Thursday, November 14, 2019

Decalcomania | Decal | Transferring Designs To Wood


Decalcomania | Decal | Transferring Designs To Wood 


Decalcomania | Decal | Transferring Designs To Wood



Dissolve some salt in soft water, float your engraving on the surface—picture side uppermost—and let it remain about an hour.


The screen, box or table on which you wish to transfer the design should be of bird’s-eye maple or other light-colored hardwood, varnished with the best copal or transfer varnish.

Take the picture from the water, dry a little between blotters, place the engraving—picture side downwards—on the varnished wood and smooth it nicely.


If the picture entirely covers the wood after the margin has been cut off so that no varnish is exposed, lay over it a thin board, on which place a heavy weight, and leave it for twenty-four hours.


If you wish but a small picture in the center of the surface of the wood, apply the varnish only to a space the size of the picture.


Dip your finger in the solution of salt and water and commence rubbing off the paper; the nearer you come to the engraving the more careful you must be, as a hole in it will spoil your work.


Rub slowly and patiently until you have taken off every bit of the paper and left only the black lines and touches of your picture on the wood, in an inverted direction. Finish up with two or three coats of copal varnish.


Excerpt From The Ladies Book Of Useful Information