Transferring pictures from computer to metal
Hello! I will show you the method of electrochemical engraving, with which you can transfer the pattern printed on a laser printer on a knife, cutlery, any other metal surface. I will transfer the picture from the computer to the spatula for clarity of the process.After that, put the spatula on the iron, wait a little while it gets warm.After a few minutes, apply the image to the place. This should be done very carefullynot having smeared drawing.
Search for the pictureFor the work we need an image that we will transfer. Find it easy on the World Wide Web. But there are certain requirements - it should be monochrome, black and white, without smooth transitions, only clear edges. If you did not find such a picture on the Internet, you can bring it to this form using a photo editor.
Printing a pictureFor printing, we need special paper. Ideally, the substrate will suit the adhesive film, which is usually discarded. It has such a coating, such as wax, on which the adhesive film itself does not stick. At worst, you can use the pages of glossy magazines.Anyone who has ever hunted the boards himself should understand without problems. In general, we cut out the format for the A4 or A5 printer from such a substrate and insert it into the printer. The printer must be laser, with powder paint. Print the image at maximum quality, with the ink saving feature disabled. After printing, we cut off the extra edges of the paper.
Transferring pictures to metalYou will need a regular iron to transfer. It is good because it precisely maintains the set temperature, which is very important. We turn it over and set it at 130-150 degrees Celsius. While the iron heats up, degrease the metal surface where the picture will be applied. This can be done with a cotton swab moistened with acetone, alcohol or gasoline.
Electrochemical etching of the pictureIn order not to etch excess, I will make a kind of barrier for the solution from plasticine. I also pasted the surface around the picture with adhesive tape so as not to slack off too much.
- - water 50 ml.
- - salt, ordinary kitchen - half a teaspoon.
The result of transferring the pattern to metalThe result is satisfied, the quality is excellent. Making a gift knife is no problem, for example.
AfterwordEtching can also be done without electricity using another chemical solution. Etching can also be done without any plasticine barriers, just wetting a cotton swab with saline solution and attaching an electrode to it, directly affect the metal.But I do not like this method, since the contact is made on a straight line, which can erase fine details of the ink.
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