 

Right now I'm still a water-based sort of guy but I feel plastisol is in my future.  Are heat presses at all usable to final-set plastisol screened images or will I inevitably have to invest in an oven too?

Finally, I'm starting to print on both sides of my shirts.  Is it cool to lay the thing in the heat press as is and set both sides at once or should I put something between the front/back of the shirt, what..?

Thanks folks
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: mixing colored inks to get other shades - yes? no? on: December 04, 2004 10:34:58 AM
Where does one get one of those pantone color swatch fans?  I'm always adding way too much blue or red to my mixesa nd get colors way darker than I need.

Like Minded People.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: mixing colored inks to get other shades - yes? no? on: November 15, 2004 08:52:17 PM


I was wondering how to make brown! I thought it'd be some sort of red/black/yellow mixture. I also find with mixing a popsicle stick works way better than a spoon.

Yeah, sticks rule.  I use chopsticks.  Forks are cool too because they're like four sticks close together.  Spoons are just too damn big.

I use these tea light candle votives to mix in.  They're like over-sized shot glasses and seem pretty readily available, some Ikea bulk package I'm guessing.  I was keeping the new colors in there, trying to cover them with piecse of plastic bag and rubber bands.  Worked sort of, better with something over the top to keep the seal, but I bit the bullet and bought a twelve pack of mason jars for really not that much and they do the trick real well, though I still use the votives to mix.  Pick up some mini-spatulas where ever you get the jars and they'll come in handy real quick.

Just remember to mark which jars are mixed with your super-opaque white so you don't grab the wrong one and get a black shirt with some design you thought would be tight but ends up invisible...not that I ever did anything like that...
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Resource collection on: November 15, 2004 08:43:11 PM
After looking at a really cool tutorial site someone posted sometime in the last week or so, not bookmarking it, ans since loosing track of which thread it was on, I thought it might be good to starta  new thread just for on-line resources we've found and use.

These I pulled these two from the "I wanna silkscreen" master thread:
http://www.reddingk.com/img/reproguide.pdf     ----------     cool bare bones guide to screening
http://www.aaartshirts.com/intro.html     -------------   Yes, the poor man's pre$$ (great writing style too)

And then there's
http://www.stencilrevolution.com/    ----------     the revolution will be stenciled

What else is out there?  And ten points to someone who can post the site I've been looking for!  Seems to me they talked a lot about washing the silk before using it at all, the site had kind of a blue motif going on with menu selection at the top,...man, not being very descriptive, am I...

>clothing for the conscious<

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thinning Versatex fabric print with water on: November 15, 2004 07:56:17 PM
I've thinned versatex before and to varying degrees.  Lighter colors can get a lot lighter when printed to fabric if too much water is added in, whereas black seems to take a lot of watering down without loosing much intensity.  And that's nice if you want a design that really blends with the fabric.

When I thin my inks it's usually just to a point where I know the paints woun't creep up the squeegee too much, so it sort of falls back down to the edge as it wants to creep up.  Feel me?
I'm bad at measurements but say you're trying to thin down one of the large sized versatex containers, about 1 1/2 shot glasses of water ought to do it.  That's about 1.5 - 2 ounces, if I'm not mistaken.

I know that versatex (or is it speedball) also makes extender which is supposed to thin out paints without dumbing down the color.  I've never bought or used it though.

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Heat Setting Paint onto Favric on: November 15, 2004 07:33:14 PM
You know I always read directions telling me to iron on the reverse side of the fabric but never followed that.
I just always iron on the ink side and I haven't had any problems (100+ shirts, maybe)  I usually let the iron sit for about 1-3 minutes and then move it to the next spot.

Careful with white though, it'llburn and the fabric will start to turn yellow after about 1 minute.

Anyone else?

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: mixing colored inks to get other shades - yes? no? on: November 15, 2004 07:29:42 PM
Oh yeah, it's all about mixing!

Here's a tough one: brown
I spent hours, not to mention lots of paint, trying to get simple brown, maybe a little tan, sand, you know.

Problem was I always added black thinking "well, darkest to lightest, brown always comes after black...so add black."

I took a visit to a kindergarten-aged kids web-site to re-teach me the basics or primaries, secondaries, and tertiaries - browns.

So to everyone who hasn't already made brown, mix two primary (yellow, blue, red) colors together to get a secondary (green, orange, purple) color, then mix two secondaries to get different shades of brown.

It's kind of like 7-Eleven, when you mix all the slurpee flavors together it always turns brown.

Keep mixin'..

Like Minded People.
>clothing for the conscious<
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Registration? on: October 28, 2004 09:38:31 PM
I've been printing single color for a while now butr have been weary of trying multi color images because of not having figured out a away to get my screens placed in the same space in order to do a second layer of a second color - registration. 

I wonder if any other DIY'rs have tackled this problem succesfully.  I've been taping off sections of images to get two color (see here: http://www.xanga.com/likemindedpeople) but that's a far cry from being able to do printing with side by side coloring.

Any advice?

Like Minded People.
>clothing for the conscious<
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Photo emulsion: is it the distance or the duration? on: October 28, 2004 09:28:37 PM
My first time around I was able to find this funky swinging arm desk lamp that was actually two 20" fluorescent bulbs side by side.  That thing worked wonders.  I positioned it about 18" above the screen, which was smallish, but the exposure was great after about an hour or so.

Now I have a box with about 8 black light tubes which I suspend over my screens for all of 4 minutes and they're done.  I know there must be instructions on how to build boxes like these on-line. 

Either way, I got the impression that fluorescent over incandescent is the way to go.  Am I right in thinking that it's the UV that acts upon the emulsion causing it to harden?  And don't fluorescent bulbs emit more UV than incandescent?

Mr. Wizard, where are you?

Like Minded People.
>clothing for the conscious<

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