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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

C. Silkscreen assembly

1) Remove pins from hinges (you'll probably need a screwdriver to do this) and separate frame from baseboard. Replace pins in baseboard hinges so they will not get lost and set baseboard aside. Place frame top (hinge-side) down on the work table.

2) Cut fabric about 4" longer and 4" wider than outer dimensions of frame. (For a 24" x 36" frame constructed from 1" x 2" lumber, you will need to cut the silk 32" x 44".)

3) Center fabric over frame allowing a 2" extension on all four sides.



4) Stretch fabric tightly over frame and staple securely to the outer edge of all four sides. Begin stapling in the center of each side, working outward to the corners of the frame, alternating from side to side. For best results, this operation should be done by two people: one to pull the fabric tautly across the frame and hold it in position; the second to staple. Staples should be placed no more than 1" apart.

Stretch fabric


5) Now, go back around the frame, turning under the raw edges of the fabric and securing them to the frame with a second row of staples. Fold and staple corners neatly. Add a third row of staples on the uppermost surface of the frame.



6) Seal the inside edges of the frame on both sides with gummed paper tape or masking tape. Be sure that the tape covers all the staples. Cover tape and inside edges of the screen with a light coat of lacquer.



7) Attach frame, screen side down, to heading of baseboard by reinserting pins into hinges. The frame is now ready to have stencils attached.