Credits and Koodo’s to Valerie Aharoni For Sharing This Cool InkJet Printer Photo Transfer Technique:
As you may already know, I am a big fan of polymer clay techniques that are inexpensive, easy to do and that use supplies which are commonly available. That is why I like the toner method for transferring images onto polymer clay. This toner transfer technique allows you to use images from a laser printer/copier on regular paper. If done properly, you can have great success doing polymer clay image transfers cheaply and easily.
Well just the other day, I discovered another photo transfer technique as presented by polymer clay artist Valerie Aharoni. At her blog (Valerie’s blog is no longer online… more info here), she describes how to use kitchen parchment paper instead of copy paper. Very interesting! Her technique works with both laser printers AND ink jet printers. This is very exciting to me since inkjet printers are much more common than laser printers… at least in the home environment.
As it turns out, some people were attempting to use freezer paper for transfers. The theory being that since freezer paper has a waxy side, the ink would not stick as well to the paper, and it would therefore transfer more easily to the clay. The problem is that the ink beads up on the waxy layer, which can cause images to blur or become fuzzy.
From what I read, it looks like Valerie solved the ink beading problem by using parchment paper as a less waxy alternative to the freezer paper. And her idea worked with every type of printer she tested… laser and inkjet. Plus she found the technique to work with both water based ink as well as with water proof inks. Way to go Valerie!!!
What a break through! Imagine… no more running to the copy store for Xerox copies. No more borrowing your friends printer. No more ordering special papers on the internet!
Go check out Valerie Aharoni’s site (her site is no longer online… more info here). She has pictures of parchment paper image transfers to polymer clay using an inkjet printer. She also has an earlier December 18th post that shows samples of using laser copies and how she came up with the technique. Leave her a comment and please do tell her I sent you.
Also give it a try yourself and come back here to let me know how it worked for you. I am so excited to try it myself… problem is I used up all my parchment paper baking for the holidays. Looks like I’m going to have to do a Costco run for another mega-roll of parchment for the studio. Stay tuned… I’ll post more about this new image transfer technique soon.