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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2004 03:40:44 PM »

awesome! i think i'm gonna do the buddha design on my old slip ons.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2004 05:31:07 PM »

wow! all those tees are killer! nice work

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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2004 01:52:44 PM »

Wow...that's a *wicked* Steve-stencil.  Could you share it?  I'd love to stencil him onto a li'l shirt to call my own...


« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2004 03:26:47 PM »

that looks great! Bleach!! who woulda thought?!
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2004 12:22:05 PM »

are bleach pens common? where do you get them?
This is my attempt at my favorite Red Sox player Johnny Damon, I wish I had left the bleach on longer, but I like the effect nonetheless.

yay for the red sox! i'm a bostonian myself  Grin
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2004 09:54:50 PM »

Wow!  This is SO cool... now I have to try it.  Maybe with Charles Bronson?  Steve McQueen?  Maybe... Walken?  So exciting!
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2004 08:46:40 AM »

Wow!  This is SO cool... now I have to try it.  Maybe with Charles Bronson?  Steve McQueen?  Maybe... Walken?  So exciting!

charles bronson!!

that made me laugh.

the tee's are great. i can't wait to try it.

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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2004 07:22:01 PM »

hey awesome! steve buscemi kicks ass, is that a pic of him when he was Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs?

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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2004 11:12:41 PM »

How is the fabric holding up, on the parts that are bleached?  Is the fiber getting weak at all? 

Also, how many uses do you get from a bleach pen?  I know it depends on the size of the stencil, but it would be helpful to know how many pens were used for the buddha shirt.  I don't want to get part way through a stencil, and have to run back out to the store for another pen. Smiley
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2004 11:01:33 AM »

I thought I'd reply because I happen to be wearing a bleach-stencil t-shirt right now and can attest to a few of its pros and cons. I don't use the bleach pen because it's really freaking expensive compared to my personal favorite tool, known as the spray-bottle with bleach in it. For fancier, drip-free results, buy the bleach known as "splashless." One bottle lasts forever.

My stencils are all made from laminated cardstock, which seems to break down the slowest from the bleach (plain cardstock will give you about 10 uses before it's dead, plastic alone has some problems, too). They need to be heavy and sturdy if you're worried about the shirt looking really snazzy and professional, which I happen to not care at all about.

When you just take a spraybottle and spritz over a stencil, you get the border lines of the stencil highlighted and lots of other spots all over the shirt where the mist happened to fall. I personally don't care, but if you have a sturdy enough stencil, there's a great method for preventing this; by building a spraying booth with the stencil as its base, you can bleach only through the stencil and nowhere around it. Use cardstock and make a box. Easy!

And spraying is WAY faster than tracing. You can make many shirts, much to the delight of your friends and family who just can't wait to have yet more shirts with little holes in them after three washings. That's the answer to your above questions -- YES, it weakens the fiber. The shirt I'm wearing right now was made on Friday morning, washed once, and has one tiny hole in it. It's in a place where bleach actually dripped and wasn't sprayed, so it's plausible that if I'd done the propper masking, it would have survived more intact.

That Buddha stencil is really complex. How did you cut it and out of what?
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