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Topic: Cheap and Easy Homemade Silkscreen Frame  (Read 7997 times)
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« on: June 04, 2008 08:18:47 PM »

Actually the easiest thing I've ever done.

I've been meaning to get into silkscreening for a while now, but I've been far too confused. Finally, yesterday it clicked!

Taking advantage of my new-enlightened self before it went away I set into action!

Unfortunately, after spending all of my money on tickets to see the Circle Jerks (!!!!!) I did not have 21 bucks to spend on a frame...

So I set out on making my own. I discovered that every site said that an aluminum frame was better, but there were only instructions on how to make a WOODEN frame so i decided to figure out how to make my own aluminum.

Aluminum Picture Frame (free for me, but probably >5)
Material (free for me, but it can cost a lot. I suggest finding alternatives like i did)
Adhesive (free for me, but spray adhesive costs probably like 15 bucks)

Step 1: Procure materials.

For the fabric I used an organdy vintage apron. People may gasp at that but my mom deals in collectibles so I have at least 20 hanging around my house.

Step 2. Lay your Frame on top of the fabric, and cut about an inch (or as much as you feel you need) around it.

Step 3. Spray one corner (the top and sides of the frame, with a one inch margin. That means just one inch away from the corner). Attach the fabric to it. Your hands will get mighty sticky but I suggest you use your thumbs to hold onto it while it sets.

(old research for Xeroderma Pigmentosum. holla!)

Step 4. After that one corner is completely attached, stretch the fabric to the diagonal corner. Repeat Step 3, making sure that the fabric is as taut as you can get it.

Step 5. Repeat on the corners left. The sides will still be loose. Hurray! Halfway there!

Step 6. Starting with one of the small sides, spray that, stretch it as tight as it will go and hold. Repeat with all of the sides. If you have someone who can help you, have them hold the frame while you spray and stretch. If you don't, no worries, i didn't either.


Step 7. Cut off extra fabric


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I hope you liked it, it's my first go with screenprinting and with a tutorial so we'll see...


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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 09:00:14 PM »

Awesome improvisation!  Let us know how the screen holds up to use.  Good luck with the band too.

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