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Catty47
« on: July 22, 2013 05:41:49 AM »

Hello folks,

I'm desperate to do this image transfer technique http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156073.msg5067555#msg5067555, but for the life of me can't get it to work!

I even just spent ages online checking my printer is a laser not an inkjet...!  Don't know why, but with images I print out I can't get diddly squat onto the paper   Cry

I'm using Rustin's cellulose thinner and images printed on an HP Photosmart 5520.
Anyone else find this sometimes doesn't work?!?  And when I say it doesn't work I mean literally not a tiny dot of ink gets transferred....

Or maybe got some ideas on why it's not happening....

Such a fun technique, I'm dying to have a go...!


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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2013 08:47:12 PM »

From what I can see from a quick search, your printer is an inkjet printer, not a laser printer.  The method you are wanting to use transfers toner, so it would work with images printed from toner based printing systems, which would be laser printers, or photocopiers.  It may work with some magazine images too.  I have successfully done this with citrus oil cleaners (one brand is Citra solv), and blender markers like Chartpak AD markers.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2013 06:41:39 AM »

Ah, well done, you successfully found out something I couldn't....!

Even on the HP website it doesn't ever say inkjet - it says 'toner like...' which I must admit I thought was a bit suspicious....!

This makes sense coz I'm telling you, not one jot of the stuff budges!  Darn it.  That's a new printer too - so not even any chance of replacing it any time soon....!! 
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2014 03:31:29 PM »

Hello!

I'm new on Craftster, so hi you lot! =)

Well, I've been having the same problem. I've used acetone, thinner (for oil paint, I guess), blender pen (Promarker) and nothing! I've tried on prints from different laser printers without success. One of the printers was one of those multifunctional that you commonly see in libraries (printer+scanner). I was a little suspicious of the glossy finish of the print (it looked kinda 'waxy'), but I asked the printer guy whether the machine used toner and he acknowledged. What could I been doing wrong?

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014 06:22:22 AM »

Don't use Promarker - use the Chartpak AD, and use the citrus oil concentrate (Orange TKO, Citrasolv) - I have always had success with those.  I think the chemical used in Promarker doesn't work for transfers, just for blending that brand of ink.  I have heard that wintergreen oil works too, but have not tried that myself.  But I have had consistent success with the Chartpack AD, and Orange TKO concentrate.  Make sure you use strong regular strokes that go over each other so your image is not streaky, or while the paper is wet from the blender pen or liquid, burnish very well with a smooth tool - like the back of a spoon, over all of the surface, regularly and repeated to get good transfer.
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