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slick
« on: March 17, 2004 03:59:27 PM »





I've been wanting to do a stencil of Frida for a t-shirt, but haven't had the time to cut out a complicated stencil.  So,  I tried out this sulky transfer pen I had bought somewhere a while ago
http://www.sulkyonline.com/transferpens/

It came out more faded than it would if you did a stencil, but you can do different colors, and it's a good alternative if you have problems cutting detailed stencils like I do!  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2004 04:07:43 PM »

ooo! perfect timing! i had just given up on a stencil i was working on cause it was too detailed. this is the perfect solution!! thanks for the tip!

btw - do you have any idea where i can get those pens NOT on line? i am kind of on a deadline....
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2004 04:13:32 PM »

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ooo! perfect timing! i had just given up on a stencil i was working on cause it was too detailed. this is the perfect solution!! thanks for the tip!

btw - do you have any idea where i can get those pens NOT on line? i am kind of on a deadline....


Yeah...I got mine at a random fabric store, but I would bet you could get them at JoAnn's or some other fabric store!  Good luck!  
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2004 04:17:26 PM »

thanks so much!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2004 04:53:31 PM »

just a question, on the description of the pen, it said a "color coded image" what's that all about? pardon if it's lame to ask....
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2004 05:07:53 PM »

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just a question, on the description of the pen, it said a "color coded image" what's that all about? pardon if it's lame to ask....


Goddess: I'm not sure really!  I think it just means that you could color different parts of the image different colors, and then iron.  That's just a guess though!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2004 05:18:58 PM »

danke...I thought I was missing something totally crucial..lol

the shirt is way cool btw
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2004 06:24:29 PM »

I like that...cool project.   =)
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retrokitten
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2004 06:48:39 PM »

I think the sulky pens are commonly used to transfer embroidery designs to fabric (actually I'd been thinking about getting some for that.)  Maybe the "colour coded image" bit refers to that.  So that you would remember what colour floss to use where.

And I love the way you used them to make a stencil-like image, slick.  Great picture too! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2004 07:26:56 AM »

ooo! perfect timing! i had just given up on a stencil i was working on cause it was too detailed. this is the perfect solution!! thanks for the tip!

btw - do you have any idea where i can get those pens NOT on line? i am kind of on a deadline....

I imagine the transfer pen is just a pen with some sort of solvent in it?

You can also do transfers with laquer thinner or citrisolv (which you can probably get at a local grocery or hardware store).  You can use any photocopy or laserprint (color or b&w); you just put a piece of cardboard or wood under the fabric  you want to transfer onto, place the photocopy or laserprint image-side down on the fabric, sponge on some solvent (lacquer thinner, citrisolv...I've heard liter fluid works too, although I haven't used it), then burnish (rub)with the smooth side of a spoon.  I also heat set the image when I'm done (but only after I've let all the solvent fumes evaporate and closed up all my bottles).

some tips for using solvents to do transfers:

Wear solvent gloves/try not to get solvent on your skin (it won't burn or anything, but the solvent is absorbed into your skin and isn't good for you).  Citrisolv is all natural (made from orange peels), but I personally would still use gloves because I'm paranoid about chemicals.

Use in a well ventilated spot so you don't get all lightheaded (from experience).

When I work with a larger image and I want the transfer to be dark and even, I work on a small area, then move around the image in a set pattern (usually a spiral from the outside in), doing small, overlapping areas.  I also pin the image down (it helps to have a small margin on the image) so that it doesn't move as I burnish it.
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raine
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2004 12:55:14 PM »

Hmmm...this is very exciting because I was going to try this soon. I have this thing called a blender pen which I have used to transfer images onto paper and other surfaces, but I have been wondering if it would work on fabric. It smells really strong, so I think its proabably just a similar kind of solvent as you were describing, monkeyrocker. I was hesitant to try it because I thought it might discolour or do something wierd to the fabric.
My other question is whether the solvent transfer will last through several washings, say if it were on a t-shirt. Do those sulky pen things last in the wash? Anyone know?
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melliott
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2004 06:21:34 AM »

you can also do transfers with wintergreen oil.  i get mine from the aromatherapy section of a health food store.  it smells nice and isn't quite so terrifyingly toxic.
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2004 08:45:30 AM »

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Hmmm...this is very exciting because I was going to try this soon. I have this thing called a blender pen which I have used to transfer images onto paper and other surfaces, but I have been wondering if it would work on fabric. It smells really strong, so I think its proabably just a similar kind of solvent as you were describing, monkeyrocker. I was hesitant to try it because I thought it might discolour or do something wierd to the fabric.
My other question is whether the solvent transfer will last through several washings, say if it were on a t-shirt. Do those sulky pen things last in the wash? Anyone know?


