- Heat transfer paper (Xerox or Joto work well for laser copies)
- Heat press or iron (works best with no holes in plate)
- Silicone release paper or tracing paper
- Clean newsprint or pressing cloth
- Photographs (colour or b&w) or other images
- Selection of media to which you will transfer the images (try different
colours, textures, fibres, including wood, metal, tempered glass,
- Make mirror-image photocopies of your selected images onto heat transfer
- Place your paper or other medium on a firm, flat surface (be sure to
protect the surface with several layers of newsprint); if you
are using a medium with a loose weave, such as organza, be sure
to place the release paper underneath it.
- Pre-heat your paper for a few seconds.
- Place your image face down on your paper, being sure to position it accurately.
- Cover your work with clean newsprint.
- Press. Depending on your medium, the heat press should take 10-20 seconds.
If using an iron, be sure to press firmly, and check periodically
to see that the image is transferring cleanly (lift a corner of
- Remove the transfer paper immediately. If transferring onto material
that stretches, use a ruler to hold down one edge of the material
to minimize distortion.