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Old February 29th, 2008 Feb 29, 2008 6:46:55 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

Hey,

I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to distress a t-shirt?

I'm not on about graphics but the actual garment. I have tried using a pumice stone but dont seem to be getting anywhere.

Any help would be really appreciated.

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Old February 29th, 2008 Feb 29, 2008 7:11:22 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

Hi Tom,

I was looking at this but not had much luck. It seems hard to do without wrecking the t-shirt, i always seem to go too far!

What about washing in a machine with stones.

I read on the bgdf forum one of the moderators used a shotgun from various distances to try to distress a t-shirt. Not an easy one to do i'll bet.

It would be nice to know how the big companies do it.

Not much help i know.

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Old February 29th, 2008 Feb 29, 2008 7:19:55 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

yeah its difficult one to try and not go to far. So far I've just been using small scissors and a weader it does kind of give the desired effect... I think it may be a case of practicing on a few old tees.

I'll certainly give the stones a try....better not tell the missus about that one

Do you have the link to that thread at BGDF by any chance?

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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

Basically I am looking to distress around the collar, sleeves and body of the tee itself.. not over doing it just a slight distressing.
 
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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

I think i saw it on one of those write ups that Paul does, i don't think it was a thread as such. I'll try to find it and let you know. I remember he did mention the best distance to shoot from to get a good look .

I know what you mean about the look you want, is it the type that Wombat do to make it look a bit tatty around the edges and lived in?

I've read about someone using sandpaper to roughen up a shirt but the way you are doing it with scissors is the only way i can think to distress the collar etc. Unless you used a very course sandpaper against the collar so you don't cut right through, that or use a Dremmel!

Good luck and post some pics if you get a good way of doing it.

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Old February 29th, 2008 Feb 29, 2008 12:00:09 PM -   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

I use a Dremmel and it works wonders! I also have a washer that is dedicated to tye dying (in a sense).Sometimes I throw rocks in there(washer) with cotton tees and some dye.Alot of people ask me how I get the results,but let us keep it between you and me!
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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

Whats a dremmel?
 
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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

It's a small power tool type thing for sanding/grinding/drilling etc small things. It comes with sanding discs and small cutting discs. you get them at B&Q, places like that, in fact B&Q has their own version for less.

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Default Re: The best way to hand distress at T-Shirt?

Dremmel and belt grinders both work ok. You will need a few scrap pcs for trial and error but once you get the hang of it it's not too difficult. A bit time consuming though.

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Let my kids wear 'em for a few days - then they'll be distressed!!
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