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1  First project - pit bull shirt (img heavy due to excitement) in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by empress_deva on: November 27, 2007 05:14:20 PM
My husband was asking for a shirt of our dog and some designs he had worked up.  We are from Guam and proud of that, so we always try to implement something from the island in his designs.  I have done inkjets, but this was our first time with screen printing.  We bought the 2 Speedball kits (one for light and one for dark) at HobbyLobby with a 40% off coupon as well as an extra screen.  It was a 2 day process, first day was prepping the screens with emulsion and burning the image, day 2 was for actual printing.
There are a total of 3 images on his shirt.  The Guam Seal in black on the right sleeve, small Pika symbol in black on left chest, Large Pika symbol on back in red.
Oh, Pika is our dog and she is the face we used.

Front of shirt

Close up of the large design on back

Close up of small design on chest

You can see that this was the first image we printed as the bottom of the design is spotted.  I figured out the pressure as I went.

Full back image

Original Pika face pic.

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2  Re: How Can I Make A Spring Pole For My Energetic Pitbull??? EDIT in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by empress_deva on: October 07, 2007 08:50:19 PM
I am always late with responses, sheesh, but here is what we did.
My husband and I made one for our pit bull and she loves it. 
We used a garage door spring and attached a very long length of rope to it to be safe that she would not be able to reach the spring portion with her teeth.
We got the nylon rope (which frays perfectly at the end) and the garage door spring (we chose it based on how much weight it could take) from the hardware store and used a nylon collar that she never quite fit.  The spring is attached to the collar with one of those rock climbing claspy things and the collar is what attaches the whole set up to the tree.

For the most part she isn't a flier, she just jumps up, grabs the rope out of the air and drags it as far down as she can, and just yanks it over and over with her mouth and paws until it slips out of her mouth.  Then she goes back up for it again. 
She had an ACL tear about a year ago in a car accident, and the doc even said that the spring was a good way to keep her joints limber (which was an added bonus because our original plan was just to work off some of her excess energy). 
Here are a couple of action shots.

I think the whole set up cost us about $25 or so.  Well worth it.
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