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« on: February 11, 2013 12:27:40 PM »

Hi all,  I was hoping you might be able to help me.  I want to print a photograph onto fabric. 
I had a look at the tutorials, and saw the fabric printing one, but it's to print letters and not an
actual photo.

I know I need to get paper backed linen & heat & bond fusible interfacing.   Have any of you actually done this?

I want to do a few as birthday gifts (with pics of my friends kids) 

would you have any advise or pointers on the best method?

thanks and kind regards

Wispa
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013 06:44:05 PM »

I have done it myself, but onto items that were not really intended to be washed, using the homemade bubble jet set recipe posted here

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129537.0

I was very happy how it turned out.  It is not easy for me to find the commercial product here.

Other than that, there are the commercially available tansfer sheets, which I have seen used, but I was not happy with the results of those because of that plasticky feel of the transfer.


Here are the projects I made using the above tutorial, I was very happy with how they turned out.

http://onyxnox.blogspot.ca/2010/10/maybe-gods-can-help.html

When I printed, I set it to saturate as much colour as possible, because when you rinse, some of the colour is lost.  It may help to dry and heat set too, though I am not sure if it makes a difference.

Oh yes, and prewash your fabrics beforehand to remove any sizing which may prevent colour adhering.

Also, I have been meaning to try this, a local dye shop near me posted this on their website, for a fixative they carry,

http://www.gsdye.com/Canada/raycafix.html

Maybe you can find that near you too?
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013 07:13:43 AM »

wow, thank-you for such a detailed reply.  I will have to get going on this project ASAP.

Thanks again Onyxnox.

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