Custom Screen Printing

silkscreen printing on clothing

We do custom screen printing 

We love to print and we have several technologies that we use. For larger runs with any kind of design (ranging from simple to complex) it usually makes the most financial sense to do screen printing. We can usually turn most jobs around within a few days. At Santosha, we are all about trying to live with respect to Gaia so we only use water-based inks. You won’t find any toxic plastisol inks. Plastisol is a liquid vinyl which is super toxic to Pachamama.

The Screen Printing Process
  1. Supply your own artwork or have one of our artists come up with a design for you.
  2. Pick your threads from our of our sweatshop-free clothing lines or supply your own.
  3. A film is made of the design.
  4. A screen is burned.
  5. The design is printed onto your clothing. Voila.
  6. We deliver to you, our happy customer.

We do heat press printing 

For print jobs with simple graphics and smaller run-sizes, the heat press may make the most financial sense. We use a Hotronix press which is one of the best presses on the market.

The Heat Press Printing Process
  1. Supply your own artwork or have one of our artists come up with a design for you.
  2. Pick from our sweatshop-free clothing lines or supply your own. (When using a heat press the polyester content in the material shouldn’t go beyond 50%. Polyester doesn’t take heat well.)
  3. The design is brought into Illustrator and sent to a cutter (also known as a plotter).
  4. The design is cut from rolls of heat press material. The design is “weeded” where the unwanted material is removed from the cut design.
  5. The design is placed onto the clothing and the heat press (like a clam shell) sandwiches the two together under high heat and pressure. Voila.
  6. We deliver to you, our awesome customer.

With screen printing, there are setup fees for creating the film and the screen but the price of printing per unit can drop significantly as the run sizes increase. The heat press has no setup fees but the price per unit of clothing is usually higher.

So that’s the short story of our screen printing and heat press printing. For more information, please contact us here or request a quote here.

Thanks for dropping by.

Bye for now.

Gordon Ross

 

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