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Transfer image on fabric at home.

martavaneck
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Joined: May 2010
Hello everyone. I wonder if someone here know how at home  transfer some old photos on my fabric. I would like to make some vintage pillows  for me. I would like to use my old family b&w photos Is the a way to print it on paper ans then using some media...transfer on my pillow fabric? Any experience?
I find this on net but there is some medium called gel and I have no idea what this is or where I can buy it in Germany...or even what is the name of this here in Germany.
http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-transfer-image-to-fabric-with.html

Anyone who try to do this with some other mediums?
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maggiebean
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Joined: Jul 2010
Hi Marta-

the best method out there right now is the Sublimation process. If you have access to a sublimation printer have them print it off on transfer paper and heat press it for you. this should cost you somewhere  between $10-$15 US if you bring the pillow cases in yourself.

This is not like the old transfer paper it will not leave a hard/or slick rubbery image, instead it penetrates the fibers leaving your image embeded in the fabric. It works best on a non-natural fabric but will also work on 50/50 fabrics only in those instances it is more muted. Natural fabrics will not hold the ink and will wash out.

A long time ago I did do it with the gel. It wasn't terribly bad but boy oh boy does sublimation work better.
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martavaneck
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Joined: May 2010
Thank you very much. The problem is for me I got only laser printer so I am not sure if it would work with that gel medium...I also need to do this on linen fabric..so not sure if this  would work with linen?
But I will try to follow your advice. I do not have sublimation printer :( Maybe some company here is doing this.
I also find a hop which got this...
http://de.dawanda.com/product/10763002-GEL-MEDIUM-matt-KleberTransferLack-118ml
Looks like medium I need.
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maggiebean
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Joined: Jul 2010
I hope that works for you! :)

One more thing to try is turpentine I found the directions online..

Turpentine Method
To transfer a
photocopy image
onto fabric, place
the image face
down on the fabric
and rub the back of
the photocopy with
a turps‐soaked rag.

http://www.impressionsnelson.co.nz/assets/files/help-sheets/image-transfer-techniques.pdf
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jeneeo
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Joined: Apr 2010
I found this today, maybe this would work: http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-project-french-towel-iron-on.html
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martavaneck
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Joined: May 2010
Thank you very much. This will sure help me to Google a bit :) I could not nothing really helpful in polish and German language... SO maybe it is not so popular in these counties? I will try so look for something in English and hope to find so good ideas :)
And  jeneeo thank you for the link.

I hope that works for you! :)

One more thing to try is turpentine I found the directions online..

Turpentine Method
To transfer a
photocopy image
onto fabric, place
the image face
down on the fabric
and rub the back of
the photocopy with
a turps‐soaked rag.

http://www.impressionsnelson.co.nz/assets/files/help-sheets/image-transfer-techniques.pdf
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Oh man I think I may try that terpentine one- if it works new art project for my class WOOHOO!
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martavaneck
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Joined: May 2010
I was looking for some pages and find this one:
http://www.tartx.com/freebies/thetransferdocument.pdf

Maybe someone else will also find it useful.
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maggiebean
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Joined: Jul 2010
Thank you! I think you have hit the mother load on image transfer information! Thanks for sharing. :
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