Thursday, May 27, 2010

Silkscreening made easy

This was posted from MakeMagazine on YouTube [here].

It's a pretty handy little talent to have to make a few extra bucks with or even save quite a bit if you happen to have your own business and would like tee-shirts, baseball caps or anything needed to get your name out there to the public.

I think I posted on Floyd somewhere back there in the past and he's the one that taught me how to do it myself. It was a pretty good setup. We'd make the screen, print them outside on the picnic table and hang them out on the clothesline to dry and collect the pay for them the next morning. Most of what we printed was banners for up coming events, little things for store openings and last minute things for the library or boat yard in Clearwater. I was surprised at how many offers for work we got and how much we had to turn away over lack of work space and storage for supplies.

A couple notes are you can use a screen over and over. Just clean off the emulsion layer and wash it off very well and use it for project after project and the sunlight will burn a screen well enough without the need for the lighting setup.

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