(Closed) Gocco Questions. The logistics & reality of it.

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I love my gocco and am so glad I went this route for my invitations and all my paper products.

 I don’t know if you can re-burn screens, but I think I remember reading that you can as long as no other image was there before.  I didn’t have to because I maximized my screens.  If I knew I had several small images to burn for different projects, I waited until I had all my finalized designs and used one screen.  So on one screen, I ended up with my monogram for favors, return address for envelopes, and some floursih for my rehearsal dinner invitations.  I would ink up each section as needed and then used a piece of paper to cover up the inked part to avoid inadvertently inking other projects when I moved on to another part of the screen.

The only frustrating part I had with the Gocco was figuring out what printing method was best for burning screens.  I wasted a few screens testing between my home printer, work printer, and work printer plus copying.  Once you get your first project done, the rest is cake.

If you go this route, I would suggest doing an estimate on how many screens/bulbs you would need and stock up.  Better to overestimate, then run out mid project.

Post # 5
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Printing on something the size of your matchbook would depend on your monogram.  If it’s a simple design, then I think it would be fine, but if it has really small details, it might be lost in the burning process.  Also, the gocco is known to have problems printing really small fonts.  I think I remember reading that size 8 was the minimum.  Don’t quote me on that though.  There is a gocco flickr discusion group that is a great resource to find some answers.

Post # 6
72 posts
Worker bee

Printing on a matchbook would be relatively easy. I’ve done business cards etc., and you can get some small intricate designs down nicely.

As far as re-burning screens, that is a no-go. Once the bulbs flash a screen, it will not re-flash. You could put an opaque mask over portions of the screen between the bulbs and the screen to stop the light of the bulbs from reaching the screens, but that seems to be a waste of bulbs (which are harder to find than screens). You could then flash the part that you had masked off later.

The best bet is to do multiple designs on one as elle said.

As for the "right printer" I have never had a problem with any laser printer or copier placing carbon on the screen. Good luck and tel us how it works out.

Post # 7
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I guess I was wrong about re-burning, good to know though!

As far as printer, my first project printed on my home laserjet worked fine, the second project was all splotchy.  Nothing changed in the process except it was a new print.  Same with the laser printer at my work.  Someone on the boards suggesting copying the print out and that solved my problem.

Ms. Piglet just made a post about splotchy screens using her inkjet and laser printer.  So I don’t think my printer problem was an anomaly.  It’s all a matter of trial and error, and not to get too discouraged if the first attempts don’t work.

Post # 9
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

I think we’ve got lots and lots of gocco-ers in the DIY club, so keep coming back with questions! 🙂

Essentially, my best advice for multiple gocco projects, is simply to plan, rethink, and plan again. I’m ridiculously hoardish with my stationary supplies, and I never burn a screen until I know that I’ve squished every last thing I want on it! Experience will help you create a template that serves your best needs, and it’ll only take a couple of motions to realize what works and what doesn’t!

And in 5 years with my gocco, I’ve never burned a screen that wasn’t straight from the Kinko’s copier. 🙂 I wouldn’t dare take the chance. That also gives me time to think and think again before rushing to do something. 🙂

As for the matchbooks.. I wouldn’t worry too much about detail, but more about the material you’ll be printing on. Test out ink beforehand to see if it may bleed, or be resist to printing (glossyish). 

Post # 10
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would say definitely go for it!  I bought a Gocco-thanks to Weddingbee last summer and I am using it for the following projects:

STD postcards-front and back


Invitation Inserts

RSVP Postcard

Monogram/Motif on Envelopes and Pocketfolds

Return address on Envelopes


Favor Tags/Stickers

Escort Cards



Thank yous


Whew!  Many of my things I only needed to burn once one one screen and I can use again and again.  For example our motif involves a two color flower, this can be seen everywhere from our Invites to our Envelopes to our Escort Cards…I just reuse the same screen and position it for the correct piece.

I see your wedding isn’t until July 2010…I could possibly sell you my gently loved gocco for your wedding after mine (June 2009).  Let me know if you are interested…it would be my way of passing the Gocco love on.  Let me know.

Post # 13
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hey!  I missed posting to this earlier (can’t post from work), but I just wanted to say that you have NOT made a mistake!!!  Gocco is wonderful.  I didn’t have to buy one because my sister in law has one (she lived in japan), but I have been SO happy with how the invitations turned out.  We made them very far in advance in case it didn’t work out.  And they are so much more beautiful than I could have imagined.  I can send you pics if you pm your email address.  

It’s hard to find supplies in nyc, which surprised me.  We had them sent in from a store in san fran — very fair prices and cheap shipping.  I posted something about it a few months ago.

My advice is to read/watch everything about technique.  Then take it slowly.  Practice.  It’s worth it to take your time getting everything set up perfectly, then you’ll just be off and running, creating anything you can imagine!

Good luck!

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