Make your own screen for screen printing!

Hello again! I started to make my own screens in an effort to save money. It works pretty well and I  can make one in under ten minutes now!  I start with 1″ by 2″ wood which I cut at 45 degree angles.  I cut it so that it would have an interior of 12″ which seems to be a space that I find relatively easy to print with.  I use corner clamps to help with the gluing and screwing.  These are the screens we use at Tall Grass Apparel

Materials:

4 pieces of 1 by 2

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Materials I start with

corner clamps

wood screws

wood glue

drill

screen

staples and staple gun

scissors

 

 

 

 

 

 

I glued the ends before I put them in the clamps for extra support.  Once in the clamps I made sure to get them as tight as I could before I drilled in the screws.  It was effective and worked well.  Once I did three sides I flipped it over, reclamped it and finished the frame.

Deposition of Wood glue

Deposition of Wood glue

Three sides complete, flipped for the fourth

Three sides complete, flipped for the fourth

Screwing the screws

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Finished Frame

Once the frame was finished it was time to stretch the screen onto it.  I started with a piece of screen that I cut to be just larger than the frame.  I started on one side and stapled it down while stretching it down the side.  Once I finished with that I started the opposite side and stretched hard whiles stapling.  It was really hard to take the picture while using two hands to do this but you get the idea.

Cut the screen to be just larger than the frame. Do this so you have some screen to grab to stretch it!

Cut the screen to be just larger than the frame. Do this so you have some screen to grab to stretch it!

 

Stretching the screen to do the second side.

Stretching the screen to do the second side.

Continuing the second side. Making sure to stretch as I went along.

Continuing the second side. Making sure to stretch as I went along.

The first two sides are stapled. Now to start the last two.

The first two sides are stapled. Now to start the last two.

Completion of the staples on the screen. Time to cut off the excess.

Completion of the staples on the screen. Time to cut off the excess.

Completed stretched screen.

Completed stretched screen.

Adding masking tape border.

Adding masking tape border.

Don't forget to put masking tape on the inside edge. I forgot once ever and there was ink all stuck under that. I will never forget that ever again.

Don’t forget to put masking tape on the inside edge. I forgot once ever and there was ink all stuck under that. I will never forget that ever again.

 

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