HP DECAL PAPER
Decal Paper un-printed.
I am in the process of designing a YouTube video to explain this process in detail.
Some HP printers use MICR toners that have 60% iron oxide content. MICR stands for (Magnetic Ink Character recognition).
HP LaserJet 1200 is the one I use.
They are an older model and may require a printer adapter.
Any HP printer will work as long as it has the MICR cartridge.
Be sure to purchase the right printer.
- Load a single sheet of the waterslide decal paper into the printers manual feed. Make sure that the gloss side is the one printed on. Load each individual to reduce any jamming risks.
- Open the file you intend to use and select the print button. In ‘printer properties’ select the ‘Plain Paper Setting’ for Media Type. This is very important to keep your printers fusing temperature at minimal levels and prevents the decal paper from melting in your printer.
- After printing your image cut around the shape trying not to leave too much excess.
- Submerge the decal paper into a bowl with warm water for approximately 30 seconds or until the decal film separates from the paper backing.
- Wet the glazed ceramics and slide the decal on. Pat down with some paper towelling and make sure there are no trapped air bubbles. For best results allow the decal to dry for 24 hours.
The ceramics must be re-fired to the maturation point of your glaze (This is the point at which the glaze is molten). All glazes have different maturation points. If you fire the decal to high it will have a washed out look. If the Decal is under fired it will not adhere and wash off.
The decals can be adhered directly to the clay surface. After separating the decals from the backing paper use 50 parts water to 50 parts wood glue to glue the decal to the bisque fired clay. Pat down ensuring there are no air bubbles. Fire the wares to cone 6 (1200). Anything temperature less than 1200 may result in the Decal remaining powdery.
Store the decal paper in a dry cool place as humidity may affect the media.
Use high resolution 300 DPI - 600 DPI images. Sheet size is smaller than a standard A4 page. Set image size in Photoshop /Illustrator to US paper 8.5 inches X 11 inches.
These decals only have one colour being iron oxide based.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.