If you plan to make a large number of prints, you may wish to string a line through spring-type clothespins or make a rack to keep prints from smearing while they dry.
The kickleg should be "freeswinging".
The next important step in preparation is to detach the frame from the base and scrub both sides of the screen fabric with a bristle or nylon brush and trisodium phosphate/water or dish washer powder/water solution.
Let it dry thoroughly after rinsing. For water-based inks, use 1 wide water-resistant masking tape. Lay the tape so it is divided equally-half on the screen fabric-half on the screen frame. Turn the frame over and cover the groove with tape. Be certain that the tape extends beyond the frame and onto the fabric. For solvent-based inks, use gummed water-soluble tape in the same manner.
Taping in this way helps to maintain a "tight" screen, and prevents ink from leaking under the screen frame during printing and will keep the edges of your prints clean. To get maximum adhesion of the tape, rub it with a spoon or wooden stirrer.
There are a number of ways to prepare a screen to print the picture or message you want. While the methods are different, the basic principle is to make a stencil on the screen fabric which allows ink to be forced through its "open" areas to produce a design......
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