Step 1: Logo Design
- intro animations
- t-shirt design
- poster production
It's important to sketch out some rough ideas before you start. I based my design on the head of the first Strawbot I made, Harvey 1.0. Once I had a few rough sketches, I scanned them into Adobe Illustrator to clean up the drawings. When you choose to develop your concept on computer, it becomes much easier to experiment with design ideas and colour changes.
After I traced my original design concept, I felt like it was a little too 'cartoonish'. I hardened the lines a little, and gave it a transformer like feel, without making it too serious.
Remember to try and keep your logo simple so that it can be used in many different applications. If your logo is complicated, it may become unreadable when you shrink it in size.
Step 2: Printing Your Design
If you're planning on using a dark coloured t-shirt, make sure that you buy 'dark t-shirt transfers'. If you're printing on white or pale colours, you can buy the normal transfer paper.
Alrighty.... let's get started.
- Make sure you feed the paper into the printer correctly. On mine, the printed side starts face down.
- Print your design, making sure to adjust the print settings specifically for transfer paper.
- When cutting out your logo or design, I suggest leaving a white border around the outside for dark t-shirts. If you try to cut close to a dark edge, it sometimes shows up white at the edges because the ink sits on the top layer of the paper.
- Carefully cut your designs out with an exacto-knife or a pair of scissors.
Step 3: Pressing Your Transfer
- Lay your t-shirt flat on the platten, making sure there are no wrinkles.
- Carefully peel the backing from the transfer paper.
- Position your design on your shirt.
- Cover your transfer with a sheet of teflon transfer paper or whatever sheet was provided with your transfers.
- Clamp the press and for the appropriate amount of time.
- Let your shirt cool down, and you're done.
Step 4: Strawbots for Gifts
With a couple t-shirts printed and a newly customized Harvey 2.0, I got to work.
- Find a cardboard box that will fit your Strawbot.
- Cut out a piece of foam core that will fit inside the box.
- Wrap your shirt around the foam core and place it in the bottom of the box.
- Put the Strawbot inside the box (I had to partially disassemble Harvey 2.0)
- Print out some custom instructables wrapping paper.
- Wrap the box.
- Make sure to film the reaction.