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Old 08-23-2001, 09:44 AM
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Exotic Print Media

Any body out there doing any printing on felt, watercolor or other type of "exotic" medium? What ya usin'? How are the results? Any special set up required and by using the special types do you feel it adds to your ability to seperate dollars from wallets? (Other than YOUR DOLLARS from YOUR WALLET)!!! Tom
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Old 08-23-2001, 11:55 AM
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How about printing on film type, I guess its called transparency or transparent media---anyone done that? Tom
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Old 08-23-2001, 12:15 PM
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Jeez Tom. You finally posted a question I can't even take a crack at!

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Old 08-23-2001, 12:38 PM
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Does the T-shirt transfer paper count? I tried that once. It was ok but you had to be careful how long you ironed and make sure it was totally cold before peeling the backing paper off the T-shirt.
I think I would get better results if I brought my design/photo to a silk screener though.
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Old 08-23-2001, 12:45 PM
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AH - HA a tug on the thread!!! The bait is taken!!! Come on Dj, tell us the particulars---any special considerations when printing? Resolution? Color settings? Does that medium feed OK through the printer or are Jams a problem? Advice for our fine readers out there? Tom
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Old 08-23-2001, 12:56 PM
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This is slightly off topic, but would the T-shirt thing be worth considering, making them with your ad on it? What about cost consideratiions? We had T-shirts made, and it seemed like everybody in town was wearing them. We had a small logo and text on the front pocket, and a large logo and text on the back. They make pretty good advertising.

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Old 08-23-2001, 12:58 PM
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I once exchanged emails (I may have posted it here somewhere) with someone that refilled new, factory clean printer cartridges with icing, and printed on cookies.
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Old 08-23-2001, 01:19 PM
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Well -- yeah! But don't you need a left handed printer for that?

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Old 08-23-2001, 01:36 PM
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Doug,
That's a new one on me but very interesting. I am trying to imagine how that would work. How do you put the cookie through the printer?

Tom-
Here's the scoop on the t-shirt transfer. It's the same stuff as those iron on decals you can buy except you print on the paper yourself. They turn out kind of shiny and a thin rubbery layer on your t-shirt. It's ok but for a professional look I would go more for the silk screening. The thing to remember if you have never tried this before (especially if you have wording on it) INVERT the printing process. Sometimes printer settings have t-shirt transfer in their selection menu and do it automatically. Mine didn't so the first time I printed it I got an inside out print. Had to read it in a mirror. Not good. I have the Epson 2000 now and I don't think there's any t-shirt paper for that one. YET
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Old 08-23-2001, 01:40 PM
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This was from a similar thread in another list I used to run. It's about a couple of different exotic printing techniques. I've no idea who 'Joe' is, but I don't think he'd mind:

Disclaimer: as far as I know the Epson printers were not built with any intention of printing on anything edible or with any form of edible ink. I make no warranties of any kind regarding poisioning or other health hazards of using the machines in this manner.

The adhesive project was an attempt to get the printer to make enamel decals to fire onto glass and ceramics. I'd print the dilute adhesive (1 part elmers, 3 parts gum arabic, 30 parts water). Then psray the paper lightly with water, dust on the powdered enamel, let dry, and shake off the excess. Then glaze the paper, enamel side down, to the object (spray-A for glass, overglaze for ceramics) and low fire.

Also tried using the inkjet to print the chemicals that color glazes and glass directly. Only problem is that they react with eachother when fired, so my copper sulfate cyan and my chromium chloride yellow turned black.

Remember, these chemicals are very toxic, much more so than any normal ink. Also remember that glass dust (and enamels) are hazardous dust, wear a proper respirator.

As far as edibles, the sugar solution was an attempt to do powdered sugar or granulated sugar artwork. Print the artwork in sugar solution, get the paper damp, dust with powdered sugar or granulated sugar, get the candy damp or warm, thanasfer the sugar design to the candy.

Also found the epsons do quite well printing in food coloring.

When using anything sticky, remember to flush the printer immediatly with windex after a run. When printing edibles, use an alcohol flush before and after printing. Dedicate a printer to edibles. It can be a real low end machine, you will not get 1440dpi in powdered sugar.

Disclaimer: as far as I know the Epson printers were not built with any intention of printing on anything edible or with any form of edible ink. I make no warranties of any kind regarding poisioning or other health hazards of using the machines in this manner.

Ciao!

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