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« on: June 18, 2012, 03:15:32 pm »

Has any one come across anywhere that can print up to 3- 4 colours at a reasonable price per unit /  minimum order ?

I know there are some places  like this one  http://www.streetshirts.co.uk/ that I looked at before, but they usually charge as much - if not more - for supplying them with your own shirts rather than using their own. Roll Eyes

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 04:57:11 pm »

My favorite sites are Zazzle and Vistaprint. Their prices are reasonable.
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 04:58:38 pm »

How many do you need to do? There are transfers available that you can print yourself and iron on. Not feasible if you need fifty, true - but fine for very small production runs.
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 06:03:29 pm »

How many do you need to do? There are transfers available that you can print yourself and iron on. Not feasible if you need fifty, true - but fine for very small production runs.

It can also be done with a standard colour laser printer - just reverse the image (mirrored image), print, and use a hot iron to melt the toner onto the fabric, then soak the paper until soft and the gently rub off. It's a bit cheaper than the proper transfers. Wink

It doesn't work with all toner types though, but most will work just fine.

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 06:09:36 pm »

How many do you need to do? There are transfers available that you can print yourself and iron on. Not feasible if you need fifty, true - but fine for very small production runs.


Not many maybe 5- 10 , I have some designs I did you see I was thinking of trying to sell myself to see how they'd do.

Are good transfers possible on black with something like this ?

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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2012, 06:21:59 pm »

There are transfers specially for black t-shirts.

Haven't used them, but worth a look.
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2012, 12:00:07 am »

The home transfers are not really suitable for selling. For good results you need higher temperatures and pressures than you can get with a home iron. You can do testers with the home transfers but they just don't last like the ones you do with a heatpress.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2012, 02:10:44 am »

The home transfers are not really suitable for selling. For good results you need higher temperatures and pressures than you can get with a home iron. You can do testers with the home transfers but they just don't last like the ones you do with a heatpress.
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Thats what I suspected.

I dont know anyone locally either who does it , esp in colours.

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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2012, 04:35:44 am »

Well, they are not perfect by any means, but a lot of people use this lot:

http://www.cafepress.co.uk

They are not exactly the cheapest, but at bulk volumes they are not too bad.  I would suggest you try your plans out with a bulk custom order, 12 items being the best discount number vs cash. For 12 dark T's it will be about £12.50 each (over £22 for an individual one-off T). You will probably not make a profit on this small venture, but it *will* let you know if there is a market for your product, at which point you can setup a web store, and all orders will be processed directly by cafepress.

A lot of smaller websites use them for their merchandising, so the business model seems sound enough.


If you want something a little closer to you, open Google Maps and type in the search bar "t shirt printing [your area]" it will pinpoint companies in your area that offer that service. It's a good place to start. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2012, 12:18:49 am »

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/

Try on there, I did a bit of screen printing and the people on that forum are very knowledgeable. They may also know someone near you :-D
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2012, 05:36:47 am »

The home transfers are not really suitable for selling. For good results you need higher temperatures and pressures than you can get with a home iron. You can do testers with the home transfers but they just don't last like the ones you do with a heatpress.

Yeah, and since they tend to shrivel up in the dryer, which is not something your customers are likely to consider when washing them for the first time, it'd make a bad impression.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2012, 02:16:12 am »

Well, they are not perfect by any means, but a lot of people use this lot:

http://www.cafepress.co.uk

They are not exactly the cheapest, but at bulk volumes they are not too bad.  I would suggest you try your plans out with a bulk custom order, 12 items being the best discount number vs cash. For 12 dark T's it will be about £12.50 each (over £22 for an individual one-off T). You will probably not make a profit on this small venture, but it *will* let you know if there is a market for your product, at which point you can setup a web store, and all orders will be processed directly by cafepress.

A lot of smaller websites use them for their merchandising, so the business model seems sound enough.


If you want something a little closer to you, open Google Maps and type in the search bar "t shirt printing [your area]" it will pinpoint companies in your area that offer that service. It's a good place to start. Smiley

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Well , I gave it shot but already encountered some problems depending on the scale of my images , Im not sure this was a problem with streetshirts , but you can see what I mean hereat the bottom right.

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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2012, 06:21:41 pm »

Wondering if you have the time-space available to do the silk-screening yourself ?

I do know that simple (but elegant) designs of less than two or three colors is not terribly involved and if you are primarily working on dark fabrics you want your white 'ink' to be opaque as possible.

Posted an excellent article below, also visit instructables.com as well.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/silk-screen-stenciling-a-profitable-hobby/

One last thing, never put any shirt with a transfer or screening in a dryer, hang drying is a must to maintain the image!
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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2012, 07:09:35 pm »

Well, they are not perfect by any means, but a lot of people use this lot:

http://www.cafepress.co.uk

They are not exactly the cheapest, but at bulk volumes they are not too bad.  I would suggest you try your plans out with a bulk custom order, 12 items being the best discount number vs cash. For 12 dark T's it will be about £12.50 each (over £22 for an individual one-off T). You will probably not make a profit on this small venture, but it *will* let you know if there is a market for your product, at which point you can setup a web store, and all orders will be processed directly by cafepress.

A lot of smaller websites use them for their merchandising, so the business model seems sound enough.


If you want something a little closer to you, open Google Maps and type in the search bar "t shirt printing [your area]" it will pinpoint companies in your area that offer that service. It's a good place to start. Smiley

SS


Well , I gave it shot but already encountered some problems depending on the scale of my images , Im not sure this was a problem with streetshirts , but you can see what I mean hereat the bottom right.

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HMMM, I dunno about that one...  I *know* I've seen larger images that that on their products before, so I don't think it's a size issue.  Might be the result of a computer cropping the image to fit the printing area (?)... I'm not sure if they have a max size shirt area on the printing side of things.  Undecided

Probably best to e-mail them directly and see what they say / suggest.

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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2012, 02:09:41 am »

How many do you need to do? There are transfers available that you can print yourself and iron on. Not feasible if you need fifty, true - but fine for very small production runs.


Not many maybe 5- 10 , I have some designs I did you see I was thinking of trying to sell myself to see how they'd do.

Are good transfers possible on black with something like this ?

4o4


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« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2012, 05:45:44 am »

Are good transfers possible on black with something like this ?

4o4


Lady Crystal,
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Actually, that's 4o4's link, and all it gives me is a Yahoo login page.
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