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Has any one tried using an iron-on transfer printed on an ink jet printer? I imagaine you could get a much better result than drawing freehand if this works.

What brand of Iron-ons have worked for you. Which have not? Tips, suggestions, recommendations all welcome and appreciated.

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Iron ons go on very thick. Therefore your silks would loose their letxture. They made the silk stiff because they are usually made for cotton shirts. I think Avery sells them, check your local Business Depot, Staples, et cetera.
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Canon makes a nice iron-on transfer material. After several washings it feels just like a commercially silkscreened transfer, unlike the Avery, but I still think it is too thick to be used on silks. There is also the problem of the high heat required to apply the transfer.

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I also need to do customized silk for an upcoming performance. It needs to have black (colorless) butterflies on it. Being the crafty mom that I am...I am opting to purchase a white silk and then using a butterfly "stamp" I will apply paint (using a brush) to the stamp so as not to get any over-run of ink anywhere else, and carefully make impressions onto the silk. Hopefully, it will work out well.
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Draw them on the silk with a pencil and then fill in with a black Sharpie Pen. I use one made that way that is just a huge red heart. (My wife is Lucy, so guess why?)

Put the silk in an embroidery ring first and leave it until it is dry.

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Thanks for the feedback.

I really wanted it for silks that would be given away as souvenirs. Put Happy Birthday to the BD child, or a couples name in a heart, etc. I am not as concerned about how thin it will be, I am sure I would be able to produce it from somewhere.

I think I can get better pictures and writing using a computer than free hand.
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The iron-ons I have tried left an undesirable shine in the colored and transparent parts. They also required a real laser printer that used toner.

I believe that real artists still have the edge here for a while. (Don't you just hate people with real artistic talent? I think I got in the wrong line! And they make it look so easy.)

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Well, I just purchased some textile paint and a foam stamp to make the silk that I need. I will let you know how it works! The only thing I am waiting for is the silk to arrive from Lock Family Magic, but they ship really quickly so it won't be long, I'm sure!

I purchased a hoop like Bob recommended to keep tension on the silk. I'll let you know if this alternative method works. I'm curious to try it since I used to do a lot of fabric painting, just not on silks.
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Magic4ewe,

I'll bet it works! Remember that the ring is also to keep paint from soaking underneath. It gives you some space below the silk that is clear.

You know that you can make your own stamps from potatoes and large rubber erasers? Just carve away what you don't want printed. Paint the color onto what's left, and stamp away.

Have fun!

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Well, here's a tangential question. Do you think I could use the Avery transfer paper to transfer white printed numbers to the back of red back Bicycles? Don't want to get into details, as this is not in Secret Sessions. I'm considering Letraset - but I have to order a sheet filled mostly with letters I don't need, so I was wondering if I could print a whole bunch of numbers in white ink onto an Avery transfer sheet?
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Dr. Mike,

I did this for a card product at Tannen's in the late 60s. It worked, but there is another step that I found necessary first. I sent you a PM. (This does not work for silk.)

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I recently took a class on silk dying. It's not that hard. If you Google it, you can find the things you need. I know that places like Walmart have these 2 layer wooden rings that you need, so I'm sure they have the rest as well in their craft section.
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Just be prepared to waste a lot of silk getting it right. Remember, one miscue or a lapse in concentration when you do this will ruin the whole silk.

The stuff at Walmart is not what you need to do this properly. It will work to some degree, but it will not last. That is far to much work to do not to have it last.

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You could cut out your stencil using wax paper (meat wrap), iron it on to the silk, and then paint or air brush the silk. You must use the right kind of silk.
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On 2006-09-24 00:15, flourish dude wrote:
You could cut out your stencil using wax paper (meat wrap), iron it on to the silk, and then paint or air brush the silk. You must use the right kind of silk.


It seems like you are using the wax paper to mask parts of the silk and allow paint/dye to permeate other areas. If this is the case, how do you get the wax paper off when you are done?
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On 2006-07-11 16:41, magic4ewe wrote:
Well, I just purchased some textile paint and a foam stamp to make the silk that I need. I will let you know how it works! The only thing I am waiting for is the silk to arrive from Lock Family Magic, but they ship really quickly so it won't be long, I'm sure!

I purchased a hoop like Bob recommended to keep tension on the silk. I'll let you know if this alternative method works. I'm curious to try it since I used to do a lot of fabric painting, just not on silks.



How did it turn out?

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