We're physically exhausted and only one table has been set up! The truth is that we have had to move things around (several times) to best fit the space and to avoid the leaks. It's worth it though as I'm finally beginning to like this studio.
Here is the 7 metre table (our baby). Solid wood panels have been screwed into the top of the steel frame.
Next came the 8 mm thick industrial felt on top of the wooden base. Felt underlay allows for consistently better fabric printing than screen printing onto a hard surface, especially when using large screens which may be slightly warped.
Voyt's looking quite pleased with our efforts. Poor dear has been working hard with a support stocking on his healing leg.
Dan continues to impress us with his skills. He even brought his own air compressor to work!
The air-propelled staple gun was so easy to use for stapling the felt and then the canvas drop cloth into place over that. I even had a turn with it and didn't want to give it back.
Table 1 is now ready for a new era of screen-printing. I forgot to take a photo of the registration bar that went on last. That was the hardest part. My son helped us today too so the four of us had to lift it into place.
Finally, Dan went around the whole table with a spirit level to make sure that is was all perfectly flat ready for yardage printing! This is where adjustable feet come in handy.
Anybody that reads this blog will know how I hate throwing out anything that can be repurposed so I will be cutting up the old printed drop cloth to hang some unique artwork in the house and office. I'm not sure which bits I will be using yet as there are 7 metres to choose from!
I will show you once it's done and if you like it, I will sell off the rest. If you have done a screen-printing workshop in the past, we may be able to find your little bit of history here.
We are all having a wee break from studio set up tomorrow before taking delivery of the remainder of the 12 metre yardage-printing table on Friday. I'm not looking forward to assembling that but it will be great when we can print several metres at a time!
There's still much unpacking and cleaning involved so I've decided to postpone this weekend's workshop until next Saturday the 19th.
Since a couple of the participants have moved over to the April class, there are now places available in both classes. If you would like to join us, please book directly on-line. You may view previous screen printing class images here.
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