Monday, March 23, 2009

Ceramic Decals for Display Only - Tutorial























A couple of months ago I discovered this decal paper which allows you to print out graphics on a home laser printer and apply it onto various surfaces. My love of vintage ceramics made me excited to try this out on vintage plates, and the perfect graphics were Helen's lovely drawings. She kindly agreed to send me some, and here is the result. Unfortunately, these cannot be eaten off, but they are great fun for display.

STEP1: PRINT OUT GRAPHICS ON LASER PAPER


















STEP 2: CUT AROUND GRAPHICS












STEP 3: IMMERSE IN LUKEWARM WATER 30 SECONDS TILL THE DECAL RELEASES












STEP 4: POSITION ON PLATE












STEP 5: SQUEEZE OUT AIR BUBBLES - I used a small piece of paper towel. The decal tends to curl at the edges, so this step requires the most patience.












DONE: THE LITTLE GUY IS READY!












I finish by spraying a sealer otherwise the decal is liable to come off with a little bit of poking around.

(In case you weren't already familiar with this one, Skinny Laminx has a great tutorial for ceramic decals which are fired in a kiln and are therefore food safe.)

7 comments:

Pattern and Perspective said...

Actually, this is neat, but if you wanted it food safe (in the US) I find this link for food safe decals and you could use a local pottery studio --http://www.easyceramicdecals.com/index.php -- to fire your wares. I haven't used this, but I am thinking about trying it out.

Wee Gallery said...

Wow, thanks for that tip! I could try it out at our local arts center kiln...

Pattern and Perspective said...

No problem. I just saw my mistype--I meant ..I found this link, etc, etc...anyway, it's still cute even if you can't eat off it. It would be cool these types of plates in the kitchen on neat plate hangers...

Lucky said...

i have to try this!

Katie said...

Where can we find the decal paper?

Wee Gallery said...

Katie, the decal paper I used is available here:
http://www.decalpaper.com/category-s/3.htm

Katie said...

Thank you!! I can't wait to try it out myself :)

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