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Old 03-14-06, 08:51 PM
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Screen printing

has anybody ever done silk screen printing before? I want to make t-shirts and sell them so I can buy new bike parts. I got the idea from one of the ridebmx mags. Is it harder then it looks and where can I buy one.
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Old 03-14-06, 08:57 PM
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Considering the fact that a decent screen-printing kit costs about $700, not including the price of the actual shirts and the inks and the time it'll take you to design shirts and print them, you'd probably be better off mowing lawns and washing cars.

Not to mention that you'd have to be good enough at designing logos and whatnot to actually find a niche in the already-overcrowded "rider-owned clothing company" market to be able to get your original investment back, much less make enough of a profit to actually be able to buy anything.
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Old 03-14-06, 09:03 PM
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The guy in the magazine said you can get one for 75 bucks. Are those cheap ones worth anything or do you have to get a 700 dollar one. It's my opinion, but I thinkt that a lot of the design companies suck. I could make way cooler designs. But it's probably harder then it looks.
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Google it. My sister makes her own screens and does her own printing. But there's a reason not everyone can buy $75 worth of supplies and make some cash. It takes a bit of talent and artistic ability. Beerman is mostly right on this one - you're better off looking for some other way to make money. You're going to have to spend at least $175 to net about $50-75 profit. Three bucks of gas in your mower should make you at least $50.
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Old 03-15-06, 05:04 PM
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A cheeper version that looks just as good to the untrained eye
if you can do good design in one color is a linoleum block print.
Draw your design onto a huge, cheepo piece of soft, linoleum
floor tile and cut it out using wood routing tools. You can use
carbon sheets to trace a nice design onto the lino-tile. Simplicity
is best with this but I did some fairly complicated Rock & Roll T-Shirts
in high school this way and they looked as good as anything available
commercially at the time (early 70's ).
Buy a 5.00 ink roller at a craft storeto roll ink onto the lino-plate.
make sure your shirt is stretched really taunt using an old ironing board
as a hard/stretch surface . Looks great and cheep as he!!
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Old 03-15-06, 09:13 PM
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haha, i just installed wood flooring with my dad...not much fun at all
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Originally Posted by dirty bmxer
has anybody ever done silk screen printing before? I want to make t-shirts and sell them so I can buy new bike parts. I got the idea from one of the ridebmx mags. Is it harder then it looks and where can I buy one.
I started screen printing as a hoby in high school, printing my own punk rock shirts and skateboards, now I own a company that prints up to 20,000 shirts a day, and have been going at it for 15 years. It can be done, it takes a very large amount of hard work and a little bit of talent and luck. You can get started like I did with the cheap Hunt Speedball Silk Screen kit that's available through art supply stores. This can get you started, but is far different from how t-shirt screen printing shops actually work. I have a couple of suggestions: First, many community colleges offer a course in screen printing, at our community college they use fairly up to date equipment and technology. You can print your own designs, and usually work out something to get some time to do very small print runs. Second, find a small screen print shop in your area to work with. Many of these small shops are owned by young do-it-yourself type people, you may be able to work out a deal to help out in a shop in exchange for some training and use of equipment. As far as being harder than it looks, yes, at first it can be very frustrating. Probably anyone could figure out how to manage some piece of crap prints, but if you want quality prints, especially on any shirt color other than white, there's a learning curve. Good Luck
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Old 03-15-06, 10:58 PM
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I think I'm gonna go with screen printing. I tried to do lawnmowing before but nobody wants to hire you these days.
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Originally Posted by premiumbmx2005
haha, i just installed wood flooring with my dad...not much fun at all

Might no be much fun, but it's easy to make $500 a day installing hardwood.
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Old 03-16-06, 06:33 PM
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the works really easy, it just takes a lot of time
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Old 03-17-06, 11:35 PM
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I used to slik screen for fun with a $30 kit. My problem is I would prepare a screen, then make like two shirts and a hoodie just for myself and then make a new one.. I got tired of that. It's loads of fun to do, but I wouldnt suggest actually trying to make money off of it.
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