Sunday, September 18, 2011

Scoop Coater

Scoop coater, scoop coater, scoop coater!  I can't say it enough!  If you're thinking about trying photo emulsion screen printing GET ONE.  That is all.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Second Sale & Screen Printing Update

YAYAY!  I made my second sale on Etsy and the buyer left amazing feedback! I'm feel as high as the ocean is deep!

Only problem is now I have to build some more inventory.  If only I could do this screen printing thing right.  Last time was another fail.  I think the emulsion was a bit uneven (due to application with a squeegee that's too narrow) and that I didn't expose my images for long enough.  But at least this time, no light bulbs exploded and I had a bit less of a mess on my hands.  The image actually was printed on the screen, it's just that is go washed out in the areas where the emulsion was too thick.

I think I'm going to be able to reclaim the screen as well (I haven't done it yet because I can't even look at it right now I'm so upset.  I put it out on my patio that I never use).  There's nothing worse than working on something for 8 hours and achieving a negative result.  FML.

Solution: order a scoop coater, wait for it to ship, try again.  Three times a charm, right?  If I fail after all this, I'm taking one of Spins and Needles' Silk Screening Workshops in October.  Who am I kidding?  I'll do the workshop anyways.  I lurve those guys :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Screen Printing Adventure

Feast your eyes on my "Ghet-up" (my ghetto set-up).  Yes, that's my bathtub, so I should probably explain...  This is the beginnings of some new items for my Etsy store.  I'm attempting to screen print and this is attempt number two.  My first attempt involved WAY too much photo emulsion that never dried, a burn out 250w bulb and a huge mess.  So far, this attempt is going a little more smoothly, but I'm not out of the woods yet.

Update to come!
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