Frequently Asked Questions:

General Questions

You have a weird company name.

That's not really a question is it?

How much does a shirt cost?

Details make a HUGE difference on this one.

  • Type of shirt
  • Quantity
  • Sizes
  • Color
  • Number of ink colors and print locations
  • Whether or not the art is ready to print without extra work
  • Deadlines

The possible combinations of details are endless, and it all affects the final price.

What Payments do you accept?

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
    • In-person: Through Square
    • Online: Through Square or PayPal
  • Checks from Businesses, Schools, Government Entities
    Made out to "Crazed Lemming Productions"

When do I pay?

For custom orders, at least 50% is required upfront.

Local Delivery/Pickup: Remainder is due before or at time of delivery.

Shipments: 100% is due before shipment.

Allowances are made for large organizations such as schools that issue POs.

Shipping Information

All orders ship from Oklahoma City.

Small orders usually go out via USPS. Larger orders usually ship via FedEx or UPS.

Being centrally located allows most shipments to reach anywhere in the continental US within a few days.

How long does it take?

Turnaround times depend on the specific project and current scheduling.

Basic T-shirt Orders - Usually 1-2 weeks

Small-Medium Button Orders - Usually 2-4 days

Everything Else - Request a quote

Screen Printing Questions

What is the minimum order?

For most items, it's 1 dozen pieces per ink color & print location

  • Example 1: Shirts with one-color front print  ... minimum: 12 shirts
  • Example 2: Shirts with three-color back print ... minimum: 36 shirts
  • Example 3: Shirts with one-color front print & three-color back print ... minimum: 48 shirts

Can you do individual names and/or numbers?

Yup, but they're not screen printed.

For individual names and numbers, it's much more cost effective to use transfer material and heat press them onto the garments. It's the way most sports jerseys are customized.

All kinds of transfer materials are available these days. Everything from thin, super soft fashion films to the old-school heavy vinyl and flocks.

How large can you print?

T-shirts:
Usually 12in x 12in. Depending on the design, it's sometimes possible to sneak it up to about 12.5in wide by 15in tall.

Other Apparel:
Some garments present their own odd limits. Ladies tees and tanks might be really narrow, hoodies have a limited vertical space between the collar and pocket, etc

Other Stuff:
Some larger sizes are possible on objects like posters, but anything over 12.5" x 18.5" has much higher setup costs.

What kind of art do I need to send?

Almost anything can be be used, but professional print-ready art is strongly preferred.

The best is properly prepared Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator files (.PSD or .AI).

Napkin scribbles and low quality images take a lot more labor to prepare for printing, and might even be completely unusable.

>>Much more detailed info on artwork

Can I provide my own shirts?

Most likely "No." Not all shirts are created equal, and more often than not customer-supplied shirts cause problems.

Crazed Lemming uses quality garments intended for the imprinting industry. Almost every possible style is available.

>>A few basic apparel catalogs

What is this "Setup Fee" and "Art Fee" business?

Whether the end result is 10 items or 1000 items, there's a lot of labor and supplies that go into a project before anything is printed.

The Full Process:

  1. Artwork:
    Art is created/edited/prepared digitally at a high enough resolution to get a good print and carefully separated into the various colors needed to recreate the design in ink. Depending on the design this can take hours of labor.
  2. Film Output:
    Each color in a design is printed separately on special clear films called Positives. They're like negatives in traditional photography but positive and full size.
  3. Screen Prep:
    The screens are very fine polyester mesh (up to 300 threads per inch). They have to been cleaned & degreased, dried, coated with a special UV reactive emulsion, and dried again. (A bit of dust or other contaminate during this phase can ruin the final screen.)
  4. Screen "Burning":
    Each screen is paired with a positive film and exposed to a strong UV light. The UV causes the emulsion coating to harden. The image on the positive blocks light in the design areas and prevents the emulsion in those areas from reacting.
  5. Washout:
    The burned screen is washed with water to rinse away the unhardened emulsion leaving bare mesh, which will allow ink to pass through the design. The screen has to be dried again.
  6. Inspection and Press Setup:
    The hardened emulsion is checked for problems. The screens then get mounted on the press, and the edges get taped to keep ink out of the corners.
  7. Almost There:
    Inks are prepared, screens get aligned for multi-color prints, and test prints are made.

    -------
    Now we're ready to print!
    -------
  8. Printing:
    Each item is loaded on the press, ink is forced through the screen with a squeegee, and the ink is cured according to the ink system being used. For textile inks, curing usually means heating it to 320°F.

    -------
    Done printing
    -------
  9. Cleanup:
    Excess ink is scooped up. All ink and tape residue gets cleaned from the screens and tools.

 

Oklahoma City USA and Worldwide

© 2017 Crazed Lemming Productions