Sunlight Stencils Framing your stencil.

What can our sunlight stencil sheet print or paint on to? Where shall we begin!  Not only flat surfaces but round, curved, around corners, the list is endless.  The secret is in the frame. Or not to frame.

To Frame or not to Frame

Our Custom made stencil is ready but first we have to decide if we are going to Tension frame it, Flexi Frame it or print with it as it is.
Lets look closer to what we are going to screen print onto, which will make this choice really simple.

Choice 1. I only want to print for example 1 T.shirt, 1 Tote bag, 1 Tea Towel, 1 Hoodie, 1 pair of oven gloves using Standard Waterbased ink or a mixo Plastisol ink. All these textile products are porous surfaces,  an off-contact is not required. Which means the Sunlight Stencil sheet can be taped on to the product using simple masking tape.  Our Custom stencil sheet surface is on-contact with the product when we print. When the surface is porous the ink wraps/soaks into the fibres and you don't get a build up of ink under the Sunlight Stencil sheet.

Remember - if printing a non flat surface, we can do so without a frame or a flexi frame and to print around angled corners, we don't use a frame.

Choice 2. I want to silk screen a short print run - 20 of each item, that's 140 pieces all together. I want to sell these first, before i even consider buying any sort of machines. Ok! To save time and energy, our custom stencil can be mounted on a Flexible Frame. No taping involved! 
The Sunlight Flexible Frame gives us a huge labour saving advantage on a print run of 140 pieces. Printing as fast as you can say place print place print place print.

We lay the Sunlight Flexible frame flat on a table. Using the 2 way double sided stencil tape,  stick one side of the tape around the parameters of the frame and peel the backing of the tape, so the frame is now sticky.

  Tape around the parameters 

We take our custom stencil sheet PRINT SIDE UP place it over the sticky side of the frame. Press one side down on to the frame. Keeping it taught, press the opposite side down.  Repeat this with the 2 side ends. Now press firmly down so the Sunlight frame and the Sunlight Stencil is flat. 

 Sunlight frame meets Sunlight Stencil. Print side up.

We now have a silk screen printing screen that is rigid but also flexible enough to print onto round object - wow!

The thickness of the Flexible Frame combined with the 2 way tape is 2mm, we have a perfect off contact. Now we can use all opaque inks as well as standard in any range. 
Finally we mask the area where our custom Sunlight Stencil meets Sunlight Flexible Frame.

Choice 3. I want to silk screen print larger quantities and more than 1 colour.  The Tension Frame is needed.  This is an aluminium frame where no gluing or stapling is required.  

Place the Tension Frame flat on the table.  Adjust the sliders inside the corners of the tension frame so that the corners of the frame meet at a right angle.


Then we tighten the grub screws inside of each corner, using the Allen key provided.

Now we flip the frame over and place our custom stencil print side down over the frame and slide the first black bar into the long groove, pressing down onto the Stencil film as the bar slides along. This should take the stencil sheet into the sliding groove. Once secure on one side, repeat this on the opposite side first and them continue with the top side and then the bottom.

When all four sides have secured the stencil sheet on to the Tension Frame, flip it back over onto its front side and loosen all grub screws.  Pull each corner 1 at a time to its full stretch and tighten the screws up again.  Our stencil is now fully tensioned.

Choice 4. So Easy tension embroidery hoop.
By far the easiest way to tension custom made sunlight stencil. 
place the inner hoop flat on a table ,place our stencil image print side down over our inner hoop. now place the outer frame over our image stencil and press down, it should have a tight fit .if it is loose remove the outer hoop and turn the adjustable  screw to make the outer hoop smaller. then push back over sunlight stencil. 
Now mask off around the edges so the ink does not leak through  when we start to print.

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