Thermal-silk screens are composed of a plastic layer and a sheer gauze layer heat melded together. When the screen is run through the thermal imaging machine with a black and white master print, the plastic is melted away where the black image is, leaving the screen exposed. Water soluble paints can then be applied to the screen to make a print on either fabric or paper. The thermal screens are edged with duct tape. The screens are a little more fragile than photo-silk screens but with care 100 or more prints can be made with each one.