I've never tried this on wood, but I imagine it would work. Try one of the
image transfer papers that are used to make T-shirts.
I found this locally at Office Max last year:
Let us know how it works
On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 16:57:40 +0000, clare in brampton
Flatten the maple really well and use iron-on transfer material from
your local office supply store.
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The T shirt transfer paper will likely work but be aware :
a) Minimize the "blank" area. This paper does not transfer the ink, but
rather melts a plastic film which contains the ink, onto the T shirt or in
this case wood. Any blank area from the paper will then melt onto the wood,
which will hamper staining/finishing. I would cut out as close to the image
as possible using an Xacto type of knife.
b) If you are finishing the wood, do a test to see if this material is
melted by the solvents in the finish.
c) Another reason for testing is to see if the resultant colours are to
your liking. Pigment based inks, such as ink jet ink, are designed to be
used on white material. Even grey paper causes a major shift in the
apparent colour of the inks, which can make an image appear very
undesirable. Although maple is "cream" it will still result in some colour
Sure, as long as you're talking about black-and-white line art -- use any
decent computer graphics package to reverse the image. Then print out the
reversed image on your inkjet, and photocopy it. Then iron-on the photocopy.
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Go to an Internet art supplier and type transfer in the search engine.
Try this one.
I don't know anything about any of the things offered. I don't know how
they act when finish is applied over them.
Also do an Internet search on lazertran. It looks interesting.
If you're looking for the cheapest way to do a decal where you can go to
a hobby store and buy one individual decal sheet instead of bulk from
the Internet, see my recent post about using decals to transfer images
to wood or metal.
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