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« Reply #130 on: May 01, 2010 11:13:23 PM »


Do y'all think it would work with a laser printer?

No it won;t. Laser printers lay down a powder that is fused to the paper or fabric. Inkjets use a liquid ink that soaks the fibers. The powder will flake off and can't be set into the fibers like the liquid ink.

« Reply #131 on: July 12, 2010 05:55:35 PM »

I just discovered that you could print directly on fabric, but I was really bummed out when I saw that I needed a special treatment for the cloth, because I live in a very lovely but quite understocked country! We get almost no products like this, especially in the city where I live. The most "specific" thing you could get for fabric painting would probably be just the typical fabric paint. But then I found your recipe!! Now I just have to hope I can find soda ash Smiley but I think I've seen it here before. So than you very very much! Cheesy
« Reply #132 on: April 14, 2011 02:35:13 AM »

this is FANTASTIC! i am so excited to try this.
Does anyone know what you can use an alternative to alum? I'm in the uk and it's so hard to find!
« Reply #133 on: April 19, 2011 01:39:34 PM »

Great job!! can't wait to see more of your tutorials on other projects. Thank you so much!! Wink

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« Reply #134 on: May 07, 2012 06:44:13 AM »

I'm also searching for alum substitutes as here it's impossible to get it... I searched the web for homemade mordants but most call for alum or iron water which would probably make the image darker/grayer as it has that effect on dyes... Any idea?
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« Reply #135 on: July 18, 2012 01:58:30 PM »

To try and answer some of your questions:

www.amazon.co.uk sell alum.

You could try substituting styptic powder for the alum.  Styptic powder is used by pet groomers and vets to stem bleeding caused when a blood vessel in a pet's nail is cut.  Styptic powder is available at any pet supply retailer and can be found alongside other pet first aid products. 

There are 3 ingredients in styptic powder and all are known to be used as mordants. 

I haven't tried it but I would guess that it would work given that all three ingredients are used as mordants.  If you are interested, the three ingredients are usually: 

Ferric Subsulfate, Potassium Alum and Zinc Sulphate

« Reply #136 on: November 18, 2012 06:17:49 AM »

thats AMAZING ! thank you

i just cant find freezer paper anywhere ! :S so if i glue regular printer paper to fabric, will it work ? .. what puzzles me is how i ll get to detach the fabric from paper after printing ?
« Reply #137 on: March 10, 2013 09:16:04 AM »

This recipe was great!  Thank you!  I had most of the ingredients already, what I didnt have is the alum which I found on www.dharmatrading.com (they are great and also sell small amounts of most chemicals).  I did add one step though....at the end when you wash the fabric I added a few drops of Dharma's Dye fixative, I let it sit for a few minutes and then gently washed the fabric (no sloshing or wringing!) Lay flat and let it dry and then iron.  My colors were outstanding.

I do have to say though, I have never had much luck with using adhesive spray or glue to attach to the printer.  I always use printer paper.  I just wish I could find flat (not rolled) freezer paper in 13x19 sheets.  Anyone know of a good source where you don't have to buy it in bulk.  A hundred sheet pack would be great!

« Reply #138 on: July 30, 2013 09:49:48 AM »

Hi I live in Australia and I don't know what Alum is. Can you please tell me? I'm a brand new Granny and want to make some quilt labels with your recipe!
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« Reply #139 on: December 19, 2013 02:45:36 PM »

Hi I live in Australia and I don't know what Alum is. Can you please tell me? I'm a brand new Granny and want to make some quilt labels with your recipe!

Sorry for the long delay in replying - I've made a huge move from Australia to the US!!  Before I left Australia, I was told you can't buy alum over the counter anymore - something to do with the druggos!!!  You can buy it on ebay Australia - just search alum powder on Ebay and there are many sellers.
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