Silk Screen 007-2
Get ready for some gorgeous polymer clay and art jewellery creations with this beautiful silk screen designed and created by the amazing polymer clay artist Veronika Sturdy. In the beginning, she designed silk screens for her own use, but then she decided to offer them to other clayers. There are various designs, from timeless geometrical pattern to blooming flowers or very personal creations.
* 9.5cm x 10cm in size
Use to create jewellery, magnets, tiles, buttons and more! Especially great for domed lentil beads using circle cutters and a metal palette. Silk screens can be used for so many different projects - you are going to love creating with these designs!
Silk screen printing is a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeege and by wetting the substrate, transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. As the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate. This technic allows fine details printing.
WATERMARKS not present on actual screen design.
**** Last photo is shown for size reference only. This piece is not included ****
How to use a silk screen
- Apply the silk screen on your surface (polymer clay, paper, cardboard etc.) VeroS are usable on both sides.
- Put a line of paint along one edge. Pull the paint across the silk screen with a squeegee or an old credit card.
- Remove the silk screen by slowly lifting up from one side. Let the paint dry on your art work.
- Immediatly clean your silk screen. Do not let paint dry on it. It wil damage your screen and this one will become unusable. Keep a container of water nearby and place your silk screen in as soon as you are done. Gently rinse your silk screen with water using soap if necessary. Gently rub the paint off with a soft sponge if required. Do not use rough material as it may rub off the emulsion and ruin the design. Place on a towel or drying rack to dry.
- If several silk screens get stuck together do not pull them apart. Soak them in water for a few minutes until they come apart.
Please do NOT use a metal scraper with your screen, only use a plastic card or rubber squeegee.
Make sure that when you are ready to use your silk screen, ensure you have some water close by to instantly clean your silk screen. It must be washed carefully after each use. Running it through cool water until all the paint is gone is the best mehod. Do not rub hard- you can damage the screen. The goal is to remove the paint, because if you don't, it will clog the little hols and your silk screen will stop working. It is normal for a little of the paint colour to perhaps stain the screen-just make sure that it isn't clogging the design.
Once cleaned, lay it flat to dry and then store it flat (it is normal for it to be a little curled up).
Best used with water-based acrylic paints and pigment inks, chalks and powders. Some mica or shimmer particles will work very well, and some will not becuase the shimmer particles won't fit through the screen.