Sunday, May 16, 2010

Image Transfer Inspiration

Recently I found these really pretty floral file folders (tongue twister alert) from the dollar bin in Michael's. I loved the pattern so I made a color copy and did an image transfer onto thin white drop-shaped cutouts of polymer clay. I poked holes in them, baked them, varnished the cured pieces, and finally, attached earring wires. The result is these floral drop earrings. They're super light-weight and have nice movement.
For those of you interested, here is my image transfer process:
  1. Start by printing your desired image onto plain white printer paper using a color laser printer. Lay a sheet of clay onto a tile before cutting it into the shape you want. You will bake the clay on this tile. Now cut your paper to size. (For these earrings I used my drop-shaped cutter to not only cut out the clay pieces, but also to trace the outline on the paper. The clay pieces and paper turned out the same size so I could line them up easier).
  2. Next, lay your paper carefully onto the clay (image side down) and burnish lightly with a bone folder or your finger. Don't burnish hard enought to indent the clay; you just want to bind the clay and paper.
  3. Put the tile in the toaster oven at the recommended temperature for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the tile and peel off your paper. I use a craft knife to gently lift the edges of the paper in order to peel without touching the clay.
  5. Your image should now be adhered to the clay. Continue to bake your pieces for the remainder of the recommended time.

* If you're making earrings, don't forget to poke your holes before you apply the paper. * To make sure your edges are clean, sand them if needed. * You'll also want to protect your piece with some kind of sealer or varnish. I prefer Delta Ceramcoat varnish in gloss.


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Beautiful earrings Jackie! Another great sealer for this type of project is called Preserve Your Memories II. (PYMII) It is a polymer clay safe spray originally designed for sealing metals, as well as papers for scrapbooking. I love how easy it is to apply and how lovely the finish turns out.

Jackie said...

Hi Cindy - thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that stuff. A spray is always easier than using a brush.