Hi laural,  I have a blender pen too, but I haven't tried it on fabric.  The sulky pen doesn't have any solvent in it, and it is specifically for fabric and says it's permanent, so I think it will withstand washings, though I haven't tried it yet.  
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2004 10:16:16 AM »

how do you use your blender pen to transfer things? is it like you would with acetone transfers? i've never been super happy with the results of that method but it DOES work on fabric.
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2004 10:28:08 AM »

This is really cool....
If you do a solvent transfer, can yo machine wash the fabric, no problem?
so many experiements... so little time..
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2004 10:37:41 AM »

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how do you use your blender pen to transfer things? is it like you would with acetone transfers? i've never been super happy with the results of that method but it DOES work on fabric.


shs:  well, you just make sure you have a photocopy (the solvent reacts with the toner, I think), and then you turn it photocopy side down (onto whatever you want to transfer it to) and then go over the image (with some pressure) with the pen.  They're cool...but often a bit grainy and distorted...a cool effect for art, but maybe not as great on a t-shirt.
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2004 11:00:07 AM »

I have found you can get a pretty good image with the blender pen. I think it depends in part on the photocopy quality and ink and how hard you press. If you burnish with a spoon or something, you get a clearer image.

I am going to try the blender pen on fabric this weekend, I'll let you know how it works out. I think if I heat set it, it will last longer. I will also look for those sulky pens, but I'm not sure where I can find them in my area (Vancouver). My back up is to try iron on transfers but it seems from this thread (http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=9;action=display;threadid=2257;start=0) that they don't last very well.
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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2004 11:10:31 AM »

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I will also look for those sulky pens, but I'm not sure where I can find them in my area (Vancouver).


laural--I bet you can find one at Dressew.  I'm down here in Seattle, and went up there recently and got tons of cool stuff there...it seems like they'd have them!  
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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2004 08:08:53 PM »

Love it. I did something similar using a photo of Frida and one of those iron on transfers that you print out with your printer. Those things are great, by the way. I made a couple of other t-shirts using graphics I created, and I also used them to iron some photographs onto stretched canvas.
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« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2004 02:17:50 AM »

I had never heard of/thought of this idea! Thank you all so much!  Just last night I was wishing I could stencil Disney's Robin Hood <my fave> onto a shirt, but I didn't think I would ever be able to make a stencil. Now I don't have to!! HOORAY!!
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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2004 08:23:38 AM »

Weeeelllllll, I have to admit (and share) that when I washed my t-shirt, the Frida faded even more.  Angry

But I also wasn't careful about washing her in cold water or anything.  After receiving my gocco printer on e-bay, I've decided that is the best route for me because I just can't cut out stencil details very well.  Here's my Frida via gocco:



And here's the thread about goccos:

http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=46;action=display;threadid=3271;start=msg31147#msg31147
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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2004 11:37:52 AM »

o0o0o0o0! that's so kewl i should make a shirt with a stencil on it! hmmmm...... what should i put on it......  Grin cute shirt
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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2004 04:55:41 PM »

That is really cool! I like it a lot! I kinda add to the effect of the picture!
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2004 12:20:52 PM »

My other question is whether the solvent transfer will last through several washings, say if it were on a t-shirt. Do those sulky pen things last in the wash? Anyone know?

My solvent transfers fade a little in the wash, but not any worse than a screenprint.  If you don't put it in the dryer it'll stay vibrant longer.
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2005 02:25:34 PM »

Fabulous work!!!  I actually used this SAME photo to make a stencil in photoshop, but I haven't had time to print and cut it yet!   Now I am inspired...   what's this gocco business I've been hearing so much about?  How much is it?  WHAT is it?    Huh

Weeeelllllll, I have to admit (and share) that when I washed my t-shirt, the Frida faded even more. Angry

But I also wasn't careful about washing her in cold water or anything. After receiving my gocco printer on e-bay, I've decided that is the best route for me because I just can't cut out stencil details very well. Here's my Frida via gocco:



And here's the thread about goccos:

http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=46;action=display;threadid=3271;start=msg31147#msg31147
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« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2005 02:53:36 AM »

I just think it should be recognized that it is soooo cool that you put Frida on a T-shirt
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« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2005 12:03:26 AM »

those are awesome shirts!
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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2007 12:56:03 AM »

That is so cool I love Frida!  I am an artist myself and I love her work.  I want to try those pens though they look awesome.  If you remember where you got them you will have to let me know.
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