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Topic: Help needed - solvent that transfers photocopies to fabric? (not screen but diy)  (Read 1453 times)
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« on: September 15, 2006 02:08:58 AM »

Sorry this ain't screenprinting but I couldn't find another forum that quite fit, so I thought there might be a cross-over, and also that people here might find the technique particularly diy & interesting.

There's a solvent you can get from hardware shops that when you add to a photocopy, the photocopy ink transfers to the fabric and apparently it's washfast too...  can anyone help?

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2006 11:05:42 AM »

hmmm.. i don't know, but I'd be curious to find out. I've done wintergreen oil transfers of photocopies to paper, and used transfer markers for the same purpose (transferring onto paper.) I believe you could use those to transfer onto fabric, though I don't know if it would be washable. Perhaps if you sealed it?

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2006 04:39:19 PM »

you can use either xylene or lacquer thinner .. they both work about the same
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2006 05:40:25 PM »

It's not a solvent you find in hardware stores but a pen, i found this link:


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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2006 05:56:02 PM »

i don't know that a blender pen (which is xylene based...please note that xylene is very toxic) would work on fabric...or acetone for that matter...i would think it would depend on the material being used...i have been trying to find similar info and came across two pages on fabric image transfers... don't know how well they would wash though...



« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2006 11:24:31 AM »

I use laquer thinner available at all hardware stores for very cheap. Don't bother with those transfer pen thingies, they don't work as well and are more expensive. There is a full tutorial here:
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2006 10:52:15 PM »

dont know if this is exactly what you are looking for but check this thread out:

edited to add that there is a kit on here:
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2006 05:38:15 PM »

I've used wintergreen oil on ribbon and it transfers the toner from a laser print (b&W or color) beautifully - but I have no idea if it is washable. You can find wintergreen oil at pharmacies and places that sell essential oils.


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