Post # 1
We purchased a Yudu to do our invites after seeing that the Gocco supplies were dwindling. We ran into some issues with our STDs, but we figured it was because of the 110 screen and when the new screens came out we would be okay. Well, we have the new screens and we cannot get the emulsion to burn the fonts correctly. Everything I’ve read says that the 220 screens should be able to register fine print (and i’m at 30 pt fonts here!) but we came out with some pretty bad results overall. the print is inconsistent and doesn’t not register on the paper.
we’re using water-soluble ink, yudu screens, and emulsion. we’ve tried speedball emulsion as well, but that seemed worse! we’ve increased exposure time as i read that some can take up to 50 minutes. i’m about to pull my hair out and i’ve already started yelling at my mom in frustration.
what are we doing wrong?!
Post # 3
This FAQ might be helpful, http://www.diyprintsupply.com/yudu_faqs.aspxm, and you might also try the yudu forums, http://yuduforums.com/
Note that it’s also possible to overexpose your screens – according to the FAQ, for fine detail, you might try exposing for slightly less than the normal time.
Finally, I feel like I’m recommending this all over town (and really, I’m not paid by them), but Stencilpro make screens that you can get to work with a Yudu – they come pre-emulsified, which makes things a little easier. Although, they are currently out of stock at the manufacturer (just noticed this now) so that might not be too useful if you are pressed for time.
Post # 4
@historienne you totally saved me with that! i was so off base by adding more time. i’ll have to post the results later. THANK YOU!
Post # 5
Let me know how it works out! I just got a Yudu for Christmas to print our invitations with but haven’t been brave enough to test it out with the 220 screen and fine print yet. I made some fairly detailed henna-esque patterns for shirts that turned out great on a 110 mesh, but I think the 220 will be better for our invites. I find http://www.yuduforums.com/ to be such a lifesaver. I love that site.