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1) Give Birth! (This, covers anything that would fall into the gender category.)

2) Make a silk screen. I thought this would be a great way to used up some of those dozens and dozens of blank shirts that I have accumulated over the years. And have some more International Bear shirts for TBRU in March.
I got a kit. I read the instructions. I had a long discussion with a friend who has made silk screens, and says, "with your talent you will have no problem." I mixed the photo-emulsion as directed and filled the screen. After letting it dry all day, I say that I put it on too thick and it left droplets on the back side. Since it had not been exposed to light I thought I would wash it out. That took way too long and a lot of water. I think that I rubbed the screen too hard because it was rough and not smooth like it was when I started. I mixed up some more photo emulsion and this time I put it on real thin. But thick enough to cover the screen. I even took the time to mask off the edge of the frame and the screen. I let it dry. Ok this is not so hard. I get may design (that I had put on mylar a few weeks ago) and a piece of glass, set up the light and the frame. Expose it to light. The Directions said that you should use a 150W bulb (are you kidding me) none of my home fixtures are rated for that. This is an old house, I will blow a fuse. So, I used a 100W bulb. After the prescribed 45 min, I went to wash the screen and all I could see washing away was the little bit around the outside of the design. I guess I let it expose too long. OK, it says to clean the emulsifier out you can either use bleach or acetone. I happen to have a gallon of acetone for my leather work so I try that. All that does it make it sticky.
OK, now I thinking, I have the design camera ready and I think that I can get it screened professionally for a lot less aggravation.
So, I may have shirts for TBRU but, at this point, they won't be from my hand.

Next, I think I will do my 2006 taxes. There is no way that they could aggravate me as much at silk screening.


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Feb. 26th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Man. I always wanted to take a crack at silk screening....

Maybe I'll just stick to making raviolis!
Feb. 26th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Mmmmm! Ravioli! When's dinner?

I think that I could do silk screening, but boy is it envolved!
And time consuming. I think that I will stick to firehose slings.
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Feb. 27th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
As Far as number one, I would like to work long and hard on the impregnation portion of it. But, I am sure about the actual "birth" part.
Feb. 26th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
thank gawd that you at least have a basement! i would have had a mess from one end of the apt to the other if i tried that...silk screening that is, not child birth
Feb. 27th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I don't know, I'm sure that the "child birth" thing would also mess up the apartment :-Þ
Feb. 26th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
I tried numerous times to make a silk screen with "the kit" and it was only hours and hours of frustration. I decided it was not meant for me to do that either.
Feb. 27th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, now I feel that I am in good company. You are more of an artist than I am. If it drove you crazy, I thought it was just me.
Feb. 27th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
I tried it once and failed and then my friend David and I tried again. We tried it three times in one week. All we got was wet and I was out 30 bucks (back when that was a lot of money).
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