I've always liked crafts and I was introduced to silk screening years back.  I never thought of tackling it at home until recently.

I'm going to share with you step by step instructions (as best I can!) on how to do this yourself.  It's not very expensive, and you could really get into it!  Who knows, it could even come in handy someday with a bachelor party coming up or something!  

Please hang in there, as this is my first instructable, I hope you enjoy because then I'll post more projects!

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Step 1: What you need...

Screen printing hard supplies
  1. Silk screen already prepared (Or a wooden frame, screen printing silk and a staple gun) - I've used both on projects
  2. Squeegee of some sort to spread the ink (If you make a really small print, you can even use a plastic wallet loyalty card)
  3. Scoop coater (this helps huge in applying the emulsion ink)
  4. Laser Printer
  5. Transparencies
  6. An image to print
  7. Iron
  8. A shirt or something to print on

Homemade light box (This is super cheap and works great!)
  1. A box of some sort (I used a cardboard 12 bottle wine box)
  2. Non-UV filter light bulbs (I used 13w energy saver fluorescent bulbs)
  3. A power bar
  4. socket outlet plugs (They're called something like that - to plug the bulbs into the power bar)
  5. Tinfoil
  6. Clear glass ("borrow" one from a large picture frame, it's gotta cover the top of your box)

  1. Your desired fabric ink colour (This can be found at your local art store or screen printing supply shop) Speedball is a popular brand
  2. Photo emulsion ink (sold in a kit of 2 bottles to mix yourself, follow the instructions)
  3. Emulsion remover (If you want to reuse your screen for another print)

Materials that can come in handy
  1. A fan
  2. Heavy objects to use in the emulsion setting stage
  3. Sponges
  4. Newspaper
  5. A paintbrush (You might have to touch up your image if it's not perfect enough for you)
  6. Access to your shower
MANY of these materials can be found in a simple screen printing kit for cheap, so check out your local art store for what's more economical for  you.  

A kit can contain:
  • 1 screen
  • photo emulsion
  • photo emulsion remover
  • inks
  • squeegee
  • instructions
  • Touch up screen ink & filler

Great way to make a light box. I'm hosting a screen printing workshop and will link to this on their work sheet so they can see a different and DIY way of doing things. <br>
That's awesome, thanks!
AWESOME! this is the next project I will tackle. I not sure if I can get a card board box and some foil...jk.
Thanks! The size of the box might affect your exposure time, so this could be your excuse to buy a case of wine! Good luck!
clear, simple, and awesome! I'm going to do this at some point.
Thanks &amp; good luck!

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