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Craft Supplies Custom Thermofax Silkscreen – Screen Printing onto fabric or paper – DIY Prints from your designs – Small / Medium size | printedwonders Printing & Printmaking

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Custom-made lightweight screens with your own designs, easy to print with and professional screen printed results. Avoid the set-up costs of traditional photostencil screen printing. > PLEASE READ the…

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Custom-made lightweight screens with your own designs, easy to print with and professional screen printed results. Avoid the set-up costs of traditional photostencil screen printing.
> PLEASE READ the full description before ordering.
> Each screen is custom-made with your own design.
> Not for use with photo emulsion.
> For larger screens, see separate listing.
WHAT CAN I PRINT ONTO?
Paper or textiles most often, but customers have printed lots of lovely items including:
– T-Shirts
– Tote bags
– Packaging
– Cards and invitations
– Art
– Decorations
– Wedding favours
– Wood
HOW DO I PRINT WITH THESE SCREENS?
It’s easy and lots of fun. We send instructions on how to use and care for your screen, but here are the printing basics:
1) Place the screen in position on top of the item you are printing onto.
2) Put a line of ink along one side of the screen, and drag it across the image area with a lightweight squeegee.
3) Hold down the surface you are printing onto, and lift up the screen to reveal your print.
HOW DO I SEND THE ARTWORK?
Start a convo to our shop and attach black & white artwork of the image you want to print to your message. Confirm the exact size you need the image to print, and tell us what you’ll be printing onto. You can do this before buying the item if you like, to get advice on your artwork. Make sure the image is high res (300 dpi is perfect), good contrast black & white with no grey tones. Please note we can only make screens from images that you have the copyright for.
Sizes listed are for the MAXIMUM IMAGE SIZE (not frame size), so choose the one that matches the size you want to print your image. The plastic frames are approx 10-15cm wider and longer than than the size you select.
WHICH MESH GRADE WILL YOU USE?
I normally use 120 thread count mesh for these screens, to keep fine detail in the designs.
WHAT SUPPLIES WILL I NEED?
You’ll need fabric ink (e.g. Permaset or Speedball) if you want to print onto t-shirts, tote bags and textiles, or buy paper ink (e.g. Permaprint or acrylic paint mixed with printing medium) to print onto paper or card. Fabric ink works fine on paper too, but can be more expensive.
For the squeegee – something like a credit card will do.
We have rubber tipped squeegees available in the Printed Wonders shop. Choose one about 2cm wider than the shortest side of your image.
CAN YOU MAKE LARGER SCREENS?
This system works well for artwork up to approx A4 in size (21.0 x 29.7cm, or 8.27 x 11.69 inches). There is a separate listing for our larger screens so we can be fair on postage prices. We don’t offer larger screens than stated as the plastic frames would be too floppy. It is easier to work with traditional screen printing frames made of wood or metal for larger work, and we are unable to supply these. Try searching for a local printmaking studio that can make up photo stencils from your artwork.
ARE THESE MADE LIKE REGULAR SILK SCREENS?
No, these screens are made with a special mesh using a heat sensitive film layer rather than photo emulsion to make the stencil. They don’t require the large heavy frames and squeegees of traditional style screen printing. They aren’t designed for long term heavy commercial use as the stencil film is delicate, but with careful cleaning we have used ours hundreds of times and they have lasted for years.
We use a Japanese chemical-free thermal exposure machine called Riso MiScreen to make the stencils. The machine works directly from a computer, opening up the stencil material with a digital thermal head. Screens created with this system can hold very fine detail, but it also works well with bold designs.

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