How to Make Transferred Images
Transfer paper allows you to transfer images onto other surfaces. The images allowing the metal
(or other surface) to shine through what used to be the unprinted, or "white," area of the copied image.
The result gives you an ethereal vintage look to your finished piece.
1. Cut and arrange toner based copied images to fit metal surface. Bright and saturated colors work best.
(Do not use ink jet copies, they will not work). leaving a smooth image. Other laser papers may leave
fibers or film behind.
2. Prepare the surface of the metal by lightly sanding it with 400 or 600 grit sandpaper (surface should
be matte). Clean surface with rubbing alcohol to make sure the metal is clean and free of oil or dirt.
3. To apply the image, brush an even layer (not too thin) to the surface with a flat brush.
4. Press the image face down onto the solution. Carefully press from the center out to make sure the
image is in full contact with the surface of the metal. Press out any air bubbles. Remove excess solution
from the edges. Let the piece dry.
5. Place the piece in a pre-heated oven and bake at 325° F (160C) for 30 minutes. An embossing heat tool
will also work well, heat the piece on a heatproof surface for about one minute (rubberstamp stores carry
6. Remove the piece from the oven and let cool. It is important to cool before removing the paper.
7. Soak in water for at least 10 minutes. Gently rub the back of the paper off with your fingers using your
fingernails to roll the paper off, start in the center working outwards. Work under water to keep the paper
soaked and to prevent tearing. Be careful not to catch the edges of the image. A 3M Wet/Dry
(1200 grit-blue) abrasive sheet works great under water to remove the remaining layer of fibers
(which appear as a white film until removed). Finish by drying and buffing with a cloth until the surface
feels smooth; an old t-shirt, dish owel (the flour sack type), or the knee of your denim jeans works well
to buff the surface. With the Paper, you will only need a bit of buffing and may not need to sand at all
to remove the paper fibers.
8. To protect and seal the image, brush one coat of the matte or gloss sealer over the image and heat set
as directed for an extra durable finish. (325° F / 160C for metal and glass, 275° F / 135C for plastics).
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