Image Transfer Solution(TM) is a new exciting product for metal clay and mixed media artists. It was developed by author and artist Sherri Haab, to allow you to easily transfer images to metal and other non-porous surfaces, like polymer clay, wood, glass, and porcelain.
Use it to create your own photo charms for a family bracelet, photo tiles for a personalised bathroom or kitchen, vintage style metal clay jewellery, patterned polymer clay beads and boxes - as so often with art and crafts, there are an amazing amount of different ways to use this product! You can transfer drawn images and doodles, handwritten text (you can scan your own hand writing or old letters), printed text, photos (digital or scanned paper photos), and of course just interesting patterns.
All you need is the ITS solution which comes in a 60 ml bottle, together with designs printed onto the special ITS paper. The designs can be printed at home if you have a laser printer, otherwise you take them to a copy shop and ask them to copy them onto the ITS paper for you. It will not work if you use images from a ink-jet printer, it must a be a toner based print.
The result is soft, dreamy, transparent images, which lets the silver (or other surface) shine through any unprinted, or white, areas of the image. The result is a beautiful soft ethereal vintage look. The result is very durable as the transfer is heat set, and then protected further by covering with the solution or Renaissance Wax.
Using it is a doddle, and it is economical. You spread a thin layer of the solution onto the surface of the metal, and then place your cut out image face down onto the solution. The piece is left to dry, and then set by heat (a kitchen oven or embossing gun is sufficient). You then soak the piece to remove the paper backing of the image, give it a rub-down with polishing paper, and seal it using a little of the ITS solution or some Renaissance Wax. Sealing with ITS gives a slightly glossier finish, whilst Renaissance Wax just protects the surface without adding any shine.
Another nice way to use the ITS is to mix it with pigments like Pearl-Ex powders and simply paint it directly onto the metal. This is a great way to create enamel-like effects, very quickly and easily. You can draw your own little masterpiece!
ITS is non-toxic and has the ACMI AP seal (an American stamp which shows the product is non-toxic and safe to use with children) and before drying and setting it cleans up easily with water and a brush, hands are cleaned with just soap and water. For best results the ITS should be used with the ITS Paper (see product description below).