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Blog entry by Tokolosi posted 08-16-2012 11:58 PM 3598 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had some ideas for a project but it required that I put an image onto the wood surface. Searching LJ’s I came onto this thread: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/20730 But it didnt quite answer all my questions.

One Google search later I found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuMtlZmyHKk

Now this looked promising. I printed some pictures I found online. Chose images with different colors, text and a good amount of white areas (because white will become wood once transferred). I printed them in reverse so the text would show up right way round. I chose some Baltic Birch Plywood as medium. Cause I had it. Sanded it to 220 grit.

Taped the images on one edge. Learned that you should leave a border for this purpose.

Then, just like in the video ironed them on.

The result was very pleasing. They are not perfect but I believe that they can be made better by:

1) Printing images to highest vresolution possible
2) Sanding the wood as smooth as possible (220grit aint cutting it)
3) Denser wood (like Maple) will work better
4) More time spent ironing (aka dont rush it)
5) Experimenting with colors and image types will likely yield varied results.

Definitely worth more experimenting

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien



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Tokolosi

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 12:18 AM

Ps. This apparantly will only work with Laser printers or copiers and not inkjets.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 12:20 AM

Thanks for the info. I was looking into this very thing today and printed out some practice pics to try it out. Thanks again.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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adaughhetee

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 01:12 AM

It’s also a great way to sign projects.

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jaykaypur

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 02:01 AM

Well….I HAD to try this out. This turned out okay for the very first try. My sister LOVES wolves so I made it for her and will give it to her tomorrow. Its on a thin piece of cherry sanded to 400. I had to iron this for about 15 minutes off and on to get what I got. Further experimentation will definitely be done.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 02:03 AM

I tried and tried to get more of the nose/mouth but it just would not take to the wood.

Oh well…..always next time.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Tokolosi

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#6 posted 08-17-2012 02:18 AM

Jay, I was wondering if I would get better results by printing the image a few times on the same piece of paper. Thus layering more of the toner. It was going to be my next step.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 08-17-2012 03:49 AM

Thanks for the info. This could work well as a more accurate substitute for carbon paper when transferring a pattern to woodburn and a color laser wouldn’t be necessary.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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clieb91

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#8 posted 08-17-2012 05:00 PM

This is a great way to transfer stuff to wood unless you want to get involved in silk screening. I have been doing my pegs game like this ever since I saw the video you referenced. The outcome is generally pretty decent. The trick of course is to sand first. On this project I forgot to do that… Scrap Pent Tilt
It is also great for personalizing… Getting in the Game

Look forward to seeing more of what you guys come up with. I’ll try to post some of my games as I have apparently not done so in the past.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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CueballRosendaul

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#9 posted 08-17-2012 08:22 PM

Theres another way. I found information about using Mod Podge a while ago. I haven’t used it yet, but looks very cool, just waiting for the right project to come along. Here’s a link to a photo page about it. http://content.photojojo.com/diy/diy-photo-transfers-on-wood/

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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