Tips & Advice
On what surfaces can screen printing be done?
Screen printing can be done on fabrics, ceramics, wood, paper, glass, and plastic. Screen printing has been used to transfer images and patterns to t-shirts, balloons, works of art, signs, displays, and decals. A work of art that is made using screen printing is known as a serigraph, and artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein have had great success with this approach.
How much does screen printing cost?
The cost of screen printing varies based on the number of colors contained in the image that is being transferred. Also, printing on light-colored surfaces is less expensive than printing on dark-colored surfaces. The cost of a one-color print on a white or light-colored shirt can come in at about $8, while a six-color print on the same type of shirt may cost about $8.50. A one-color print on a dark-colored shirt may cost about $8.50, while a six-color print on the same type of shirt can cost almost $9.50.
What is rotary screen printing?
Rotary screen printing uses a rotating cylindrical screen to create an image or pattern on a surface. With rotary screen printing, you're able to transfer images in quick succession, and this makes the process quicker than printing that is done with flatbed presses. This printing technique is often used by businesses seeking to optimize productivity.
What is the difference between digital and screen printing?
Both digital and screen printing are used to create an image or pattern on a surface, but the two differ when it comes to the way in which the image or pattern is created. With screen printing, stencils are used to accomplish this result. Digital printing uses a computer to process the image or pattern and print it directly on the surface.
While screen printing creates an image or pattern with a higher level of vibrancy, digital printing is a better choice for those seeking an image or pattern with resolution that's as sharp as possible. And since digital printing is not manual, many companies that provide this service are willing to accept orders with a quantity as small as one.
Screen printing where stencils (also referred to as screens) are used to create an image or pattern on a surface. The process involves using different stencils to apply each layer of color. Relative to other types of printing, screen printing has the advantage of producing results that create colors that are brighter and more vibrant. Screen printing is often used to transfer color images to T-shirts, and it can also be used to transfer images to items, such as balloons, signs, and works of art.
How can you repair a cracked water fountain?
First, unplug the fountain and drain it. Then, clean and dry the base, including the fissures/leaky areas. Next, patch the leak with either cement (for a cement fountain), quick-patch resin (for stone), and clear silicone (for a plastic fountain) or other appropriate sealant.
How can you tell if a water fountain is leaking?
To tell if a water fountain is leaking, wipe it dry and then fill it. Look for any droplets or wet fissures that show where the leak is. If not, let the fountain sit for a few days, and then look for a white area--this usually indicates the location of the leak. Then you can patch it based on what the fountain is made from: cement (for a cement fountain), quick-patch resin (for stone), clear silicone (for a plastic fountain), or other appropriate sealant.
How can you prevent algae growth in a water fountain?
Prevent algae growth with a few drops of algaecide treatment--typically, one drop per gallon. If that isn’t working, double the amount. During warm weather, you might want to use algaecide tablets that work on a time release.
What is the best water fountain material?
The best water fountain material depends on the circumstances in which it will be placed--the climate and conditions, the size of the space, and how meticulously it can be maintained. While stone, cement, and slate fountains are extremely popular, copper and glass are also widely used, especially for fountains that will be placed in protected areas. If the fountain will be exposed to harsh elements, many people opt for fiberglass, acrylic, plastic, or a combination of several materials.
Water fountains vary in the way the water presents: spouting, cascading, pondless (where there’s no visible water reservoir), and wall fountains that can be mounted on or set flush against existing walls. Typical styles range from classic bird bath and stone fountains, to smaller lightweight fountains, tiered versions, rock waterfalls, and glass fountains. They even come in solar form.