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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Rubi Malone (WET video game) Monkey Business shirt on: October 04, 2010 02:25:54 PM
I've been trying to make this shirt for a while.

Click link for a closer look http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/041/0/f/rubi_malone_shirt_by_biothief-d302yh7.jpg

I made several attempts but the lines were never this clean. What I did was that I made several (layer) stencils from contact paper (bought in a hardware store; the kitchen section). I'm amazed at some of the details, both thin and small (the monkey on the pistol handle measured only 3/4 of an inch), one can cut out (with an Xacto knife, of course). I cut out each layer while the first film of paint dried.

On the inside of the shirt, I placed lines of duct tape because, in my previous attempts, the paint brush would pull some of the shirt thru the stencil and the paint would bleed to the side. This will allow the fabric to be somewhat stiff and protect the rest of the shirt. I find that less paint bleeds thru the shirt using this method.

I also figured my problem was how I painted; instead of brushing side to side, I kindof did little up and down jabs (perpendicular to the shirt surface).

The paint required 2 coats; it'll crack in places which is what u want. After the paint dried, I placed a sheet of paper (the contact paper backing that it sticks to) ontop of the shirt and ironed it for at least a min.; when curing paint (so it doesn't wash out), always place a wax sheet btw the shirt and iron so it doesn't burn the paint.

Lol, I also can't seem to get this monkey off my back (joke)!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Thief/Garrett Plushie on: September 01, 2010 07:15:06 PM
Haven't posted a while cause some of the staff doesn't like me...but, oh well.

I came across a drawing of a Garrett plushie. Now Garrett is a master thief from the Thief video game series. I had to make myself one cuse I love the game. I only had made 2 rag dolls and wanted to make another one, just more with a limp feel to him.

What I did was to take a folded piece of clothe and cut out the frame in one piece. Basically, lacking a pic, the pattern is fairly simple. Just make the arms and legs in a wide triangle formation.
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Keep the neck fairly short/non existant. Sew along the edges, of course, and sew along the "I---CUT---I" to give it some legs. Leave an opening and pull the material inside out; start filling in with stuffing. I stuffed mine with fabric scraps so the rag doll has some weight to it; I find cotton stuffing to be too light weight.
To close the open seam, I used a type of stitch, not sure what it's called, by which I stitched along the inside fold of the seam so when it's taunt, the stitch dissappears.
For the hair, I like yarn but it's hard to sew it. I basically lined up the pieces of yarn and sewn thru the yarn onto the head.
After I sewn the clothes, this is what I got

I also made the blue pearl camero necklace in this pic. I attached each pearl by putting a piece of wire (can get those at a craft store, where the earrings are) and, using pliers, created loops at each end of the wire for the next pearl to attach to. Enjoy!!!
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / DIYDTG: Do-It-Yourself-Direct-To-Garment printing on: June 22, 2010 12:42:34 PM
For those of you who are technically savvy, here's a link to engineering an Epson printer that can print directly to the garment. This How-To will walk you though on how to build (parts are listed) this.

14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Answers to white print onto dark shirt on: February 13, 2010 09:43:57 PM
I just got started in print screening and wanted to print a white intricate design onto a dark red shirt. Bad start...the paint either didn't clear the mesh or it is soaked into the fabric (design edges not crisp/ bleeds together), or looks faded. I found this link:


Includes video and explains what needs to happen to obtain that opaque white, even without flashing it. Everything from mesh count to mesh tension to squeegee angle and pressure.

Answered all my questions. I didn't even know about "off contact"...no wonder my design wasn't crisp. And that I can add a third emulsion coating to allow a more opaque white. The thicker the emulsion layer stencil, the more paint passes thru without printing a second time.

Hope this helps.
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