Step 5: Ink and press

Use double stick foam pads to place your letters onto a board which is screwed to the LCD arm mount. We found that putting the letters on pieces for the foam allowed us to remove the entire word to position it or so you can ink different colors. You should be able to remove a cowling from the last hinge on the arm (closest to the print) and loosen a screw or nut to allow that hinge to move more freely. Now you can easily flip the press into position for inking and then rotate it back to parallel the shirt.

Use rags or old shirts for a few tries before putting your favorite shirt under the press. You'll get a feel for how hard to press, how much paint or ink to use, and how to apply the paint to the press. We tried using paper towels and brushes to dip into the paint and then apply to the "stamp" but we found that a sponge cut into smaller pieces worked very well - both for application and to mop up excess paint that may collect in the negative areas of the stamp.

Photography and image touch-up by Kevin Dean. Shirt concept and design by Ryan McFarland. Shirt press concept and construction by both of us. What better way to spend the holidays than with family making stuff that makes stuff?


<p>Wow, that's pretty impressive. The other option though is just to use a design tool like this one from BlueCotton: http://www.bluecotton.com/studio.html</p>
Can you please tell me where to get the LCD desk mount arm
<p>Hello zieak,</p><p>Here I have seen your ideas for making own T-shirt printing press and that is amazing, I like it. Here given tips I will definitely use for <a href="http://www.t-shirtscreenprinting.co.uk/catalogue" rel="nofollow">T-shirt printing</a> time.</p>
does the print remain after a wash
Using enamel paint - it sure does!
I like this idea a lot - I made my own screen print to do a one-colour design, but apart from the satisfaction of building it, it was probably not worth it overall, whereas THIS makes it an absolute doddle, or doozy as them Yanks say. You have cheered me up, and for that, the t-shirt buying fans of my band salute you :)
I just had a thort... a very productive thort..... In Straya, they have what is called the $2 shop - or the Reject shop... and they sell them rolls of camping mattress - made of the same foam.... usually about 1.8 meters by 0.6 meters... it's crap to sleep on.. but that's another story... There is a type of printing press that has a "rolling flat bed" and it goes under a rotating drum... The diameter of the drum and the surface speed of it, is linked on a 1:1 basis with the bed.... They are a manually operated device.... well the one I am thinking of is.... Thinking of a WWII soviet vintage kind of thing.... Anyway... stick foam on drum, paint, run T shirt through, recoat, run another shirt back through the other way....... etc. Or run roller across T shirt...????
Please explain what a &quot;thort&quot; is
&quot;Thort&quot; = Short Thought ? lol
Would you please tell us where Straya is, somewhere in eastern Europe , is it ?
It's a term for Australia, because of the distinctive accent.
perhaps you are thinking of a mimeograph machine... <br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimeograph
Nice idea - i may just have to give that a try. I was thinking of trying the camping mattress foam but all i have kicking around are the Therm-a-rest style.
its a nice idee maybe this wil be my new building idea ^_^ <br>gone print my own dragons on t-shirt maybe =) <br>thx for this posted instructabal its brings idea's
What are some silk screening inks?
Speedball is a very common one.
Thanks and cool shirt. Is there any cheap foam easily available, and durable a 13 year could buy?
Foamboard should work. If not then you can buy huge pink sheets of foam at home depot/lowes/ace/any hardware construction store.
Googling eva foam that Eric mentioned, it turns out the foam exercise mats walmart, and others sell are made from that material. Garage and yard sale season is nearly here, so you should find something affordable. Use your local free cucle, craigslist or other free venues to find some.
A young lady created an instructable about, how she made an instructables robot doll. I doubt if the instructables management thought there was a copyright issue, they wouldn't have made her instructable available. I'm not an attorney, but I believe the problems would start, if you started making money from printing copyrighted material.
Check your local thrift stores. I find this stuff at my local Salvation Army often.
where do you get silk screening ink?
http://www.screenprintingsupplies.com/<br />http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/
Look in your yellow pages under "art supplies." That's the best place to start.
if i wanted to build this without the lcd arm what else could i use and how would i attach it/them?
Cool idea, I would do the Instructables Robot but that's copyright or whatever.. great job!
You can still do it, just be sure to put a copyright symbol somewhere.
Uh, no you can't. Not legally anyways. The whole point behind copyright is that you can't copy something without the creator's permission. You're effectively saying "It's okay to copy that movie, just put a copyright symbol on it." or "It's okay to photocopy that painting, just put a copyright symbol on it." And it doesn't matter if you don't plan on selling it, that only comes into play when determining damages or fair use, and this is likely not fair use. With that in mind, if you got permission from Instructables, you could print yourself the shirt legally. Or, if it's just for yourself, go ahead and do it anyways. I doubt anyone will notice or care.
Yes. I understand that it is illegal but people won't care... Buuut What about the hundreds of thousands of instructable robot &quot;instructables&quot; Showing not only what you have done <strong>but how to do it </strong> So clearly if they don't care about them, go ahead, just show the finished product PLEASE<br/>
I've always been of the opinion that the morality of the action should take precedence over its legality, and in this case I can't see that there would be anything wrong with it. You are promoting the site, after all--creating a net gain on their part, theoretically. True, it would be better for the site if you paid for one of their shirts, but since the whole philosophy of the site is doing things yourself to save money and they promote creative commons licenses, I think it's morally acceptable
THey can, as long as they don't sell it for monetary gain...
Love it! But instead of a LCD screen holder i'll use this meathod. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Screen-Printing-Machine%3a-Print-Faux-co!/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Screen-Printing-Machine%3a-Print-Faux-co!/</a><br/><br/>But instead of gluing on to the wood i'll just glue onto a piece that i can slot in. <br/>
Nice tip on using EVA foam as a stamp.
Is this how you guys make your shirts?
No way - their shirts are made far better than this. This is a step below stenciling. I like some really primitive technologies though.
I knew that stuff had a better name.
Great instructable. Really helped me out. Thanks.
nice. but i tried something similar to this on illustration board and it works like a charm. plus you get both the positives and negatives of the image.
i think the white on blue looks good kinda distresed you know? though i got to be careful when cutting last time i did it i ended up bleeding all over my school
I just did one that is all white on a dark blue. It required a lot more paint but i really like the faded look that it has. You're right - it looks pre-distressed.
I'm am all about this instructable, I was looking for an easier way to print my own shirts, thank you so much!!!!!!
What is an LCD desk mount arm and where do I find one?

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