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250ml transferglaze

  • transferglaze is a water based emulsion which captures printed images into a waterproof plastic film to create a decal-like image
  • put more simply, what you get is your picture transferred on to a film that is about the consistency of cling film
  • these transfers may be used on cast resins, eggs, wood, metal, glass, plastic, wax, ceramics, fabric, card and canvas
  • the transfer will take on the texture of the surface that it is mounted on.
  • due to the elasticity of the transferglaze film, it is perfect to use on curved items
  • transferglaze can be used to make a transfer from almost any printed source.  however, newspaper prints and high gloss varnished papers, like glossy magazines and photographs, should be photocopied on a laser photocopier first
  • decals are best applied to pale surfaces as the colour of the surface will show through the film


                    download transferglaze instructions only


                     download our decorative effects leaflet

q.   what is the advantage of transferglaze as opposed to decoupage finish?

a.   transferglaze is an extension of decoupage finish. 

  • because it is thin and plastic like, it can be wrapped around curved items more easily
  • if used straight on to canvas it will take on the texture of the canvas and almost look like a oil painting.
  • used on canvas in conjunction with paint and/or collage, it will add subtle dimension to the piece.
  • it can be applied on items with ridges or raised decorative areas.  because one is able to mould the film around the dimensional  areas it will retain the relief on the piece.

q.   how thick should the coats of transferglaze be?

a.   the coats can be as thick or thin as you  wish.

q.   should I paint each coat of transferglaze in the same direction or alter the direction?

a.   each coat should be in the opposite direction from the last    i.e. first coat horizontal, the next vertical and so on.

q.   how many coats do I need to do?

a.   it depends on how thickly you have applied each coat, but generally a minimum of 3 coats.  6 coats should be sufficient.  if the transfer is too thin and tears very easily it may be that not enough transferglaze was applied to the surface.

q.   which side of the paper should I paint with transferglaze?

a.   apply the transferglaze on the side  which has the picture.

q.   how long should I wait before placing the print into the water?

a.   wait until the transferglaze is completely dry and clear before soaking it in the warm water.  allow all coats to dry at normal room temperature.

q.   how long should I soak it for?

a.   soak it for anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours.  this is dependent on the type of paper and how easily it comes off the back.  on some prints one can just peel off the back but on others one needs to rub it off very gently with a finger.  be careful so that the film does not tear.  when all the paper has been removed the picture shows through the film.

q.   can I use the film straight away?

a.   it is possible, but be very careful that it does not tear when working with it. full strength is developed over the next 24 hours.

q.   how can I store it if I am not going to use it immediately?

a.   store it between two pieces of wax paper. 

q.   what is the best way to apply the film?

a.   using transferglaze as a glue, the glue can either be applied to the back of the decal or directly on to the item to be decorated.  this depends on the size of the film and the shape of the item.  gently press the decal down into position with your fingers, and working from the middle outwards press out any excess bubbles.  be careful of stretching the film as you push out the bubbles.  remaining air bubbles can be pricked with a pin to release the air.  press the glue out and then press back together again.  remove all excess transferglaze with a damp sponge.


  • there is a wonderful wide range of papers available at the moment from gift wrap to paper napkins.  the themes on paper vary enormously too from baby to DIY, cars to flowers and fruit  so it is possible to use them as the first point of inspiration. 
  • if you need a theme closer to home and more person or pet specific, use your photographs.  either use your digital photographs or those in your photograph album.  remember though to print out the picture on a laser printer rather than on an inkjet printer. 
  • here are some ideas for you: 
    • your pet on canvas or a plate to be hung up on the wall
    • photographs from your garden on a vase or lampshade
    • superimpose your wedding vows over a copied wedding photograph that you have decoupaged on to a canvas
    • superimpose butterflies over a copied photograph of your garden
    • superimpose some of the notes of your favourite/special tune across a decoupaged photograph of you and the person you love on a canvas.
  • take inspiration from magazines, art pieces or advertisements
  • don't be afraid of experimenting with shapes, lines and shadows. 
  • this is all about layering of images. the transferglaze creates an image that one can see through, so one has to imagine what one would like to see underneath the film.
    • is it for remembrance? eg the transfer film of a poppy over an individual, OR a soldier over a field of poppies
    • is it a celebration?
    • is it a family gathering with all the memoirs ?
    • is it halloween with ghosts floating above a table of friends?
    • is it a pirate party theme with crocodiles under the table?


Price: £11.00