Getting started with silicone textile printing inks may seem like a challenge to the new user but with a little guidance and the right products, the reality is this is not the case. A variety of RFU colors in standard sports formats as well as color masterbatches for custom color creation exist in the marketplace through most textile ink distributors. While there are some differences between products, the chemistry is the same across the board, read the technical data sheet for specifics but generally speaking, DON’T think chemistry, THINK INK! Then do what comes naturally and PRINT IT!
For this particular print, we worked with a customer on a crappie image that incorporated finer mesh counts and a few special effects. This 6 color print was a great example to work with, blending standard colors with glitters and color shifting flakes in a crystal clear base. Here we are able to show reflection in iridescence and add a little pizzazz on an already great piece of artwork.
Modifying screen mesh and print sequence gave the ability to mask colors that appeared more dominant in silicone medium because of its solvent free nature (this ink does not dry, but cures and maintains its color very well). Using a lower mesh screen for the glitter and shift inks allowed us to deposit more flakes to bump the Special f(x). A 60 duro squeegee and print-flash-print process on these lower viscosity clear bases allowed for enough build up to get a nice wet look on this ‘speck’.
For more details on this print or questions on silicone printing, reach out to us at Silutions Ink!
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