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Silkscreen Printing Steps by iEzQaNDaR

Silkscreen Printing Steps by iEzQaNDaR

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Silkscreen Printing Steps by iEzQaNDaR

Like this?? want it? sure, you can get it for just RM10 or 5USD, email me at applesprinting@gmail.com
Silkscreen Printing Steps by iEzQaNDaR

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Published by: iizuan on May 18, 2010
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First Step – Preparing a Printing Block

Here are pictures of item you need and me preparing a printing block.

Things u should have.

Firts step : me stapling the mesh onto wooden frame/block.

Cut away the extra mesh to trim the edges.

Glue the mesh all around – help to hold the mesh strongger (long lasting).

Leave the block to dry.

Second step : me pour in the photo emulsion into the spreader.

Spread the photo emulsion evenly onto the mesh. No dark room/red light enviroment.

Do the same on the inside – the coating need to be as thin as it can.

Clean the spreader and put in the excess emulsion back into the bottle.

Dry the coating surface using hair dryer. Don’t worry to use it – no harm to the coating’s surface.

Touch the surface to make sure it dried completely.

Second Step – Exposing Silkscreen Printing Block
This step is very important. Without this step there is nothing u can do. So i’ll shows u all everything i know. All my secret that i myself learn from somebody else – my guru.

First thing you need is film negative. Image that u print black on a plain paper.

Exposure Table. 500w light (set 35cm from the glass) and a transparent glass.

Put the image on the exposure table. Adjust it to ur needs.

The secret : Budget savings.

Uses cooking oil to turn the image’s paper into hand made tracing paper.

Spread the cooking oil evenly.

Put the Printing Block (first step) onto the image.

Adjust to ur needs.

Put a black paper into the printing block.

Put any flat surface object onto the black paper. I use plywood.

Put on a weight onto the plywood.

After that, Swicth On the spot light. I use two spot light. Let it expose for 3 minutes.

After 3 minutes. Spray it with tab water. Wash it untill the image is shown.

Lastly leave the block to dry. Finished. Exposure Concept :

1. The image will block the ligth to reach the photo coat mesh. 2. Because its make shadow on it.The other parts are expose to light directly. Its will become hardened. 3. Because the photo emulsion is water-based, its will dissolve when wash by a tab’s water. 4. The shadowed part will dissolve and the hardened part will not affected. 5. That why u get the finall picture above. u can see through the mesh. Tips of the day : 1. We use the cooking oil – cost effective. 2. It’s important to adjust the image to be centre at the printing block. So when u want to print it manually, it’s easy to print the image “centre” on ur tshirt. 3. Black paper – to absorb the ligth without reflecting the light back to the image from the top of printing block. 4. Plywood – to make the screen mesh touch the image below evenly when put a weight on it. Enjoy! and see u all next time.

Third Step – Printing On T-Shirt.
See u all again!! I’m going to teach u all “How To Print On TShirt”.

Things u need.

Take one blank tshirt.

Slide in the glued plywood into the shirt.

Press the tshirt evenly to stick with the glued pywood underneath.

Take the printing block [in step two] and tape its’ edges with cellophane tape.

Place the printing block at the centre of your tshirt.

Prepare for the rubberised ink onto the squeegee.

(A) Spread the ink into the printing block. Don’t hesitate. Be confident.

(B) Lift up your printing block.

Clean the underneath of ur block with wet sponge.

Then, dry the underneath of ur block with dry clothe.

(C) Dry the ink with flash blower. Repeat steps A, B and C for the second time. Tips of the day: 1. We clean the underneath of the printing block with wet sponge and dry clothe, so that the ink will not block the mesh when it dried [blockage]. It’s very important when we run bigger production and need to changes into new tshirts. 2. We repeat steps A to C, to make sure the color is bright and it durable when washed. Sometime we repeat three times.

3. Important for u to confirm the tshirt dried fully, if not it will peel off when wash. I usually dry my tshirt under the sun’s heat-cost saving..

Two Colors Printing – Basic To Multicolor Printing.
Hi! again. My last post shows u all how to print single color – white. So, now i’m going to show u with the same design and block, i can print two colors.

The same design and block. This time u tape the cellophane tape onto the outside line of the design.

After u taped the outside line of the image on the printing block, adjust the printing block so that it foll onto the last printed image (white) perfectly.

Then, u spread any color on the inside of the printing block - i use purple in this example.Again, be don’t hesitate. The collophane tape will block the ink so that the only inner image will be turned into purple.

Repeat each printing steps (spreading ink and drying) until u get the desired color’s thickness. You can see that the outter line still in white, while the inner image turned purple. Tips of the day: 1. You don’t have to prepare two printing block for each color. U can do it with 1 printing block only. 2. But if you run your printing in bigger quantity, it’s better to have printing block for each color u need. 3. Finally, it’s up to yourself to choose. Bye, see u all again…

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