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Darkwing
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Several months ago, a topic was running concerning using your computer printer to print logos and messages on silks. I vaguely remember something to the effect that you put the silk on a piece of card stock and run it through your printer. Am I imagining things or does any one else remember that post?

The reason for my question I have a contract to do grand openings for a retail chain and would like to have the company logo on a 9" silk.

David W.
Bob Sanders
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David,

Sharpie pens for just a few pieces may be the most economical.

Bob
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Use a full size Avery label to stick the silk to. Cut around the silk so there is no sticky label left exposed. This will cause it to jam in your printer. Then run it through your printer. Peel the silk off the label and iron the silk to set the ink.

This should be done with an inkjet printer, I have not tried a laser and I don't think it would work. Be careful not to get the silk wet after printing because the ink will run.
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You can check with your local sewing/fabric shop. This is a program by HP for sewing and craft people. I remember seeing this on our educational channel. Lets you create fabric designs of your own. Maybe a search on http://www.hp.com will turn up more info.

Another idea is to just use iron on transfers, buy the transfers on line or at you local Staples store. Just print your design in reverse and iron on your silk.
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Darkwing
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Thanks guys for all the input.

Bill, it's good to see you on MC again.

David W.
Bob Sanders
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My experience with iron-on transfers has not been acceptable. I would love to find a solution in that area.

Bob


Bill,

Will I see you in Eureka Springs in a couple of weeks?
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David, you are right about seeing this posted many months ago. I may have posted it myself after seeing a lecture by the great magician/entertainer Dan Wolfe who really thinks outside the box. His ideas are endless and he did show us several silks he customized with his inkjet printer.

Flourish is right in the method done and, as he says, do not get it wet. I have toyed a little with this method also using an old inkjet printer and white silks to make some great logos for doing advertising stuff and giveaways.

If you need more details and specifics, contact Dan Wolfe at his website. He's a great person and I'm sure he would be more than happy to share his ideas and help you with any questions you may have. http://www.dwolfe.com

Snidini
M. Perk
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Tim Sonefelt has some nice custom printed silks.

http://www.timsonefelt.com/cgi-bin/store......ects.htm
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What do you think about sublimation? Some of the inks used in this process are water-based, but the key is they have to be heat pressed for the ink to bond to the fibers. Would silk stand up to the heat press process?
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