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Pizzazz
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I have a black and white outline picture I want on a 36" silk for an effect I am working on. Can anyone tell me if you can buy a blank white silk (if so where) or should I go and buy the fabric? (If so what kind), and how do you suggest getting the outline on the silk. I thought about airbrush or somthing of that nature. Any and all feedback is helpful...Thanks
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NINO
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You should look for some kind of "Graphic art shop services" where they own a special ink jet plotter, designed to print on tissues. You provide them with the silk and a JPG file and they print it on.
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One of the experts in this is Richard Hughes. I am not sure if he will give you the details on how to do this but I know he does custom-made silks. Here is the link:

http://hughesmagic.com/

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Send me your what you are thinking of doing and I can give you a price on making if up.

It is not the easiest thing to do. But I have done different things to acheive the result based on the complexity of the design. There are some examples on the website.
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Bob Sanders
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One of the nice things about keeping a blank silk available is that it is perfect to use for predictions in some mind reading acts!

(Richard writes on them! But he uses an "air" brush. And still does great work! "Air" guitars don't work that way.)

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There are some great silk scarves available from:
http://www.outwestsaddlery.com/

They're not the flimsy magician's silks - these are great. The owners are also very helpful and reliable.
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Pizzazz,

Don't forget that they'll sell Sharpie Pens to anybody! (Yes! Even magicians!) They work fine on silks.

I have a few I use.

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Hobby shops have special felt tip pens for drawing on material/cloth. Just inquire at at good hobby shop or store. To get the best sharp lines, seek out a silk screen company. If you are going to roll or fold the silk, this would be the best method.

By blank silk I would imagine you are seeking a white silk. Contact Rice Magic that advertises in this forum. They sell high quality Japanese silks. To save on some money, she will sell you a 2nd. These have small imperfections they say. I purchased one and cannot find the so called imperfection. These silks are really white, not off color and dirty looking as many of the China and India imports.
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On 2005-03-30 23:07, wmhegbli wrote:
Hobby shops have special felt tip pens for drawing on material/cloth. Just inquire at at good hobby shop or store.

By blank silk I would imagine you are seeking a white silk. Contact Rice Magic that advertises in this forum. They sell high quality Japanese silks. To save on some money, she will sell you a 2nd. These have small imperfections they say. I purchased one and cannot find the so called imperfection. These silks are really white, not off color and dirty looking as many of the China and India imports.


I have tried the "hobby shop" pens. Therefore, I don't recommend them. Sharpies are better. They're even cheaper!

There is some truth to what Bill is telling you about silk. Natural silk, even from Japan, is not white. However, if you order a white silk, that is what you will get. Cotton and wool are not white either. It has to be processed to become white.

The solution is simple. Ask for white instead of natural!

The white silks I import are more opaque than many vendors' colored silks. It is a magician's edge.

Give it a try!

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Vibono Magic
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You could try contacting Pegani in Denmark. He prints on silks. He is the guy who makes the TT streamers. http://www.pegani.dk
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On 2005-04-03 13:22, Vibono Magic wrote:
You could try contacting Pegani in Denmark. He prints on silks. He is the guy who makes the TT streamers.


Many manufacturers make the TT streams because they are made from scrap. The hem is the expensive part. When silks are cut from 90 cm wide cloth it leaves a long strip. This strip is usually 12" or 6" wide and 30 feet long. Therefore the alternative use is to make them into streamers. For the most part, streamers are by-products. (That does not keep them from being useful.)

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