Ceramic Decals are an exciting way of adding permanent colour application to your fine silver designs!
These water slide ceramic decals adds bright permanent solid colours to your fine silver. Artist Helga van Leipsig first introduced this technique to the metal clay community in 2009. This kit of 8 vivid colours come with a colour booklet written by Helga, where she gives you a thorough understanding of the technique, detailing her experiments, giving her tips and tricks, and how to get the best out of the decals.
They are incredibly simple to use. Add a splash of vibrant colour to your work with ease.
HOW DO I USE WATER SLIDE DECALS WITH METAL CLAY?
Make your silver clay design, fire and finish. Smooth surfaces works best with the decals, they can be difficult to apply to textures.
Cut your decal designs, using paper punches or scissors.
Soak the decal in room temperature water. It is safest to use distilled water to avoid minerals in the water reacting with the colour. The backing will begin to peel off.
Lift the coloured decal out of the water. Carefully slide the decal off the backing onto the silver. Dab gently with a kitchen towel to push out and remove any water from under the decal. Make sure it is smooth and flat on the silver.
Leave until dry.
Fire in a kiln.
You can layer colours on top of each other, which can change the colours (which can be both good or bad!). To avoid any colour blending, experiment by firing the layers separately.
After the decal is applied on a fine silver piece it is fired between ±740-790°C degrees, which creates a permanent bond with the fine silver. Start out by doing a test strip on the material you want to work with, to ensure you get the temperature and timings correct for your kiln.
These decals only works with fine silver or fine gold - not to sterling silver. Due to the oxidation of the copper in sterling silver during heating, colours in the transfer will change.
Included in the set is 8 sheets of colours, each 10 x 10 cm, and an explanatory booklet.