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Make a StencilPro Stencil

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HowTo Make a StencilPro stencil

Make your very own silkscreen stencil in less than 30 minutes using StencilPro stencil film.

HowTo youtube conpanion video - https://youtu.be/Czu-FVgscKE

EXPOSURE TIMES:
• Sunlight - 30 seconds
• Artificial Light - 7 minutes

Supplies/Equipment

StencilPro Stencil
Inkjet Transparency Film
Typical Inkjet Printer
Contact Frame
Stainless Steel Pan with Lid
Timer
Artificial Light
Washout Screen & Brush

• StencilPro Stencil Film
• Inkjet Waterproof Transparency Film
• Inkjet Printer (most brands will work, we recommend HP or Epson)
• Contact Frame with Black Felt (from amazon.com)
• Stainless Steel Pan with Lid (from amazon.com)
• Timer
• Sunlight
or
• Artificial Light - See "HowTo Make an exposure unit for StencilPro/PhotoEZ"

Misc.
• Soft Bristle brush
• Plastic Washout Screen
• Tap Water
• Kitchen Sink Sprayer


INTRODUCTION

Small test pieces come with every pack of StencilPro.

Each package of StencilPro comes with small test pieces approximately 3 x 3 inches. We highly recommend using them when performing the following steps for the first time.


STEP 1: PRINT YOUR DESIGN ON TRANSPARENCY

Excellent example!
Notice the grey areas. BAD!
Serifs/lines too thin. BAD!

Print your design on our waterproof inkjet transparency film. Images must be black and white only, no grey scale. Drawings or fonts with thin lines or serifs can be difficult to reproduce. So for your first few stencils, we recommend images with bold features and fonts. Try to avoid lines thinner than .05 inches.

Be sure to check out our many videos and guides on best practices for choosing and printing your images.

NOTE: For the following steps, be sure to work quickly in subdued lighting. StencilPro is light sensitive until the final steps of developing in water and washing out.


STEP 2: PLACE STENCILPRO IN CONTACT FRAME

Contact frame with lid open and sheet of black felt on foam.
StencilPro on black felt.

Unlatch and open the lid of your contact frame (i.e. display case). Place your StencilPro film on top of the black felt sheet in your contact frame. Either side, it doesn't matter.


STEP 3: PLACE TRANSPARENCY IN CONTACT FRAME

Place transparency face down on StencilPro.
Close lid and latch.
Cover with cardboard to block out light.

Place transparency film with image face down on top of StencilPro so that the printed side makes direct contact with StencilPro. Now close your contact frame lid and cover top with sheet of cardboard. This blocks out any light until you're ready to expose.


STEP 4: EXPOSE TO LIGHT

Go to STEP 4a for sunlight.
Go to STEP 4b for artificial light.

Go to STEP 4a if exposing to SUNLIGHT or to STEP 4b if exposing to Artificial LIGHT.


STEP 4a: EXPOSING TO SUNLIGHT

Contact frame covered with cardboard.
Start timer and remove cardboard.
StencilPro exposed to sunlight.

Make sure your contact frame is perpendicular to the sun as much as possible. Start timer and remove cardboard. As soon and timer goes off, replace cardboard and bring contact frame back in room with subdued lighting.

SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE TIME - 30 seconds


STEP 4b: EXPOSING TO ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

Make sure reflector is 12
Start timer and remove cardboard.
StencilPro exposed to artificial light.

Make sure your contact frame is centered 12 inches under the reflector. Switch on light, start timer and remove cardboard. Turn off light as soon as timer goes off and replace cardboard.

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT EXPOSURE TIME - 7 minutes


STEP 5: DEVELOP STENCILPRO IN TAP WATER

Remove StencilPro from contact frame.
Place in stainless steel pan.
Pour water in pan.
You should see a ghost image appear.
Replace lid and let soak for at least 10 minutes. StencilPro is still light sensitive.

In subdued lighting, remove StencilPro and quickly put in stainless steel pan. Fill with tap water and secure lid. Remember, StencilPro is still light sensitive. Soak for at least 10 minutes. Longer times will not damage StencilPro.


STEP 6: WASHOUT STENCILPRO

After at least 10 minutes StencilPro is ready to washout.
Prepare to wash out.
Place on plastic washout mesh.
Let water flow over stencil. In some cases this is enough to remove excess residue.
Use sink sprayer and brush if necessary.
Gently brush over entire surface.
Inspect to make sure there is no remaining residue.

Take the container to your sink and place StencilPro on top of your plastic washout screen (same plastic canvas used in needle point). Turn on faucet and let water flow over your stencil until all residue is completely washed away. This residue corresponds to the black areas of your image. Use a sink sprayer and a soft bristle brush if necessary.

Remember any remaining residue will harden in light and prevent paint/ink from passing through the mesh in StencilPro. Inspect your stencil to make sure all residue is gone before the final drying and hardening step.


STEP 7: DRY AND HARDEN

Pat excess moister.
Harden in light until stencil is fully dry.

Now pat dry with paper towels and re-expose to light until completely dry.

Your stencil is now ready to use and safe from light.


FINAL

Done!

Be sure to check out our next HowTo Guide on how to use your finished StencilPro stencil!


RESOURCES


Be sure to check out our other BASIC GUIDES:

• HowTo Use your StencilPro stencil
• HowTo Assemble your "Display Case" contact frame from amazon.com(coming soon)
• HowTo Assemble your sooo simple contact frame from amazon.com(coming soon)
• HowTo Assemble your exposure unit from amazon.com(coming soon)
• HowTo Make/Use your PhotoEZ stencil(coming soon)

Sources:

FILLER KIT from CraftyPrinters:
Filler Kit with StencilPro - https://bit.ly/2xdwQHG

CONTACT FRAME from Amazon:
Two Timbers Display Case Oak 2"x12"x18" - https://amzn.to/2kosWCE

LIGHT TIGHT DEVELOPING PAN from Amazon:
Stainless Steel Pan - https://amzn.to/2KRxo7P
Stainless Steel Lid - https://amzn.to/2GMq3UV

HowTo youtube conpanion video - https://youtu.be/Czu-FVgscKE