Transfer Photo onto Wood

I saw this tutorial and now have so many ideas!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq2O66QGCwg

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oh, I haven’t seen that technique before… gonna have to try that!
I have used this technique, but the scrubbing procedure is a pain.

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That looks like a hassle. cool alternate technique though!

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His scrubbing step is was the only reason I haven’t tried it yet! I really want to make some of these Portal icons… With any luck at all, I’ll be able to GF them before long!

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I have used the scrubbing technique with good results but it is a bit of a pain. I’ll have to take a closer look at this method.

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Looks like a poor man’s dye sublimation printer transfer. Shirts, mugs, hats etc are made with this sort of technique, except you use a heat press to transfer the special ink to the substrate. You can get a very nice image this way. Too bad the printers are big bucks.

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Oh my gosh—YES! All those super sweet portal icons are going on my wall as soon as my Glowforge arrives, then they’re going to my geeky friends & family too!

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Nice!! And Ive been throwing away all my shipping label backing papers😭
I use several a day so I should have an ample supply in a week…lol.
This is definitely a must try.
I just realized though that I have a color laser printer…hmmm must find an old inkjet…

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I believe that I saw a video using heat to melt laser printed copies to wood. I’ll look for it tomorrow and post.

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Found it. It uses a Walnut Hollow wood burning tool to heat, but I imagine you could use an iron or a vertical heat press to transfer. She talks about and shows a color laser transfer at about 3:30 in. I bought one of these versa tools at Hobby Lobby a few days ago. Comes with a bunch of tips and listed for $30 and was $18 after using the 40% off coupon. I’m sure I’ll find a few uses for it.

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You can often find a whole new inkjet printer at K-marche or Wally World for less than the cost of the refill cartridges, especially at this time of year. Almost disposable, and lots of parts to make other things with. :grinning:

I just ordered a refurbished color laser printer/scanner @ woot! Looking forward to its arrival soon.

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I have used this technique with laser printouts several times with pretty good results. I tend to have trouble with larger prints but have really good results with smaller images. I made wooden business cards using this method and they were quite durable.

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I used the transfer technique on an old Indo Board. Probably should have tried something a little smaller first, I made a lot of mistakes from learning proper technique. Overall it came out decent and was a fun project. I second the scrubbing part being a pain though.

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The cartridges that come with many printers are what they call “starter cartridges” which don’t hold nearly as much ink as full cartridges, so watch out for those.

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I would love to have that deadpool pic.

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That’s something I would never have thought of. I will be trying that out soon. Thank you for sharing that with us. BOOKMARKED!!!

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And works much better than the old (very) method of transferring photos onto wood/stone.

Just wanted to make ya smile on a Monday !

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BeakForge ™

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@johnwills @aobrien @smcgathyfay Here’s a product I saw on Etsy that uses LASER prints and polycrylic or ModgePodge to transfer images without the dreaded rubbing off the paper. It looks to produce vivid images. I could imagine some stunning work combining this and etching. Cost per letter sized sheet is about 50 cents even in relatively small quantities.

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Typo on my part I specifically meant to reference laser and posted before coffee. Edited it now.

Thanks for catching that.

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