printing tech

Mainly we use Flock material for our t-shirt's but
there some other materials too that we use to get to the final
product that we are happy with.

Below you will find a list from all of the materials
and the technique that we use to our shop, and of course
you can custom order some material
or technique to your t-shirt.


Flock

viscose heat transfer with 0,75 mm high flock fibres,for cotton, polyester,
acrylic and similar fabrics. Advantages: true soft velvet touch, bright colours,
selfadhesive carrier allowing small lettering. Washability : 80°C.

Vinyl
Matt polyurethane flex, for heat transfer on cotton, polyester, and similar fibres, 50 microns.
Advantages : very thin and soft, superstretchable, Washability: 80°C.

 

Screen printing
silkscreening, or serigraphy is a printmaking technique that creates a sharp-edged image using a stencil.

 

Plastisol – the most common plastisol based print used in
garment decoration. Good colour opacity onto dark garments and clear
graphic detail with, as the name suggests, a more plasticized texture.
This print can be made softer with special additives or heavier by
adding extra layers of ink.

Water Based inks – these penetrate the fabric more than the
plastisol inks and create a much softer feel. Ideal for printing darker
inks onto lighter coloured garments. Also useful for larger area prints
where texture is important.

PVC/ Phalate Free - relatively new breed of ink and printing
with the benefits of plastisol but without the two main toxic
components - soft feeling print.

Discharge inks – used to print lighter colours onto dark
background fabrics, they work by removing the dye in the garment – this
means they leave a much softer texture. They are less graphic in nature
than plastisol inks, and exact colours are difficult to control, but
especially good for distressed and vintage prints.

Foil – is what you would imagine. A glue is printed onto the fabric and then foil is applied for a mirror finish.

Glitter/Shimmer – silver flakes are suspended in a plastisol
ink to create this sparkle effect. Usually available in gold or silver
but can be mixed to make most colours.

Metallic – similar to glitter, but smaller particles suspended in the ink.

Expanding ink (puff) - an additive to plastisol inks which raises the print off the garment, creating a 3D feel.

Caviar beads – again a glue is printed in the shape of the
design, to which small plastic beads are then applied – works well with
solid block areas creating an interesting tactile surface.

Four colour process – artwork is created using dots (CMYK)
which combine to create the full spectrum of colours needed for
photographic prints – this means a large number of colours can be
printed using only 4 screens, making the set-up costs viable. The inks
are required to blend and are more translucent, meaning a compromise
with vibrancy of colour.

Gloss – a clear base laid over plastisol inks to create a shiny finish.

Nylobond – a special ink additive for printing onto technical or waterproof fabrics.

Mirrored silver - Another solvent based ink but you can almost see your face in it.