Friday, April 10, 2015

Transferring Images Onto Metal

Hi there!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!  Spring is in full bloom, and for me, now that weather is permitting, I can't wait to get out into the garden and tinker around.  When gardening, having a receptacle or container with you when you head outdoors is always a good idea.  It keeps things easily accessible, handy, and ready to use.

In a previous post, I shared a new little bucket I had purchased from Tai Pan Trading.  I thought it would be fun to outfit the little guy with some charming lettering fit for the outdoors.  I hope you enjoy the post!

First, I began by deciding what I wanted to write on the bucket.  Here is where I utilized my very, very, very rusty high-school/two-semesters-in-college French.... (almost twenty years ago, oh no!  Did I say rusty?)  I decided to use 'Jardin des Fleurs,' which translates roughly to garden of flowers or flower garden (please correct me if not).  I used a photo editor to create the graphic below.

Notice it is backward.  It is crucial to print it this way because when you transfer the image, it will transfer the image from left to right correctly.

Tape waxed paper onto a standard-sized sheet of printer paper.  Make sure it is completely flat with no excess, ripples, or bulges before folding over and taping down.

**Trial and error tip:  I only tape two sides, otherwise, it causes a paper jam because the paper is too
   thick with the tape to be fed through the machine.  Trim the open sides to fit the size of the paper.

In my HP machine, I fed the paper in with the waxed paper side facing upward.

**Trial and error tip:  I printed using only fast-draft quality ink.  When I printed the image with best
   quality, it tends to run because the wax paper is very slick, and as it is fed through the machine, it  
   caused the ink to bleed.

Very quickly after printing, place the image onto the metal, and using a flat edge like a ruler or credit card, firmly move over the image while holding it steady in place.  You must do this very fast, because the ink dries quickly.

There are some small imperfections, but I rather like them.  If you do have a mishap and need a do-over (I speak of course from experience, ha-ha), a baby wipe or paper towel with alcohol will clean it up.

Voilà!  The perfect little receptacle for your garden tools,

or clipped flowers.


All ready

for work in the garden.

This method is easy, and would likely work on watering cans, galvanized buckets, et cetera.....the possibilities are endless!  Until next we meet (Au bientôt)........

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  1. I love this project. It is an excellent idea and it looks very authentic too. You displayed it beautifully. I particularly love those gorgeous white roses. They make me wish for mine which should be blooming in a month.

    Have a great week.


    1. Thank you, Janet! I will be looking for you to share them soon. :0)

  2. I think it turned out beautiful! I love the vintage patina!

  3. Looks great! I want to try out transferring with wax paper.

  4. Fabulous! Love the words you chose!

  5. This is just adorable -- love the French! I've got to try the wax paper method some day. :)

  6. Beautiful Job! I love it.... I have probably tried all the transfer methods that are out there myself and I have to share with you what I found on Amazon. It is called Waterslide Decal Paper....This is a brilliant way for a fast and really clear image transfer.....Let me know if you have questions. Bryn.
    If you are interested here is my blog link

  7. lovely! Wonder what the next medium to receive a transfer will be - love you gals w/ creativity and ingenuity!

  8. Thank you for sharing this wonderful diy at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  9. Oh it's just amazing...I Love it! thanks so much for inspiring us at Shabbilicious Friday! ox

  10. I love it! I took only one quarter of French in high school and about all I can do is count to ten. lol! Love the French saying. I would love to add a number to one of my watering cans. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. You made me smile....I truly don't remember too much more, especially since over the years, I learned to I speak a little Spanish as well; being that they are both Latin-based, sometimes my brain gets them discombobulated!! Ah, age.... :)