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  • PattyP17 commented on Ingela's instructable At home silk screening on the cheap!1 month ago
    At home silk screening on the cheap!

    I think the holes in tulle are still too big to get crisp lines. The bigger the holes in the "netting" or sheer fabric, the less clean an edge one can make. But you might just do a quick test project on a scrap piece of tulle and a piece of old white fabric. I was think more like chiffon. It's polyester and more fine than tulle. It's very thin, but closely woven. You could use an old very thin scarf if you have such. Pantyhose (often called "nylons" after the old style nylon hose people used to wear back in the 50's) are delicate and so easy to damage. Silk screening was done with thin silk, and is now done with a thin nylon fabric.I Googled and found that a fabric mesh of 110 to 160 (threads per inch) works best for fabric, and one needs a higher count for paper to make crisp thin lines. so cheap pantyhose, an old very thin scarf, very thin drapery fabric. Just look around for any very thin fabric that is closely woven with a relatively tight weave.

    Cool Idea! Thsi sis a great way to get started on screen printing.I am now using a different method, by printing a reverse image on printer paper, ironing it onto a tee, then using "Stained by Sharpie " fabric paint markers to go over the outline of the line art, then I either paint (fill in areas) with craft paint mixed with textile medium in colors or use the same paint markers to color in. Regular Sharpies for paper fade in the wash. The "Painted" ones do better. I iron the shiny side of freezer paper on the inside of the tee to stabilize the fabric before drawing or painting. keep the fabric from moving.

    They make markers for sewing that fade in 24 hours. One could trace right before painting in the glue. Some of the markers of the same type only come out once they get wet, but all must be tested to see if they will leave a stain.

    He is making a sort of "stencil" with the embroidery hoop, the pantyhose and the glue. They make a one piece unit that he lays over the shirt before painting. The glue stays on the stencil after the shirt is painted through the open areas of the hoop and fabric where there is no glue. He lifts the whole hoop, nylon and glue combination off the shirt after painting.

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