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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Squeegees??? on: March 11, 2007 04:14:03 PM

i also agree with brandbane (hi!) and entriq, ha! nice post. i bought my squeegees at dick blick, and they're holding up well enough about 2 years later. i'd be interested in the Rhema squeegees though, are they wood handled?

hello fellow GPer. yeah the rhema ones are wood handled. i have some other ones that are wood (from Ryan and Victory) but the Rhema ones are heavier and just feel better in your hand. they're also lacquered really well so they hold up better than some of my other ones.

the only thing credit cards are good for is cleaning ink off of screens.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silk Screen Designs on: March 11, 2007 04:09:06 PM
you could always try drawing them.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: gasmask family shirt on: March 10, 2007 06:13:37 PM
thanks guys, glad you like it!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: No more transparencies!!!! on: March 04, 2007 09:24:19 PM
this has been around for a long time. it's just so messy. if you're doing really big things (huge posters ors omething) then it's a good because you can save some money by just getting a big laser print out instead of a real film positive made.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Potassium Dichromate ... on: March 04, 2007 09:23:13 PM
i think it'll be more trouble tracking down potassium dichromate than it would be to just buy a cheap quart of emulsion. no screen printing emulsions use potassium dichromate anyways, it's a terrible, nasty, toxic, cancer-causing chemical.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Poor Man's Silk Screen - TUTORIAL, IMG Obese on: March 04, 2007 07:46:59 AM
i've always heard this called "toner transfers". acetone is the best solvent to do it with. if you have a printmaking press (for like relief or etching) you can get pretty much perfect transfers by running it through that. you can do color, it just has to come from a color copier/laser printer (anything that prints with toner).
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / gasmask family shirt on: February 28, 2007 03:25:52 PM
i did a collaboration with a painter friend of mine who is amazingly talented. he wanted to make some shirts out of some of his sketches. we had talked about it for a while but finally got around to doing it last week.

we started out with his original drawing which i scanned in:


he wanted it printed on the side which is kind of hard to photograph, but it came out pretty good:


8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Heat Setting Speedball Ink? on: February 28, 2007 02:52:01 PM
Union's Aerotex is another ink that doesn't need to be heat set. Just add catalyst before you print and 24 hours later they will be completely wash proof.

valley litho carries them - valleylitho.com
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mesh Count Formula? on: February 28, 2007 02:50:43 PM
It depends on a lot of factors so there's no set formula. There is a relationship between halftone frequency and what mesh count you would use but again it's not a set rule.

If you post your image I'm sure we can at least give some advice.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Potassium Dichromate ... on: February 28, 2007 02:48:32 PM
Are you doing photogravure? I've never heard of potassium dichromate being used for anything else.

You have to order it from industrial printing supply houses, and I think they only sell it in bulk (ie. 55 gallon drums). try talking to a college that has a printmaking program, they might be able to point you in the right direction or sell you a little bit. if you find a supply house that carries it ask for "rotogravure" chemistry.
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