Saturday, October 02, 2010
Laser Toner Transfer Decals
Here are some more experiments with the laser decals. I used a black and white photo that I took to make the decal. I increased the contrast a bit before printing it out. I love the way this works. These are water slide decals. The toner in the in the laser printer has to contain iron and it has to be a black and white only printer. At Chico State we get our transfer paper from Bel Decal. Here is some info on the process from Ceramic Arts Daily.
I actually layered this transfer over another image making technique. This drippy, black, organic shape was created with a photo lithography technique similar to the one I was using last semester. This technique is done on leather hard clay while the decals go on top of the glaze. This time, instead of using xerox copies, I used Pronto Plates and drew the image directly onto the plate with a sharpie marker and then inked it up with the linseed oil/mason stain ink. Pronto Plates are are made of polyester and the technique is referred to as polyester plate lithography. It is well adapted to use with clay but I would suggest trying it out on a flat tile instead of a round cylinder. The plate is like thin plastic and likes to spring back when trying to wrap it around something. This image is nice and crisp with the right glaze. I did about six tumblers with the image and this is the only one that ran. Glaze matters. This is the only one I used a different glaze on. But I can't remember which one! I kind of like this drippy, ethereal thing going on.
This test is interesting, not because the tumbler is so wonky, but because I layered a celadon over mamo and it crazed a lot at the bottom where they overlap. The crazing caused the decal to split apart along the craze lines. This could be used to create some way cool effects.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I took the day off to be domestic. Lol, like running around town shopping and then cooking is taking the day off. But I had a good time and that's all that matters. Oh, I did sneak over to the studio and unloaded some kilns, but that only took an hour so it doesn't really count. Can you blame me? I had to see how my stuff came out. Delish!