HOW TO: Burn Your Screens for Screen Printing at Home


This is how I burn my screen printing screens at home. I use emulsion from Anthem Screen Printing, Inkjet transparencies and a homemade exposure unit. It’s really easy, a little messy and a LOT OF FUN. Check out the full video below to see the steps in detail.

Here are the steps I take to burn a screen at home.

  1. Start with a clean and dry screen. If needed, clean screen with a degreaser, rinse and leave to dry.
  2. Stir emulsion well and leave in a dark room for 5 minutes to settle.
  3. Put emulsion in a scoop coater.
  4. Spread a thin coat of emulsion on screen with scoop coater.
  5. Leave screen to dry for at least 30 minutes. It may be faster with a fan.
  6. Position film positive (inkjet transparency) on screen.
  7. Place screen in exposure unit and turn on for 2-3 minutes. Your time may vary depending on bulb strength and type of emulsion. Use this time test pdf to test your own burn time. I built mine like the one in this video.
  8. Rinse out screen until image is clear of emulsion.
  9. Let dry.

Those are the quick steps to burning a screen at home. It's really easy once you get the hang of it.

Happy printing!