Silk Screening, or commonly known as Screen Printing originated thousands of years back in China. It’s quite a simple process, and evolved through remarkable technological innovations. It might take some time to start with an order for printing because it’s a process of getting a few things in place first. Once you begin, you’d just go with the flow. You can even set up your own used screen printing equipment for as low as $70.00 or so.
Mostly in screen printing, colors are separated individually in a particular design. The most common form of commercial screen printing is on tee shirts. Plastisol is the ink that is generally used for t-shirt printing. This ink is more stretchable and durable than water based inks.
Today, custom tee shirts are used as a method of subjective expression. Individuals express their views, social or political, advocates causes, or simply have onlookers turning heads. The convenience of online designing and ordering combined with technological improvements in t-shirt printing has just put custom making tees at your finger-tips.
Screen Printing is referred to as silk screening particularly because of the process. The process involves transferring ink onto many types of surfaces. Paper, wood, plastic, and most commonly on t-shirts. A mesh-like screen which generally comprises of silk is used to filter color on to different types of surfaces. This screen is stretched tight on a frame and placed on a press and ensured that it’s kept at the right position. Create your image, and coat the screen in emulsion. Expose the image on the screen, and then clean the screen. Pour the ink of your choice across the screen. Using a squeegee, exerting pressure, make one smooth movement down the screen multiple times. There you are! You have the print on your surface.
Wash the screen as soon as you’re done with the job because the ink dries pretty quick. The process is a bit more elaborate than how it’s mentioned over here. You will get plenty of information on the Internet on a step-by-step guide to a do-it-yourself screen printing.
T-shirt printing business
This is a very lucrative business, if you ever want to start one. You can start small in your garage if you have the right equipment, and will hardly cost you anything to set up. What you might need is the right orders, and manpower in case you end up getting a huge order. You can actually compete with the big players because your initial costs are hardly going to be anything. Your efforts and time is what is actually required here.
To start growing as you pick up on small orders, expand your business in to different offerings. Bring in innovations. Get silk screening done on a variety of surfaces and not just t-shirt screen printing. Give your customers a fair deal for bulk orders. If you do a good job for bulk orders you are actually marketing yourself indirectly as the word spreads. As people see something impressive, they’d keep that in mind in case they’d like to have something ordered in the future.