Thermofax Screens becomes screens4printing!
Friday, 28 June 2019
On 1st July you will see some small changes on the website as we rebrand as screens4printing.
When the new team took over in September 2018, we were no longer making thermofaxes. We have new technology which is based on a digital thermal printer, rather than a thermofax machine.
Rather than rebrand then, we decided to change the name when we started to go to big shows with screens and inks. We chose one with a more appropriate and perhaps more contemporary feel. 'It does what it says on the tin' type name.
Some of you will have had the flyer which tells you about the change and gives you the new screens4printing.co.uk address in with your completed orders, and we will continue to send these out.
As we are receiving more international orders we have decided to go with a .com address.
Our new website address is: www.screens4printing.com
but the old thermofaxscreens website address will still get you to us, as will screens4printing.co.uk
Hopefully all will go smoothly but should you have any trouble please let us know either by phoning us on 07498 680112, or by e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to find us at Festival we are on stand N48, but if you don't remember that, both the old name and the new name are in the exhibitors catalogue.
Off to the Shows!
Monday, 17 June 2019
And the office will be closed..... see below for details
We will be doing a couple of quilt shows this year as traders! We are very excited at the prospect of meeting some of our existing customers and introducing ourselves to new ones!
Of course this means the office will be closed whilst we are away and all screens will be processed in order of receipt when we are back so please be patient with us if you are placing an order around this times.
Sandown National Quilt Championships
Festival of Quilts
Office Closed 20-24 June and 26 July - 5 August
New Categories & New Designs
Monday, 10 June 2019
POPPY 1 FLOWER 6 FLOWER 7
Now we are very familiar with all the designs in our design library, we decided that it was time to re-organise the categories to help you find just the right design for your purpose.
We have split out some categories - so Flora and Fauna have become 3 categories: FLowers & Foliage, Animals & Insects, Birds & Feathers. We have new categories such as Letters & Numbers as so many of you love text, which leaves texture as a category on its own.
We also have some old favourites that we have loved as screens - x-cross, seeds 1 - that we have put back in to the categories, together with some new flower designs.
Whislt we were doing all the work with the categories, we found a lot of designs had not been assigned a category so there may be designs that you have never found because they were only ever found under the banner of 'all products', and we have rationalised some of the anomalies of labelling so now everything is labelled with a number rather than a letter. So Bee A has become Bee 1. So if you do a search and cant find your favourite design, dont worry it will still be there - knock off the letter at the end and the search button will find it!
DRY BRUSH 2 SUNBURST 1 SEEDS 1
Photo/Greyscale Custom Screens Page - Finally!
Friday, 31 May 2019
After discovering that our new thermal print system can produce beautiful greyscale prints, it took us a while to work out how best to offer this opportunity to our clients.
To give the best result, the print is done on a finer 120 mesh (our existing prints are done on a 70 mesh) and necessitates some extra settings and art work to ensure that the resulting print is not too dark.
So it has taken us a while to get this on to the website, but finally we have. If you click on Custom Screens, either on the home page icon, or from the menu bar, you will get a choice of custom screens black & white - our normal screens, or custom screens photo/greyscale - our new screens.
We are hoping also to introduce some greyscale images to our Design Library - watch this space.
We hope you enjoy this new addition to Thermofax Screens - soon to be rebranded as screens4printing!
New Large Screen Option
Monday, 11 February 2019
We have reviewed the current Iibrary designs and thought that some of them would be fabulous made larger!
So you can now choose your favourite motif or texture and have it on a large screen. This works particularly well for changing scale on larger prints.
New Year - New Prices
Wednesday, 2 January 2019
We can’t quite believe that it has been four months since we took over the running of Thermofax Screens! It has been a steep learning curve, but we are really enjoying the new challenge, and in particular, getting to know you all.
We have now gained a much better understanding of the work required to make your images print to the best possible quality, and the time taken to make screens. Many of you will have noticed that the mesh we use is slightly different; this was necessary as the old (blue) mesh is no longer manufactured. This works with a different thermal printing system, and altogether offers better image definition, but requires a more complicated taping process and with custom screens there is a dialogue required around resolution and sizing. All of which has increased the time it takes to produce your screen. We have therefore made the difficult decision to increase our prices to reflect these changes. These new prices will come into immediate effect for all orders placed from 2nd January 2019. On average the price differential is £2 per screen, which we believe still offers excellent value for money.
As fellow makers, we hope that you will appreciate the impact that extra processes have on making a product and will understand our decision.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and creative New Year and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2019.
Christine, Sarah, Christina
New Look for the Gallery
Monday, 24 September 2018
Sarah, Christina and myself (Christine) have been running the business now for several weeks and discussing how we might involve you, our customers, a little more.
We have seen some lovely designs being uploaded for custom screens and we constantly wonder how you are using these designs, and those from our stock library.
We have been selling a few christmas related screens recently so I guess there are a few cards being made!
We would love to see how you are using either your own thermal screens, or our stock images, so we are inviting you to be in our new look Gallery. You may see this invite on the FaceBook page, and on the bottom of your invoices.
Over the coming months we will be adding new images to the gallery to showcase thermal screen printing on all sorts of surfaces, for all sorts of purposes. So please do send us photographs and we will give you full credit on the website.
We will also be adding a few images of our own; things that we have made in the past using thermofax screens, such as this piece by me, using a dry brush screen for paper lamination purposes.
Saturday, 8 September 2018
Left to Right - Sarah, Christina, Claire, Christine
It is the end of our first week and we have really enjoyed ourselves....making screens, processing orders, answering questions.
We owe a big thank you to Claire, who started Thermofax Screens from scratch over 10 years ago now. She grew the business into an exciting and thriving venture which we have now taken on.
The three of us spent last Saturday - handover day - working with Claire to change all the relevant details on paper work and website. I am sure there will still be the odd thing that we have missed, but we are getting there.
Thanks too, to everyone who enjoys working with the screens and we look forward to chatting with you via email, Facebook and soon on Instagram.
We would also love to see some of the work that you have produced using Thermofax Screens - do use the contact page to upload a photo!
Sunday, 17 June 2018 | Admin
It has taken us rather a long time but we have finally installed a gallery showing examples of thermofax printing. You can pause the slideshow to take a longer look by hovering the cursor over the picture and if you click on the gallery image, it will show you the screen that was used to create the print.
Most of the examples shown are printed onto fabric as that is our background and it was through textiles that we were introduced to thermofax printing nearly 15 years ago. However, more and more of our customers are using the screens to print on very different surfaces including ceramics, glass and even cakes! There are so many possibilities and almost every week we learn of new ideas - it is wonderful to work with such a creative community.
A haven for the bees
Saturday, 4 June 2016 | Admin
When Thermofax Screens relocated at the end of last summer, the bees moved too! On the farm they used to live beside a very large pond and at this time of year, their main source of nectar was the golden yellow Rape in the fields that surrounded the hives. The honey they produced was very pale, with a delicate taste and set very quickly.
Now the bees have settled into their new home beside a smaller pond and there is a much wider range of plants for them to choose from (and no Rape for miles around) so we are curious to know what this year's honey will be like.
The gallery image has been printed on watercolour paper using two of our Ready-made screens - Beeswax 1 medium and Vintage Bee 1 mini and two inks - Black and Fool's gold (we mixed some of the black and gold together roughly to get the mottled effect on the beeswax print).
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