This is a review of my own opinions, I was not compensated in anyway.
Hubs and I watch a lot of Shark Tank. At one point, we saw the Lumi Photo Printing Kit and thought it was cool. You can either print out a negative or order one from the app and then you use the sun to print pictures onto t-shirts. Like screen printing. But with the sun. It sounded cool but did not get a deal. A few weeks later, Lumi was on Zulily and I decided to pick up a kit for Hubs.
We decided to use the kit to make shirts for Macadamia Nut. Every kid has had their own shirt that has their name on it and then on the back it says “Mom” or “Dad” or “Brother.”
Hubs decided to go with a Hawaiian theme and chose 5 honu to swim across our chest. We broke out the direction and got to printing.
In a darkened room, lay out your chose shirt. There’s a cardboard thingy to stick into the shirt so the dye doesn’t spread to the back of the shirt.
Then, spread the dye out over the shirt. Hubs wanted it to look smudgy, watercolor-ish so he spread it out everywhere.
Place the negatives onto your shirt. I say negatives because for some reason, you had to print TWO sheets per shirt. The instructions say the negatives are reusable but as we were making 4 shirts, by the time we got to the last shirt, the negative was pretty faded.
Let the shirt sit outside in the sun for 12-20 minutes, depending on sun exposure. It was a little cloudy so we left it out longer than 20 minutes. As you can see from the picture, it didn’t turn out so well.
The final step is to wash the shirts in the laundry detergent that comes with the package. Can you tell how well it worked? Hubs poor face says it all. Literally all the dye that was under the negative faded away. I’m so upset! I feel like I wasted a present.
Along the way, there were several cons and I think we both realized that the shirts wouldn’t turn out. The two biggest cons were:
1. You had to print 2 sheets per design. The kit came with 4 sheets of paper and 4 ink packets which would suggest you could make 4 different pictures but not so.
2. The dye did not stick. Obviously if the dye didn’t work, the product was a waste of time.
Such a bummer. I should have listened when the Sharks said the kit was a dud.