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Posted on Sat, 8 May 2004 at 20:50



i am literally screening (by hand) for the first time and got the emulsion part fine, after a few tries. but, my question is, what is the "correct" way to do the actual screening part? where do you first put the ink? how much ink? which way do you run the squeegee? ive screened about 6 shirts now and all of them have come out differently. most have areas that are too light and some have areas where the ink spread a tiny bit (i guess i put too much or pressed too hard). is there a fool proof way to get it right nearly every time when doing it by hand?

thanks for any help.

p.s. i replied to an "ink" thread a few pages back but didnt know if anyone would even see it, so i started this new one.

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Anonymous says: Hi Mark, I always flood the screen, (Cover the image with ink) then pull your squeegee toward you at a slight angle. Some people push it as this way is supposed to be easier on your shoulders and less ...

Hi Mark,

I always flood the screen, (Cover the image with ink) then pull your squeegee toward you at a slight angle. Some people push it as this way is supposed to be easier on your shoulders and less tiring. Then lift your screen, flood it and print the next shirt. Put enough pressure on the squeegee to clean the image when printing.
light colored shirts are the easiest to do. I screen them with a 110 mesh is there is no fine detail. If there is fine detail, I will use a 230 mesh. Dark colored shirts using a white ink are much harder since the pigments are heavier than the dark color inks.
The biggest thing that is going to help you is experience. Use the bad shirts and practice on them. How are you drying your shirts? Send me a private email. Have a BLESSED day.
God Bless You
Don

posted on: Sun, 05/09/2004 - 3:11pm
Anonymous says: thanks. i havent even got the the mesh count yet. i just bought a speedball screen from utrecht. im just messing around with it right now. but, to dry them... i wait an hour or so and then iron it with ...

thanks. i havent even got the the mesh count yet. i just bought a speedball screen from utrecht. im just messing around with it right now. but, to dry them... i wait an hour or so and then iron it with no steam and a cloth over the design for 4 to 5 minutes (im using speedball fabric ink).

so, you dont put any pressure on the squeegee? maybe that was my problem. i tried, once, pouring the ink over the image but it didnt come out quite right. i think i pressed too hard.

and yes, im the type that learn for doing, but i couldnt figure out how to start the ink. again, thanks.

posted on: Sun, 05/09/2004 - 8:01pm
Anonymous says: ok, so i tried again with not so good results. what consistency is the ink supposed to be? its very creamy straight out of the container. should i be stirring it or adding something to it? after you flood ...

ok, so i tried again with not so good results.

what consistency is the ink supposed to be? its very creamy straight out of the container. should i be stirring it or adding something to it?

after you flood the screen, do you just run the squeegee once? should you be pressing hard enough to clear ALL the ink off the graphic?

thanks.

posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 7:51pm

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