I got my Ryonet 4 color 1 station Silver Press set up yesterday. I’m pretty pressed for space, but managed to cram it into the spare room that I use as an office and craft area.

After 1 unsuccessful try, I got my screen burned & ready to go. I used our Japanese family crest as a design and printed up 6 shirts for myself and some family members. I used Matsui 301RC White Opaque water based ink. It was a little thick and slightly difficult to work with for a newbie like me. I kept a spray bottle handy though and didn’t have too many problems with clogging in the screen. My first shirt was a total write off, but the others came out okay. I got a little better by the last shirt.

I also bought a heat press recently. I figured I could use it to cure the ink since I don’t have the space for a proper dryer. I got a Seiki 12 x 15 swing press from Sunie. It seemed to work okay. The temperature was off by about 10 – 15 degrees, but I have a IR thermometer and adjusted accordingly.

Since I bought the heat press, I thought I’d try out some t-shirt vinyl as well. I ordered a couple of rolls of “Ultra” MultiCut vinyl from Joto Canada. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m happy to say that I’m pleasantly surprised! I cut the vinyl using my Cricut and SCAL. The vinyl is very thin and pretty easy to weed. It peeled fairly easily as well (you need to warm peel this vinyl). I also bought some red flock and was happy with that too. Big thumbs up to Joto. I think I’ll be buying some more colours soon.

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