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Postby Gaz » Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:58 pm

I saw blank fair-trade t-shirts are just £3 a pop in the shops now.

I dunno if you were ever planning on doing a batch of t-shirts at any time - this could be an option...

Drunk people in August love spending money on T-shirts!
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Postby thehemulen » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:06 am

new 4rest tshirts would be top. merch for august definately a good idea. 3 quid sounds like value for blank Ts (white?).
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Postby ravanwin » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:49 am

would be awesome!
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Postby Shannon » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:10 pm

we could be making them this weekend at the zine fair!

ideas for the graphic??
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Postby martinmckenna » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:02 pm

ive bought the acetate for making a screen, we will do a test print soon . if all goes well then we try and make some t shirts . we will need special ink for this ,
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Postby chris » Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:20 am

i got ink.....oh boy do i got ink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby martinmckenna » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:22 pm

ok , weve done a test screen , it looks good and we are very chuffed about it . we have some bugs to iron out . the plan is spend a few days next week playing with it to get it right , so fingers crossed .
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Postby chris » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:48 am

this is so awesome! go team screen printing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: T-shirts

Postby martinmckenna » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:28 pm

Screen Printing Tips

* Use fabrics free of sizing. Many have a coating, which sits on the fibre and prevents the screen printing inks from bonding with the fabric. It’s always worth testing the fabric first.
* Pre-wet the screen with a damp cloth before inking. This will prevent ink thickening. The ink can be thinned with up to 5% water.
* Stir the screen printing inks well before using. Print with a loose 'flood stroke'. Avoid thick or multiple coats which can affect wash fastness.
* Mix the ink with Speedball Transparent Base for transparency, economy, and a softer hand. Mix with up to 10 percent Speedball Retarder Base during periods of low relative humidity, high temperature, or slow printing.
* During breaks of ten to fifteen minutes, mist the ink in the screen with water using a spray bottle. For longer breaks, wash the screen thoroughly with water. Always keep the lid tightly sealed to prevent skin forming on the surface of the ink in the container.
* Wash the screen with water immediately after use. After the ink is thoroughly cleaned out, use normal stencil reclaiming.
* Protect the inks from freezing and do not store above 35°C for extended periods. At 20°C, inks have a shelf life of two years from manufacture.
* Buy a book or use the internet to pick up information and tips. Other techniques can be explored with screen printing. Discharge paste can be used to discharge colour from acid dyed fabrics and devore paste can be used to remove the pile from velvet. Browse the Book Shop for Screen printing books.
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Postby martinmckenna » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:31 pm

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Re: T-shirts

Postby Newington Bandit » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:55 am

Just a detail but can you make sure the wet cloth/towels/waterver's wet does not end up in the dirty laundry please? Wet stuff get terribly mouldy and mould then spreads to everything else in the laundry bin... Thanks!
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Postby martinmckenna » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:39 am

of course
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Re: T-shirts

Postby martinmckenna » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:20 pm

its £31.24 for cyan magenta and yellow , chris you have any black ink !
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Re: T-shirts

Postby martinmckenna » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:54 pm

so ive washed my t shirt and aint too good , i think we have a curing problem . maybe not hot enuf .

for the ink we have it should be ...

Heat Cure:
Standard Colours: 150-170°C for 2-3 minutes
Opaque White: 150-170°C for 3-4 minutes

how can we tell ?
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Re: T-shirts

Postby swithun » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:59 pm

Oh yes - the aprons are a bit faded too, after a couple of washes. It looks kind of newsprinty.
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Postby martinmckenna » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:09 pm

it may not be the heat curing , but i think we did it a bit random . this needs to be done properly . if we are ever thinking about selling them
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Re: T-shirts

Postby chris » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:14 pm

we should iron them for ages.
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Re: T-shirts

Postby martinmckenna » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:15 pm

we are currently doing it with the heater we have . but are unsure how close it should be . i tend to leave them till they are baked
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Re: T-shirts

Postby martinmckenna » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:34 pm

ive noticed the areas most affected are the overlaps .whist not without it merits ,it not what we want .
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