Transferring Images With A Heat Tool

Pat Winter 2004

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Heat Tool A few years ago I stumbled across a transfer tool in a rubber stamp shop. They use it for transferring images onto paper. Being a crazy quilter who has bought expensive silk prints in the past, I thought, why not cloth? So I had copies made from greeting cards and experimented with various copy machines and fabrics before I arrived at the best materials. The tool did not come with directions and the rubber stamp shop lady had never used it on fabrics. I have found this method to be water proof, crisp (depending on original print quality) and fast. Here is the method I would like to share with you for making transfers onto cloth.

Have copies of photos, copyright free images, etc made from a *DRY TONER LASER COPIER.* The UPS stores have them in my area. (IN) Dry toner is key! It will not work otherwise. Plug in tool and let heat for 5 minutes before attempting to transfer. I place a 9" square of chipboard under the cloth because the tool has no heat gage and gets extremely hot.(950 degrees)

Transferring works best on natural fibers such as silk and cotton. If using on satin or other fabrics with polyester, test first as it may melt. I mainly use dupioni.

Using small circular motions, work in a 2 inch area pressing down on photocopy face down on fabric. Peel away enough to peek at transferred image usually after two or three circles while fabric is hot. If it sticks, to fabric, then it either melted or the tool is not hot enough. If it transferred, lay photocopy section back down and move to another area until you have all of it covered.

Because this tool is small, I use it on 6" or smaller images which is perfect for a "ciggie" to use in crazy quilting.

You can purchase the heat tool from Dick Blick online, Joann Fabrics near the wood burning supplies, and possibly a rubber stamp store. At Joann fabrics it is called a "Versatool" and is made by Walnut Hollow which comes with other metal tips for various crafts.

A copy from your printer will not work.
Muslin does work and other smooth fabrics.
Unplug immediately after use and I wouldn't use it near small children or pets.
You will melt fabric, so don't be discouraged.
The harder you press, the darker the image, use the edge of tool .
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