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Custom Ceramic and Glass
water-slide decals.

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Overview of the custom decals I offer.

-Lowest price for this type of decal.

-Food safe, dishwasher, and microwave safe.

-Fluxed surface and UV resistant.

-Apply on a glazed surface.

-Quick turn around time.

 

Custom Ceramic and Glass Decals are printed on glass paper using specially formulated pigment toners and developers. These water-slide decals have a fluxed surface. I cannot do metallic colors or print white for my decals. I can make them to so that they can be fired on glass ( for glass artists) between 1210- 1275 F.

Here is an example of the colors I can achieve with my toner set:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a 1-2 day turnaround time and there is a minimum order of one decal sheet. If your file is setup to the specifications listed below, then there is no set up fee. Send your file to cmsceramics@gmail.com before you buy and I can make sure it's correct.

 

If you do not know how to setup the file, I can do it for you. Simply provide the images you wish to make into decals, along with their sizes. For this option, please send images, size info and quantity to cmsceramics@yahoo.com. I'll send you an invoice for pricing and you can pay via credit card. I charge $40 an hour for Photoshop work. $35 rush fee.

 

If you want to pick up the decals from me in West Seattle or Pike Place Market when I am working, select no shipping as the option in the checkout.

 

File Specifications: In Photoshop, set up canvas size to 208 x 295 mm (8.19 in x 11.61 in) with a 300-600 dpi resolution. Lower resolution or blurry images will yield a poor decal quality. You want to size your images to the actual size that you want them printed. Fill this area with your designs to maximize the space. Printable space is 200 mm x 285mm (7.9 in x 11.25 in) Black & white images should be in grayscale. Color images should be in "CMYK SWOP coated" profile. This CMYK profile will give you the best rendering on your screen of the color limitation of the decals. Save your file as .PSD. Click on print and have it in A4 setting for the paper size and check to make sure that everything fits within the printing area. Colors can change once I convert your file to my color profile for the decal printer and I will do my best to get it as close as possible.
 

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Cost/Purchase:

How to use:
To get the full color spectrum of these water-slide decals, they should be applied to a glazed surface and white works best for the full color spectrum. A matte glazed surface will result in a more matte decal and a glossy glaze will be a more glassy surface, depending on what you fire to. They can be fired between 1500-1900 degrees Fahrenheit. I provide firing schedules for both ceramic and glass decals below.  You can fire them even hotter, but will loose some color in the firing. The hotter you fire, the more the image sinks into the glaze and the cooler you fire, the more it sits on the surface.  If you want the image to withstand the elements of freezing and thawing, fire onto a vitrified surface. Images are UV resistant, food safe, dish washer and microwave safe. They will stand the test of time. 

To start, do a test firing with a decal on the glazed surface you plan on using. You want to see if the glaze is compatible for re-firing without bubbling.

To apply decal, first prepare the surface by cleaning and dampening. When ready, soak decal in warm water for 20-30 seconds. Next, take out of water and bring decal up to glazed surface. Hold onto paper underneath and slide decal into place and use a flexible rib to squeegee water out from underneath surface. You can also use a dry cloth to help remove water. Let dry then fire.
 
Ceramic decal firing schedule (Fahrenheit)

158/hour to 158 -  hold for 1 hour
482/hour to 842 - no hold
752/hour to 1650 -1850 - hold 15 minutes.
Regular cool down
Glass decal firing schedule (Fahrenheit)
158/hour to 158    hold for 1 hour
420/hour to 788    no hold
400/hour to 1275  hold 15 minutes
200/hour to 930    hold 1 hour (annealing hold)
Regular cool down

Contact me for additional information and questions. Please read all information above first. Thank you.

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