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Re: B&W xerox transfer

Barbara and all,
I have had great success with black and white laser and xerox
copies using no chemicals -

Place your copy face down onto the paper that you would like to
receive the image.
Press the back of the copy with a hot iron.  Move the iron around,
making sure that you are heating up the entire image.  You can
lift a corner to see how the transfer is progressing.  You can reuse
the copy to create another transfer.  So far, the second one has been
good, the third is faint, etc.

I "demoed" this recently using a motel iron and found that one worked
and the other (in my motel room), didn't really get hot enough so the
transfer was slower, less complete.

Try it - I haven't yet experimented with a lot of different types of paper, but
it seems to work great with printmaking paper - I used Rives BFK.

Take care,


From:   Barbara Coddington[SMTP:bdc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent:   Friday, March 20, 1998 3:11 PM
To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:        B&W xerox transfer

I am having trouble doing B&W xerox
transfers -- I don't know if I've ever
seen a direct instruction on how to do
them. Basically, I want to transfer
black and white photocopies onto
Japanese paper and watercolor paper so
they degrade nicely but are still
"legible" and can then be hand-colored.
I've tried wintergreen oil, which didn't
work and gave me a headache, and now
acetone, which is better -- I sense that
it will work well if I do it right. But
since it is a kind of harsh solvent, I
would rather ask about procedure than
continue to experiment, so could someone
give me a blow-by-blow account of how to
do this properly, to get an even,
readable tone? (Bearing in mind that I
have a don't have access to a press...)
Also, any info on working safely with
acetone? Thus far I am using latex
gloves and open windows!

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