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Our eyeballs were grabbed this month by a dazzling display from

Brighouse-based Axznt. The pictured rhinestone and DTG design

was created for Déjà Vu Dance Crew from Glasgow, explains Axznt

director Ess Green. Aptly enough, Déjà Vu was a returning custom-

er who many will recognise as a the semi-final act from this year’s

Britain’s Got Talent TV show.

“They travel quite a lot to perform and compete; on this occasion

they were going to Germany for the European Championships,”

explains Ess. The owner/choreographer Vicki Williamson said that

she wanted something colourful with a little bit of bling including

the German flag, and from that brief Ess created a design using

Corel Draw with “royalty-free urban vector elements, halftones and

a bit of imagination”.

Axznt specialises in rhinestone design (Ess’s business partner is

Lizzie Carr of Rhinestones Online), and has a plotting machine im-

ported from Asia, which came with rhinestone software. “We can

produce rhinestone transfers with up to five different sizes or col-

ours,” says Ess. “There was approximately 850 rhinestones in each

design. The print itself was done using our newly acquired Epson

SC-F2000 DTG printer. The quality of the result was down to the

correct pre-treatment ratio, which takes some testing. I use a 2:1

ratio of de-ionised water/pre-treatment as a guide, but tend to put

a little extra pre-treatment in to make it a little bit thicker to help the

white base sit better, therefore [resulting in] brighter colours.”

The T-shirt used was the B&C Exact 150 as it is available for a

wide range of ages, which is essential for a dance school where

the ages range from four to 20 years old.

“We really try to fuse different types of printing media together

for a dynamic result – follow us on Instagram for ideas and get in

touch for advice if you need any! We can produce bespoke rhine-

stone transfers for you to offer more to your clients,” says Ess.


Decorated product of the month

If you would like to nominate a garment for decorated product

of the month – your own or another designer’s – email us at:

, putting ‘Decorated product of

the month’ as the subject.

Déjà Vu Dance Crew in Germany

The rhinestone and DTG design

New M&R DigiTone filter simulates

screen effects on DTG prints

M&R has introduced the DigiTone halftone filter to its line of direct-to-

garment printers (DTG). The new filter simulates traditional halftone

screen printing effects and will make it possible for screen printers to

use their M&R M-Link machines for prepress testing.

By selecting the DigiTone filter setting, M-Link operators can now

print a traditional amplitude modulated halftone dot, and choose

the dot size and the angle (including the 22.5-degree angle found in

standard screen separations) at which these dots will appear.

DTG printers, such as M&R’s M-Link and M-Link X, typically use dith-

ering, which enables them to create smoother colour transitions than

are possible with the halftone method used in four-colour process

screen printing of full-colour images. For most DTG printing, dither-

ing will remain the preferred setting; however, by using the DigiTone

filter, printers will be able to produce digital prints that are said to

be “extremely close to screen printed images”. This will enable the

operator and customer to make alterations quickly and easily prior to

striking off proofs on the screen printing press.

The DigiTone filter also opens the door to the digitally decorating

garments with analogue screen printing effects, such as simulated

process prints.

M&R’s simulated halftone technology is available on all new M-Link

and M-Link X models.


M&R’s DigiTone halftone filter [left] and a standard dithered image [right]

Annette Davie

has rejoined the embroidery team at MyWork-

wear, having left the Telford-based workwear supplier 17 years

ago to work in the care

industry. Her appoint-

ment comes during a

time of expansion and

recruitment for My-


“We are delighted that

Annette has rejoined the

team at MyWorkwear,”

commented managing

director James Wor-

thington. “The demand

for our services has

required us to increase head count in most departments within

the company. I wish Annette all the best in her new role and

look forward to working with her.”



James welcomes Annette to the

embroidery team