Custom made screens

A6Thermofax screen service – custom made screens

Suitable imagery

Images must be in black and white. Images with fine detail work well. Avoid large solid areas of black. Check out my Ready made screen gallery page to get an idea of the type of image that works well.

You need to allow for room around the image and the inside measurement of the screen. See table below for the largest image size which will fit in each of the available frames. If your image is too large for a particular size frame, either reduce the size or choose a larger frame.

I can accept images in the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, GIF or PDF. For best results, a resolution of at least 300dpi is preferred. If necessary, manipulate your photo/image in Photoshop or similar program to get a clear, crisp image.


If you send me an image to make a custom screen, please ensure that it is either copyright free, or you own the copyright, or have express permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it.

Care and cleaning

While thermofax screens are an excellent substitute for traditional silk screens, they need to be treated much more gently. No robust scrubbing!

Clean up as soon as you are finished printing. NEVER let acrylic paints/screen printing inks dry on the screen, or it will be ruined. Thickened dye will wash out even after it has dried, but it is best to get into the habit of washing your screens as soon as you are finished. If you are working with a number of screens, have something like a kitty litter tray with water in it nearby and just drop your screen in there to prevent it drying out until you are finished printing. However, don’t leave the screens soaking in water for a long period – it will cause the mesh to start lifting from the plastic backing (how do I know? – I got called away at the end of a printing session and went off and left a tray of screens soaking in the sink for a week!)

Rinse off surface medium with cool water, then wipe with a soft cloth. Never scrub or use abrasives. Pat dry with an old bath towel, paying particular attention around the edges to remove any paint that has seeped under the frame/duct tape.  Some paints, particularly metallics may leave some staining.  This will not be a concern, providing the mesh is not clogged with paint.

Make sure the screens are thoroughly dry before storing out of direct sunlight/heat.

Understanding sizes

There are three sizes (measurements in centimetres). The image cannot go right to the edges of the screen, or there will be nowhere to lay down the print medium and lift off the squeegee after printing, or to tape the screen to a frame. The ‘available image area’ is the maximum recommended area for an image for each of the screen sizes shown.



Available image area

Small     A6

9.5 x 12.5

7 x 10

Medium    A5

12.5 x 20

10 x 18

Large    A4

20.5 x 26.5

18 x 23




You can choose to just have the screen, without it being mounted in a frame. If you choose this option, you will need to reinforce the edges of the mesh with duct tape or similar. This works well for the small size, but I would recommend a frame for the larger sizes, especially if you are new to thermofax screen printing.  Alternatively, if you own a conventional silk screen, you can tape the mesh to the underside and screen print through that.


Prices include standard postage within Australia.


Mounted in frame


Small    A6



Medium    A5



Large    A4



 Extra large A3



Please note I cannot send by Express Post, as Australia Post does not offer that service in my postcode.

Payment method

By cheque to:

Hilary Metcalf
30 Coastal Court

By direct deposit online or in person

Bank ANZ

Account name – Hilary Metcalf

BSB – 012997

Account No. 264355753

Sending image

Email me at Thermofaxscreens [at] gmail [dot] com


Contact me and I will do my best to help.


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