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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Transfer gel lampshade on: July 01, 2009 11:33:16 AM
I am so happy with the way this project turned out!



I've been wanting to try this project for a long time! I used photo transfer gel to transfer photos to a plain white lampshade. The photos were taken in Sitka, Alaska



First I printed copies of photos I wanted to use. Make sure they are the right size to cover your project! The makers of the transfer gel, however, suggest using high quality copies, as ink jet print outs may fade over time.





The gel is also a glue! I used wax paper or freezer paper to cover the table.



I applied the gel in three coats, allowing each one to dry. The first coat must be vertical, the second horizontal, the third diagonal. It took about half an hour for each coat to dry.



The images have to soak in warm water for ten minutes. After they soaked, I put them face down on a vinyl tablecloth.



While the images were still wet, I peeled away the paper from the back. This step was hard, as it came off in very small chunks. The directions recommend gently buffing the paper with a lint-free towel to wipe away the bulk of the paper.



I let the paper dry and then applied it to the lamp. First I applied a thin layer of the gel to the shade, applied the paper, and then painted another thin layer over that. Then I trimmed away a little extra paper from the top and bottom and folded it under! The gel is pretty sticky, so it holds well.



Finished!
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