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Did everything by the book, got the emulsion both side, let it dry, put screen on fited foam pad, print side up laid on art work covered with glass. Used a 500w photoflood at 2 ft for 20 minutes. screensize is 24"x 30". washed it out both sides, lett it dry. yet nothing printed. Anybody got any ideas?
 

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Am using diazo, tryed to clean it, but it had ink blotches still in the screen, so I striped from the frame, and will start anew tomorrow. This was my first screen ever.
This I have learned, 1) don't ink it if water doesn't blow through the screen. 2) expose it less with the size bulb I have. Is it nessasary to put emolusion on the whole screen, or can I put it just where I need it? My art work is 12" x 18", in a 24"x30" frame.
 

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This seems to be an issue with film density. Even if you exposed a screen for half an hour it should still wash out with only marginal light scatter. Either that or it wasn't washed out enough. or your trying to print ink as thick as tar

You should be able to see right through the screen once it's been washed out
 

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Try moving your light source closer to the screens and lower your exposure time. I also use a 500 watt halogen work lamp but my light source is only about 13 inches from the screens and I burn for about 6 minutes.
 

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Ok I understand now "film density", ya I squeeged back and forth a couple of times tryn to cover the whole screen. Not a good idea. So I am thinking, squeegy once in the middle, and come up the side with card board if I am gonna cover the whole screen, which leave a streek on either side of my middle, might be able to do something with that. No is not a scooper to be had in all of Oklahoma City.
By the by I am eternaly greatful, you guys have been a ton of information, Thank You!
 

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Ink is a bit thick, kinda like soft jello.
can you confirm the screen washed washed out correctly after exposure? or was the image area still the same colour as the emulsion?
With fabric inks will be thick as this helps with achieving a heavy deposit.
Check out youtube - there's a wealth of "do it yourself" info in relation to screen printing
 
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