(Closed) Please help with Gocco before I pull all of my hair out

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

No clue but I’m bumping you!

 

Calling all Gocco users! Help out a fellow bee! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

You could also try to search through all the "related posts" — might not help but maybe a new step-by-step could be useful.   

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you tried using a photocopy of your image and not just the image printed from your laser printer?  Its the carbon that "burns’ the screen when the bulbs flash and maybe your printer doesnt put enough carbon on the image?  I always make sure to use a photocopy of what I want to burn on the screen, just in case.  I hope this helps.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Yes, try making using a copier to make a copy of what you print from your laser printer.  I have always heard that you should always start by using an image made from a copier.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Yay – hope that helps!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Are your bulbs old? have they been sitting around awhile? I was having a problem with burning on my screen and as soon as I tried it with brand new bulbs, it worked perfectly! GL. Gocco CAN be so frustrating!

Post # 9
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Newbee

The same thing happened to me when i first used my Gocco and it was SO frustrating. I finally noticed that what was happening with mine is that some of the paper was actually sticking to the screen and at those parts, the ink wasn’t able to seep through. Do you think that is maybe happening to you? I had gone through so many screens by the time i realized the problem that I just went through with a paint brush and filled in my splotches and it turned out looking fine (although it was a pain in the booty), but to avoid this on my next project, i plan on using a better quality/thicker paper that won’t stick to my screen. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

it has been suggested by others on this site to rub chalk dust with a cotton ball on your master before you flash the screen because there may be too much carbon in the print.  let me know if this helps …

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I second everyone’s suggestions – try photocopying your text.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hey Cleo — I just saw your follow up post.  The bulbs are probably fine if you bought them that recently.  I don’t have a lot of gocco experience, but I did print my invites on one and it worked out well.  I think the machine is very font sensitive, so that might be it.  But also, when we were printing, some parts didn’t burn through perfectly but once we got the ink flowing, it showed up cleanly.  On any of your attempts have you re-inked and then tested at least 5 times? 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

It sounds like you covered all your bases so I dont know if I can be of much help either 🙁  Sometimes I noticed that if i put a FIRM, very flat piece of cardboard behind my master, it would give a better print.  Often if i didnt, I’d notice a little "waffling" (because you could actually see the unevenness from the press from the sticky pad… which has that square waffle design). if i put cardboard over the sticky pad, it eliminated those uneven spots.  GL!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

For the text, instead of using a paintbrush, I used a black calligraphy pen. As long as the area is small enough, you cant tell and its a lot easier than painting! Good luck!

Post # 16
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Worker bee

Pinholes are normal and difficult to work with. The best things to do:

Make sure that you are using the Darkest setting on your printer. Go to your printer settings and ask for as "fine" a print as it can make. Inspect your print and use the carbon pen to fix any small imperfections (if any) Then, using some wax paper to protect it, lightly iron over your design to distribute the carbon evenly. High spots in the toner could be keeping parts of your work from adhering to the screen. Then make sure you hold down the top part when you flash the screen for a while to make sure the screen has a chance to adhere. I tend to do it for a 30 count. I hope that helps…

Ryan

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