I will turn your original black and white images into custom thermofax screens you can use again and again to print on fabric, paper, pottery, leather, wood or any other flat surface. You can create original images using a black Sharpie, pigment pen, charcoal or black acrylic paint or manipulate your original photographs or colour artwork into black and white. Scroll down for some helpful tips.
Simply email your images as high-quality (300 dpi) jpg, pdf, tif or gif files. Or if you prefer, you may mail me hard copies of your images that have been printed on a laser printer or copied on a photocopier machine that uses carbon toner. Please make sure you own the copyright for the images you send or have written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce them. I will never reproduce, share or use your image(s) and will delete them from my computer when I have completed your order.
The cost per 8.5 x 11-inch screen is CDN$15.00 plus CDN $5.00 postage for up to six screens.
My studio is located just outside of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
A Thermofax™ machine is an early copier made by 3M in the 1950s and 60s. It produced copies using special heat-sensitive paper instead of toner and also made masters for spirit duplicators such as Ditto machines as well as transparencies for overhead projectors. 3M no longer makes these machines, but a company in German produces a similar version.
Today Thermofax™ machines are used to make extremely detailed silk screens very quickly. A black and white image is placed against special heat-sensitive, plastic-coated mesh and fed through the machine. When the film is exposed to the infrared bulb inside, the thin layer of plastic covering the mesh opens up wherever there is black on the image. Thickened dye, ink or paint can then be screened through the mesh.
My Thermofax™ machine, pictured on the left, is a vintage 3M “The Secretary.”