Is it possible to make your polymer clay creations even more interesting? I personally believe that yes, it is possible. And I think that image transfer onto clay could be the key to add even more interest to polymer clay designs.
And yes you can use image transfer in conjunction with most of the techniques that you are already using to decorate polymer clay!
And because I am such a big proponent of image transfer onto polymer clay (I started my creative journey many, many years ago by trying my hand at decoupage and ended up gluing napkins literally all over my house and on every box I found, but that’s another story:), here are my best pieces of advice for image transfer onto clay:
1.Use Laser-printed Images: I recommend using Laser-printed images for best results.
🌟 Laser-printed images work great with polymer clay. Unlike other printing methods, laser printing produces high-resolution images with sharp details, ensuring that every nuance of your design is captured flawlessly on the clay surface. The laser’s precision translates into cleaner transfers, sharper edges, and a level of detail that elevates your artwork to a whole new dimension. Say goodbye to blurry transfers!
Furthermore, I found in my experience that inkjet images are not compatible with polymer clay. Because clay is not permeable, the ink would not really set into the clay or dry and it will end up in a smudged design. There are however ways to use inkjet images with liquid clay for image transfer, but you’ll have to bake the clay pieces and this limits the possibilities you would have when using raw clay.
I use an aluminum disposable pan to do so, but you can use a cardboard that you fold in the middle and put it in the shape of a tent on top of your pieces.
Here are my best pieces of advice for Image transfer onto polymer clay. It’s always such a joy to share my love for clay with like-minded people.
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