Published on February 23rd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Screen printing exposure unit with a Vika Artur leg

An Ikea trestle leg makes a useful tripod for Carolina’s home screen printing unit.

She says, “I wanted to do screen printing at home and needed an exposure unit. But since I am not very good at building things, I took an Ikea table leg (Vika Artur) and screwed two 500W lamps on it. The Ikea table leg was on special at $10 I think and the lamps cost around $15 each (found them at the Rona, for all you Quebecers out there, a hardware store). The length between my screen and the lamps is 24 inch which is perfect for screen burning. I have placed my coated screen on the tray, under it there’s a foam cover with black paper, over it there is the transparency and a cheap frame glass ($20 at Canadian Tire, this was more expensive but I wanted the frame for something else). For now, I only did a time test. And with a white mesh small screen cover with speedball emulsion, it takes 5 min to burn my screen. I pretty happy about my end result.”

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One Response to Screen printing exposure unit with a Vika Artur leg

  1. Beware, two lamps will overlap in the middle and double the volume of UV energy in the middle.

    Remember to remove the safety glass that filters UV energy to protect your eyes.

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