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I was excited recently about creating transfers using Lazertran

This was not so much because I wanted to decorate lots of china – fun though that is – but because I have been looking for an alternative method of fixing a crisp image on to wood.

Open House Miniatures - Mcloughlin Picture Blocks

When working in miniature, paper becomes very “thick”.

In fact, anything over 100 gsm is more like cardboard than paper.

There is also the problem of getting paper to bond securely with wood – both are porous and, however careful you are, there tend to be air bubbles and edges that come loose.

After the success with the plates, I hoped that I had found the answer to my dreams in Lazertran paper, which is very fine and takes ink beautifully.

Things looked good to start with.

Open_ House_Miniatures - Lazertran Looking Good

Then things became a bit unstuck – literally…

Open_House_Miniatures - Lazertran Not Looking Good

Then the wood (Jelutong) warped

Open House Miniatures - warped wood

So I found another piece of wood and tried sticking another transfer to it with pva glue – which was not a method recommended in the instructions, but I thought I would see what happened anyway.

Open House Miniatures - Lazertran

The results were… well basically, the two surfaces did not stick together at all…

My first attempt at using the paper (with china) was so completely successful and my second (with wood) was so completely and ludicrously NOT successful, that I feel I must have been doing something wrong the second time and will try again another day.

For the time being, however, it looks like it will have to be the old method and ordinary paper as usual.

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I have been wanting to try Lazertran Waterslide Decal Paper for some time.
(Update: 28th June 2017: I have just bought a new pack of this and and it is now available from Amazon.)

Thanks to the nice person who gave me some for Christmas, I finally began my experiments this week.

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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 Рthe usual joke about not drinking it all at once, was thrown in for free Рand 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”.

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