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Hello Sweet Taco
Hello Sweet Taco · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 30 projects
This is really interesting! I will defiantly give this a go, I didn't even know it was possible, thanks :]
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Bella Trix
Bella Trix · Manchester, England, GB · 3 projects
can it be a colour image? Happy
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penny t.
penny t. · Athens, Attica, GR
can i do this and with other colours except black?will be succesful??
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xALTER--EGO
xALTER--EGO · Victoria, British Columbia, CA · 4 projects
This is totally cool!! Is it washable? I've been wanting to print stuff on T-shirts as cheaply as possible, but I'd have to be able to wash them.
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Kata B.
Kata B. · Csömör, Pest County, HU · 24 projects
I tried it with nail polish remover, but i didn't work. should I try it with terpentine too?
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Helena
Helena · Roma, Queensland, AU
did you just print the image on A4 copy paper? or t-shirt transfer sheet?
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Sami
Sami
How would you do this with a comic that had words?
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tiffany says.}
tiffany says.} · 4 projects
i've been meaning to do some fabric printing for quite some time now except i didn't want to pay the $15 or so for the iron ons - i'm so happy i have an alternative!
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MIHO
MIHO · 28 projects
This is awesome, thanX for posting!

But I have a question: does it work for coloured images too?
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SweetHeart
SweetHeart
cccccccccccccooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllll im gonna make a cool bag rite now
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Art stores mostly but hardware/DIY stores should have it too.
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Janet
Janet · 2 projects
Where can I get Turpentine?
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Caro
Caro · Brooklyn, New York, US · 4 projects
I totally want to do this!
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Caro
Caro · Brooklyn, New York, US · 4 projects
I totally want to do this!
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· Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, US · 23 projects
Hey Cat!
Just joined this FABULOUS site because of all the cool stuff you have shared! Can't wait to get started tomorrow! Thanks!
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Caroline S.
Caroline S.
I knew this was possible, but was not sure which chemical (turpentine, white spirit, etc) to use.
And it's washable!
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Amy M.
Amy M.
Citra-Solv is a cleaner (available at Whole Foods) that also works for this kind of transfer and it is natural and non-toxic.
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Emelia L.
Emelia L. · Fresno, California, US
Ooh! that's Vamperella! Also, excellent project! I'm most definitley going to try it :]
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Alice W.
Alice W. · England, Arkansas, US · 1 project
I've got distilled turpentine.
Is that the same thing?
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miss lizzi
miss lizzi · United Kingdom, GB · 9 projects
Im under 16, can I buy turpentine ?
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Peter W.
Peter W. · Maribo, Region Zealand, DK
Have you tried just irning on the back of the Laserprint / copy.
Laserprinters work by melting a black powder(toner) on to the paper.
(for this reason wash your projekt with a cool wash)
Ironing the ink off a print on to somting else is used by electonics freaks to make printed circuit boards.
DO NOT Iron with Turps, (nasty fumes and fire danger)
Please also remember that turps in cloth kan spontaniuosly ignite if left 'bundled together' I can think of at least 2 major fires started this way. always wash the turps out or spread the cloth out to evaporate a well ventilated and fire safe place.
Å&F
Warholm.
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mel g.
mel g. · Hull, England, GB · 5 projects
i once taught a bunch of fashion students how to do this... i have found for best results use cellulose thinners... you can get a small jar for about £1.50 and a little goes a long way!
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Chloe
Chloe · Leicestershire, England, GB
This tutorial is cool. I've been using a method like this for a while so I'm quite practised at it now. So here are some things to remember, which I found out:

1- You want to press quite hard whilst rubbing, but also make sure that you don't press too hard and break the paper because you may want to go over the picture again.

2- Do a test piece first to make sure that your image looks good on the desired fabric etc.

3- Nail varnish remover also works (thanks Gab!)

4- colour images work too, but if your design is going to be left quite faint you might want to use colours that contrast well. i used black red and white.

5- use normal printer paper, any thicker and it'd be harder to transfer. the print out will not be able to be used again.

