View Full Version : Ceramic transfers????
02-05-2007, 09:34 AM
Thank you so much for the help with my last post, the names given were of a real help.
I was wondering if it is possible to make your own transfers to use on a piece of ceramic stoneware/earthware/porcelain?? I have some text out of a book that I would very much like to use as decoration but I dont know if my approach is possible.
Also, if the above is workable, could you create a transfer based upon a photograph? Something along the lines of scan the photo and then somehow have that image made into a transfer???
Thanks again in anticipation,
Yup what you are asking is possible. Not sure where you are based, if you are in the US I think they call them decals and they can be made with any scannable/printable image, which is then fired onto already glazed ware. There are companies which do this or I have seen special printing paper you can buy and then fire on to your pottery, this is a UK company http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/white%20water-slip%20decals.htm
02-06-2007, 02:17 AM
You can also make your own transfers by using the 'old' silkscreen route.
You need a computer and silkscreens,special paper,silkscreen medium ,coating medium etc.
If you are interested I suggest you read a book about silkscreen printing.
Tip to keep things simple with silkscreens (in case you don't need huge
amounts of copy's);Print only in one dark color(now you need only one
screen).The other colors you paint in with a brush and ceramic paint.
Today there is also a printer available with ceramic inkt to do the job.
Best to go to a company who do this technique.
You can order a few transfers at relative low costs.
02-06-2007, 09:47 AM
the waterslide decal papers (Lazertran, for example) work easily and well for multicolor images, but cannot be fired after application, therefore any topcoat must be no-fire (acrylic, etc). the only fire-able decals i've seen are 1. pre-printed/non-customizable, and 2. neutral-tone, usually sepia. links for these can be found at http://www.clayzee.com, under "decals".
02-06-2007, 03:14 PM
I used to work for a lady that got custom firable decals made. They were multicolored and even gold luster. I don't know where she ordered from(she kept secrets I was only her glaze and kiln tech) but she had to order each design in bulk to get them.
But there is a book I used to own pre-hurricane about printing on ceramics, I got it from axner but a search of their website didn't find it. But I found these online directions to one method.
02-06-2007, 03:39 PM
Oh I just remebered. If you want to add text you could make a rubber stamp with the text on it. They have these kits at office suppy stores where you can build your own rubber stamp from letter. Just get yourself a ceramic stamp pad(it has oxides instead of ink) and stamp away. Another way of getting a rubber stamp of text is to get a custom rubber stamp made. I did this with my signiture when I was making a bulk of amulets for a gallery give away. A kinko or sir speedy could do this for you. Get a clean copy of what you want printed(no stray marks) and take to the printer to get the stamp made. It took me about a week to get the stamp back.
Note: Be careful using text out of books, it is likely copyrighted and use of it could cause a lawsuit if you attempted to sell the work.
02-06-2007, 08:43 PM
SDL Productions has the possibility's to print full-color images in small amounts.
With an adapted printer the transfers are printed instead of silkscreened.
02-07-2007, 02:56 AM
i am based in australia and i regularly get digitally printed decals made from photographs for use on porcelain from a company called decal specialists in victoria.
they make decals for glass, ceramic and non fire use. i am sure you can find a company similar to them wherever you are.
i found these guys by searching the web (ceramic+decal+print:)
you can also use photocopied images and do a transfer release which comes out like a sepia. there is a good website on ceramic and printing you can check out for more info
03-08-2007, 02:30 AM
There is a very easy to use system can do this, just like you use your office orinter, check the website http://www.dcphub.com/process.htm abd see how the boy do this.
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