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Okay, Okay... I'm VERY late getting this up, and my sincere apologies to all
that have been waiting for this tutorial. I have two - A video (which I have to find out
how to get up here) and the pictures below. I was up till the wee hours this morning trying
to get the video done, as to my chagrin, I found out that if I take video with my tablet
in the Portrait Position, it comes out COCK-EYED! UGH!!! lol Oh well. I'll get it posted hopefully
tonight when I get home so you can see the whole thing in action. Any movie posting
pros in the forum are welcome to let me in on a secret to make it easy
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Are you using an inkjet printer or laser for this?

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Laser. Haven't tried inkjet. In my video I hope to post in here I ask ppl to let me know if it works.

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Laser. Haven't tried inkjet.
You cock your picture taker, then your pictures come out straight.

Won't work with inkjet, entirely different. I had forgotten that I used inkjet when transferring designs onto steel to etch, so recently did a lot of research on how to do it, then ran across one of my old threads (not here) and it all came back to me.

Barb, the wintergreen method is MUCH simpler then inkjet, much, and I would say easier to get good results with.
With inkjet you print your pattern on a sheet of paper, then when you see where it is on the paper (I used fairly small patterns), you tape a piece of plastic over the pattern on the paper (I used window seal plastic), then run it thru the printer again. Then you gently lay the pattern over your wood/metal, and gently flatten it, a paint brush is good for this. I've not tried this on wood yet, just metal, and it was sometimes a bit hard to make out the lines. Somewhere around here I've still got an Altoid tin with a rather nice Chinese dragon on it.

I've just finished a Phoenix for a cane. Normally I'd just free hand my cane designs, but this one I'd do a lousy job, because of it's detail. So, a transfer is the answer. I had been planning on making a rubber stamp to do it, but passing on that for now.
Here's my Phoenix design.
Here's my dragon transfer.
And my dragon etched.
A rose nicely transferred.
And a rose, showing how easy it is to smear the transfer with too much pressure.
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It is super easy Theo but there has to be an easier way for inkjet as well. Also, I'm being told that when using the wintergreen oil you should wear rubber gloves. Using the oil the way I did with the rounds it didn't get through the cotton to really touch me but for safety reasons I'm going to recommend anyone who uses it to wear gloves to protect your skin.

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It is super easy Theo but there has to be an easier way for inkjet as well.
Well, if I recall right, I used to use a hot iron to iron patterns onto wood. Depending on the type of wood, could come out very light.

This seems pretty much the standard for inkjet transfers. How To Transfer An Inkjet Print Onto Wood - YouTube Or something along those general lines that is, where you have to spend money. For what I will be doing, my will work just fine. I'll be painting over some of the line, and I'll be going over all the lines with a marker when I'm finished anyway, so as long as I can see the line, I'm happy. For freehand routing, I would think this would be perfectly acceptable also.

This is what I'll be doing, paint by numers, without the numbers.
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I really like this technique Barb and I see I can order wintergreen oil from Amazon. Now if only I had a laser printer instead of an inkjet. Looks like I may have to make a trip to the local copy center.

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Barb, the forum does not allow upload of any video formats.

You will have to put the video on youtube and paste a link in the forum.

It must be easy, even I can do it.......LOL.

The forum videos at the top of the home page are also on youtube.

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I really like this technique Barb and I see I can order wintergreen oil from Amazon. Now if only I had a laser printer instead of an inkjet. Looks like I may have to make a trip to the local copy center.
I'm glad you like it, Oliver. My laser printer was less than $100 I think. I have the Brother HL-2240.
Inexpensive, and a good printer. I'll keep working on a way to use the Inkjet. Seems to me
I used the inkjet one time to transfer, and used the technique that Theo mentioned above.
However, as with the laser printer, I would set your ink to highest quality. You'll go through
more ink, but should be able to transfer using a spray bottle of water, and a hot iron.
And using this method, I would recommend that you sand the wood smooth.

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hi Barb ,Sorry I'm ignorant, but what the hell is Winter green oil and why is it harmful to the skin
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