Impressions - February 2013 - (Page 60)

talking SHOP Screen Printing Technique ‘Bling’ for Screen Printers How to use simple special effects such as foil, rhinestone transfers and glitter to add a ‘wow’ factor to any screen printed design. By James Ortolani, Contributing Writer Adding bling using foil, rhinestones, metallic ink, CAD-cut materials and more to screen printed designs gives a ‘wow’ factor any client would love to have to boost their design’s image. t extile screen printers are always finding new ways to add the “bling” factor to printed garments but, oddly enough, many don’t cash in on this niche that is so popular in today’s market. During the pop art phase of the 1960s, textile screen printers would mix glitter flake into clear plastisol and print the ink through a 25-40 mesh screen for a great bling effect. (See sidebar on pg. 62 on 60 Impressions | February 2013 understanding screen mesh.) The downside of glitter printing was the mess to deal with at the end of a production run since the shop floor, telephone and carpets were all covered with glitter. For some shops it took until the late ’80s before all the stray glitter was cleaned up! A lot has changed since those early days and decorators now have many options when it comes to delivering bling for their customers. Today’s screen printing shops can offer metallic inks, foil, glitter, shimmer, holographic inks, rhinestones and more. Let’s review the options. METALLIC INKS The textile metallic inks on the market now have a much better shine and metallike appearance than earlier formulations. I recommend buying quart samples from

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Impressions - February 2013
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Product Gallery
ISS Conferences
Styles that Work
Singlehead Embroidery Machine Maintenance
Your Digital Printer Can Be a Money-Maker
Secrets to Rush Order Success
Shop Spotlight
Embroidery Technique
Tech Tips Embroidery
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Screen Printing Technique
Online Directory
Tech Tips Screen Printing
Digital Decorating
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Impressions - February 2013