6-the image should be fixed on and will not wash off- just to be safe wash inside out and also iron inside out!

7- HAVE FUN!!!
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
I did it three times, each lasting 5 minutes, but it should start to appear clearly and quite dark after the first rub.
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Riechan
Riechan · Limbourg, Walloon Region, BE · 21 projects
how many times did you go through step 3 until it was as dark as in the tutorial? because I did it a 4 times and it isn't dark yet :s perhaps I have the printer :s
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XCB

I tried just now.. but i don't see the picture on the fabric at all..
how long does it take to transfer the ink to fabric?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
You need a printer that heavily layers the ink, meaning that there's ink to rub off - that's why photo copies work well. Posh new printers use minimum ink when printing, so you're not left with lots to rub off.
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allsuffocation
allsuffocation · Salt Lake City, Utah, US
So I could print this out of my home printer or would I have to go to a store like staples or kinkos to get the right sort of ink?
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Gab

I didn't have turpentine, so i used nail varnish remover. It works too ;DD
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Nikki

Hey There, awesome Idea!
But I have a question, do you have to print the image in a mirror view?

Thanks
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Akira

This is really cool and I was just wondering if it would work on colored fabric (as in blues, greens, etc.)?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Yeah, you do have to flip the image before you print it.
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Yeah, it would work on coloured fabric.
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charlene lam

where do u get turpentine?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Turpentine is available from most art and hardware stores.
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Valerie

ooh i want to try that one ^-^
but i have a question
can i use white spirit too???
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ellie

great idea. would it work if i photocopied a regular newspaper? thank you xx
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Connie

You don't have to heat-set this like screenprinting ink, do you?
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Abby

Amazing. You've given me the opportunity to give my boyfriend a very good Valentine's Day present.
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sookie

I really want to try this, I just have to get some turpentine first. Can you use the same picture only once, or is it re-usable?
Thanks a ton for this tutorial!
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Natalie

hey is turpentine toxic cuz i kinda have a phobia of using any toxic things lol xx
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Natalie

will this work if i use a picture in a magazine?
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alllice

hey wheere can you get turpentine from?
xxx
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Natalia

I am SO going to try this one. I just need to get a piece of fabric first. Happy
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Janice

Hi,
Do you know how well it would work on coloured fabric a B&W print? And a photocopy will work?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
It was a lazer colour print of colour photocopy then it would work. And yeah, it should work if it is an old print.
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anum

wow! this is awesome!

i was wondering... would it even work if the image wasn't recently printed?
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1

this works with cholor pics?
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Jeanne

That looks awesome. How do you get the turpintine out of the fabric? Does it work with color images? Does the print last through the washing machine?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
The turpentine didn't have much of an effect on the fabric however you could wash it. The ink would stay on fine. I don't think it would work with colour but you could go over it with coloured fabric pens. Happy
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1

isn't turpentine toxic?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
To drink, yes. But it's relatively safe to use. They wouldn't sell it if it wasn't. Just make sure to use it in a well ventilated area.
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Kerri

Doesn't the turps make the fabric stink?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Not at all.
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Regina

So I could use any picture (like pictures
printed of the Internet) and transfer them on to any fabrics like a T-shirt? Are ink jet printers like regular printers?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Yeah you can use any image on most fabric I would think. Lazer printers are quite old.. they make the ink really thick and you can feel it if you touch the paper. Any doubts just make a photocopy of the image.
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kim

ok so i tried it and i used paint thinner instead though. and it was photocoppied and the picture barely came out at all. Happy
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Hmm.. when I used turpentine it was kind of faint the first time I did it so I just kept repeating the process until is was as dark as I wanted it to be. If that doesn't work then maybe the paint thinner isn't right. It's best to use a solution that contains methylene chloride. I'm sorry it didn't turn out but I hope that helps. x
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kim

is the image just printed onto a peice of paper?
will this wash off?
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
You print out the image using an ink jet printer or get a photocopy and then using the turpentine print it on to the fabric. It wont wash off because it's permanent.
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