What is it?
ITS is a transfer medium that allows you to transfer images onto metal and other surfaces. Print or copy any image, such as a favorite photograph, and use ITS to transfer the image. The image will remain and the metal or other surface will show through where the white of the paper was, resulting in an ethereal, vintage look. Imagine what you can create: keepsake jewelry, personalized gifts and unique works of art!
No fumes. Easy clean up with soap and water.
Heat setting makes the transfer extra durable.
A little goes a long way. You only need one coat of ITS to transfer your image.
Transfer any image onto metal or other surfaces such as unglazed tile or sea glass.
Make custom glass and metal paints. Simply mix pigment powders with ITS to make a rainbow of colors! Heat set the paint with an embossing tool for extra sparkle and durability.
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I'm having trouble removing the paper backing from my image. What should I do?
Work slowly, in a bowl of water, using your fingernails to scratch away paper fibers. ITS Paper is designed to make this an easier process. The paper dissolves in water and requires a minimal amount of effort to remove.
What if I make a mistake?
If you make a mistake or don't like the image you applied to your finished piece you can simply sand the image off using 320 or 360 wet/dry sand paper. Water helps to lubricate and rinse the sanding paper as you work. Sand the piece with 400 and then 600 grit papers to refine the metal before re-applying a new image.
What if the edges of my image are showing?
If you don't want the cut edge of your image to be so obvious there are two ways to remedy. First cut the paper image to the exact size to match the edges of the metal to which it will be applied; or use 600 grit sanding paper to sand a little more agressively around the very edge of the image to "feather" and soften the edges for an aged vintage look. Take care not to accidentally sand your image, use a small piece of sand paper or fold a corner of the paper for more control.
I'm in a hurry, do I have to let it dry overnight?
You must let ITS dry completely before heat setting, but you can speed this up by using a hair dryer. I have been successfully drying pieces by heating the back of the piece with an ordinary hand held blow dryer for a few minutes and then proceeding to heat set in the oven. This works for small pieces (the back of a bottle cap or small charms, larger pieces take longer or overnight to dry throughly).
Can I color metal using ITS?
ITS can be used to tint the surface of the metal with color by adding pigment powders (such as Pearlex). Mix a small amount of pigment powder with ITS and paint it on the surface of the metal. Heat set the pieces at 325 degrees for 40 minutes for a durable finish.
ITS Authorized Resellers
Sherri Haab Designs
Metal Clay Supply
Whole Lotta Whimsy
Objects and Elements
Information for Teachers and Designers
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