|Forum topic by Jack Labor||posted 03-03-2011 03:41 PM||1618 views||3 times favorited||7 replies|
03-03-2011 03:41 PM
I started signing my pieces from the start ( I prefer to sign them on the back, especially on smaller projects ) but I found that the ink would sometimes smear or run as I applied the final spray/brush on finish. Especially with open grain woods
I came up with an idea. I designed a logo on the computer and then made a mirrored (reverse) image of the logo. I then made several copies on a single sheet. I then made Xerox copies of the sheet.
From there, I cut out one copy of the logo and positioned it ( face down ) on the Backing Board. Using masking tape, secure it along one end.
This should be done on sanded, raw wood. (before any finish is applied)
Using a small iron, set on ‘Cotton’(High Heat) I rub the hot iron over the back of the paper, being careful to press firmly and evenly being careful not to scorch the wood. When the paper is heated, the Xerox ink is “melted’ and transferred from the paper to the bare wood.
I used this technique on the Victrola and Dog a number of years ago. After I transferred the ‘Victor’ and “Her Master’s Voice”, I went over the letters with a wood burning tool. Just to make sure it stood out just enough. But when you are transferring you signature or a small logo, the wood burner is not used.
Remember: XEROX not Inkjet or Laser Printer.
If you have any questions regarding this technique, please contact me at:
-- Jack Labor - Elmwood Intarsia - Artistry In Wood