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.
- Start with a clean and dry screen. If needed, clean screen with a degreaser, rinse and leave to dry.
- Stir emulsion well and leave in a dark room for 5 minutes to settle.
- Put emulsion in a scoop coater.
- Spread a thin coat of emulsion on screen with scoop coater.
- Leave screen to dry for at least 30 minutes. It may be faster with a fan.
- Position film positive (inkjet transparency) on screen.
- 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eOpU9-5TZI
- Rinse out screen until image is clear of emulsion.
- Let dry.
Those are the quick steps to burning a screen at home. It's really easy once you get the hang of it.