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(holding it in place for 8 minutes is a bit too tiring!) A screen up to A3 size needs to be 12 inches below the light, so a box or two may be needed under the screen area. Add a piece of black paper or card onto this pile to soak up any stray light. 2) Now, make sure your design is ready and your piece of glass/plastic is to hand. Get the screen out of the box, remove the push pins and quickly place your design on the flat side of the screen. Put the glass/ plastic on top of the design to hold it snug to the screen. 3) Put this sandwich under the light and switch it on, timing 8 minutes.


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(Exposure times vary with different wattage


lights; the emulsion


instructions should have timing details for a few others). Then switch off the light and proceed straight to washing out the design.


Washing out the design 1) Put the screen in a sink or bath and direct cold water at the areas where your design was blocking the light. It will start to change colour and wash out, leaving those parts clear for you to print through. If the emulsion is a little stubborn give it a gentle brush, but be careful as it is delicate. 2) Leave the screen to dry.


Pinholes and damaged emulsion Hold your screen up to the light. Any tiny holes or damage to your design that you see in the photo emulsion might print. Fill them in with a paintbrush dipped in screen filler and wait to dry again...


Making a print 1) Mix your inks ready. See the manufacturer’s instructions on how to thin them if needed, they should be a creamy consistency. 2) Place your screen over the fabric to be printed on, but don’t let them touch yet. 3) Spoon a line of ink across the end


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