I would like to screen print a black pattern along a skinny border in a panel. The image will only be 1/2" wide, the glass itself maybe 3/4" wide. THere will be ultimately maybe 90" of border. I've screenprinted using handmade stencils and also have used that Speedball hand painting blockout stuff for making low res images, but what I want to do this time will exceed my capabilities for detail with those products. Its not small print sized or halftone, but its pretty detailed. So I'm thinking I have to go to a photo technique. I have Tony's video, I don't have any problem going for the techniques therein (excluding the country-rock guitar riff) but I don't expect to be doing this very often. I don't want to buy a bunch of chemicals or rolls of stuff with shelf life limitations. I was looking at the EZScreenPrint sheets, and also thinking about just sending my Illustrator file to a print shop and having them make me a screen. Too many choices. Does anyone have any suggestions? Do any of you make screens from digital artwork that I could have done as a service? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Hello Don, while I can't see your project I have done a considerable amount of screen printing on glass with fired vitreous paints with really good results. the trick is I use a friend of mine to burn the images to screens,(his) and I take the glass and paint and other materials to hsi shop and we screen them together. Great results, no equipment cost and a very reasonable price. We can do you designs on a larger sheet that you then cut apart to the sizes you need. You wouldn't want to screen a 3/4 in wide piece anyway, too much room for error.
Be happy to discuss it with you, you really aren't that far from MI are you?
Thanks for the feedback Steve. I imagine you're right about trying to print on little strips of glass. I also appreciate the offer to discuss further. I have some more thinking to do about this. Re-reading about the Ulano films has corrected my misconception about their shelf life. I guess they do last a while as opposed to the liquid stuff.
I've done a fair amount of screen printing on glass and agree with you about having your screens prepared - as Steve also suggests. Between chemicals, exposure needs and the learning curve, unless you're going to continue with it, you'd be smart to farm out that part.
However, doing the printing/screening yourself is definitely do-able, should you be so inclined. Have fun - Tod