or "Screen Printing" can be traced to China and Japan as far
back as, 960-1280 AD. In the very beginning silk screen printers
actually made screens out of human hair. The
silk screen inks that were used were made from dyes in
berries and vegetation.
In 1907 in Manchester England, Samuel Simon receives a patent
for using a
silk screen fabric as a printing screen, thus the modern
version of silk screening is born.
Years ago silkscreen became obsolete in the screen making
process, and was replaced by synthetic threads. Although many
people refer to it as silk screening, it is primarily known now
as just screen
The screen itself contains interwoven threads that create small
holes between the weaves.
Mesh counts are categorized by these holes, I.E. a
110 mesh has 110 small holes per square inch, thus a
155 mesh would have 155 holes, a
305 mesh, 305 holes and so on.
In other words the higher number of screen mesh will yield a
higher resolution screen print.
There are thousands of commonly used consumer products that are
screen printed. White t-shirt screen printing is one of the most
widely known silk screening forms; screen printing is also used
for sign, sticker, wood, glass, and metal applications. Since
these products are all in great consumer demand, screen printing
has become a very large and profitable business. Starting a silk
screen printing business is a great way to create a viable
income right out of your own home.
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