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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2005 11:41:12 AM »

Hi Dynamine,

I transfer images to wood all the time.  Here's what you do: seeing as how you don't have a laserprinter, just take your image and go down to the nearest Kinko's or copy center and make a plain old regular copy.  Some machines have a "mirror" feature so use that if it's important that your image face a certain way or if it includes text.  Then when you get home, cut the image so that it fits the box and attach it with a little bit of tape.  If you've got a Versatool or a woodburning tool with a transfer tip (which looks like a flat little triangular iron or else like a penny), use that.  An household iron will work too, but you've got to play with the settings a little - I'd start out medium heat first and see how that goes.  So using whichever heating tool you've got, rub the imagely evenly, never staying in one spot too long.  If you're using a household iron I'd use just the front tip. The paper will start to get a little yellow but as long as you keep moving the iron, it'll be fine.  Don't worry - you're not going to burn anything.  Once the paper starts to look a little yellow, try peeking and peeling up a corner of the paper.  If the image hasn't yet transfered, press the paper back down and keep rubbing.  It should only take 3-5 minutes depending on your tool.  Keep testing the paper, peeling a little bit or pressing back down.  The paper gets a little hot so be careful.  Because it's your first time doing this, and if you'd feel more comfortable, work outside on a concrete floor.  That way you can focus on what the image is doing and not on whether or not your homeowner's insurance would cover a crafting disaster.   Wink  It's actually a very fun process!  I hope this helps!


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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2005 04:54:23 PM »

ahhh...brilliant!! i do have a versatool, and am quite glad to know that it'll work to transfer the image...well, as long as the image is a photocopied one. i actually tried it with a regular image i printed out using my home printer, and boy, that didn't work.

at all.

just burnt up....feh.

thank you for your reply, though, as i would have never thought to just go to kinko's. such a simple solution!!  Undecided i am looking forward to trying it again now.

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