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« on: October 27, 2005 11:25:33 AM »

hopefully i've posted this in the proper place, if not, i am dreadfully sorry.  Undecided

i am in the process of making a little wooden box for my husband. i wanted it have a black line picture of a geisha, which i would then woodburn and paint.  the problem is, the image i chose for it is a somewhat complicated one, and as i draw rather badly, i need to find a way to transfer the image onto the top of the box. any relatively simple ideas?

i've tried the search function, looked on google, even tried various eljay communities--all a bust.

right now i am pretty much getting the idea i will have to trace said image, and that sucks. bunches. thanks for any and all ideas y'all might have!  Embarrassed
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2005 05:36:52 AM »

I too have had trouble with transferring images. I bought a versa tool, which is just a bunch of different tools in one (heat transfer tool, hot knife, soldering iron) and it has the capabilities to transfer black and white images onto wood, in fact I've had better luck with transferring onto wood then paper (the whole reason I bought it) since it's less likely to scorch the wood. I found mine at Michaels. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2005 10:57:29 AM »

your versa tool sounds quite a bit like what i have, actually. is yours made by walnut hollow as well?? mine came with a transfer point, but then the insert said it would only work with a laser image?? hmm...maybe i'll experiment with it and see how it goes. Undecided

thank you so much for your reply. it's helped me out in that now i'll give the heat transfer point a go, instead of dismissing it outright!
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2005 11:25:45 AM »

is yours made by walnut hollow as well??

That's the one! So yeah, it should work, you might just want to experiment with it. I haven't had much luck with transferring on paper, but some of the other attachments have proved very useful, after messing with it a bit. Glad to help, hope it turns out okay!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2005 06:38:53 PM »

welp, i tried it tonight, with no luck.  instead of transferring the image from my printer, it sort of left a yellowish stainy bit where the black on the original pic had been. very odd.....

i suppose it only works for laser printer transfers, while i've just got an inkjet. thanks for the help, though! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2005 02:44:36 AM »

I haven't tried this yet (just got married on Saturday and getting ready for a cruise) but I want to try inkjet transfer paper to get images onto wood surfaces (small wooden ornaments). 

I saw it discussed before and it seemed pretty straightforward:  scan the picture, print out (mirror image if text is involved) and then iron onto the wood surface.   My only question has been whether hot or cold peel would work the best and I'll just have to test both.

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2005 08:37:52 AM »

i am pretty sure that works....i'm just wary of using a woodburning tool on the transfers, you know? fire and whatnot.

have fun on your cruise! how lovely....Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2005 03:09:53 AM »

no no, use a regular iron (following the instructions on the bubblejet transfer paper package.   
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2005 05:41:59 AM »

transfer paper on wood doesnt last unfortunately...and to heat transfer onto wood with the versa tool it has to be toner based ink, from like a copier or a lazer printer..inkjets just dont transfer..
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2005 08:23:51 AM »

that's exactly what i was afraid of... Sad i guess i'm going to have to keep on tracing the entire designs on. ugggg.
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