I have been wanting to try Lazertran Waterslide Decal Paper for some time.
Thanks to the nice person who gave me some for Christmas, I finally began my experiments this week.
I wanted to work with china and the instructions suggest using methylated spirits to achieve a good finish
For a smooth nonabsorbent surfaces such as glass, glazed ceramics and metal there will be enough gum on the back of the decal to fix the decal on to the surface. A good trick to get really good adhesion is to apply a little Methylated Spirits (Alcohol) to the surface and apply the wet decal onto this. The alcohol will stop any edges curling when drying and will make the decal soft enough to be stretched around any doubles curves. But be careful, not too much!
After three weeks of searching (!) I finally located the one remaining bottle of methylated spirits in our local market.
It was £3.99 for 250ml – the usual joke about not drinking it all at once, was thrown in for free – and so I paid up and hurried home.
The instructions were very clear that too much ink on the decal surface was a Bad Thing – so I set my home printer (basic range Canon) to draft print – this resulted in a very ghostly looking image.
I tried again with a standard print setting and this looked much better, to me .
Then I had to let the decals dry for AT LEAST 30 minutes…
While they were drying, I got out my plates ( from Avon Miniatures ) and made sure they were scrupulously clean.
[Avon Miniature make very, very nice chinaware, and sell it at an amazingly reasonable price – the photographs on their website do their work no favours at all ]
Then I followed the Lazertan instructions and everything went smoothly and it worked !
I ended up with a transfer stuck to a plate, and then another transfer stuck to another plate !
I have to admit that I did ignore the bit in the instructions about not using too much methylated spirits – I flooded the plates and then the transfer on top of the plate with meths, but this evaporated so quickly (and the plates are very small) that I do not think I could have use “too much”.