Friday, March 26, 2010

Leila and Ben Patterns GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

These are some of the sweetest little outfits. If you can sew (or even if you can't - it's never too late to learn), you might want to enter this. Click the link below...

Leila and Ben Patterns GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I do YOU do Yudu too?

So a couple of months ago, Ande and I agreed to buy a Yudu machine.  For those of you who don't know what it is, it's basically a screen printing machine.  Ande thought it would be great in helping cut some costs for his guitar amplifier building business.  The first amplifier he made, he got the chassis (where you put the knobs) engraved.  Very pretty, but extremely expensive, and not really cost effective.  We're talking like $120 PER chassis.  EEESSSSHHHHHH!

So we got the Yudu.  Bought it on eBay to save some $$ (saved about $100).  Had to buy some supplies to actually USE it, and our first attempt didn't turn out so well, but we're not easily deterred here at Casa de Kirby.

Ande created and printed these pretty much all by himself.  I was there mainly for moral support.  I think they turned out AWESOME.  Added bonus, the silver ink is actually sparkly.  And you all know how much I LOVE stuff that sparkles.  HA!

The only think I don't like about the Yudu is the emulsion sheets - they're hard to find, and pretty expensive (like approximately $10 each).  The emulsion sheets are what you burn the image into, then after that you put the ink on the screen to make your print.  It's not as hard as it sounds, but with the high cost of the emulsion, let's just say we've had to dam up our "creative juices" somewhat.  However, I'm excited to say that one of the other blogs I read (Grosgrain Fabulous) give me hope that we might not be stifled for long.  I had read before that one could use liquid emulsion, but didn't know where to get it or how to use it.  This site showed me both!

What I'm saying is:  Dev, if I get some of this stuff, it might make it possible for me to make Col a "The Incident" shirt.  HA!! 

Wow, that just about sounded like a commercial.  HA HA HA.  Okay, now that my commercial for Yudu is done....what do you think of the chassis??  Did Ande do a great job or what?