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Harness the power of sunlight using Jacquard SolarFast — the easiest way to create photographic art prints and one-of-a-kind T-shirts.
SolarFast dyes are colorless out of the bottle, but develop into beautifully vibrant and permanent hues when applied and exposed to sunlight. To create a print, simply brush SolarFast onto fabric or paper, place the objects, drawings, or photos on top, expose to sunlight, and watch the color magically appear.
This simple process allows you to create photographs, photograms, and shadow prints on paper or fabric in minutes, in practically any color. On fabric, after treated with SolarFast Wash, prints are completely soft to the touch, permanent, and washable.
Use SolarFast Film to create photographic negatives for SolarFast printing and film positives for screen printing applications. The film is moisture-resistant, ultra thin (4 mil) for optimal detail, and specially coated for maximum density. (Layer two negatives for higher contrast SolarFast prints, or if your printer outputs less ink.) Sold in a package of eight 8½" × 11" sheets.
SolarFast Film Marker
Use this smooth-gliding, non-toxic, high-density permanent marker for creating hand-drawn film negatives and/or positives on SolarFast Film.
SolarFast Starter Kit
The Jacquard SolarFast Starter Kit prints up to eight T-shirts or several dozen paper prints. It includes the following materials:
SolarFast Thickener for Screen Printing
Mixing SolarFast Thickener with SolarFast dyes enables you to use them for screen printing.
This product is used for removing undeveloped SolarFast dye from fabrics. No additional heat-setting or chemical fixing is necessary.
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Printing greyscale art onto fabric is easy
from Central Minnesota
Comments about Jacquard SolarFast:
Solarfast has a little bit of a learning curve, but not bad at all..Great for groups. Some colors require longer exposure times. I made an exposure box so my results are reproducable, and I can do it when the sun is not shining. I used a 4 tube trough fixture and installed 4- T12 blacklight tubes (the dark purple ones which have the light output at 405nM) for near comparable daylight exposure times. I tried with a small 2 foot trougher with 5- 18 inch T-8 Tubes of mixed "UV" types (1 dark, 1 bug light, 2 germicidal, and one "Daylight" which gave a graduated result with a longer exposue time, which some might want to try for a special effect. DO use wide masking tape, and tape out an area a little larger than your image to create a frame around it. The wide masking tape will give you a place to press down on the fabric as you apply the Solarfast emulsion, and have presence of mind while applying emulsion to only touch the tape while you work lest you leave gloveprints on the shirt. You CAN apply the emulsion under incandescant light, 60 Watt bulbs are fine as the emulsion is a rather "slow" emulsion; it only begins to develop when exposed to UV light or daylight. When applying the emulsion; go over where you have applied it a few times just to make sure you have full coverage. and blotting off excess before laying on the negative is essential..Additionally, if you get the "Starter Kit", use the fabric sample they include as your first run. So use something artistic so you can put it in a frame later, or stitch it to something. However the corrogated plastic barrier they include- don't use that as it will telegraph through the emulsion. Instead use a piece of acrylic or other smooth plastic of suitable size to use as a barrier instead as this gives better results.And when getting the initial wash ready w/ Solarfast Wash, Add in Washing Soda, get it sudsy, before you put in the exposed garment.And it is really easy
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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First run w/ negative. with graded exposure. Ever look up in a grove of trees?
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Used this for a middle school art class. It worked well, even on a cloudy day. Far less toxic than alternative products, easy to use, no odor, foolproof. One small jar covers 3 11 by 14 sheets.
Great New Way to Create
from Oakland, CA
I tried SolarFast in a class and immediately ordered the kit. It has everything you need to get started on making solar prints. I eventually ordered all the colors. (1) read the directions carefully for best results. (2) the yellow makes the entire paper so yellow, there's no contrast. (3) have fun with it. I used transparencies of black and white images and drawings. A colleague used photo negatives. Both were successful. I need to try different papers, as some of them don't handle well in the washing process.
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