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Question by angela
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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I would love to use the transfer technique using copied images onto polymer clay. My problem is - I can't seem to find anyone with a toner copier. Has anyone had similar problems, or any luck finding one? Does anyone know of any other similar techniques? I have been experimenting with liquid polymer, but it's just not the same.


Answer by Janet
Submitted on 4/12/2004
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I found a technique for transferring images to clay using transfer paper and an inkjet printer.  (Transfer paper is what you use to make images to iron on to fabric.) There are a number of brands available, but I have only tried Hanes T-Shirtmaker Easy Peel Iron On Transfer paper, available at their web site, and probably at Wal-Mart.

The technique is simple:  Print out your image (remember to flip it first using your image software if it has letters or you want to make sure you don't have a mirror image.)  Roll out clay to about 1/8 inch on waxed paper.  Place transfer paper ink side down on clay.  Burnish to remove any air bubbles.  Pick up clay and turn it over on a tile, with the transfer paper face DOWN on the tile. Peel away the waxed paper and place a second tile smooth side down on top of the clay. Bake for recommended time and temp.  Remove from oven.  Flip over so that when top tile is removed, you have the clay with the image paper on top.  Allow to cool thoroughly.  Carefully peel off transfer paper to reveal image.  I have varnished with Future, haven't tried Flecto and haven't tried baking a second time yet.  I think, however, it would work to bake again if you put the Future on it.  Otherwise, you can bake your backing pieces separately and just glue to the back of your image slice.


Answer by Soldier Of Christ
Submitted on 11/3/2004
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Waxed paper cut to fit in your printer works great if you can handle the hassles of getting it to print right. You have to mirror the image just like with iron on transfers, and be very careful not to allow the paper to slide when transferring the image, but the transfer is ready as soon as fast as the opposing surface can soak up the ink. this works regardless of color and has no border like with an iron on transfer.


Answer by 2cool4skool
Submitted on 4/4/2005
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