Screen Printing? We do that too…

Screen Printing

After having many people ask about the screen printing machine, I figured I should do a demo, which turned into a class, and a few members got to learn a lot about screen printing, and how they can use the vinyl cutter to prep screens for printing.

I’ve got a post on my own blog about the demo, but I figured I’d add a photo of some of the results. Above is a shirt printed by one of our members, and below is a poster I printed for our “Wall of Stuff” in the lobby.

If you’re interested in screen printing, just get in touch with me, and I’ll share what I know.

Screen Printing

Random Pattern Cutting Board


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What started as an attempt to make a brick pattern cutting board, ended up as a “random” pattern with curly cherry ends. The side grain board consists of walnut, cherry, and maple.

The process started by gluing a sandwich of (2) pieces of roughly 3/4″ walnut for every 1/4″ of maple of cherry or maple. One of the ends only received only one piece of walnut.

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The assembly was un-clamped and ripped into (4) pieces using the table saw. They pieces were glued together again with another piece of cherry or maple in the middle. The side with (1) walnut was flipped in each column to create an brick and mortar like offset pattern.

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I added curly cherry ends to increase the size of the board. These ends are face grain instead of side but since they won’t be seeing the knife much, it shouldn’t be an issue. A healthy dose of drum and random orbital sander was subsequently applied.

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The board was soaked in mineral oil for (6) hours and finished with a beeswax and mineral oil mix.

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Maker Holidays

Maker Holidays

Tis the season of giving.  Christmas has always conjured images of elves working away in some unknown corner of the north pole.  Our work shop isn’t in the north pole but gifts are made there nontheless.  We’re sure you’ll be able to find lots to put under your tree/menora/festivus pole in this short list of members Etsy stores.

“Etsy has been great, and has done an amazing job of promotion for me”

-Melissa Paré

Etsy has become a popular place for members to sell their treasures.  Makers want to make not spent time writing Javascript and HTML in order to have an online store front.  As much as we are DIYers why reinvent the wheel when Etsy allows such an easy solution to let you spend your time doing what you do best.

The list of shops below will help you make a big dent in your holiday shopping.  From the combination art and fine-crafts of Amy and Scott at Red Cow Design to the decorative ironwork at StormCloak Forge.   This diverse group of makers will have you checking off gifts on your list for sure.

Red Cow Design: Art and Fine Crafts

Moraye: Eco Reclaimed Wood Jewelry & Modern Home Decor

CPUnltd: Stands for tablets and phones

StormCloak Forge: decorative ironwork from fireplace tools to door hardware

Raster: Custom USB controllers for photo booths

Paper Pleasers: Custom invitations and stationery

Ownley: Sculptures

Making Spirit-Infused Beverages!

A bunch of members & friends of the Milwaukee Makerspace recently gathered to try our hand at something that does not mix well with all the heavy machinery at the shop: alcoholic beverages!  We attended a consumer cocktail academy hosted by Hendricks Gin at the Iron Horse Hotel, and we had a blast!

Check out our pictures:

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Cheers!

Come Learn Something

 

Screen Printing

Tuesday meetings often turn into training night at the Makerspace.  So many members come the the weekly meeting that it can be easy to find something new to learn.  Last week was no exception when Pete gave an intro to screen printing.

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It seemed like a straight forward process and I would encourage people who want to try making a t-shirt to email Pete to get checked out on the machine.

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After walking the class through the basics of preparing the silk with the design. Pete set up an example print and let his small class of makers give it a try.

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