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Different Types of Additives for Plastisol and Water-Based Inks

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Several factors can impact a print’s durability. Among these are the additives that printers use in screen printing ink. Ink additives are solvents and catalysts. Solvents thin or reduce the ink while catalysts act as a hardener. Over the last three to four decades, plastisol inks have reflected pillars of the silk screen printing industry. Although certain applications like water-based screen printing ink are a modern (and common) innovation, plastisol inks remain the go-to resource for most of the textile industry. Unlike the plastisol provisions of the past, today, most manufacturers produce plastisol as a ready-to-use good. Nevertheless, printers can...

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Screen Printing Sizes and Placements

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Novice screen printers—and anyone else curious about what goes into creating a garment—commonly have questions about sizing and placement. How tall do you make a silk screen printing? Where should you place the design? Does T-shirt print size matter? From band t-shirts and screen-printed t-shirts reflecting a company logo to jerseys for a team or matching uniforms for an organization, silk screen printing enables you to produce custom images onto garment material. However, it is important to ensure you can properly size and place screen-printing stencils for the proper final results. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a...

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Creating Multi-Color Designs for Screen Printing

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Are you a beginner screen printer looking for tips on how to make your color choices pop? Screen printing is a fun and engaging way to print one’s designs for personal or professional use on numerous surfaces like tote bags and apparel. Not only is screen printing versatile in patterns and applications, but you can create high-quality patterns at an affordable price. The tool that makes this art form so versatile is screen printing ink. Whether you prefer thicker, vibrant ink or water-based ink for lower opacity and thickness with muted tones, the ink you choose at a screen printing...

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The Science of Screen Printing Mesh

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Are you looking for the best-woven material to provide high-quality screen printing results? Whether you’re looking to print vibrant colors onto hoodies or produce matching t-shirts to wear with your friends the next time you get together, you can save time and money by selecting the correct thread count for your screen to match your project’s design. With the current advancements in screen printing technology, using the best screen mesh material has made screen printing more accessible than ever before for beginners. Screen printers will want to expand their inventory of screen printing mesh to provide quality products of soft...

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Why Use Emulsion Hardeners?

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An emulsion hardener is a tool that screen printing shops keep in their back pocket to help their designs last for a long time. It’s something that smaller screen printing shops may not know about, but something that can save time, money, and effort in the long run.  Are you considering using an emulsion hardener in your screen printing business? If you’re ready to invest in this amazing tool, then you’ll need to see the facts: What is Emulsion Hardener? A screen printing emulsion hardener can save you time, money, and effort when you’re working on a new screen printing...

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