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Silk Screen Printing

Silk Screen Printing

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Published by: Moseyspeed on Oct 15, 2010
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 Silk Screen PrintingSilk screen printing is a simple, inexpensive method of producing multiple copiesof attractive visual aids, posters, and other materials, including typewritten pages.A squeegee forces very thick paint through those parts of the silk screen thatare exposed by the stencil onto paper placed underneath the screen. The silk-screenprocess presented here is used for educators and trainers who mustprepare their own training materials. It would require considerable upgrading ofequipment and materials to be appropriate for commercial painting operations.BUILDING THE SILK SCREEN PRINTERTools and MaterialsHinges, about 2.5cm x 7.5cm (1" x 3")Wing or regular nutsSqueegeeTrigger supportWood for frameBaseboard or smooth table topSilk or other sheer clothThumbtacksSilk screen paintPaper for copiesWater-soluble paint, e.g., finger paint(Oil-soluble paint also works well,but a solvent is needed to clean it off the screen.)1. Build a frame (see Figures 1 and 2), using 1.9cm x 5cm (3/4" x 2") plywoodfg1x4050.gif (437x437)
or other wood. The frame should be big enough for the largest prints to bemade. Average inside frame dimensions would be 38.1cm x 50.8cm (18" x 24").Make sure that the corners are square and the frame lies flat against a flatbaseboard or table top. The baseboard can also be made of 1.9cm (3/4")plywood. A few coats of shellac on the wooden frame will make it longerlasting and less apt to warp.2. Stretch the silk very tightly over the underside of the frame, using tacksevery 2.5cm (1"). Make sure that the threads of the silk run parallel withthe edges of the frame, pull the silk over the outside bottom edges and tackthe silk around the outside of the frame (see Figure 2).fg2x406.gif (600x600)
3. Make a squeegee (see Figure 3).fg3x406.gif (486x486)

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