I have found a method to transfer ink-jet images to metal. This
method hasn't been 100% successful, but it did work with some
experience. I have an older HP printer. I use # 74 black HP ink. HP
printers are recommended, but NOT Epson or Brother brands.
Tom's transfer fluid may be easiest to use, but I did experiment &
found that "Nikolas Clear Brushing Lacquer" diluted with denatured
alcohol; 1:3 (1 part lacquer 3 parts denatured alcohol) worked best
for me. I wait ~1 minute, then burnish image. Others used Clear
Bullseye shellac diluted with 5-10 parts denatured alcohol.
Birchwood Casey Tru-oil did not work well for me. Of course do this
in a well ventilated area!
So, what works for your inkjet ink? Try applying different solvents
right onto ink side of a fresh print with q-tip. Correct solvent
will dissolve the ink. Try acetone, denatured alcohol, lacquer
thinner, naphtha, etc. Mix correct solvent with shellac or lacquer.
Experiment with proportions, but add more solvent than the
1. Use Pictorico TPU-100 Premium OHP Transparency film for inkjet -
(see B&H Photo to buy) - use the glossy, premium brand
2. Use 'Best Quality' black & white setting on your printer
3. May need to flip your drawing or image before copying [flip image
on computer, or copy original to transparent film & then flip to
4. Sand metal with 320 grit sandpaper or scotchbrite pad for
'toothy' surface, then clean the metal surface with denatured alcohol
5. Wipe a thin even layer of transfer fluid on metal surface with
cotton ball, let dry until tacky. [you may have to experiment with
6. Tape the transparency with ink side down on the prepared surface
7. Burnish image firmly over the back side of the transparency [I
use agate burnisher]
8. Lift slowly & image should be transferred
9. Only fresh printed images should be used. They get too dry to
transfer after a couple days.
10. wipe sawdust (lemel) away with a brush, not fingers
Hope this helps!