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Project by SawdustTX posted 08-09-2018 06:40 AM 416 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter chose “Wood & Lace” as the theme for her wedding. It was an incredible joy and privilege to spend time with her (and her fiance) building the wedding decorations in the months leading up to their special day. See my other projects for four more projects we made for the wedding.

We made 120 invitations out of maple veneer.
Cut the maple with a razor knife.
Sanded all edges and slightly rounded the corners
Use wax paper transfer – printed the wording backwards on wax paper on my inkjet photo printer, then immediately applied the wax paper to the wood, then rubbed the ink into the wood (without moving the wax paper!), and lift off the wax paper.
We printed the wedding reception details on photo paper, and used spray glue to adhere to the back of each wood invitation.
The invitations did warp slightly, but not bad, still fit fine in the mailing envelopes.





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 08-09-2018 01:15 PM

All your wedding projects are real nice. Thanks for the info on wax paper and a ink jet printer. It’s a technique I have definite use for.

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SawdustTX

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#2 posted 08-09-2018 03:42 PM


All your wedding projects are real nice. Thanks for the info on wax paper and a ink jet printer. It s a technique I have definite use for.

- BurlyBob

BurlyBob – the two keys we discovered are:
1. only put one sheet of wax paper in the printer at a time, with regular paper under it (to support the flimsy wax paper). My printer had fits if I loaded more than a single sheet of wax paper.
2. when rubbing the ink into the wood, hold on one side of the print, and rub away from your holding fingers. If you try to rub back and forth, the thin wax paper crinkles up and smears the text. I had a very old roll of wax paper that was much thicker and easier to use, but all the wax paper I can find sold today is super thin.

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pottz

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#3 posted 08-09-2018 04:42 PM

wow over the top,looks like you were a very busy dad.but hey it was well worth it and doesnt get any more special.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 08-09-2018 08:23 PM

These invitations are wonderful.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 08-11-2018 05:46 AM

Thanks for sharing your transfer technique. Did you sealcoat it with something? Spray varnish? I’ve used a laser printer method but your method sounds like fewer steps.

All of your wedding projects turned out very nice and certainly made for a memorable wedding for everyone involved.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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SawdustTX

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#6 posted 08-11-2018 12:16 PM


Thanks for sharing your transfer technique. Did you sealcoat it with something? Spray varnish? I ve used a laser printer method but your method sounds like fewer steps.

Thank you for the comment.

No sealcoat. Especially since there were invitations that we expected most people to throw away after the wedding anyway. But that said, we test one for colorfastness by holding it under running water. While the color did fade after a LOT of water, it never ran nor smeared. I was very impressed how well this works.

We didn’t seal the Lacemats either, but one friend liked them so much she took 8 of them home, applied a spray clearcoat and uses them as her normal placemats.

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