Daily Archives: July 2, 2017


Screen Printing On Fabric?
I'M Curious If You Can Use All The Same Materials To Screen On Fabric As You Would On Paintings? I Think You Can Use The Same Silk Screen, But Do You Have To Use Different Ink And Squeegee? Cause I Was Looking Up Materials And It Has Squeegees Exclusively For Fabric. Thank You.

I'm a professional silk screen printer with over 12 combined experience in both textile (fabric) printing and graphic printing. You didn't mention what mesh count (how many threads per square inch) you use but you are correct that you SHOULD be able to use the same screen fabric. As far as squeegees those to should be universal if you have a good selection of hard and soft rubbers. The ink is another matter however. Most textile inks are Plastisol, whereas in my experience most graphic inks are vinyl based. The big difference is cure methods. Vinyl inks will air dry over time and don't require heat, but plastisol ink does need to be heat set. if plastisol is not cured properly it will crack and wash out within a few washes. There are also a few headaches textile printers face when printing on non-cotton fabrics like polyester and nylon. The dye in polyester fabrics is set in the fabric at a lower temp than the cure temp of plastisol ink, and so if you are using just plain textile ink you are likely to get "dye migration" This occurs when the higher temps used to cure the ink reactivates the dye in the fabric and it migrates up into the ink, changing the colors of your ink (ie. white ink turns pink or pale blue on red or blue polyester fabrics) . There is a line of poly-block inks designed to prevent this. Nylon fabric is another monster entirely. If you look at cotton or polyester threads under high magnification you will see they have tiny hairs which help the ink to adhere. Nylon is smooth and non absorbent and therefor normal textile ink will not work without some help. This is in the form of an ink additive commonly refered to as "Nylobond". this is a catalyst additive that will actually bond the ink to the nylon fabric. A little trick here: nylobond can be added to ink to lower the cure temp of ink printed on polyester to try and avoid the dreaded dye migration.

I know I've blurted out alot of info here, so to sum things up: Yes mesh fabric and squeegees should be interchangeable. you will need specific textile printing inks to get the best looking prints. And Cotton is a textile printers friend 🙂

Where To Find A Cute Leather Jacket For Under $150?
I'M Looking For A Black Leather Jacket. Preferably New. Similar In Style/Look To Mike And Chris Or S.W.O.R.D. Leather Jackets.

Leather jackets are so cool and I think they look great on girls and guys.
If you don't mind used, I have gotten a lot of nice leather clothes off of ebay. I've gotten several really nice jackets there for really good prices. Some are like new (or even are new). Read the description and use sellers with strong feedback. Feel free to ask questions too (most sellers don't mind at all). I agree though, new is best. Wilsons used to be a great store for leather. Great selection of jackets as well as skirts, pants, and even dresses :-). I don't think they are as good now as they were a few years ago but they still sell some really nice jackets and their prices are pretty good when they run sales. Tip - pick out the jacket you like and then wait for the sale. It seems all of their stock goes on sale. They just rotate from week to week which items. At least that's how they used to do it.

Are Corsets A Dirty Garment?
I Was Thinking About Reducing My Waste, I'Ve Got A Sort Of Beer Belly, And Thought Of Buying A Corset Or Something Similar. I Saw, However, That There Is Something Sexual About It And Even Read That It Makes You Horny. Mostly Only Hookers Use That ( And Stripeers). Will People Think I Am A Dirty Person If They See Me With One? Thanks

The corset was originally intended as a support garment. Like a bra.

Some people fetishize brassieres when exposed, some see them as 'sexy', and some see them as 'dirty', and some see them as morally repugnant. The combination of these makes up a culture's view.

Anything can be blamed for making a person horny. A support garment is hardly an exception. Kidney Belts can serve a very similar function to corsets, but you hardly see anyone blushing over them.

If you're concerned, get one with the intent of wearing it under clothes (no huge buckles or anything), and get one that doesn't have a huge waist reduction (which you shouldn't get to start out with anyways). Underbust or Overbust is your choice - just make sure it's an actual corset.

There's nothing saying you're going to tightlace *ever*, but pay attention to people who do so you know what to look for.

Are There Any Screen Printing/Silk Screening Classes In The Bay Area, Ca?
I Taught Myself How To Screen Print Onto T-Shirts, But It Takes So Long To Do It Homemade Like This. I Would Like To Further My Knowledge To Fully Pursue This Hobby, But I Don't Know If There Are Any Workshops Or Classes On This Particular Subject In My Area. I Live In Between San Francisco And San Jose. Does Anyone Know Of Any Places That Have Classes And Resources Regarding Screen Printing And Silk Screening?

Well, I checked the Parks and Recreation website for MY town (San Carlos, California) http://www.ci.san-carlos.ca.us/civica/fi... and didn't find any classes on silk-screening. You might want to check YOUR city's Park and Rec website.

Silk Screening BASICS isn't that hard... I remember doing it in high-school art classes back in 1980.

This site has a instructional DVD for sale: http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/

I checked the 2008-2009 catalog for Canada College and found nothing: http://www.canadacollege.net/catalog/080...

I also checked the 2008-2009 catalog for College of San Mateo and found nothing: http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/schedule/docs/CSM_08_09_Catalog.pdf

I hope you can find something !! GOOD LUCK !!

I Am Starting My Own Custom T-Shirt Website, What Are Some Good Products That Can Put An Image Or Characters?
On The Shirts, And Where Can I Buy Bulk Plain T-Shirts For Cheap.

Some helpful links below.

Caution: There are plenty t-shirt websites out there. Success in this game is ALL about marketing.

Bulk t-shirts: if you can get them for less than $1.50 each, you are doing good. But don't make any big promises about the quality until you have tested the product thoroughly yourself.

Hanes Commercial/wholesale number is:1-800-994-4348. Beefy T is a known brand, but they'll cost more than $1.50 each even in wholesale lots.

T-shirt printers are good for dark printing on pale and pastel shirts, but to print well on black, red, or dark colored shirts, you might need to look into silk screening.

Good luck

What Online Stores Sell Cheap Shirts?
That Are Reliable Sites Besides Ebay/Amazon. I Am A Girly Type.

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(Mind U~I'm not selling anything OK...:)

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