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DIY screen printing frames | CharliMarieTV

September 11, 2019


Hey guys! I’m currently visiting my parents for
Easter weekend and my dad… (say hi dad) is gonna help me make some frames for screen printing these are really expensive if you buy them in a shop or online especially in New Zealand, so doing them a DIY way is much cheaper so we’re gonna show you how we do it so this is the wood we’re going to be using and it’s twenty five millimeter square wood but honestly it doesn’t have to be exactly
this size just anything that will make frame is fine And I’ve got my measurements all sorted out and ready to go because we’ve got 5.4 meters worth of wood and i wanna try and get five frame out of it so we’ve got to be exact As the saying goes “measure
twice cut once” so we’re measuring the wood and making sure
that we’ve got all the sizes for the frames that I’m gonna be needing and then we writing on the wood how long
each piece is so that we know which pieces go together to make the frames then we get cutting and Dad’s using a skillsaw here
but if you’ve only got a hand saw that will be absolutely fine as well it just means it’ll take you a little bit longer Once all the pieces were cut we gathered them into piles so that we knew which four pieces went
together to make each frame the next step is to drill some holes so
that it will be easier for us to screw the wood together and aim here is to try and get the hole as
close to the center of the wood as possible then you screw the pieces together and
I know this might sound obvious but I’ll say it anyway make sure your screws are longer than
your piece of wood is wide so that it will go through and hold everything
together nicely Once you’ve got all your frames screwed together
it’s time to get on to covering them with fabric Proper screen fabric is really expensive and I think that’s what makes up most of the cost of ready made screens, but I’ve found that using this fabric here which is called a swiss voile I think from the curtain section of a fabric store works perfectly it’s got probably medium mesh I’d say which means that you can see the little holes in the fabric, which is what the ink will push through But they’re not too wide, and they’re not too small either Now this is the fun part and probably the hardest part to get right because you need your fabric to be fairly taught on the screen. So here I’m stapling the fabric onto the first side of the frame, you need to worry too much about
this, dad’s just pulling down on the sides to make sure we don’t get too many bubbles in the fabric Cannot believe he trusted me to film with one hand and staple with the other. So then we go around the whole frame stapling and really the whole time you just sort of wanting to pull to create tension so that the fabric is nice and tight on
the frame but not so tight that is gonna rip, because it is a fairly thin material so you just have to be careful It’s also ridiculously cheap so if you screw up no worries you can just cut another piece.
Me and Dad have made frames like this a few times before and as you can see we’re not
at all worried about it looking messy because it really doesn’t matter
what it looks like as long as it does the job So once you’ve stapled your fabric onto
the frame you want to end up with a nice flat surface with no bubbles or ripples on it, just nice tight fabric across the frame As you can see this is quite an easy
process if you’ve got the tools and someone to help you make these and it’s definitely worth the time involved because it can literally save you
hundreds of dollars if you’re wanting to make quite a few frames. Big thanks to my dad for making
the frames for me because I know I said at the start that he was gonna help me make some
frames but as you saw he basically did all the work I’ll see you guys next time, bye!

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  1. hi, in 1 of your previous videos that you are now in london i am also in the uk & looking for the material to buy for screen printing, can any type of voile be used or does it have to be swiss voile

  2. Poor Americans, like myself, stuck using inches and not millimeters like most the known world LOL

  3. I would recommend covering the wood with 3-4 coats of waterproof varnish to prevent warping. Aluminum is better but wood (if protected) can last awhile

  4. That's the wrong way to staple anything on a frame including canvas. There are videos on how to stretch canvas , the same applies to fabric like mesh.

  5. Can you use emulsion on this fabric? Still learning but a lot of the DIY type screens they seem to use mog pog (or something like that) and i assume that must be for a reason so thought it best to ask! 🙂 TIA

  6. so the concept is…. a piece of mesh over a frame…. soooo would it work to put mesh in a embroidery hoop…. I think It would work great!!

  7. Every passing day this is getting more and more precious. Children and their biological parents working together. Soon we will need certificates to prove the legal 'relationship' between a child and his/her 'parent', because there is no DNA connection and worst of all, no physical resemblence, no characteristic mannerisms (just like his uncle or talks just like her mum, great grand mother). What have we become? I pity the next few generations. God help us all!!!

  8. Thanks a lot for posting this video ! I've just used this method and it worked surprisingly well. It surprised me that it came very close to the method with a professional pre mounted screen that I bought earlier. With these easy available and cheap material you can make your own screens really fast.

    I think that even if you are a professional T-shirt designer you can use this method for a first trial. Later on you can then send your artwork to a professional printing factory and order your T-shirts by the 100's.

  9. I'm so happy to have come across your channel and love for silk screening! It's seriously amazing and so inspiring <3

  10. I've been thinking of doing something like this, except i'm thinking of cutting into the ends of each length and chiseling out a piece measuring half the depth of the wood. The idea is to have the each corner resting flush (smoothly) into the groove of another, then screwing it. The measurements would be half the depth of the wood by however wide it is.

  11. Drilling holes in the wood does not makes putting the sqrew in any easier it's so the wood doesn't split when you put the sqrew in silly!! It's easier to just sqrew it in but if you do that your wood would split and look ugly

  12. why they are so expensive in NZ ,,,,, back here in pakistan i can get a complete finished screen of 10 inch * 10 inch in 2.5 USD ,,,,,,, just ready to use screen

  13. After bookbinding, use silkscreen frame print the title, design and other details of book cover and the spine, text color is gold (metallic textile paint) for thesis

  14. This is so fantastic!! I just recently made my own screen printing frames : from using an old photo frame. Which worked really well 🙂 Now I have managed to screen print tshirts featuring the enormous issue of plastic pollution.

  15. Great videos!
    The swiss voile you use for the screen fabric, is that polyester or cotton voile?

  16. why is 1 by 1 wood the rarest cut of wood on the planet? im over here splitting 2 by 4s and home depot teling me they dont sell that wood… its 1 by 1 inch wtf

  17. Hi I was wondering if you are able to wash and reuse your frames for different designs? If so what is the cleaning process?

  18. Hey, I made a screen, and it has decent tension, but it has small waves that stretch out across the frame from the points of the staples. It’s still pretty flat, but not entirely. Is that ok?

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