Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ceramic Decals

I'm on a new adventure experimenting with ways to apply surface decoration to ceramics. Man it's not easy to find information on making these things. These are laser jet print outs using an HP Laser Jet 1022, using a special toner cartridge of iron oxide, printed on decal paper and then applied to the ceramics. Problem with these is your limited to black only, the higher the temperature you fire them the more sepia tone they become. Depending on what kind of glaze your applying them to determines how high you need to fire them. You want to fire just below what the piece was fired at so that the decal will fuse to the piece. These photos are pre firing btw, they're on a porcelain ceramic so it is going to turn pretty sepia when fired.


  1. They're great...am looking forward to the fired versions.

  2. Those are amazing! How much would you charge for one?

  3. Thanks for the nice comments. I'm waiting for the kiln to cool down to see how they turned out. I can just barely see one through the peep hole that looks really nice. Selling them seems so far off at the moment. I literally walked into a dollar store and picked these little dishes up for a dollar to use for test firing. That in it's self is kind of a cool idea, up-cycling found ceramic ware. I guess I could fire right over all ready decorated stuff, give it a whole new spin. But I think I would like to use the decals on my own sculpture or at least my own slip-casted creations. Chris