Modish podish inkjet transfer
As most of you know by now, I design and make my own canes. Actually, the cane part is just , one design, but the handles are various designs. Most of the handles I can make, then draw out the design freehand in a minute or so. But have about 5 or so designs (doubled because each side will be the same but reversed) that are detailed enough that drawing them out freehand would take lots of time, at least an hour for each side, and that is a major PITA, besides the probability of screwing up. So, been looking for a suitable print transfer method, something with dark lines, and not have to buy pricey paper or goo to do it. I have an inkjet printer (not buying a new printer until this one goes kaput) so to get the dark print, and detail, I want would have to buy. So been experimenting.
Seems a number of people have success doing inkjet transfers using mod podge, and similar. Mod podge seems to go for around $10 for a small bottle. But then I found out that mod podge is actually a PVA glue. Titebond II is a PVA glue. Ah ha, sayeth I. Searched around a bit more. Turns out that Elmer's washable glue is used in conjunction. So got a bottle of clear washable Elmer's glue at one of the Dollar stores, 5oz for about $1, already had the Titebond II. The process is cheap as all heck, and simple. Only thing it takes awhile to actually do, because you need time for the glue to dry. Anyway, had a block of wood I'd tried a couple of other experiments on, so could have been a bit clearer.
Brushed a layer of the Elmer's on a piece of copy paper. Think 2 layers would have been better. Let it dry overnight. Then printed the picture below. Used that because it is small and very detailed - wanted to see how this would do with all that detail. Then got the wood, brushed a layer of Titebond II on it. Think 2 layers would have been better. Then laid the print down on the wet Titebond. Let it sit overnight. Then soaked the paper with water, used a piece of cloth to lightly brush the wet paper off. The wood is 2 1/2" x 3 1/3" so you have an idea of just how large the print is. Would have been clearer if I hadn't taken the picture with my phone, and if residue from the prior experiment hadn't been on the wood. But the detail on the whole show up nicely. I won't be doing anything with near as much detail, but the lines are nice and dark, which is what I want. I'll be trying this again, with cleaner wood, but think it will work well. Except for the time involved. But I don't expect to be making a huge amount of detailed cane handles, and can always find something to do while the glue drys. And it is cheap. And it works.
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Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.