More about Making Transfers using Inkjet Printers

Tony Stephens

In an earlier paper, I described the development of a method of making enamel transfers using an inkjet printer. The purpose of this paper is to describe further experimentation which has broadened the range of transfer types made possible using the technique.

The basis of the technique is the printing of high contrast images on a slightly "tacky" paper (Unical from Pottery Craft, Tel: 01782 745000). The non-absorbent nature of the Unical retards the drying of the ink and, when enamel powder is dusted onto the paper, it will selectively adhere to the wet ink. Gentle sweeping of a feather across the surface will clean away all the enamel which is not "fixed" to the ink.

Since any artwork is likely to be much smaller than a standard sheet of A4, you need only use a piece of Unical which is slightly larger than the artwork, attaching it to the sheet which is to be fed into the printer with double sided tape. Modern micro dot printers use significantly less ink than was formerly the case, so, to give yourself as much time as possible to apply the enamel, it is worth positioning the artwork on the last part of the page to be printed.

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