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Element Control Ties

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"Element Control" features a graphic, minimalist slice of a wonderfully geometric circuit board screen. This is party of a limited run of ties printed from real, vintage circuit board patterns. This is the 8th in the series. The print extends very high up on the tie, approx. 18" (46 cm) from the bottom point; perfect to be seen from under a vest or jacket. This vintage screen, to the best of our knowledge, appears were used to print circuit boards for appliance control panels. This one is from an oven - you can even make out the tiny words "element" "hi fan" and "lo fan!"

LIMITED EDITION! As is the nature of vintage screens, once these screens die, that's it. (Not knowing the emulsion it was made with, they might hold up for a week, they might last for years!)

Silk is available in Regular width, only.


In June of 2011, we took delivery of a literal truckload of vintage screens destined to be repurposed, as we've done many times before. (Blank screens are quite costly; it is customary to reuse old screens many times -- also, makes for a happier planet!) Usually they're festooned with the remains of custom T-shirt graphics, including the less-than-engaging likes of "Uncle Larry's 40th Birthday" or "Herbert's Down Home Family Reunion, YEEHAW! This time, when the light caught them, all these glorious, old circuit board and electronics schematics appeared. Obviously, annihilating these treasures was not going to happen, and after pacing, staring, agonizing over the fact that circuit boards have been done to death already, we just couldn't resist the serendipity any longer, considering our fascination with electronics history.

So, we decided to find the best aesthetically pleasing portions of those screens, get the line-up perfect, and produce as many as possible on as many ties as they could print before they give up the ghost. In the machine. (Sorry.) When fabricating actual circuit boards, silkscreens are used to print etch-resistant inks on to the board to protect the copper foil. Subsequent etching removes the unwanted copper and one is left with the desired copper pattern for conductivity. Destined for the landfill, a few have been damaged already in storage, there are strange bits on some of them, some odd splotches on others, but we're excited and feel very lucky indeed to be able to bring these to you.

When you're the first to be decked out with one of these at your hacker space, local convention or board meeting, (be proud) and let your friends know. The language of old circuits should never die.

standard width is 3.75-4" narrow is 2.75-3" skinny is 1.75-2" at is widest point all 58" long

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Bethany Shorb of Cyberoptix TieLab (03:34)
Bethany Shorb of Cyberoptix TieLab recently acquired a stash of old used silkscreens to be reclaimed and reused to print her tie designs. But a closer inspection revealed something too interesting to wash out, and these industrial cast-offs generate some truly unique ties.
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