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« on: September 19, 2005 10:02:02 AM »

hey guys, i bought a speedball silkscreen-er thing when i first started screening and i didnt really like the way you had to get the silk onto it [there was a sort of 'ditch' in the edge of the frame and you had to get the silk into by pressing this thick cord on top of it... it's hard to explain. anyway it was hard to get it really nice and taut and was VERY time consuming... and HELLO $30+ for a silkscreening kit? that's crazy] ANYWAY a few weeks ago i figured out an even better [and cheaper] way to silkscreen

1. buy cheap wooden picture frames [preferably with a somewhat thin frame] i got mine from ikea at 3 for about $10
2. get a staple gun [mine was only $9.99 and is fun to use! just be careful...]
3. get some silk and all the other supplies you need [in case you don't know...you need photo emulsion & sensetizer which are usually sold together, a squeegee thing, silk, inks/paint]
4. oh and duct tape is useful, too

ok here's how you do it!

1. cut your silk a little bigger than your frame [i'd say about an inch to an inch and a half bigger than the frame]
2. cover the edges of the silk with duct tape so the silk dosen't fray
3. tape one end of the silk to an edge of the frame so it is really firm and taut [this not only holds it down better but also holds it for you so your fingers dont get in the way when you staple it]
4. staple away! [on the corner you taped down, of course]
5. tape down another side of the silk [i usually do the opposite side] be sure to pull it VERY TAUT. IF IT ISNT TAUT YOU WILL HAVE SUPER SERIOUS PROBLEMS!]
6. staple!
7. continue this process until all the sides are stapled down and very secure
8. you don't have to do this but i reccomend it... go over the edges of the frame [you know, where you stapled] with duct tape. this just ensures that everything stays where it is

and that's it!

oh.. and as for the actual screening process and all that... go check another post for that, i'm too lazy to get into it. [p.s don't be discouraged, it's easier than you think!]

« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2005 06:26:38 PM »


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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2005 09:55:10 AM »

no problem
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2005 03:53:02 AM »

do you mean using regular silk from a fabric store or like screen mesh?
if you meant screen mesh, is there anywhere else you can buy it besides dick blick?

« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2005 04:24:52 AM »

I figured out a similar way to do this.  i use canvas stretchers, because i can really get the size screen i want.  also to stretch the screen tight, i use the same method to stretch canvas. 
Cut the screen a little bigger(about 1 inch on all sides) than the frame.
Use the staple gun to staple the screen to the fame in the middle of one side of the frame. The second staple should go in the opposite side of the frame.  pull tight while you are doing this.
the next staple goes in the middle of one of the other sides, and then do the opposite side of that.
After you have your first four staples in, start on any of the 4 sides, and begin on the right of the staple one staple on each side, in counter clockwise, then staple on the other side of the middle staple going clockwise,  repeat this until the screen is completly stapled along all 4 sides.  i will try to put a diagram up here soom.

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2005 11:57:19 AM »

 Huh  I'm confused...mainly about how exactly this works, but my ADHD mind can't read these posts long enough...lol

I'd like to make a couple of these for me and my daughter, in sets, so we can wear them whenever we go out together ^_^  (she's 2 and a half)


so, help please!!!

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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2005 09:56:05 PM »

The speedball screen you were talking about is actually quite usefull and cheaper than making your own. . . in the long run.  You see, the rope design makes it so that you can re-stretch the screen when it gets loose.  There's some technique to doing it correctly, just like the staple gun method.  The other person who posted that about the canvas stretching method had it correct.  Generally, people don't used silk anymore.  It doesn't last as long as synthetic screen mesh.

I took an introduction to screening two semesters back, that's where I get my info from.  Good luck.

« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2005 04:44:20 PM »

I don't know what they include in that kit, but before you get rid of it, you should go buy a spline roller from a hardware store, they are like 5 bucks, it is used to roll the rubber spline into windows to keep screen in, and it is pretty easy, and it sounds like it may work for your frame.

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2005 04:47:53 PM »

Wow awesome thanks!  Grin
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