1. Print image onto the transfer sheet - Remember to print your image in mirror reverse so it transfers the correct way
2. prep copper surface
3. iron image face down onto copper surface
4.wait until cool
5. slowly check to ensure image has transfered and peel off carefully
6. itransfer is finnished and blank is ready to etch
How it works...
During heat-transfer process the toner layer transfers to the other surface, the surface that cannot be printed on directly, in our case a copper blank.
Using a iron
Use a heat resistant padding because as you move the iron over the transfer sheet you may smudge the image via friction between iron and transfer sheet and a slippery padding reduces the friction. The iron must not be moved to much as we wish to limit as much movement as we can so we do not smudge the image while it transfers. Heat the iron to your target temperature, press with 20-50lbs of your weight and hold for your needed time. When optimizing your process, start with 1min and if transfer is 100% but smudged, decrease time or temperature, if transfer is incomplete, increase time or temperature or pressure.
How long should i do it and at what temprtures
Due to all printers, irons and people being different, you will need to experiment with some trial and error before hand.
To find your optimal pressure/temperature/transfer time, you may need to repeat the process several times. Start with 1 minute and around 180 degrees and adjust temp and time accoringly
Once you find the right time and temp for you and your iron, record it so next time you do not have to guess.
PLEASE NOTE : When you change printer, toner brand, iron, transfer paper brand, etc, recalibrate your process once again.
The optimal transfer that we wish to aim for is 100% toner onto blank that is sharp and non-smudged fo a image