I wanted to make my own screen because a 24" x 24" screen is ridiculously large and impossible to use when you're working on a 1" x 1" scale.
You Will Need:
1 Picture Frame (with a flat surface ideally)
Screen Mesh or a Gauzy Curtain (I purchased screen mesh from Screentec in Mississauga, ON)
A Helping Hand
Take your picture frame apart, being sure to take out any metal bits. If there are any broken splints of wood they'll tear the screen, so cover them with some electrical tape.
Trim the excess fabric if it's in the way, but don't cut too close to the staples, or it will end up fraying out.
When your silk screen is complete you can apply pictures to it in many different ways!
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1. Vinyl / Contact Paper
2. Hot Glue
You can also put a picture underneath your screen and then use hot glue to apply a design - this, of course, is permanent.
Finally, you can always screen print with emulsion like the pros do! I'm lucky enough to have access to a silk screening studio for the next two months, but you guys at home will have to make do! You can buy emulsion and expose it using either a 40 Watt UV light bulb, or the sun!
On my third screen I did have issues getting the creases out of the fabric, they didn't pull out. Chris suggested steaming them out, which did work, but since our steamers are for wax, we got wax on our screens ): Oops!