Originally Posted by OutoftheWoodwork View Post
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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