Ride 'Em Cowboy - Vest - Part VI
You know when I'm getting to the posts about the labels that I'm getting pretty close to being done with a project! Once the labels are in, then all I need to do is the photo shoot. Look for a post sometime this week with the final product and photo shoot!
Because I don't have access to a photocopier anymore to run the fabric through to print my labels, I bought some Bubble Jet Set. BJS is a liquid product that makes the printing from an inkjet printer permanent. It is a fixative of sorts. To use it, first, the fabric to be printed is soaked in the BJS and hung to dry.
Once it is dry, the fabric is ironed onto sheets of freezer paper, which are then trimmed to 8.5"x11" - standard paper size. The freezer paper helps the fabric go through the printer.
At this point, the paper and fabric is ready to be sent through the printer. I usually just type up several labels per sheet in Microsoft Word. I try to pick fonts that are easy to read, as some just don't print well on fabric and the labels must clearly have the title of the work, my name and contact information. Below you can see the fabric just as it came out of the printer:
The fabric is then peeled off of the freezer paper and washed with a detergent to remove any excess BJS. There is a companion product, Bubble Jet Set Rinse, but Synthrapol (another type of detergent) also works well, and I already had that on hand for dyeing fabric and clothing. The new labels are hung to dry and once dry are ready to use.
Here's what the labels look like:
Parting Shot: The Suit. As promised here are a few shots of me wearing the Prada inspired suit - with and without the jacket.