Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
Hey Hive! I’ve been getting a lot of Yudu questions, so I thought it would be a good time for a board. Anybody have something specific to ask or share? I’ll start off with a few key issues I’ve had and how I fixed them.
1. Yudu does not do fine text/lines well. So, if you’re doing your own design, say in Illustrator, don’t use any font below 8pt and don’t use a line under 1pt. You will kick yourself later. Just enlarge the image from my STD Sweet Success Post and you can see all that.
2. Checkered patterns are really hard. Your screen will peel back between the box shapes and you will have full checks. Or you can painstakingly try to block out the peeled off parts like I did. I find that toothpicks work really well for that.
3. You can do nearly all your impressions before you need to clean your screen out. In the beginning I was under the mistaken idea that you had to wash out your screen between each pass. You don’t! I did all my STD sheets before cleaning. With cloth you can get about 25 before the screen starts clogging up. Wash it then dry it with a blow-dryer before you start printing again. Sometimes you have to block out. I like to tape my edges too, but be careful because when you remove it the emulsion will peel off.
4. You don’t have to use Yudu emulsion screens! They’re fine and dandy when you only need a half sheet and can get 4 uses out of 20 bucks. But if you have a lot of printing to do (I actually do shirt screenprinting with it for my wedding band, Midnight River Choir as a barter), do a little research. Speedball has a good paint on emulsion, but I never quite got that technique perfected. It’s cheaper than the sheets, but you have to actually read the instructions and stuff when you apply it.
Feel free to add to this so we can build up a Weddingbee Yudu knowledge base. Anybody have any questions or tips?
Post # 3
Thanks for this! I’m opening my YUDU which I’ve had since xmas for the first time this week, so I’d love to hear all of these tips! I have the liquid emulsion fluid from Speedball as I had already read reviews of the emulsion sheets being super expensive.
I’ve also purchased the 220 mesh screen, so hopefully that works well.
I’ll be YUDUing my return addresses next week, so keep your fingers crossed for me. Good thing we have tons of extras for oopses. 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
Awesome! Let me know what your application thickness and exposure time is. I never quite got it perfected and ruined more screens that exposed 🙁
Post # 6
Okie dokie, yesterday I did my first run of mixing the emulsion stuff and applying the liquid emulsion to my Yudu screen.
I’d say, I had 90% success. The only problem was that there was a very small area where the emulsion liquid had been applied too thickly, and it just happened to go smack dab in the middle of the design. So I cleaned the screen last night and am going to try it again today.
I am using the 220 mesh screen whic is ONE THOUSAND times better than the 110 screen. Seriously. I was really worried when I first tried a Yudu screen with the 110 as it didn’t hold any lettering smaller than about a half inch. My 220 screen was able to get the fine detaling on letters that I had that were about 1/6″. I’d say that most people could easily pull off invitations and other stationery with the 220 screen.
I’m using the Speedball Diablo Emulsion Kit, and I’m giving it 2 thumbs up. I’m sure that the thickness problem that I had yesterday was my fault as opposed to a product default, and I’m going to try again today.
Heads up for anyone trying liquid emulsion: A little goes a long way! When you are stirring it, it feels REALLY thick, but when you go to pour, it pours easily and quickly. Probably 2-3 tablespoons of the stuff would cover a large area of the screen, and you can always add more if you need to.
I also had to dry it in the rack for like 60 minutes rather than 10 that the Yudu machine recommended and 20 that the Speedball box recommended. Again, this may have been that I had it on too thick. Either way, I didn’t move to the “burning” stage until the screen was absolutely not tacky at all.
Okay, well cross your fingers for me as I’m going to give it another run today! 🙂 Jen