As many people know, Ryonet started from a love of music. The very first shirts made by Ryonet’s CEO were made in an effort to promote his punk band over 10 years ago. This is a fitting backdrop, as Josh Wells (one of Ryonet’s own) stepped up last week to help out the local Youth Music Project print some t-shirts of their own.
“The Youth Music Project’s mission is to provide outstanding rock, pop, and country music education for youth by offering free or low cost lessons, free instrument use, and exceptional performance opportunities.”
Josh Wells says he was contacted by a friend of his who works at OSI about the opportunity. ” She told me of their need. Basically they had at one time had someone who new screen printing, however that person didn’t work there any longer. I made contact with Rachael. She conveyed that they pretty much needed immediate help. So went down and did a quick training.” Josh Wells was able to join this year’s Classic Rock Camp during their T-shirt design and printing process, helping students from the beginning of the screen printing process to creating the final products. This process involves multiple steps and having an experienced teacher there can make all the difference for screen printing success. “He was not only friendly and encouraging while my staff was learning how to screen print but he was also very professional and helpful throughout this process,” says Rachael, who serves as marketing director for the camp.
These completed shirts will be worn onstage in the kid’s final performances at the end of the week. This year, thirty kids, ranging from ages 5-13, attended the music camp for a week. They spent their time “learning the processes behind basic chords, drum beats and vocals in classic rock style while practicing rock and roll basics like keeping time, performing with others and perfecting stage presence.”
Catch the shirts in action in the KGW channel 8 spot below, taken during their final performance on Friday, July 11th.
From the moment you receive the box in the mail, Ryonet’s DIY Print Shop Kit shouts innovation. With its unique graphics (courtesy of Print Liberation) printed proudly on the packaging, you are welcomed into the world that Ryonet and Print Liberation rules: Do It Yourself Screen Printing. Once containing only a one-color press, the new DIY 4-Color Screen Printing Kit now allows DIY-ers to print up to four colors per design, giving beginners the tools they need to print like a pro.
The 4-color press itself is a small table-top machine, with 4 rotating heads and a single 14”x14” sized wooden platen for printing. It sports the signature DIY Print Shop blue powder coating that can be found on the single-color press, and is made from the same solid steel and aluminum construction as our larger models are. All for a fraction of the price of a larger machine. With a full battery of environmentally friendly clean up chemicals and inks, the kit itself contains all the tools necessary to print complex designs with up to four colors, such as CMYK or 4-color-process printing, on standard cotton fabric. It even includes a training DVD specially produced to explain the DIY process.
It’s easy to see, this is a kit for the serious DIY printer.
From the moment you receive the graphic printed cardboard box in the mail you are welcomed into the world that Ryonet rules: DIY t-shirt design. As of Wednesday, the newest addition to this world has just been released: the first ever UV Screen Exposure Bulb, specifically designed to expose the kind of emulsion used in screen printing. What makes this bulb unique is the wavelength of light that it emits. Emulsion requires a nanometer measurement of between 360-380nm to expose properly, which is exactly where the new UV bulb sits on the scale.
Previously, Ryonet’s DIY Print Shop Kits included a 500 watt halogen light to be used for screen exposure. While these conventional bulbs work to expose screens given enough time, they are inefficient and require over 95% more energy than the new bulb takes. With only 25 watts of energy required, screen printers can now expose screens over 30% faster than before, saving both money and time. The new bulbs are also much safer, with a much lower heat output than the halogen lights previously provided.
This change will allow beginning screen printers to take advantage of the same efficiency, safety, and light quality as the higher priced exposure units (www.screenprinting.com/screen-printing-equipment/exposure-units/) also sold by Ryonet. “What makes (these bulbs) cool is that they can go into anything. Any lamp or light fixture you have at home can be turned into an exposure light,” says Brandon, the sales manager at Ryonet. The average DIY screen printer works out of their home, using elements from their kit and their own home appliances to accomplish parts of the screen printing process, such as an iron or a kitchen sink. The new UV bulb will now allow them to utilize yet another user-owned element to accomplish a pro-level screen exposure, bringing the tools of the pros to the hands of the creative thinkers of the DIY world.
• Recommended emulsion: Ryonet® WBP Hybrid Emulsion by CCI for Water-Based and Plastisol
• Recommended exposure time: 10-11 min
• Electrical: 110v 25W 60 Hz
• Mount: E27 Base
• UV Wave Length: 360-380nm
For this year’s 4th of July Sale Ryonet is giving away a Free “Screen Printing is RAD” tee* at SilkScreeningSupplies.com. This awesome design was created by DIY Print Shop and printed with Green Galaxy Meteor White ink on a tee courtesy of ShirtSpace.com.
We are also doing a huge sale on Green Galaxy Inks and all of our green dryers (RyoCure, RyoFlash) for the month of July! Don’t miss the chance to start off your summer with a BANG and be sure to check them out
# of Employees: 3
Type of Press: Riley Hopkins Win 6×4
Rene from Tone Def Ink started out the same way a lot of prospective screen printers do: disgruntled.
In 2009, Tone Def Sounds was booking Texas bands for gigs in the local area. In order to tap into the market further, Rene decided to start by making shirts as well (not unlike our own Ryan of Ryonet!). This origin story couldn’t be possible without conflict, however, and when he was unexpectedly dropped by a local printer for his order, he decided to take on the challenge of learning to screen print, himself. He bought Ryonet’s 1×1 starter kit and taught himself using Ryonet’s Youtube channel.
Four years later, he is the exclusive screen printer in his town, pumping out about 200-500 shirts a day for local businesses, schools, churches, and gatherings. Part time! In fact, his day job is making the plastisol base that is used in the very plastisol inks he uses in his shop.
Hard work is not foreign to Rene or his full-time printer Mark Garcia and designer Aaron Delgato, and it shows. When asked what his shop’s biggest struggle was, he made it clear that he simply had too much business to complete in the time that he needs with his current equipment: “I work from 6 am to 6 pm, then come home and screen print from 6pm to 4am.” After going through numerous press upgrades over the years, Rene finally called up Ryonet and got to fulfill one of his dreams, buying a Riley Hopkins press. “I know it sounds weird, but I just think it is a beautiful looking press,” says Rene, and I think most customers would agree. After being advised by Brandon, Ryonet’s sales manager, about how our Ryonet Plus program would benefit him, he signed up. After one month, with the 5% membership discount on his mind, Rene made the easy choice and called Brandon with an order for the green and black Riley 6×4 that now graces his shop. He says it is his favorite Ryonet product, closely followed by spray adhesive.
After starting with only a heat gun and an oven in his house, he is glad to have some newer and more efficient equipment, especially since his business has only doubled since the past year. His next big step is to upgrade his conveyor dryer to the Ryocure 8ft and get a small automatic press to keep up with orders. Right now, his shop focuses on screen printing and DTG for local customers, with a lot of business coming from family reunions and other community-centered gatherings. He prints “anything for anybody,” and he has made a solid mark on his community with his work.
From a DIY kit to a prospective automatic press owner, Rene is a shining example of what can be done with screen printing when you set your mind to it.
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Screen printing has become the most important part of our business. We would like to expand our screen printing area by adding another press, which would include hiring more employees. I see this happening in the near future.