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Topic: washi paper switchplate and deco ornaments with Lazertran silk  (Read 2772 times)
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« on: January 07, 2007 09:14:45 AM »

I have been playing with Lazertran transfers, after being less than thrilled with other transfer methods. Here is a switchplate cover detail, made with Japanese washi paper.

And some ornaments (still needing edge sanding) with some art deco prints.

It works very well, although is still vulnerable to fingerprints and tears- just not nearly as much as other color transfer techniques I have used. And mica powders go a long way in covering little boo boos. The only downside is having to so carefully plan out your photocopies- Lazertran is pricey so you don't want to waste it. But a little planning never hurt anyone, did it?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007 09:23:28 AM »

Okay, I have absolutely no idea how you do this, but I just wanted to say these are really beautiful.

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007 01:55:31 PM »

Those look cool! 

Is the "washi paper" just a washi paper pattern (that you put onto your Lazertran transfer paper), or something else?  And which type of Lazertran are you using?  ... the images seem kind of light for Lazertran (and other methods) so just curious, or were you going for that delicate effect?

Oh and here are some tips I have for not wasting transfer paper (!) if it helps:

Since many of the special papers can be expensive (t-shirt transfer papers, Lazertran, tattoo, and some photo quality ones), put as many prints on one page as you can.
...or, to use partial sheets of any paper: .
.......I print the image first on regular paper for placement image... then I tape a smaller piece of the transfer paper I want to use over that image (only on the side to be fed in), and run it through the printer again. Judy S. (remember, the paper must feed into the printer upside down)
........and since I also don't want to waste too much ink for the "placement" image (especially for larger images, and more expensive papers), I plan to make that placement image with:
........"draft" option ....or "lowest quality" ......or b&w option
....... or by selecting the "line drawing" feature or something similar in my photo editor, then printing that image instead
...............(in my Photo Elements, the best selection may be Filters>Stylize>Trace Contours... then Enhance>Color>Remove Color
...don't forget to use the original image when printing on the real paper tho!)

........or by stopping the printer after it's printed only a line or two (can be a hassle sometimes to reset mine tho'...)

........or by forgetting the placement image, and just selecting the upper right or upper left corner to print the image, then using a bit larger piece of good paper than I might otherwise (which should at least give me a lot more than I'd get from one page before)
............or just printing anywhere at top of the page, then cutting off remaining paper horizontally and evenly just beneath it, and using remaining paper again


(Fun4Bambi, for info on using Lazertran to do transfers on polymer clay, as well as using other papers and methods, look on this page at my site:
... click on Lazertran, under Transfer Papers for the Lazertran options...)

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2007 08:07:04 PM »

that switchplate=beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2007 05:43:48 AM »

Thanks for the tips! I will have to try them out. This was Lazertran silk, and yes, it was a photocopy (with reduction) of actual washi paper. I have found the images I produce are light, unless there is a lot of black or dark colors in the original, but I use mostly translucent clay with just a touch of color, as well, for the plate covers. This makes it quite pale, but I like the effect.
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