I've always enjoyed taking a design or picture of mine and printing it on a shirt, but small-run custom designed shirts are costly, and the results are always hard to predict. This Instructable will walk you through how to take a custom design and silk screen it onto a shirt. The process is very enjoyable and the results are on par with what you would order online or even buy in a store (assuming the same method is used). This instructable encompasses two project done simultaneously using the same methods. The first project was a run of 25 monogrammed napkins and the second was a set of custom t-shirts.
I made it at Techshop and I highly recommend anyone near one to check them
Silk Screening Ink: I used Jacquard Professional Screen Printing ink, which you can find here
~ 2 feet of vinyl suitable for a CNC vinyl cutter: I've always bought all my vinyl from a Techshop, and they typically have a lot (and colors are not important for this instructable since it will be disposable)
Material with with to silk screen: Shirts, napkins, burlap, anything that will be compatible with the ink and method used. Definitely bring some scrap material with you as well.
1 Silk Screen: I used the Techshop's silkscreen, but it was very similar to this one
1 Silk Screen squeegee: The Techshop typically has some around, but this
is what they look like.
1 Hot air gun: To help dry the ink post-screening
1 Iron: To set the ink into the material
Vector Editing Software: I interchange between Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw regularly, but the files I used here are in Illustrator
Techshop Classes Needed:
CNC102: CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU
ART103: Silkscreen Printing SBU