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« on: May 20, 2010 07:48:11 AM »

Has anyone done this successfully?  I've tried on paper and with a lot of wishful thinking on pre-gessoed canvas - with poor results.  I used full strength (very toxic and pungent) acetone and a burnisher, but only got a faint transfer.  The copies were made with toner, I made sure to check first.  Any tips - or a tutorial I've missed?  Thanks. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010 05:30:12 PM »

I actually use this technique with great success for quite a few different applications. I have a laser printer so all my printouts are toner based and that is what i use (the newer the printout, the better I find that it transfers)...once I decide on my image I'm transferring, I place it face down and use some low-tack painters tape to hold it in place. With an old paintbrush, I brush full strength acetone onto the back of the image, doing on a portion at a time (depending on the size) and begin burnishing quickly since the acetone dries/evaporates very quickly. I continue doing this until I've acetoned & burnished the entire image onto my substrate and feel sure I've covered every part of the image well. (Don't spread the acetone off of the image back and onto your piece that is receiving the transfer because the acetone can really mess up painted/papered surfaces so just be careful as you work.)

I then carefully remove the painters tape and peel the image away from where I've transferred it onto my receiving piece. TA DA!!

I hope this helps you some...maybe I should try a tutorial on the process so you can see the steps I'm talking about. Let me know if you have any other questions or if I've left anything out.

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010 12:49:38 PM »

I'm so glad you asked this. I have always wanted to try it.
Hey, can you post a photo of what your's looks like when you're done?
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011 12:15:18 PM »

I've found that toner from laser printers transfers better than from photocopiers. It typically doesn't fuse as well to the paper. Another trick I like is to print a blank page, then put that sheet back through and print the transfer image on it. The image does not stick to the paper quite as well after it has been through the printer once.
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011 10:31:00 AM »

I recently saw some great tutorials for doing toner transfers using citra solve instead, which is
-not toxic
-supposedly smells good

It's not available here in Germany as far as I can tell, but if you can get your hands on it, maybe you should give that a try.
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