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close this book Tools for teaching - A visual aids workshop, and instruction manual for health educators
close this folder Session 7. Project $3: Design/project #4: Planning 7.0
close this folder Handout 7.7.1 - A silkscreen manual (Supplementary learning materials)
View the document A. Silkscreen frame construction
View the document B. Squeegee construction
View the document C. Silkscreen assembly
View the document D. Silkscreen art preparation (cut stencil method)
View the document E. Cutting the stencil
View the document F. Adhering the stencil
View the document G. Silkscreen inks & solvents
View the document H. Printing
View the document I. Silkscreen clean-up

B. Squeegee construction

A squeegee is used to pull the ink across the silkscreen and force it through the open areas of the stencil onto the paper below. The squeegee should be approximately 2" shorter than the width of the screen. A screen 24" x 36" requires a 22" squeegee.

Squeegees may be purchased at a silkscreen supply store and are generally priced per inch. If you prefer, you can make your own squeegee by one of the two following methods.

Method #1.

Bolt a flat piece of rubber (4" wide x 22" long x ¼" thick) between two pieces of wood (3" wide x 22" long x ½" thick).


Method #1

 

Method #2.

Wrap a piece of inner tube or thin rubber around a stiff 22" long strip of metal or thin plywood. Mount in a wooden frame which is also 22" long.


Method #2