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I got an order for 35 octopus tote bags this week. That may not seem like a lot, but it was a big deal for me! I’m still having some problems doing multiple color prints on my Ryonet Silver Press though. It seems like I can’t keep the screens in registration. One arm in particular seems to give me real troubles. It’s been great for single colors though, and I hope to try some 2 or 3 color prints soon to see how they turn out. All in all, the Silver Press was not bad for the money. It fits nicely in my craft room where there isn’t an inch to spare.

I’ve bought only water based inks to print with. I’m determined to master them! I’ve got Permaset and Matsui inks. I’ve only tried the Matsui so far. It is very nice to print with. It leaves no hand and I haven’t had any problems with it drying in the screen yet.

I’ve had to cure these bags with a heat gun since the heat press seems to scorch them. So far, so good. It is pretty time consuming though. I’ve cured the Matsui inks on t-shirts with the heat press and they seem to be standing up fine to multiple washes. I can’t afford a dryer so using my heat press for double duty is sure coming in handy.


I thought I’d try out some more heat press vinyl. Today I made a Domo kun t-shirt and a Hello Kitty Mouse Pad. The vinyl was cut out on my Cricut Expression using the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge (my favourite!) and SCAL.

I’m still waiting for my replacement Gypsy to come…

Weeded vinyl ready for pressing

Finished shirt

Hello Kitty mouse pad

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.