Saturday, March 5, 2011

How to Make and Use Iron on Transfers (source-

Posted by Muhammad Effandie Nordin at 7:17 AM
1. Buy a transfer. You can buy transfers at most crafts stores, art stores, and big box retailers.
2. Create your own transfer.
  • Find or create an image you want to use for the transfer. You can scan an image into your computer, find one on the internet, or create one in a software program.
  • Manipulate the image. Using basic image editing software, you can resize your image, add effects, change colors, or do whatever you want until it's just right. Use your editing program to mirror the image so that it comes out correctly on the fabric you transfer it to.
  • Print the transfer. Print a test page on plain paper, and when you're sure it's how you want it, print it onto a piece of transfer paper. Make sure to load the transfer paper so that the image will print on the correct side (this should be clearly marked).

3. Lay out the fabric. Place the t-shirt (or other cloth to which the image will be transferred) on a hard, flat surface, and smooth out any wrinkles. The work surface should be heat resistant and should be large enough to accommodate the entire area of the transfer with a little room to spare.

4.Place the transfer image-side down on the fabric. Put the transfer on the cloth precisely where you want the image to be. Be sure you have the image facing the fabric.

5.Place brown paper inside the shirt directly under the transfer paper. Unless you want the image to be printed on both sides of a shirt (if that's what you're transferring the image to), you'll need to put something between the front and back.

6.Ironing on the transfer.Iron on the transfer . Carefully read the instructions given with the transfer paper. Set the iron to the designated temperature, and wait for it to warm up. Move the iron in large circles on top of the transfer paper. Start by focusing on the outside of the image, and gradually move toward the center. Be sure to apply adequate pressure for an adequate amount of time for ten seconds (see the transfer paper instructions), but keep the iron moving to prevent scorching.

7.Wait for the image to cool. Turn off the iron when finished and let the image cool for a few minutes.

8.Peeling away the backing.Remove the backing from the transfer paper. Gently peel the backing off of the fabric.

9.Care for your project properly. Wash and dry the cloth on a cool setting only. If the transfer was done to clothing, turn the article of clothing inside out before washing.


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